15 – 30 Days
(based on 15pax – trip operates all year).
This program has been designed to allow students to gain valuable work experience, up to 200hrs within the conservation field. Working with one of the leading research institutions in the region you will have the opportunity to develop your skill set and complete your work based learning module, which is usually pre-authorised with education advisors before you depart. From sightseeing tours, tasting local cuisine, learning about local culture and amazing experiential learning, it doesn’t get much better.
Day 1: Colombo – Negombo
From Colombo airport, you’ll be transferred to Negombo, about 15 minutes away. After checking in you’ll have time to relax before your welcome dinner.
Day 2: Negombo – Sigiriya
An early morning boat ride on the Dutch canal is an awesome way to start the day. You’ll then leave for Sigiriya about 3.5hrs away, with lunch en-route and visit Dambualla Cave temple on the way. Once you check into your hotel you’ll have time to chill before dinner.
Day 3: Dambulla
After breakfast, you’ll head to Polonnaruwa for an ancient city tour by bike and after lunch at a local restaurant, you will then enjoy your first jeep safari at Minneriya National Park, followed by dinner at your hotel.
Day 4: Sigiriya
In the morning you’ll visit Sigiriya fortress and then transfer to the research centre.
Day 5-8: Wasgowuma
From tracking and using camera traps to GPS systems and data collection, you’ll be an important part of the team to help conserve this amazing species.
Day 9: Kandy
After the project you’ll make your way to Kandy, about 3.5hrs away with a lunch stop on the way. In the evening you’ll visit the sacred city of Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Day 10: Tissamaharama
You’ll start with a tea factory and plantation tour before reaching Nuwara Eliya for lunch. You’ll then drive through Ella before reaching Tissamaharama, with time to relax and chill before dinner.
Day 11: Yala
Today you have another epic day, full of safari drives in Yala National Park, where you can see so much, including elephants, leopards, bears, crocodiles, deer, monkeys and many bird species, in their natural habitat.
Day 12 and 13: Mirissa
Now after your hard work you’ll head down to the hidden treasure of Mirissa for some beach time and a day to relax.
Day 14: Colombo
Before heading back to Colombo you’ll stop at another UNESCO World Heritage site, Galle Royal Dutch fort. After lunch in Colombo you’ll enjoy a walking tour of the city before your last night and farewell dinner.
Day 15: Departure
Negombo, Sri Lanka
Paradise Beach Hotel: http://www.paradisebeachsrilanka.com/
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Z Max Fairway http://www.plateno-group.com/en/hotel/15/zmax-fairway-colombo
Hotel 9 nights
Research Centre 5 nights
what to expect
- Private vehicle for all transfers
- Full use of private jeeps
- Activities and entrance fees as mentioned in itinerary
- Elephant conservation project and associated activities
- English speaking tour leader throughout
- Accommodation and food
- International Flights, personal insurance and visas (if applicable)
- Snacks and drinks
- Tips for leaders, guides and driver
- Services not mentioned in included
- Expenditure of personal nature
Based on twin sharing
15 days – £2845 per person based on 2 pax
30 days – £3950 per person based on 2 pax
Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability. Therefore quoted rates might change accordingly.
Travel insurance is compulsory for anyone travelling with us so please ensure that have the appropriate level of cover, which is why we recommend Covermore. This insurance must cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the categories of cover.