This programme has been designed for students to gain awesome work experience with elephants and will be, without doubt, some of the best memories you’ll ever create. Working with one of the leading research institutions in the region, you will have the opportunity to develop both your personal and professional attributes: from incredible hands-on field experience to adaptability, critical thinking, empathy and so much more, which are the kind of wider key skills that employers are looking for. You will also get to experience a boat safari, significant historical sites, enjoy the local cuisine and learn about the beautiful local culture. This trip focuses on the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Life on Land
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 – Dambulla
An early morning boat ride on the Dutch canal is an awesome way to start the day. You’ll then leave for Dambulla about 3.5hrs away, with lunch en-route and visit Dambulla Cave temple on the way. Once you check into your hotel you’ll have time to chill before dinner.
Day 3: Sigiriya Rock
In the morning you’ll visit Sigiriya fortress and then transfer to the research centre.
Day 4-8: Wasgamuwa – Elephant Project
This is the main focus of the programme, where you’ll get up close and personal with one of the planet’s most fascinating and
Day 9: Kandy
After the project you’ll make your way to Kandy, about 3.5hrs away with a lunch stop on the way, and 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 Negombo
Today you’ll make your way back to Negombo with plenty of time to relax and enjoy your last evening and farewell dinner.
Day 11: Departure
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
11 days – £1800 per person based on 10 pax
Small deviations in the tour programme 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 you 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.