Dining Experience in the Wild

November 4, 2015 | Sri Lanka

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Think five-star personal service, sharing delicious cuisine and imported wines amid gratifying views of national park, however, remove artificial structures of a regular resort and you have ‘glamping’ at the Big Game Camp.

Situated on the boundary of nature reserves and the Udawalawe National Park, this establishment offers semi-permanent tented safari camps together with an expert naturalist guide, where viewing a Sri Lankan Elephant is guaranteed.

Big Game Camp prides itself on being Eco and environmentally conscious which is upheld throughout the park’s facilities and amenities. Its focus is to promote awareness of the need to preserve and conserve the island’s spectacular wildlife to future generations by offering on-going programs throughout the country for the local community.

The Pleasant Unexpected : We arrived at our ‘tent’, more like an Eco-friendly studio apartment with carpeted floors, outdoor lounge setting and more room and comfort than you can poke a stick at. Warm water showers, vanity kits, toothbrushes, and toiletries you would expect to find at the Sheraton were all included. And if that wasn’t enough; in a British colonial setting you were served tea, coffee and scrumptious biscuits and to our little delight, homemade marshmallows. We breathed in the sunset nestled among the nature as we sipped tea and listened to birds chirping and peacocks calling.

The Magical Part : Lanterns, fireflies and Eco-friendly torches decorate the pathways setting an enchanting scene among the wildlife. We arrived under the stars to our private, well-laid table only hinting what is to come; like wrapping on a present! A formal dinner from the British Colonial era could include up to twenty-two courses; well this was close enough! Appetizer, soup, main course, dessert and more tea; the food was very appetizing to say the least. It was very heartwarming to hear that the young talent behind the scenes who had once been a farmer was given the opportunity to undergo training as a chef, making the overall experience just that little more special.

Up for a Little Adventure : Opt for the Mahoora package which includes an early morning safari with your expert naturalist guide, viewing numerous species of birds, flirty peacocks and over 300 elephants that reside within the park so you can be assured to view more than one! After lunch and a nap, you venture out again to the water reservoir where animals gather at the water’s edge and the birds come to life.

Only two hours drive from Talalla Retreat, you should take the opportunity to witness the astounding beauty and variety of Sri Lanka’s natural treasures.

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