The girls loved the (Junior Rangers) certificates – very good idea, thank you… They loved it when the Rangers got their look up books out – suggest, focusing on insects, trees and flowers even more. If you live in the UK and are coming to SL any wildlife is a novelty! Visit to Popham’s Arboretum – we loved this! Wish you could have arranged an evening walk to look for the Loris…Our interaction with village children on the bullock cart ride in Sigirya was heartwarming as they were truly intrigued by my two kids and vice versa – I realize this can turn into begging but it didn’t feel close to being like that when we went. There was a very mutual appreciation.
Everyone thought I was totally mad to take such young kids to SL – but it’s so safe, so clean and so reliable that they are totally wrong – it’s so developed and accessible for families (in fact when I came back to London I realized 2 things – SL has no litter and I had more beggars in one day than I did in 17 days in SL when I went back to work), food hygiene is very high…
The girls loved going in the open sided jeep from the hotel to the Wilpattu NP. We got to ‘smell’ Sri Lanka – and that’s something I had never experience before…. The smell of chena burn back, the smell of corn being cooked by the side of the road, the sound of cicadas and big lorries and hearing the paddy rice harvester – which you don’t get in an air con car. I personally found it thrilling. And travelling back at night open air was amazing for the girls. Best to inform Guests staying at the Eco Lodge in Sigiriya with kids to take all the soft drinks, snacks etc with you and that’s totally fine with the people running it.
The care and commitment you gave to making the holiday work for us was exceptional…The Chauffeurs knowledge and ‘presence’ made a vast difference to our holiday. This was the best summer holiday ever and has been the talk of the girls’ school – I’m hoping you branch out to Africa soon so you can organize more for us there.
Emma Scott & kids (8 & 7 yrs) – London, UK