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Let the safari come to you at Explorer by Eco Team - Maduru Oya

Waking up to an Elephant trumpeting outside your front door has to be one of the most unique and surprising ways to be roused from sleep, but that’s quite the norm at the Explorer by Eco Team’s private tented safari camp in Maduru Oya National Park. Set up on the banks of the Maduru Oya reservoir and featuring a private naturalist, chef, and camp staff, you get an adventurous camping experience coupled with all the creature comforts. Outside your tent, you will quickly be accustomed to sights of wandering elephant herds, a variety of avifauna flitting about and quite a few of the other curious denizens of the Park wandering around. When you do eventually set off on a game drive, you will encounter the rest of the usual suspects of Sri Lanka’s National Parks - Leopards, Sloth Bears, Sambar, Jackals, Porcupines and more. With historical structures dating back over 3,000 years, an indigenous tribe calling it home for millennia longer and an isolated fishing village to supply you with delicious fresh fish, the Park is more than just a destination for safaris -  it is an immersive experience of history, culture and nature unlike any other.

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Our policy in discouraging Animal Cruelty, Tourist Traps and Staged Tourist Shows

Animals Are Friends Too: Discouraging Animal Cruelty, Tourist Traps and Staged Tourist Shows

We at ExJ stay away from tourism experiences that are staged and involve animal cruelty and shopping traps that are contrived to exploit and deceive clients.

Even though some of the popular ‘attractions’ are not included in our programmes due to the above reasons, we have no objections in our clients making their own arrangements with our Drivers to visit these places.


Why we do not promote following attractions


Turtle Hatcheries

As this concept has serious negative aspects in terms of conservation, we do not encourage our visitors to patronize the turtle hatcheries, as not all of them are really turtle-friendly. We instead encourage them to observe turtles in their natural habitats.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

When we became aware that the animal welfare standards there were questionable, we stopped encouraging our clients to visit the orphanage. We are pleased to observe that the Born Free Foundation has now adopted similar measures.

Elephant back rides – Habarana

There’s uncertainty surrounding the attitude of this place towards animal welfare. There may be a few ethical operators, but in general, we are not in agreement with how the place is run. We all would love a photo of us riding an elephant, but is a lifetime of pain caused to these magnificent mammals really worth a few fleeting likes on social media?

Traditional Village Tour with a Canoe Trip and Bullock-Carts – Habarana

This is a tourist trap where a lot of the trip is ‘staged’ for commercial purposes. Such fake touristic experiences will not give our visitors an idea of what life in the country is really like, so join us as we show you the real side of Sri Lanka. And at the end of every vacation, always ask yourself, “Did you feel that your holiday was ethical, eco-friendly, and reduced environmental impacts?”

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