I'd read the reviews so I was sort of prepared but the half day tour was part of a larger organised trip so we went. The jeep carrying eight of us was not the best,- uncomfortable, several people banging their heads on exposed ironwork in the jeep's roof as the boy racer driver bounced in, out and around the reserve on the mud roads. He was racing to deliver the elusive leopard to what he thought would be grateful clients who would then enhance his tip. The way that many of the tour companies drive their vehicles, racing and then congregating in large traffic jams at the first whiff of the appearance of a leopard was disgusting. The lack of respect for the creatures themselves as the jeeps "jostled" for a closer position,- we got extremely close to a lovely family of elephants, including several babies, was also disgusting. Finally, for this review, the lack of adequate toilet facilities in this game park, not only for international visitors paying "top dollar" and creating jobs but also for Sri Lankans themselves, was particularly disgusting. If you're taken to the beach, a beautiful site but one of tragedy (the Tsunami), be careful where you find a toilet...as directed by your no-doubt embarrassed driver/guide....because the beachside vegetation provides most of the toilet facility on offer. South Africa is a beacon of organisation, infrastructure and, above all, respect for and knowledge of wildlife compared with this. My wife and I vowed never to return...thankfully we were persuaded otherwise.
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