We stayed 2 nights, and arranged a morning safari.
We had the 6000 rupee jeep, which was the most comfortable. When we arrived at the NP we also got a spotter / guide, which we didn't pay for (but if they do a good job it is customary to give a tip). I can only presume the guides go with the "more expensive" jeeps as you are more likely to tip! I don't know if this is the case, but the same thing happened to us at Yala!
The guide took us to an area where there were no other jeeps, and we were surrounded and very close to approx 20 elephants, which was amazing. We were by ourselves for approx 30 mins, when 1 more jeep arrived. It was an unforgettable experience. We also saw numerous other animals, but there really are hundreds of elephants and they are very easy to see.
The camping is really quite luxurious. Comfortable beds, en-suite bathroom, (cold shower -but it's not a problem) even a room service buzzer for you to order food & drinks from your tent.
I would recommend eating from the a la carte menu, the rice and curry was good, as was the mixed noodles. We did not eat the BBQ, as we had seen bad reports, and we don't eat meat... So no point in eating BBQ.
Along with the safari, the high point was spending time down on the river bank, watching and interacting with the village people and children that live on the other side of the river. The women doing their washing, the children's "bath time" - all in the river!
They were constantly waving and saying "hello", the children posing for photos! It was magical.
The staff were all very helpful and attentive. We loved it.
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- The rustic & rural luxury of the tents at our luxurious accommodation we provide your expectations. For bird watching and wild animal lovers, this is a great place to spend your time. And you can view the flowing water of RAKWANA River from your doorstep.Athgira River Camping has 07 rooms with separate entrance and private veranda with comfort chairs for your relaxation. All tents are furnished and design by wooden for the echo green concept. The luxurious tents are with modern facilities, but no harm for nature. ... more less
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