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“An authentic Sri Lanka safari”

Lanka Tracker - Day Tours
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Owner description: We specialise in Wildlife & Nature of Sri Lanka and also offer journeys around the island. We have a super team to look after you from your arrival. Taking you to the Wilderness and Beyond...... From Safari journeys in our National Parks, Cultural Areas, Tea Estates and Mountains, Villages and the Ocean. Whilst travelling through the Hill country we always encourage and incorporate trains journeys due to the immense natural beauty that can be viewed. We have a nice selection of accommodation from High-end to Mid-range hotels and some lovely little Guest Houses. If you prefer to take public transport, we can fit into your schedule for Safari & Wildlife journeys. Look forward to meeting you!
Reviewed September 4, 2013

First off, Sanjaya is an excellent guide and clearly very knowledgeable of the flora and fauna in the area. I did two half days in Yala and one full day at Sinharaja and he worked very hard to make sure that we saw as much wildlife as possible. We did get to see the elusive leopard on 2 occasions (mother and cub the second time) and even crossed paths with a giant tusker - one of only 5 in Yala NP I was told. He has a great eye for spotting wildlife and I would have seen almost nothing if it weren't for his razor sharp vision and tracking skills.

He is assisted by his more than capable and very friendly wife Christine, who will do her utmost to accommodate your schedule. We must have exchanged 40 or 50 emails before everything was the way I wanted it, and I thank her for her patience. She also rang me on the last day to see how it was going which was a nice touch.

Sanjay's enthusiasm on the long drives and bumpy roads was infallible and he was also a great conversationalist, giving a great insight into the current state of the country whilst throwing the odd bit of humour in here and there. He is a very easy guy to get along with and we shared many laughs and stories.

He would always make sure I was comfortable and would share his food and drink with me that he had purchased. We also often stopped at roadside stalls to eat some boiled sweet corn or grab some buffalo curd for dessert that night. It is these memories as well as visiting the national parks that will always stay in my mind.

Taking a tour with Lanka tracker isn't just a wildlife spotting experience, and nor should it be. Spending time with Sanjay in his own country gives you an idea of the real Sri Lanka - its strengths, its weaknesses, its past and future and everything in between. This is the type of experience you won't get with a mainstream touring company where the driver is almost completely cut off from the tourists and can barely speak English regardless.

If you are at all looking for this sort of adventure, I highly recommend Sanjay and Christine for your stay in Sri Lanka!

Thank mandarin1234
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Our family of 5 have just returned from 2 weeks traveling around Sri Lanka and our trip with Lanka Tracker was the highlight for us all.
Christine helped us work out an itinerary to suit beforehand and indeed help in sorting out the next part of our trip.
Sanjaya is one of life's gems and expertly wields the yellow jeep around the obstacles to really get you into the heart of the park. Extremely knowledgable, great fun and brilliant with the kids ranging from a 9 year old, who couldn't keep quiet, and a travel sick teenager.
The only thing we would have changed is we should have asked Christine to book our accommodation - we had sorted our own beforehand and of course not knowing the area ended up with more driving.
Sanjaya and Christine we can't thank you enough.

Thank Polly B
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

I had researched a lot on Yala N.P. I decided to go with Lanka Tracker because they are a small local operated service. They have a car that can go where no other can and a driver/guide who is willing to deliver a service but not at a cost of the Wild Life. By this I mean that we did not race other vehicles to Leopard sightings! We were happy to accept the what ever wild life wanted to grace our presence. It was a huge day that started early in the morning and finished at around 10.30pm. Poor Sanjaya must have been exhausted. I know we were. It was a great day with plenty of laughs and we did see a Leopard!

1  Thank happycampers2908
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

We made a 2 day safari with Sanjaya. First of all the Jeep is great - very comfortable and perfect to stand up to study all the animals in the park. He organised together with his lovley wife a very nice room in a clean hotel with good fine. The hotel was between the to National Parks. Sanjaya worked in those NP's in the Wildlife Department - so you can profit of a lot of KnowHow about the Parks, Animals and History. It was in two ways the Highlight of our journey: 1. coz of the nature and the Parks with the elephants - Sanjaya has a lot of insider knowhow which is very helpful to spot Birds, Crocs or see Elephants & Lepards. 2. Sanjaya made these two days for us very comfortable and we enjoyed his company very much. Just do it - you will feel the difference not standing with 50 other Jeeps in the line to drive around the park:)

Thank Sarah8180
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Negotiated with Christine about our itinerary months before arriving in SL. With her guidance chose a 2 day package of Yala NAtional Park & Uda Walawe with a stop at the Elephant Transit Centre nearby. Christine offers assistance & advise on all things Sri Lankan. Nothing is too much trouble and the same goes for Sanjaya. Very knowledgeable and easy to be around for the 2 days and he really persisted to ensure we saw everything possible. We even had a brief sighting of the elusive leopard. A massive tusker that even impressed Sanjaya and an altercation in Uda Walawe with several females & a few babies that involved very aggressive, protective behaviors with lots of trumpeting & deep rumbles.... Truly unique experience which the guide admitted as being only one other occurrence. Laughable moment in Yala when the guide fell asleep for a majority of the 3 hours we spent driving on the bumpy roads...Were so glad we went with Lanka Tracker without even shopping around based on outstanding reviews on trip advisor. We wish this lovely couple all the very best for the future....my only suggestion was to get some Lanka Tracker T Shirts for souvenirs ;-)

Thank WessandCorinne
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