conservation photography holidays
Sri Lanka Photography Holiday

16-24 Feb 2020 | Wasgamuwa NP, Sri Lanka | £1875 per person

During this hands on Sri Lanka photography holiday you will directly help to promote the protection and survival of the endangered Asian elephant and their environment in the depths of Wasgamuwa National Park.

Why a Sri Lanka Photography Holiday?

The expedition allows you to get involved and be part of an important initiative to help elephants and communities live together, while you experience the incredible privilege of photographing with these amazing creatures.

About Asian Elephants

The Asian elephant is the only living species of the genus Elephas and is found only in the Indian subcontinent (including Sri Lanka) and Southeast Asia.

Conservation status: Endangered
Scientific name: Elephas maximus
Mass: Male: 5,400 kg (Adult), Female: 2,700 kg (Adult)

Did you know: Asian elephants range from 6.6 feet (2 meters) to 9.8 feet (3 meters) at the shoulder. A century ago, 20,000 elephants roamed the landscapes of Sri Lanka. However, due to increased agriculture, human impact and habitat destruction, less than 5,000 of these amazing giants remain in the wild.

This conservation photography expedition see’s you join a multiple award-winning conservation charity in their mission to save elephants living in the wild in Sri Lanka. You will be working with local ecologists and conservation teams to conduct research on a variety of elephant conservation tasks and projects, all while witnessing close up the elephant herds in the wild and documenting, via photography, the elephants and wildlife in the area and the work of the conservation teams.

Travel Arrangements

Airport: Bandaranaike, Colombo (CMB)
Arrival day: Sunday 16th February 2020
Departure day: Monday 24th February 2020

What will I be doing?

You will be out and about working in the elephants’ natural habitat. During the expedition, you will be getting very hands on with the research, observation and preservation in an effort to protect the Elephants for future generations.

Your days will be varied and exciting, touching upon a variety of tasks:

  • Conducting research, Monitoring & Surveying the elephants and other wildlife in the area.
  • Trekking through the jungle to follow the elephants’ grazing trail
  • Identifying and photographing the elephant herds in the area
  • Teaching environmental awareness to school children and local communities to help improve their lives living alongside these elephants
  • Researching the proliferation of elephants at different sites, such as water holes and frequently used tracks
  • Taking lots of photographs of wild Asian Elephants, Birdlife and if we’re lucky Asian Leopards!

The Wasgamuwa National Park is absolutely stunning and you will be trekking through its mountains, jungles and wetlands to get to know the elephants intimately. You will come into contact with the friendly locals, swim in beautiful lakes and encounter some lush terrain. All part of what makes this expedition even more magical.

Why should I join this Expedition?

Helping Asian Elephants to remain in the wild is an inspiring opportunity and getting involved in this conservation photography expedition is most poignant. Not only will you be doing something rewarding, fun and worthwhile, but you will be contributing to the long-term protection of endangered elephants, while witnessing and photographing wild elephants and the nature of Wasgamuwa National Park.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Award-Winning Photographer Tour Guide
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Full Board Meal basis at the project site
  • Full training, Orientation and Briefings
  • Pre-departure information covering medical, safety and placement advice
  • Local support in Sri Lanka from English speaking staff
  • Certificate of Recognition (on request)

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Insurances
  • Sundries, Meals out of Project Location & Alcoholic Drinks
  • Any activities not listed on the itinerary
  • Any additional costs such as extra trips, snacks, entertainment (allow maybe £20 per week depending on lifestyle)

The accommodation offers some of the most beautiful views across the Sri Lankan landscapes.

The house is based in the central forests, surrounded by mountains. It is located just outside a small village and close to the beautiful Wasgamuwa National Park. The views from the house look out onto a striking mountain range and a large reservoir, not a bad way to wake up to, especially when there are elephants taking a morning bath in the wetlands below.

The house is basic yet comfortable. You will share a room with one or two other people of the same sex. There are western toilets and showers.

All in all its an attractive and relaxing base for your expedition.

All Meals are provided and are an excellent introduction to Sri Lankan food.

Prepare for lots of delicious curries, rice and fruits.

Vegetarians and vegans can be catered for.

Safe drinking water provided.

During the first few days you will receive a thorough induction and supervised training at the project site.

I will be on hand at all times to help with photography or any other tasks.

If you have issues, I will be available 24hrs a day during your time with me.

There are several day trips that you can do in the vicinity, but most people simply like to explore the beautiful area around and relax in the jungle.

No visa is necessary for under 90 days from UK and most western European countries. You will receive a tourist stamp upon arrival allowing you stay in the country for free for up to 90 days.

You need to make sure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months after you arrive in Sri Lanka.

The project is located in an area considered to be a malarial risk zone.

You should seek advice from your doctor or travel nurse regarding which injections you might need for Sri Lanka.

Hepatitis A and Typohid are usually advised.

Tour Cost

Deposit: £300 | Midterm £450 | Balance: £1125

Midterm payment is due 6 months prior to travel with final balances due 9 weeks before travel date.