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Club hotel dolphin and safari trips

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Club hotel dolphin and safari trips

We are looking to book club hotel dolphin for september this year, we was wondering if you can do safari trips near here? can you book at the hotel or is it easier to book before you go? Thanks

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1. Re: Club hotel dolphin and safari trips

Nearest national park is Wilpattu - approx. 4 hours drive from Waikkal. Safaris are 6-9 am and 3-6 pm, so an overnight is recommended.

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2. Re: Club hotel dolphin and safari trips

Hi there,

Wilpattu is closest park, 4 hours each way and (as everywhere) safaris between 6-9 AM and 3-6 PM. Simple conclusion: it's best to stay overnight near the park, e.g. A'Pura or Kalpitiya or even one of the eco-lodges near the edge. Simply compare prices of the hotels tours desk and the beach boys / booking offices in Waikkal town and Negombo, at

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g293961-c89412/Sri-La…

you find quality checks and amongst those who pass it may the cheapest win...

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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3. Re: Club hotel dolphin and safari trips

Thanks for your help, we would definitely stay overnight I think! Just worried about getting there and no safari's to do. Is the Elephant Orphanage good to visit too?

Would you recommend any other hotels or a different part in Sri Lanka? Will this side of Sri Lanka have good weather in September?

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4. Re: Club hotel dolphin and safari trips

for example would hotel Chaaya Tranz Hikkaduwa or Cinnamon Bey be a better location?

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5. Re: Club hotel dolphin and safari trips

Hikkaduwa and Beruwala are further away from any national parks.

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6. Re: Club hotel dolphin and safari trips

But Chaaya will have a swimmable sea as it's behind the Hikka reef. Weatherwise no difference between Waikkal, Beruwala and Hikkaduwa.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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7. Re: Club hotel dolphin and safari trips

We stayed at the Club hotel Dolphin last week and went on a fab trip to Udawalwe National Park. We booked with Hayes and Jarvis/Aitken Spence. We had a car and driver for just the 2 of us and it cost £170 each for 2 days.We left at 4am and slept in the car,take cushions with you. We went through some inland villages and passed shrines and temples.The driver would stop when ever we wished.We reached the National Park at about 9am and stayed at the Grand Udawalwe safari resort in a suite.We were able to rest in the gardens and have a sleep or swim.Then we travelled 5 mins to the elephant transit camp t see the babies being fed.When they are old enough or healthy enough they are released into the national park next door. Back to the hotel for lunch and then 3pm to 6pm a jeep safari which was fantastic again just 2 of us and our driver and a "spotter"/ guide.Overnight at the hotel with dinner included and the following day atour round the south of the island and to Galle which was fascinating and again stopping to see the stilt fishermen and the moon stone mines, some mask carving and a visit to the turtle hatchery.

It was a long trip but well worth it and better than the Pinawalle elephant orphanage.

The local beach boys sell the trip at a cheaper price but to be honest we went on a excursion with them to Kandy and the vehicle was dreadfulwith no seatbelts, no stops for food or drink and I could not reccomend their trips.

Hope you enjoy

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8. Re: Club hotel dolphin and safari trips

We visited Pinnewela elephant orphanage and were sad to see the animals with chains around their legs even the small babies. It is nice to see them go into the river though

.We also went to the Millennium elephant centre about 5 mins away and there you can ride the elpephants.Rides last differing lengths and then one can go into the river and bathe the elephants and also sit on one while it showers you with water from it's trunk. You can purchase a basket of fruit for aprox £1 and hand feed them, and the mahouts will gladly take lots of photos with your camera for you just for a small tip.This costs £10/£15/£20 per person depending on the lenghth of the ride you prefer.

I still preferred them coming right up to our jeep in Udawalawe though.

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9. Re: Club hotel dolphin and safari trips

Sorry forgot to mention the other animals we saw at Udawalawe. The birds are stunning, owls, kingfishers, eagles.

Also the many elephants going to the water holes with some very young babies.There were spotted deer, crocodiles, jackal, fox, monkeys, and with the sun setting over the mountains and the animals coming to bathe and drink the scenery and photos are amazing.

We were due to fly to Kenya on a safari but this was cancelled in May so we headed to Sri Lanka and were happy with this long but vey worth while excursion

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