Juliet Coombe discovers why hotel naturalists’ make an amazing difference to any wildlife trip.
Jetwing naturalists always know fascinating little known facts like Sri Lanka has a snake that can jump a distance of 6-8 metres from one tree canopy to another by flattening its body, and there are over two hundred unidentified endemic amphibian and reptile species. Going with a Jetwing naturalist on a frog watching tour or to a national park is always an education in itself and a truly amazing way to learn about Sri Lanka’s wildlife either in the surrounding area of the hotel, on a village walk or a specialist tour to a nature reserve.
In Negombo travellers love to start or end their tours of the country in one of Jetwings fabulous range of hotels. Stay a bit longer and be wowed by a tour to the 6,000 kilometres of Muthurajawela wetlands, which literally translated means ‘Swamp of royal treasures’ and it is where the Sri Lankan kings are said to have buried their gems and gold in the past. Today you can enjoy Negombo’s southern treasure for its staggeringly abundant wildlife, which includes 40 migratory birds and 126 resident species, and a stunning 5,000 year-old peat bog where you can see depending on the time of year up to 194 species of flora and fauna, and perhaps discover some hidden treasure.