Kalum and his jeep safari was amazing. My family - two adults and two children did the four hour safari and had a great experience. Based on Tripadvisor reviews I reached out to Kalum and he was as described - friendly, warm, personable, guided us to the right national park (initially I had wanted to go to Minneriya however based on Kalum’s rec ended up at Kaudulla). He told us about all the animals and gave us details on elephants. He is very good at spotting animals that are hard to see and is very knowledgeable about the wildlife in the park. We saw many birds, chameleons, giant squirrels, monkeys, brown fish owl and most importantly elephants. We must have seen about 100+ elephants- so much that at the end of four hours both my kids were exhausted. Kalum also cares about wildlife and habitat protection and as a plus he is knowledgeable about other things to do in the area. He is a young man building his business and doing a fine job keeping his customers happy. Highly recommend him and this jeep safari. Later on we learned that we saw way more animals on our safari than many have seen at Yala recently.
My friends and I spent a couple of days at Habarana and decided to engage Kalum for a jeep tour to Minneriya National Park to watch the gathering of the Sri Lankan elephants. Kalum's tour was well thought out; he starts his tour a little earlier than most other companies to beat the crowd and to give you some alone time with the wildlife. Additionally, there was a nice personal touch in the form of refreshments in the midst of the safari, which my friends and I were not expecting at all and were pleasantly surprised. At the end of the tour, Kalum even extended an invitation to us to join in some local festivities in town and even took the effort to shuttle us to and fro. We enjoyed his hospitality so much that we eventually engaged him for trips to Ritigala and Pidurangala rock as well. Would highly recommend Kalum to anyone who visits Sri Lanka!
Engaging Kalum for our safari tour to Minneriya was one of the highlights of our trip to Sri Lanka. Not only is Kalum very friendly and easy to contact, he goes out of his way to ensure that you are having a good time on the safari. We were promptly picked up at 1pm for our safari and during the safari itself, he even provided some fruits and refreshments for us amidst the incredibly hot day. We saw many elephants and wildlife in the park and we left the park feeling happy that day. The following day, we decided to arrange with Kalum to bring us to Ritigala Strict Forest Reserve where he once again promptly picked us up and even guided us around the Forest Reserve for a very modest fee. Due to his excellent services and that we thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Kalum, we also arranged for him to pick us up at 4.30am to Pidurangala so that we can watch the sunrise. After that, Kalum even offered to send us to Colombo for a very reasonable fee. All in all, we would definitely recommend Kalum Tours to anyone as he is a very friendly, funny and good natured person. Thank you Kalum for the memories and fun! We will be back
Second time to Sri Lanka after visiting last year. This time I visit with my parents and I msg Kalum told him I would like to do safari with him again. Last time did a full day, morning in Kaudulla and afternoon saw almost hundred of elephant in Minneriya.
Unfortunately this year the rainy season comes late and all elephants moved to smaller Echo Park. As Kalum suggested we went to Echo Park around 30 elephants there and we were the last to leave the park because we helped another jeep's broken tire. But out of luck, we were the only the jeep saw a herd of elephant of around 30 in number crossing the street to migrate into Echo Park from Minneriya area. And in the end we saw 4 tuskers that day, that was quite rare.
Of course it is all about luck when it comes to Safari, but Kalum is the type that will make extra effort to get more from the safari and to satisfy the customer. He is talkative knowledgable and prepare water and fruit for guests. If you book from the streetside jeep it is cheaper but they normally dont talk only point the animals for u and that's all.
We booked a 2h 30min afternoon safari with Kalum Jeep Safari and it was absolutely the right choice.
We saw more than 30 elephants in different groups.
A must di when you’re traveling in Sri Lanka!