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Gem - Hove, United Kingdom
September 2017, traveled as a couple

I did not expect to experience such fantastic food, top class service and a luxury tent in an out-of-the-way spot of central Sri Lanka!

Let's start with the tents...incredibly spacious, super comfortable bed and all the facilities you would expect from a 5 star African safari camp including a hot shower and flush toilet! Electricity goes off at 10pm but we were tucked up in bed by then (under the duvet with a hot water bottle!) listening to the sounds of the surrounding forest. 

The food...despite being in the middle of nowhere, the cook manages to rustle up some incredible meals. The food is mostly Sri Lankan and it was great to try dishes that we probably would not have sampled otherwise such as herbal porridge. The food is plentiful - all meals are multi-course, and there are more western style dishes if local is not your thing. You will not be hungry! 

The trekking ...the reason why we chose Ahaspokuna was for the trekking opportunities. This is not for the fainthearted! The 7 hour trek we did on day 2 was challenging. We were accompanied by a Ahaspokuna guide whose English was excellent and who was extremely knowledgeable on the local flora and fauna, and a local man who knew the area like the back of his hand. The trek didn't follow any trails - it was more hacking through forest, scrabbling over rocks, walking through knee high grasses and there were a lot of steep uphill sections. But it was incredibly rewarding and the views were well worth the effort. Over the course of the trek we didn't see another person and we felt like pioneers! 

One thing I was slightly concerned over before arriving was being in such a remote location where wild animals roam! But I felt totally safe both inside the camp and outside whilst trekking.


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A H A S - P O K U N A

In the Sinhalese language (spoken in Sri Lanka), “Ahas” means “Sky” and “Pokuna” means “Pond” or “Pool”. Ahaspokuna is so named in reference to the lake here, high up in the hills, that is only fed by rain water. A former settlement that sprung up on its shores was subsequently also named “Ahaspokuna”. Today, the jungle tide has washed over where people once lived and the camp provides a wilderness retreat for those in search of something different.
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