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Unwinding at Ahaspokuna

You’ve heard the adrenaline-fuelled tales and adventures in the bush, but if you’re anything like my alter ego, you’re also looking at unwinding and being wonderfully lazy. If you’re glamping for more than 3 nights at Ahaspokuna, I suggest kicking back on the hammock with a book, taking a culinary class with the chef, relaxing in your wild bath with a chardonnay, or lounging on your day bed and butterfly watching!

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My husband and I started our last day in true luxury camping style – “room service” and shooting the breeze while rocking on our hammock. Before retiring for a post-breakfast book and nap on our day bed, I was inspired to write a few lines on the romantic novella I’ve been working on. After listening to my pen scratch on paper therapeutically (his words), he explored the hide by the waterhole with his camera, while I drew a bubble bath in my alfresco tub overlooking the savannah. As our stay was ‘all-inclusive’, we took advantage of going full foodie with day drinking and snacking between meals! And, as the sun drooped low in the sky, we were led to our ‘high tea on high rocks’ where a spread of local treats (including the best pol sambol finger sandwiches I’ve ever had) and Ceylon tea and coffee complemented a quiet sunset in the bush.

Our last dining experience, inaugurated by the stars peeking through cloud cover above our bonfire, was the perfect end to a day of unwinding and self-love. Taking the leftover half-bottle wine back to our accommodation unit, we were delighted to find our day bed cum star bed lit up with soft tea lights, and with the breath of the forest in our hair and the moon shying away behind a veil of smoky clouds, it actually felt like a fairytale. I mean, this novella really writes itself here! This was a camping experience re-imagined for the 21st century, with real wilderness at its core. It sometimes feels like a wilderness you feel rather than just see.

By Talia & Sirraj, Ahaspokuna guests circa 2018.

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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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