(Founder of camp/ naturalist/wildlife photographer/conservationist)
Former professional spent over 20 years in the corporate world working in the financial services sector. Decided to follow his dream of being close to nature and committed to setting up Wilpattu Safari Camp. Grew up in Kenya, where a love for wildlife and nature was instilled at an early age. Namal is part of “zero3 Images” the team that co-author of 3 highly acclaimed books on wildlife photography in Sri Lanka. An active conservationist, having served for a number of years in the committee of the Wildlife & Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka (www.wnpssl.org). He is also a past President of the Sri Lanka Natural History Society (established 1913). A current trustee of the Federation of Environmental Organisations (www.feosrilanka.org) and a founder of the “Wilderness and Protected Areas Foundation”. He has been photographing Sri Lanka’s Wildlife since 1996. You can follow his photography on Instagram by following this link https://www.instagram.com/namalkamalgoda/
Camp Manager/naturalist/wildlife photographer/conservationist
Quit his carrier in the apparel industry to spend more time in the jungle. When he is not running the camp he is an active conservationist and was a former committee member of the Wildlife & Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka (www.wnpssl.org) and is former trustee of the Federation of Environmental Organisations (www.feosrilanka.org) . An excellent wildlife photographer, always willing to help you with photography tips. You can follow his photography on Instagram by following this link https://www.instagram.com/darrel.bartholomeusz/
The smiling Christo, will answer your calls and reply your emails. Helps to run the camp and guides you on your safari. Christo is also a photographer and is willing to share his knowledge earned while working for Sony. Can cook a mean rice and curry when required. You can follow his photography on Instagram by following this link https://www.instagram.com/christopher_rebert/
Our chef with over 20 years of experience will ensure that you are well-fed. He takes great pride in his kitchen and will always try his best to make sure that you get to experience the local flavors. He is excellent at both Eastern and Western cuisines so you need not worry at all as you will be well nourished. And as one guest said, “best rice and curry” on their holiday in Sri Lanka.
Safari Jeep driver/guide/wildlife photographer
Born and raised in the village adjacent to the park entrance. One of the most important people in the camp as he is our driver/guide and will be entrusted with ensuring your safari drive is comfortable and safe. Despite his youth has a wealth of experience of being a driver/guide and has been the driver /guide of “zero 3 images “on our photography tours to the park over many years. He is a keen photographer himself and a great guide with keen eyes. You can follow his photography on Instagram by following this link https://www.instagram.com/hemantha_wimalasena/
This young man, is our main Steward and is a long-standing member of our team. The handyman around camp and talented cook. He is a backbone of the excellent service your will experience at camp.
Another local, who will help take your baggage, make your beds, clean your rooms, serve your meals. An all-rounder who can also drive our jeep as well. A budding photographer, whose work can be followed on https://www.instagram.com/pasindu_rukshan/