We posted our indicative route from Ella to Bentota on here, and had a large number of replies, including some that seemed too cheap. Having read all the reviews on here and on TripAdvisor, PLUS the quality of advice and information from Hasini at Fantasy Lanka, I decided to book Fantasy Lanka.
I am so glad I did – our driver was Prasanna, who was excellent. He’s a very safe driver (even when taking instructions from his “CEO”), and great company. He really loves sharing his home country with tourists and knows a lot of history and wildlife. We spent 5 days with him, he accompanied us on 3 out of 4 of our safaris (although I am not sure I’d employ him as a sea eagle spotter 😉 ) and expanded our lunch experiences.
He’s got a great sense of humour, is always laughing and very caring. It was a shame he couldn’t stay with us till we left for home, but our original request had only been to Bentota and we knew his daughter was keen to see him (as well as the CEO).