The Jeep Club of Sri Lanka (JCSL) recently organised the highly anticipated Jeep Club Expedition 2023, aptly named “Call of the Wild.” A group of 20 ardent JCSL members embarked on an extraordinary adventure, immersing themselves in the awe-inspiring landscapes of the majestic Yala National Park. With their families by their side, they gathered at DIMO 800, fuelled with excitement and eager anticipation, ready to set off on a journey that promised unforgettable memories.
The expedition kicked off with a delightful breakfast at 6:00 am, served amidst the warm camaraderie of fellow Jeep enthusiasts reminiscing the frolic adventures of previous events. Thereafter, the convoy commenced its thrilling expedition into the heart of nature.
The first day’s adventure took a momentary pause at ‘Tranquil Wild’, Lunugmawehera, where members indulged in a scrumptious village-style lunch. As the expedition resumed, the first day was dedicated to exploring the captivating territories of Yala Block 6, famously known as Lunugamwehera National Park, and Yala Block 5. The members marveled at the wonders of nature while experiencing the untamed beauty that Yala had to offer. They gathered at the Weheragala Dam at Lunugamwehera to witness the enchanting hues of a breathtaking sunset, etching the scene deep into their souls. As the evening descended, participants came together at the hotel for a delightful social gathering, where stories were shared, friendships forged, and the bond of their Jeep Life strengthened.
The second day saw the Jeep Club Expedition venturing into Yala Block 1, an area renowned for its abundant wildlife, fostering a deep sense of respect for the flora and fauna of national parks.
The Jeep Club members were enlightened by the wildlife authority and senior members of the JCSL, who educated them on the dos and don’t of responsible driving, ensuring minimal disturbance to nature before entering Block 1. Moving forward, the convoy reached Yala Block 2, nestled between Manik Ganga and the Kumbukkan Oya rivers, offering an exhilarating adventure to the JCSL members. Crossing the untamed waters of the Manik Ganga was a thrilling experience, adding an element of excitement to their journey.
On the second day, JCSL members had the opportunity to savor a delightful lunch at Pilinnawa, a picturesque area nestled near the beach. Immersed in the harmonious blend of wilderness and coastal beauty, they relished their meal, enjoying a truly unique experience that bridged the untamed wilderness with the soothing serenity of the beach.
As the day drew to a close, participants were treated to a memorable poolside BBQ, the air was filled with laughter and joy, celebrating shared love for adventure and the great outdoors.
The expedition, “Call of the Wild,” showcased an impressive line-up of Jeep 4x4s, including the iconic Jeep Wrangler, the versatile Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the capable Jeep Cherokee.
The Jeep Club Expedition 2023 proved to be an extraordinary journey for all members and their loved ones. Through this adventure, the JCSL demonstrated their unwavering commitment to nature preservation and their profound appreciation for the remarkable wildlife that Yala National Park offers. The event left an indelible mark on the hearts of all attendees, reinforcing the bonds between the members and their shared passion for the great outdoors.
Harin de Silva, President of JCSL, expressed his delight with the success of the Jeep Club Expedition 2023. He emphasized JCSL’s commitment to bringing like-minded Jeep Enthusiasts together who share a love for adventure and deep appreciation for the great outdoors whilst keeping in mind the four pillars that embody the Jeep brand: Freedom, Adventure, Authenticity and Passion. The memories created during this expedition will forever be etched in their hearts, fuelling JCSL’s commitment to organizing more exciting expeditions in the future.
Roshan Wijeyaratne, a Member of the Jeep Club of Sri Lanka mentioned: “As a member of the JCSL, participating in the Jeep Club Expedition 2023 was a truly unforgettable experience, which included witnessing the wildlife at its best at the Yala National Park. It was a perfect blend of adventure, nature appreciation, and the joy of being part of a passionate community that shares an unbreakable bond. I must also thank DIMO, the only Authorised General Distributor for Jeep in Sri Lanka, who took great pride in their presence at the Jeep Club Expedition 2023.”
The Jeep Club Expedition 2023 left an everlasting impression, not only on the participants but on the hearts of all those who hold a deep love for the open road and the wonders of nature. It embodied the spirit of Jeep Life, encapsulating the thrill of exploration, the beauty of the wild, and the enduring connections formed along the way. As the echoes of their expedition linger, the Jeep Club of Sri Lanka eagerly looks forward to the next chapter of their adventures, fuelled by a shared passion for the extraordinary.
As the only Authorised General Distributor for Jeep in Sri Lanka, DIMO, The HOME for Jeep, provided comprehensive Technical Expertise ensuring a seamless and worry-free experience to all participants throughout the expedition, as well as offering unwavering aftersales support through the Jeep Performance Centre. All in all, it was a perfect blend of adventure, appreciation for nature, and the joy of being a part of a passionate community.
Image Caption – ‘Call of the Wild’: Jeep Club Expedition 2023