Private Tented Safari Camps in Yala, Udawalawe, Wilpattu and nine other National Parks

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INTRODUCTION

A comprehensive, high-end wildlife holiday in Sri Lanka forUK 3026 USD per person with overnight stays at luxurious tented camp accommodations. All-inclusive accommodation for 8days, Breakfast for rest of the 2 days,all scheduled safaris and walks with naturalists included.

 

TOUR DESCRIPTION

A private wildlife holiday with all-inclusive Mahoora elite tented camp accommodations and Sri Lanka’s must-see ‘Big Five’: leopard, Sloth Bear, elephant, Blue and Sperm Whale.The tour includes safaris and walks conducted with the best naturalists in the country.

We offer a luxurious Sri Lankan wildlife adventure where you can visit four of itsrenowned national parks; Wilapttu, Udawalawe, YalaandBundalaas well as The Elephant Transit Home. Wilpattu is important for its undisturbed sightings of leopards and sloth bears while Udawalawe is known for its herds of Asian Elephants and Yala for being undoubtedly the world’s best place for leopards.

The tour includes a day walk and two night walks to get you up close and personal with sights and sounds that cannot be enjoyed from a jeep.

We offer the world’s first carbon-neutral “Pack in and Pack out” luxury tented safari operation -Mahoora for this tour. Choosing Mahoorawill guarantee you a world-class mobile, tented safari experienceandalso make a direct contribution towards our conservation efforts aimed at protecting Sri Lanka’s natural habitats and endangered speciesin addition touplifting rural community tourism initiatives.

The campsare located along the boundaries of the parks andare set up with mobile safari tents that feature a fully-equipped kitchen, dining areas, hammocks, flushable toilets and showers.

Your mealswill be freshly prepared at the camps, in a fully-equipped kitchen.Enjoy exclusive menus designed by culinary experts with delicious barbecue dinners in amagical settingwith a glass of wine or beer from our well-stocked bar.

The campsite is illuminatedby traditional flame torches with a roaring campfire providing the perfect ambience for anamazing meal. Sit back and relax in the lap of luxury and let our experienced staff cater to your every need.

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 01 : Airport- Wilpattu (All-inclusive)

Upon your arrival in Colombo, rendezvous with your personal chauffer/guide for a private transfer to the Wilpattu National Park to begin the first part of your adventure. Appropriate meals and refreshments will await you at the campsite depending on your time of arrival. You can meet with your designated naturalist to discuss a suitable plan for the rest of the day as well as the rest of your two-day stay at the park. You can even do a wilderness walk with your naturalist if time permits before an overnight stay at the Mahoora Tented Safari Camp.

Day 02 : Wilpattu(All-inclusive)

Enjoy a full-day safari at the Wilpattu National Park which is the oldest and largest national wildlife park in Sri Lanka and home to an array of unique species of flora and fauna including the famed Sri Lankan Leopardand Sloth Bears.We will serve a fully-serviced lunch within the park premises after whichyou can relax in the comfy hammocks that we have set up for you or have a detailed discussion with your naturalist to learn more about the wildlife that you encounter. In the evening, we will take you on another safari within the park before you head back to the comfort of the campsite.

Day 03 : Wilpattu(All-inclusive)

You will start your adventure at the break of day with an early safari inclusive of a charming picnic breakfast. The Wilpattu National Park offers you the opportunity to film and photograph the Sri Lankan Leopard, the largest species of leopard living in Asia. These glorious beasts are often seen lying beside the Park’s many villus. You may even catch a glimpse of the endangered Sloth Bears, most commonly seen during the fruiting season of the Palu Tree between June and July.After that, you can enjoy another fully-serviced lunch at the park. We have also organised an optional night walk with the resident naturalist of the camp where we will attempt to seek out owls, Gray Slender Loris, Ring-Tailed Civet Cats, Rusty Spotted Cats,Golden Palm Civet Cats, chameleonsand many other nocturnal species.

Day 04 : Wilpattu - Colombo Airport -Mattala – Udawalawe(All-inclusive)

Following breakfast at the campsite, you will be taken to the Colombo airport where you will board a flight to Mattala. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by the naturalist designated for the Udawalawe leg of your tour, who will then transfer you to the UdawalaweMahoora Tented Camp. When you arrive in Udawalawe, your naturalist will take you on an evening walk in the neighbouring village where you can learn about the way of life of the local farming communities and their encounters with the wildlife. We have organised your overnight stays at the luxurious MahooraTented Camp.

Day 05 : Udawalawe(All-inclusive)

Enjoy a morning safari at the Udawalawe National Park which spans approximately 31,000 hectares and is located in the southern dry zone. Itis the only place in the world where an elephant sighting is guaranteed on every single safari drive. After our morning safari we will take you to the Elephant Transit Home where abandoned, injured or orphaned elephants are taken in, treated and then released back into the wild. Here, you will be able to observe these magnificent creatures at a safe distance as human contact needs to be minimal. After a late lunch back at the camp an optional evening birding trail can be organised with the guidance of the resident naturalist.

Day 06 : Udawalawe – Yala(All-inclusive)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Yala. Here, you will spend your final three nights at the comfy tented camp we have set up bordering the Yala National Park, which is home to a range of ecosystems found nowhere else in Sri Lanka. Go on an evening safari at the park which boasts the largest density of leopards in the world. With a density of one leopard per square mile, Yala is known as one of the best places on earth to film and photograph these regal beasts.

Day 07 : Yala(All-inclusive)

Another full-day safari has been organised where you will be able to see the variety of habitats that this unique park has to offer with a host of endemic plant and animal species on display. The park boasts 44 species of recorded mammals, 215 species of birds, 46 species of reptiles and 21 species of amphibians. Lunch will be served in a suitable location within the park.After dinner,a walk with your resident naturalist along the park borders will open the doors for you to catch a glimpse of the park’s nightlife. Then return to the comfort and luxury of your camp to recharge your batteries.

Day 08 : Yala (All-inclusive)

We have two safaris lined up for you on this day and this time you have full control. You can either spend the whole day in Yala or spend half of the day at the Bundala National Park in the southern district of Hambantota. The Bundala National Park has been acknowledged as an Important Bird Area (IBA) for its 197 recorded bird species and is also the only national park where you can see both marsh and estuarine crocodiles on the same safari drive.

Day 09 : Yala–Galle  [B]       

You will be transferred to Sri Lanka’s southern capital of Galle. This prominent port city is richly influenced by colonial architecture having being one of the most important strategic locations fortified by the colonists. Explore the multi-cultural and historic attractions of the city including the Galle Fort, first built by the Portuguese and then extensively fortified in the 17th century by the Dutch. It is also the largest remaining fortress built by European occupiers in the Asian region. Then relax with an overnight stay at the tranquil and luxurious Fortress Resort and Spa.

Day 10 :  Airport or extend your tour (B)

An optional early-morning whale watching tour is also available in the world’s best waters for Blue Whales (November to March). After breakfast on the final day, or after your optional whale watching tour, you will be transferred to the Katunayake International Airport for your flight back to bring your lavish adventure to an end. You can also choose our suggested tour extensions or a custom extension to suit your needs.

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