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A holistic and memorable Tented Safari Camping experience at Wilpattu National Park…

A holistic and memorable Tented Safari Camping experience at Wilpattu National Park…

 

Enjoy a great glamping experience at Mahoora Wilpattu National Park, and be a part of nature, while indulging in the lap of luxury. Our purpose-built tented camps offer star class amenities such as fully functional toilets, a shower, toiletteries, and comfortable beds. Genuine Sri Lankan hospitality is a heartbeat away, as our staff will be at hand to look after your every need.

 

The unique advantages of the Mahoora Wilpattu tented camps in brief

Leopards at Wilpattu National Park Sri LankaAs this campsite is located just bordering a lake closer to the park’s boundary, guests are able to experience something very similar to living inside the park. If you are fortunate you may even encounter wildlife in the campsite itself.

The complete Mahoora tented camps experience with luxury Jeeps and expert game drivers, professional naturalists, snacks / beverages / water /tea & coffee are available unlimited.  What’s more a safari with our professional team is a unique and holistic experience. We believe such experience can be provided by us, as we are well experienced and has the expertise. In general, a hotel will not be able to offer the same services as their area of expertise is very different.

If there is a full day safari, we are able to provide a complete hot lunch served inside the park without returning to the campsite. This saves time and energy spent on traveling to the camp for lunch.            

For a client who is staying in a hotel, time saved would be anything between 3 to 4 hours. However, clients have the option to go back for their meal and return for the evening safari after enjoying an exquisite lunch.

We can also extend customized services for clients. (Family safaris / honeymoon safaris / photography safaris etc)

During certain times of the year, there are a few “chena” plots scattered around the areas near the mahoora tented camps. Chena is the local term for traditional slash and burn cultivation used for seasonal crops which is a common means of earning a living in the area. Clients have the option of visiting these sites that are of a moderate distance, during their day or night nature walks, and gain better understanding of rural Sri Lanka. This is also a service offered without any additional charges.  

Your stay in a Mahoora tented camps are completely carbon neutral.

 

  

The Park

chef wilpattuThe oldest and largest National Wildlife Park in Sri Lanka opens its doors to avid wildlife safari-goers, offering ample opportunities to spot Sri Lankan Leopards. The Wilpattu National Park still holds virgin territory appeal due to the fact that it had remained closed to visitors for a long time, and is a must see for those wishing to explore unchartered wildlife parks in Sri Lanka

The Wilpattu National Park is the largest National Park in Sri Lanka and comprises diverse forest types. Thus, there is more area to explore and visitors to the Park are widely spread unlike in the Yala National Park. Being one of the first Parks to open in Sri Lanka, Wilpattu is one that has a rich heritage and it is also in close proximity to Anuradhapura and Kalpitiya which makes it an ideal destination for those on a historical tour or those planning to go whale and dolphin watching.

Read more about Wilpattu National Park

 

The Location

Mahoora Wilpatu tented camps site is visited by elephants and has a very rich birdlife.   

It’s located closer to the Southern boundary of Wilpattu National Park, adjoining a lake and is surrounded by a bush forest. Most of the time we serve our meals near the lake where clients can enjoy the serenity of nature while enjoying their meals.       

As with other Mahoora locations, the tents are spread out in order to ensure complete privacy and a true wilderness setting. 

The distance between the entrance of the park and the campsite is a mere 7km, and take only 5 to 10 minutes to get there.

 

 

wilpattu wineMahoora Leopard Research

Mahoora Tented Camps actively support in minimizing human leopard conflict in the border areas of the national park. Researchers, and volunteers who seek to assist in such activities, including clients are encouraged to participate in the program. During safaris, our clients fill a research document on leopard and other important sightings that they have had as such data is important for planning conservation activities. 

 

"Pack in and Pack out"

All of our tents are set-up just prior to your arrival, and are moved out after your departure, thereby minimizing our impact on the environment. This “Pack in and Pack out” aspect combined with all our other green initiatives; guarantee to make your stay with Mahoora the most environment friendly accommodation in Sri Lanka. Though the tents are set up far away from local villages, bear in mind that this area is very quiet, so the distant sound of a radio or temple chant may sometimes carry to the campsite. These occurrences are rare but we would like to keep our customers informed in case such situations arise. 

 

 

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Mahoora Udawalawe Safari Camp TripAdvisor Certification

A memorable Tented Safari Camping experience at Udawalawe National Park……..

If it is Sri Lankan elephants you are after, then there is no better alternative to the Udawalawe National Park. An elephant sighting is guaranteed.

 

Sri Lanka Safari Elephant BathingThe Udawalawe National Park is the only place in the world where an elephant sighting is guaranteed on every game drive. It is an excellent place to observe elephant behaviour and to get up close and personal with these amazing animals in herds of about 50 to 100 elephants being sighted regularly. There are also 183 species of birds and 45 species of mammals recorded at Udawalawe. 

 

 

 

 

The Location

udawalawe siteOur Mahoora tented safari campsite is located in a thicket on the eastern boundary of Udawalawe National Park and is surrounded by a bush forest. Tents are spread out in order to ensure complete privacy and a true wilderness setting.  As the south or west boundaries of the park have no forest patches and are densely populated, our campsite location was carefully handpicked to amplify the feeling of being in the midst of nature.

The distance between the entrance of the park and the campsite is a mere 21km, and of this 15km follows the park boundaries where animal sightings are common, and the rest takes you through semi wilderness or pastoral villages.

An early morning drive to the park entrance or evening drive back to the campsite can easily be made in to a mini safari, based on the client's interest. The drive can take as little as 20 minutes, but a slower drive to observe the surroundings will be anywhere between half an hour to 40 minutes in duration. Furthermore, our naturalists carry red beam torches which help detect animals even during the dark especially when entering the park. 

The unique advantages of the Mahoora Udawalawe in brief

Udawalawe Wildlife SafariAs this campsite is located just next to the park’s boundary, guests are able to experience something very similar to living inside the park. If you are fortunate you may even encounter wildlife in the campsite itself. We have elephants visiting the campsite frequently.

The complete Mahoora experience with luxury Jeeps and expert game drivers, professional naturalists, snacks / beverages / water /tea & coffee  are available unlimited. What’s more a safari with our professional team is a unique and holistic experience. We believe such experience can be provided by us, as we are well experienced and has the expertise. In general, a hotel will not be able to offer the same services as their area of expertise is very different.

If there is a full day safari, we are able to provide a complete hot lunch served inside the park without returning to the campsite. This saves time and energy spent on traveling to the camp for lunch.            

For a client who is staying in a hotel, time saved would be anything between 3 to 4 hours. However, clients have the option to go back for their meal and return for the evening safari after enjoying an exquisite lunch.

udawalawe serviceWe can also extend customized services for clients. (Family safaris / honeymoon safaris / photography safaris etc)

During certain times of the year, there are a few “chena” plots scattered around the areas near the campsite. Chena is the local term for traditional slash and burn cultivation used for seasonal crops which is a common means of earning a living in the area. Clients have the option of visiting these sites that are of a moderate distance, during their day or night nature walks, and gain better understanding of rural Sri Lanka. This is also a service offered without any additional charges.   

Your stay in a Mahoora Tented Safari Camp is completely carbon neutral. 

“Pack in and Pack out”

All of our tents are set-up just prior to your arrival, and are moved out after your departure, thereby minimizing our impact on the environment. This “Pack in and Pack out” aspect combined with all our other green initiatives; guarantee to make your stay with Mahoora the most environment friendly accommodation in Sri Lanka.      

Though the tents are set up far away from local villages, bear in mind that this area is very quiet, so the distant sound of a radio or temple chant may sometimes carry to the campsite. These occurrences are rare but we would like to keep our customers informed in case such situations arise. 

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Mahoora Yala Safari Camp TripAdvisor Certification

Sri Lanka Yala National Park

Our tented camps make Mahoora Yala the ultimate glamping experience. We offer the best amenities, from fully functional toilets to comfortable beds - all inside our custom-made tents! We offer everything from best wines to an on-site professional chef, giving you the ultimate in relaxation and indulgence.

The unique advantages of the Mahoora Yala in brief:

leopard at yala sri lankaThe Mahoora tented camps are located bordering the yala national park with about 15 to 20 minutes drive to the park’s ticket office. As this campsite is located just next to the park’s boundary, guests are able to experience something very similar to living inside the park. If you are fortunate you may even encounter wildlife in the campsite itself. We have experienced Elephants and Leopards visiting the campsite.  

You are able to start the Yala Safari as early as 5.30am and continue till 7.00pm. Early morning and late evenings are the best times for wildlife viewing and photography /filming.

The complete Mahoora experience with luxury  safari jeeps and expert game drivers, professional naturalists, snacks / beverages / water /tea & coffee are available unlimited.  What’s more a yala safari with our professional team is a unique and holistic experience. We believe such experience can be provided by us, as we are well experienced and has the expertise.

In general, a hotel will not be able to offer the same services as their area of expertise is very different.

If there is a full day yala safari, we are able to provide a complete hot lunch served inside the park without returning to the campsite. This saves time and energy spent on traveling to the camp for lunch.            

However, clients have the option to go back for their meal and return for the evening safari after enjoying an exquisite lunch.

We can also extend customized services for clients. (Family safari / honeymoon safari / photography safari / walking safari etc)
Mahoora Specialized Safaris

During certain times of the year, there are a few “chena” plots scattered around the areas near the mahoora tented camps. Chena is the local term for traditional slash and burn cultivation used for seasonal crops which is a common means of earning a living in the area. Clients have the option of visiting these sites that are of a moderate distance, during their day or night nature walks, and gain better understanding of rural Sri Lanka. This is also a service offered without any additional charges.  

Your stay in a Mahoora Tented Safari Camp is completely carbon neutral.

  

The Park

yala mahoora jeepsThe experience of staying in Mahoora Yala and exploring Yala National Park is one that can scarcely be matched.

Boasting the highest density of leopard population in the world, the Yala National Park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and is widely noted as being the best place in the world to film and photograph the Sri Lankan leopard with the population density being as high as one leopard per square kilometer.

Every wildlife safari in Sri Lanka will have the same objective; to see the most of what the Park has to offer in the shortest amount of time. Mahoora tented safari camps provide an experience that will give you just that. With Mahoora, you will have the option of setting up base on the borders of the Yala National Park itself, cutting down significantly on your travel time.

The Yala National Park is among the oldest and best known of Sri Lanka's 15 National Parks. It covers approximately 1,300 square kilometres and is home to a range of ecosystems found nowhere else in Sri Lanka. With vegetation including moist and dry monsoon forests, thorn forest, savannah grasslands and fresh and saltwater wetlands, it comes as no surprise that the Yala National Park has the perfect habitats for the large number of endemic plant and animal species unique to the country, thus making it one of the chosen wildlife safari destinations that features on everyone’s tour itineraries. There are 44 species of recorded mammals in this National Park, which include the Sri Lankan Leopard, Sri Lankan Sloth Bear and Sri Lankan Elephant, 215 species of birds, 46 species of reptiles and 21 species of amphibians.

Read more about Yala National Park

 

 

The Location and getting there

Yala National Park Tented Safari CampsThere are two main entrances to the Yala National Park and most of the hotels are located in close proximity to the 'Palatuphana' entrance. As it is the most commonly used, there is lot of traffic which goes through that entrance every single day. 

Our Yala Mahoora tented camps are located close to the “Katagamuwa” entrance (off Katharagama) facing the park boundary and is around a 15 / 20 minute drive to the park ticket office. The camp is in a semi wilderness forest setting where animals roam freely.

The drive to the park ticket office / main entrance from the campsite is also a part of the safari as it goes through the forest /park. Our clients often spot leopards and sloth bears on this route. For the morning safari we leave the campsite at 5.30am to ensure that we are the first to reach the core areas of the park.  This way, there is no compromise to game viewing. 

 

How to get to Mahoora - Yala National Park

We strongly recommend you to get in touch with your Safari Specialist as soon as the booking is confirmed, so we could explain where the meeting point is and agree on the meeting time. It will be a very difficult task for you to find the campsite on your own. You will be picked up from the meeting point inKatharagama and driven to the campsite at no extra cost or your driver will be guided over phone step by step.

Though we do not provide driver accommodation in the campsite, on request it could be arranged at a Guest House where he could make a direct payment. 

 

yala featuresTo arrive at Katharagama:  

On the coastal road, from any of the beach destinations. 

This route is ideal if you are already on the southern coast. Take the A2 route up to Galle. From Galle you need to reach Thissamaharama passing Matara / Tangalle and Hambanthota. From Thissamaharama, take the 32 route to the sacred city of Katharagama. Expect a travel time of six to seven hours from Colombo.

 

The Inland Route

Travelling from Colombo, pass Avissawella, Ratnapura, Pelmadulla, Udawalawe, Thanamalwila and Tissamaharama to Katharagama, expect a travel time of five to six hours from Colombo.

 

Through the Southern Expressway

Exit the E01 expressway in Godagama, turn to Mathara and continue towards Tangalle and Hambanthota to reach Thissamaharama. Expect a travel time of four to five hours from Colombo.

 

From any other destination

To find out how to reach Katharagama en route to Yala National Park from any other destination in Sri Lanka, please refer the map.

Sea Plane or Helicopter Charter 

The option of a chartered sea plane / helicopter to reach Mahoora Yala is taken by some of our customers. Though it is comparatively expensive, the experience and the convenience is incomparable.      

Please talk to your Safari Specialist to get a quote.   

 

 

Leopard Research

Mahoora Tented Safari Camps actively support in minimizing human leopard conflict in the border areas of the national park. Researchers, and volunteers who seek to assist in such activities, including clients are encouraged to participate in the program. During safaris, our clients fill a research document on leopard and other important sightings that they have had as such data is important for planning conservation activities. 

 

Pack in and Pack out

All of our tents are set-up just prior to your arrival, and are moved out after your departure, thereby minimizing our impact on the environment. This “Pack in and Pack out” aspect combined with all our other green initiatives; guarantee to make your stay with Mahoora the most environment friendly accommodation in Sri Lanka.   

Though the tents are set up far away from local villages, bear in mind that this area is very quiet, so the distant sound of a radio or temple chant may sometimes carry to the campsite. These occurrences are rare but we would like to keep our customers informed in case such situations arise. 

 

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