1 Mahoora Safari Camps Gal OyaLive amongst swimming elephants and indigenous tribes – Gal Oya National Park

Wake up in a savannah wilderness, home to an ancient Veddha clan, and witness swimming elephants on your boat safari and campout inside Gal Oya National Park.



Why should you book this trip?

  • You will be led by an enthusiastic, professional naturalist guide.
  • It is a unique experience where boat safaris in the Galoya reservoir take the centre stage – a rare occurrence.
  • The highlight of your stay will be to witness elephants swimming from one island to another in the reservoir in the Galoya Park.
  • Camping is in the heart of the wilderness in Galoya, giving you the opportunity to go back in time, savour and experience living in the bush.
  • The comfortable setting of the tented camp gives you a relaxing atmosphere. A warm campfire and Sri Lankan cuisine will add to the flavour of your experience.
  • An opportunity to meet the only indigenous, tribal community of the country –AadiVaasi or the Veddas – a fast dwindling community.
  • Your experience is led by a professional naturalist cum environmentalist who is very familiar with the Galoya National Park.
  • Unique photo opportunities in the Galoya National Park that will turn your friends green with envy.



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Included in the price

  • Tented Accommodation.
  • One jeep safari and one boat safari
  • Service of a professional naturalist who is very well familiarized with Galoya National Park Safaris.   
  • Park entrance fee and the tracker fees
  • Picnic basket with snacks and hot and cold beverages during the safaris.
  • Unlimited beverage service
  • All meals during your stay
  • Bottled water throughout the day.
  • All government taxes. 




  • Tips for the staff. 
  • Anything that is not mentioned above


Tour in Brief

Upon your arrival, we advise you to touch base with us in order to provide detailed information on the pickup point. Considering the terrain, it would be difficult to find the campsite on your own. You will be picked up and driven to the campsite at the pre-arranged meeting point (Gal Oya park entrance) at 12.30 p.m. by Mahoora staff and no extra cost will be charged, or your driver can be guided over the phone step by step.

At the campsite,you will be welcomed by the Camp Manager who will brief you of the day’s plan and activities including an introduction to the area. Once refreshed,your lunch will be served in your tented accommodation.Thereafter, your naturalist will guide you in setting for the evening safari.The safaris are done by boat due to the setting of the national park where the best viewing is possible.

Your return to the campsite is marked with freshly brewed tea and coffee with time to unwind and relax. Dinner is served under the stars amidst a blazing campfire to keep you warm. Our very specialfive-course BBQ dinner is bound to tantalise your taste buds.The nights are quiet and calm and it is bound to give you peaceful rest after a full day of activities.

The wakeup call is given at 5 a.m. and by 5.45 a.m. as you need to be up for tea and coffee by 6 a.m. and leave for an adventurous morning safari.

Once you are back at the campsite, a sumptuous Sri Lankan cum continental breakfast is served. You will depart from the campsite late morning with one of the best experiences of your life.


  1. The pickup time from each pickup point is 12.30p.m.; late or early arrivals may result in inconveniences.
  2. Mahoora Camping’s meal basis is on full board,from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 2. This is a standard procedure and will remain the same for all our guests.
  3. Lunch is served at the campsite;it is an experience by itself (any change to this will be specifically advised by our staff).
  4. There should be enough time to do an evening safari/activity. Guests should leave the campsite by latest 2.30 p.m. for the afternoon safari after having lunch.
  5. In case you get delayed due to unavoidable circumstances or for help on how to get to the location, please call the contact person early.
  6. Personal effects for warm, windy, rainy conditions should be carried by clients
  7. Insect repellent, sunscreen etc. are recommended
  8. Sandals or walking shoes are recommended
  9. Please refrain from making casual donations to anyone. If you like to tip, please hand it over to the Team Leader at the camp. He will distribute it amongst the staff
  10. Please do not buy any wildlife-related products from anyone, as it is illegal and against our sustainable policies 

Gal Oya National Park

The Gal Oya National Park, situated in Sri Lanka's South Eastern Province, was established in 1954 by the Gal Oya Development Board. Its primary function is to protect the catchment area of the vast Senanayake Samudra. It was subsequently handed over to the Department of Wildlife Conservation in 1965. This reservoir is the lake which holds the largest amount of water in Sri Lanka.

The Buddhangala sanctuary,which is one of the four protected areas that makes up the Gal Oya National Park, has ruins of a dagoba and other buildings dating back to the 2ndcentury BC. It is believed that Lord Buddha visited here during his last time in Sri Lanka. In the hilly country to the west of the park was one of the last strongholds of Sri Lanka's indigenous tribes – the Veddas.

The Gal Oya National Park is rich in both flora and fauna. About 45 percent of the park is covered by evergreen forest and a further 33 percent is taken up by savannah areas. The 25,900 hectare park has about 32 species of mammals including the Common Langur, the endemic Toque Macaque, Sri Lankan leopards, Sri Lankan sloth bears, Sri Lankan elephants, wild boar, water buffalo and three species of deer.


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This is the 1st camping experience of us and we are well impressed. We stayed one night and it had become one of the most memorable one. We were taken in the company jeep for campsite from the entrance. Campsite was something new and fresh. It was set by the riverbank. 
There was a comprehensive reservoir which was dotted with many small islands. It was home to an incredible diversity of birds species. It’s an ideal spot for bird enthusiasts. We had a boat safari and it was something new whereas usually we find jeep safaris. We managed to spot giant elephants, deer, sloth bears, crocodiles and wild bores. An interesting event was we found elephants swimming along those mini islands and they have made those islands as their residence.
There was 6 Campsite staff. Everyone was friendly. Cooked some tasty Sri Lankan cuisine. At the same time they were much careful of our safety.
The park was rich in flora and fauna. It was at its best with its grassy lands, wilderness, small islands, and hills and valleys. 
Definitely this was one of the best of our holiday and worth every penny.

Laura – England  Dec 2011