1 Mahoora tented safari camps MinneriyaWake up to the world-famous Elephant Gathering – Minneriya National Park

Enjoy 21st century camping on the borders of Minneriya National Park and witness the ‘Elephant Gathering’, part of Lonely Planet's Top Ten Wildlife Spectacles in the World.

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Why should you book this trip?

  • The gathering of elephants in the Minneriya National Park is the largest seasonally recurring concentration of wild elephants found in the world. In the dry season, from August to October there have even been herds as large 300 to 400 reported in the dried Minneriya Lake bed.
  • You will be led by an enthusiastic, professional naturalist guide.
  • The Mahoora Tented Safari camp in Minneriya is set in a remote wilderness location; a place to breathe fresh air and listen to the sounds of nature.
  • You can experience authentic fully-serviced, mobile, tented safari camping, with its many comforts. An array of delicious local food, coupled with a BBQ dinner around the warm campfire under the stars, is bound to exhilarate you.
  • It’s an all-inclusive safari camp experience where all your drinks are included.
  • The skill of an experienced naturalist to guide you on the safari drive makes your experience unique. A facility that Mahoora Safari Camp guarantees. He will be a specialist on the Minneriya elephant gathering.
  • Specially modified, comfortable jeeps are provided for safaris in the Minneriya National Park.
  • Guided night walks/day walks are also included in this tour.
    • We also extend customised services for our guests (family safaris/honeymoon safaris/photography safaris etc.).
  • Your stay in Mahoora Tented Safari Camp Minneriya is completely carbon neutral.


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(+94) 70 222 8 222




Fairfield Garden,
Colombo 08,
Sri Lanka 



Included in the Price

  • Meals from 1st day lunch to 2nd day breakfast
  • Accommodation in the tented camp as per the Mahoora Explorer Camping package
  • Exclusive, specially-designed front-faced jeep to do the safaris in the Minneriya Park
  • Service of a professional naturalist who is a specialist on the Minneriya Elephant Gathering
  • Minneriya Park entrance fee and the tracker fees
  • Dinner around the campfire with Sri Lankan delicacies
  • Picnic basket with snacks, and hot and cold beverages
  • Unlimited beverage service
  • Bottled water throughout the day
  • All Government taxes



  • Tips for staff
  • Anything that is not mentioned above

Tour in Brief

Get in touch with your safari specialist as soon as the booking is confirmed and you will be advised on the meeting point. You will be picked up and driven to the campsite at the pre-arranged meeting point (Habarana Town) at 12.30 p.m. by Mahoora staff.

In reaching the campsite, the Camp Manager will warmly welcome you and brief you about your stay with Mahoora. Thereafter, you will be accompanied to your tent by our staff. Lunch will be served following which you will prepare for the afternoon safari on which you will be accompanied by our expert naturalist.

On your return from the afternoon safari, and having rested, you will have the wonderful opportunity to dine under the stars, enjoying the exquisite BBQ meal that our chef prepares.

A wakeup call at 5 a.m. will be followed by tea and coffee served at the tea buffet. The early morning safari drive commences at 6 a.m. Back from the safari, you can refresh yourself and come out to enjoy a delicious breakfast. Alternatively, for longer safaris, our chefs will prepare a packed breakfast to enjoy in the park itself.

We guarantee that you will depart from the Mahoora campsite with the best-ever experience in Sri Lankan wilderness.


  1. The pickup time from each pickup point is 12.30 p.m.; late or early arrivals may result in inconveniences.
  2. Mahoora Camping’s meal basis is on full board, from lunch on the 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 the latest by 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.

Udawalawe National Park

The Minneriya National Park is mostly famed for the large numbers of Sri Lankan elephants that gather here during the dry season. There have even been herds as large 400 reported. The gathering of elephants in the Minneriya National Park is the largest seasonally-recurring concentration of wild elephants found in the world.

Though it’s rare to see, Minneriya National Park is also home to Sri Lankan leopards and Sri Lankan sloth bears. It is listed as one of the important bird areas in Sri Lanka. The wildlife here comprises of 26 species of mammals, 160 species of bird, 9 species of amphibians, 25 species of reptiles, 26 species of fish and 75 species of butterfly.

The Minneriya Park is an important habitat for the two endemic monkeys of Sri Lanka – the Purple-faced Langur and Toque Macaque. It is also home to large herbivorous mammals such as Sri Lankan Sambar Deer and Sri Lankan Axis Deer. Rare and endangered species such as Sri Lankan leopards and sloth bears also inhabit the Minneriya area and the Gray Slender Loris has been reported here as well.


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I would highly recommend Sri Lanka day tours for the half day safari they arranged in Kaudulla Park. It made our trip in Sri Lanka. The kept excellent communication with me both via email and whatsapp to arrange dates, cost and timings for pick ups. The driver for our safari was very well experienced for getting us safely around the park, and what's more, seemed to chose the best route for the drive starting with Eagles, then lone elephants, to a small family of elephants (the youngest being a 2 week old elephant) to the grand finale of approximately 150 wild elephants grouped together. Phenomenal experience and memory for my first safari. Top marks. 

Simon Bradshaw – UK – AUG 28