1 Mahoora tented safari camps UdawalaweForest luxury campout on the borders of Udawalawe National Park – Udawalawe

Glamp in a private, 12-acre bush forest on the borders of Udawalawe National Park, the only place in the world to guarantee seeing herds of Wild Asian Elephants throughout the year.


Why should you book this trip?

  • The Udawalawe National Park is the only place in the world where an elephant sighting is guaranteed on every game drive.
  • The Mahoora Tented Safari Camp in Udawalave borders the eastern boundary of the Udawalawe National Park. The camp location is one of Sri Lanka’s best and most remote wildlife locations.
  • Get close to exotic birds and beasts found in this renowned safari park, including wild elephants and an occasional leopard.
  • You are provided with two safaris in the Udawalawe National Park. One in the evening of Day 1 and the one on the morning of Day 2.
  • You can experience authentic fully-serviced, mobile, tented safari camping, with its many comforts. An array of delicious local food coupled together 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 also 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.
  • Specially modified, comfortable jeeps are provided for safaris.
  • 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 a Mahoora Tented Safari Camp is completely carbon neutral.


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Included in the Price

  • Accommodation in the tent of your choice (Elite Safari Trent or Explorer Safari Tent)
  • Exclusive, specially designed front-faced jeep
  • Service of a professional naturalist
  • Park entrance fee and the tracker fees
  • Picnic basket with snacks, hot and cold beverages
  • Unlimited beverage service
  • All meals during your stay
  • Bottled water throughout the day



  • Tips for staff
  • Anything that is not mentioned above


Tour in Brief

We request you to get in touch with your safari specialist as soon as the booking is confirmed. He will brief you on the meeting point and the meeting time. You will be picked up and driven to the campsite at the pre-arranged meeting point (Kalawelgala School) at 12.30 p.m. by Mahoora staff. Your chauffer/driver (if any) will be guided to reach his accommodation.

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. The lunch will be served along with the preparation for the afternoon safari, where 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 the 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

This national park spans approximately 31,000 hectares and is located in the southern dry zone. The park cuts across two of the southern provinces and includes the Udawalawe Reservoir. The most prominent peak, called Ulgala, is located in the west of the park. It rises up to a height of nearly 380 metres from the lowest point in the area which is at 100 metres above sea level. The most topographical features are the Kalthota Escarpment and the spectacular Diyawinne Falls to the north.

The reservoir itself is situated inside the park, and draws its water from the Horton Plains Reserve, the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary and the Haputale area. It retains its status as an important area for aquatic birds. Udawalawe is the second most popular park after Yala and is famed for its resident Sri Lankan elephant population which can be seen in large herds.

The Udawalawe National Park is also instrumental in the Elephant Transit Home – a project that is geared towards the conservation of the Sri Lankan Elephant (Elephas maximus maximus) which is a recognised subspecies of the Asian Elephant and is now endangered. This transit camp is an orphanage of sorts where abandoned, injured or orphaned elephants are treated and then released back into the park. It is possible to observe these elephants from a safe distance.


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We were at the camp for 02 nights and the experience was amazing! The tents were very comfortable and erected in a way not to disturb the natural surroundings. Sri Lankan food served was delicious though i would have liked a raw salad with the vegetarian meal which we had before visiting Kataragama. All staff were very courteous and friendly and more than wiling to make our stay a memorable one.Safari tour was equally exiting and we saw lots of animals including a leopard! Hats off to Manjula, Wasantha and Osha for the wonderful 02 days which we will never forget!

Geethika – Sep 2018