Mahoora Tented Safari Camp Yala

Yala, Sri Lanka

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mahoora tented safari camp yala



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5.0 Excellent 240 Reviews

Incredible experience ! Such friendly guides, uber comfortable luxurious tents and breathtaking sights around the national park.

This resort is as close to jungle living experience as one can get.

Why customer like this Tented Safari Camp

The Experience
  • Mahoora mobile tented safari camps are the ultimate in safari camping with the ultimate in comfort and style.
Mahoora tented safari
  • Start your day with a flawless sunrise on an undisturbed horizon in soft orange and pinky hues and end it with the iridescent glow of a million twinkling stars.
Wildlife adventure
  • The gentle splashing of an elephant in a nearby stream
  • Mahoora sets the stage for your perfect wildlife safari camp
Further attractions
  • Bundala National Park
  • Kumana National Park
  • Udawalawe National Park
  • Gal Oya National Park
  • Knuckles Mountain Range
  • Wilpattu National Park
  • Sinharaja Rain Forest
  • Horton Plains National Park
  • Wasgamuwa National Park
  • Minneriya National Park
  • Rekawa Turtle Sanctuary

Mahoora Elite

Occupancy : bedroom, living area and en-suite bathroom.

Bathrooms : En-suite flushable toilet with pipe-borne hot and cold water, wash basin, and shower area.

Mahoora Explorer

Occupancy : Raised beds with bed linen and a bedside table with basic amenities.

Bathrooms : En-suite flushable toilet with pipe-borne hot and cold water.

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Mahoora Elite

Spacious tented accommodation with bedroom, living area and en-suite bathroom. The living area includes a comfortable couch, easy chairs, and a mini library with lighting. The bedroom has a raised bed or two single beds with a partitioned en-suite bathroom. Freshly laundered white linen takes centre stage in the bedroom, with a bed sides tool and other amenities. A baggage rack is provided to keep your luggage, as well asan easy chair for relaxation.

Mahoora Explorer

Tented accommodation with raised beds with bed linen and a bedside table with basic amenities. Fully sealed tent, with nets for ventilation. A private relaxation area in the veranda / porch with two chairs and a coffee table.


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4.5 Neo UK
  • Location, Service, Value

Great location, closest to the Yala NP. Very comfortable accommodation, the meals and personal service were the best; deluxe dining under the stars - unforgettable! Safari's were spectaculair! The safari included formula is value for money. Room Tip: The superior tents are worth the supplement!.

4.8 Philip Nee New York City, New York , April/ 2015
  • Value, Location, service

This was our first time on safari and we were unsure what to expect. We booked the Mahoora Classic Plus for 2 nights through TripAdvisor / Agoda and I was a bit concerned as the packages on Agoda do not match with those on the Mahoora website. This was quite expensive but was all inclusive including all accommodation, food and drink, personal jeep, driver and guide. We were met just outside Kataragama by the jeep and our guide Saranga and taken to the camp site. The camp site itself is located just outside the Katagawuma Sanctuary. It takes about 20 minutes to drive to the Park entrance. The campsite is set up around a man made watering hole and each tent is secluded within its own area. The tents were quite comfortable with a fan, ensuite toilet and shower facility so you could freshen up after each trip. We shared our tent with a squirrel, a mouse and a family of frogs. There are numerous dining tents which are used for breakfast and lunch. The dinners were grand affairs under the stars with flaming torches and a camp fire, seated at individual tables with linen table clothes, napkins and personal waiters. The dinners consisted of four or five courses and all the food was excellently cooked. The staff were very attentive and the camp manager was always on hand with ice cold towels and cool drinks when we returned from safaris and a member of staff was on hand to guide us back to our tents after each outing or meal. We had four safaris starting after lunch on the first day. Saranga was a very informative guide and stopped the jeep to point out animals and birds throughout the park. We saw a huge amount of wildlife on each of our four drives – elephants, monkeys, wild boar, mongoose, deer, crocodiles, huge variety of birds (eagles, herons, hornbills, peacocks, bee eaters to name a few). We even managed to see a leopard (at some distance) and a very rare (nocturnal) mouse deer. We started our morning drives at 515am in order to get to the park (we saw a lot of wildlife on the track to the park entrance too) as soon as it opened (6am) and hopefully see a leopard at close quarters. Unfortunately, we did not see a leopard at close quarters but it didn’t matter. The experience was still unique and highly recommended. On both of our morning drives we took a packed breakfast in order to stay in the park for longer. We stopped at the river on the first day and the beach on the second. The beach area is very beautiful and the remains of the bungalow devastated by the tsunami are still visible. Our guide also seemed to instinctively know when we needed a break and carried a coolbox of drinks and snacks to keep us going. Whilst we were at the park there were only a handful of leopard sightings – the jeeps from the various operators communicated with each other on the sightings and we had several close encounters (fresh tracks, animal alarm calls) and this reinforced that even though we were in one of the world's densest leopard populations, the leopard is exceedingly elusive. This only added to the experience however and we still had a fantastic time. For people considering the safaris, you should be aware that the tracks are pretty rough. If you suffer from travel sickness or have a bad back, you will struggle. Our morning safaris would last from 5.15am to 10.30 or 11am so you will be in the jeep for at least 4 or 5 hours. Aside from the two stops mentioned above, there is nowhere in the park to get out of the jeep and no toilet stops. For most people, one day (or half day) will probably be enough. However, if you are a nature lover or enjoy the outdoors, wildlife or bird watching, this is a great way to see the National Park and some great wildlife close up. We would highly recommend Mahoora for a unique safari experience.

5.0 Brenda from London, UK, April/ 2015
  • Service, Location

I am a semi professional photographer living and working in London and Mahoora Yala luxury Safari camping was my first luxury Safari camping experience in Sri Lanka. Having done so many Safaris in Sri Lanka, what I expected from Mahoora was a knowledgeable naturalist, decent reliable safari vehicle that can support my camera gear and a clean secure tent with good food and facilities (Having said that it is tented Safari camping, I did not expected more that that to be honest). I was at Mahoora Yala for three nights and I can comfortably say that they have exceeded my expectations from every aspect. The Mahoora Eco Team were so friendly, informative and helpful. Food was great and well prepared and I loved the free local alcohol and the BBQ. Naturalist is one of the best I have been with and I’ve been blown away with the knowledge he had on natural history. He helped me to spot couple of rare animals unique to Sri Lanka such as Sri Lankan Leopards, sloth bears and various other birds. The campsite is on the border of Yala and is about 10 minutes away from a sub entrance. This worked well in my favour because unlike the main entrance, this entrance was not busy at all and your can get in to the park sharp at 6 AM. This increases the chances of sightings with almost no crowd being around where you can have plenty of time to open your eye for creativity with your camera. I am not even quite sure why some reviewers complaining about campsite not being close to the main entrance. The facilities in the camp are clean and the beds were comfortable. Electricity and Wi-fi is just a cherry on the top. You don’t have to worry about charging your batteries or stay connected with work as this was always been a problem for me when I was in Safaris in Sri Lanka before. I will always use them again and get them to organise my future assignments in Sri Lanka and will recommend Mahoora to who ever is looking for a tented Safari camping experience. Room Tip: Close to an extrance, Electricity, Wifi, Attached toilet and shower

5.0 ChrisW from London, UK, Sep/ 2015
  • Location, Service

This was our first stop on our honeymoon in Sri Lanka and what a stop it was!! We booked the Mahoora Classic Plus for 2 nights through Agoda but were confused initially as the packages on Agoda did not exactly match with those on the Mahoora website but there was no issue and we got exactly what we booked and more . Due to it being off peak season we had a 40% discount deal and was all inclusive including accommodation, food and drink, personal jeep, driver and naturalist. We were met at Kataragama presidential college just outside the park by our driver Vasantha and our naturalist Puwarthara who were both incredibly friendly and took all of our luggage for us. A short 10-15 minute drive to the camp which is situated at the fence of the park itself at a man made watering hole. On arrival we were met with welcome drinks and cold towel and promptly shown to our tents. The tents are very comfortable all situated in their own secluded are surrounded by bush and trees. You have a nice size awning with comfortable chairs and a table, also an umbrella each to shade yourself from the sun or rain. Inside the tent was 2 single camp beds pushed together to make a double which were quite comfortable which also had a hanging fly net to cover you at night. Also equipped with electricity, a fan, ensuite shower room with hot water, mosquito repellent and bedside lights. You are obviously camping in the jungle so you inevitably get the odd house guest such as the small frogs that seem to be endemic in the park but this was never a big issue! There were also very few, if any mosquitos about. After allowing us some time to freshen up after arrival we were treated to a fantastic 3 course lunch followed by our first safari drive that evening, with our driver, Vasantha and naturalist Puwathara. The gates to the park are only about 15-20 minutes drive away. Vasantha was a great driver and spotter, making unbelievable spots from the wheel. Puwathara who sat with us in the back was full of information about the park and wildlife and also spotted several animals and birds we would have missed if we would have been without him. Our remaining 3 safari drives were equally fantastic with a different naturalist, Nandakumara who was brilliant and we loved our 3 drives with him. It was obvious he had a passion for the jungle and all its inhabitants and we learnt so much from him. On returning from our drives we were always met with a fresh juice/tea and a cold towel followed by food! We were lucky enough to see 2 leopards, elephants including a tusker, many species of birds, buffalo, mongoose, monkeys, deer, wild boar, crocadiles and many more. The food was FANTASTIC! Dinners were 5 course degustation type meals and were slightly different each night. We were actually lucky enough, on our second night to be the only guests in the camp and it felt like we were royalty! At night the camp is lit by several oil lamps and at the middle of the camp is a camp fire. Very romantic and even with other guests around, its all set up for you to have your own little section separate from others so as to have your own personal space without having to make small talk with others! overall an absolutely great place to stay for safari, food and service exceptional. would highly recomend to anyone. Stayed June 2015, travelled as a couple