Explorer by MahooraPrivate Tented Safari Camp Experience in Maduru Oya National park

2 nights/ 3 days

Explorer by Mahoora is a highly unique and immersive experience of living with untamed Sri Lankan wildlife inside National Parks and Nature Reserves across the country. Our Private Tented Safari Camp Experience in Maduru Oya National Park is on the banks of Maduru Oya Reservoir.  

MaduruOya01The park designated in 1983 provides a sanctuary for elephants and protects the immediate catchments of five reservoirs.  Large herds of elephants roaming in the Park are at times hidden by the tall grasslands. Our guests get a real-life experience; up close and personal with wildlife.


The magical setting in the silent wilderness where the rustic flame torches light up and roar to the tune of the wind while the campfire dances alongside, under a starry sky…. this is the place to sit back and relax - while we take care of you.

There is a freshness and exotic touch to the cuisine served at our Safari Camp. Exceptional detail is given to the menu by our wonderful chef. Our guests can partake by selecting a catch at the fishing village, should they so desire, and leave the rest to our creative kitchen.

Explorer by Mahoora is for the adventurer who is looking for a sense of comfort and glamour in the midst of the wilderness.  The tent (15.6’x 8’) comes with a bedroom and an en-suite bathroom along with a private veranda/porch outside the tent.


Day 1: Arrival at Maduru Oya National Park

Schedule for Day 1

  • MaduruOya02Arrival at the  pre-agreed meeting location in Henanigala - 11.30 a.m

  • Greetings by ‘Aadivasi (Vedda community) of Henanigala’  and walk in the forests to experience the traditional livelihood of Aadivasi.

  • Drive to the entrance of  Maduru Oya National Park

  • Drive to Explorer by Mahoora campsite situated inside the Maduru Oya National Park in a 4WD safari jeep

  • Lunch at the campsite

  • Evening jeep safari at Maduru Oya National Park at 3.00 p.m

  • Return to the campsite

  • Encountering traditional practices of Aadivasi prior to dinner

  • BBQ dinner around the campfire



Day 2: Day at Explorer by Mahoora at Maduru Oya National Park

Schedule for Day 2

  • MaduruOya08Early morning safari at 5.30 hrs

  • Picnic style breakfast on the safari

The backdrop of 3000-year-old remnants of a bygone civilization, sets the scene for the morning safari picnic at Maduru Oya National Park… a historical picnic to be remembered.

  • Visit the Fishing Village inside the Maduru Oya National  Park - pick day’s catch!

  • Return to the campsite by mid-afternoon

  • Lunch at the campsite

  • Evening jeep safari at Maduru Oya National Park

  • Return to the campsite

  • BBQ dinner around the campfire


Day 3: Departure - Explorer by Mahoora at Maduru Oya National Park

Schedule for Day 3

  • Relax at the Campsite and enjoy breakfast prior to departure.

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Living here is an indelible experience. There are few places that one can get up close and personal and enjoy the wilderness in its true pristine form. The elephants trumpeting becomes more like traffic on the street. The campsite is surrounded by a range of birds and regular visits of elephant herds that come to take quick baths, are numerous. The astonishing sunset takes one to a place of complete surrender where living in the wild becomes ecstatic.



Meet the Adivasi

Explorer by Mahoora at Maduru Oya National Park provides an opportunity to closely engage with the Aadivasi (Veddha community of Henanigala) and to observe  their way of life at present. The traditions of the Veddha community including search in the forest for yams and bees honey, display of the use of bow and arrow and their age-old traditions are some of the aspects of what you would experience.


Encounter with Chief of Aadivasi community in Henanigala

Fact Sheet - Explorer by Mahoora
  • MaduruOya06A tent (15.6’x8’) with accommodation, an en-suite bathroom, and a veranda/porch.
  • Tented accommodation with raised beds with freshly laundered bed linen and a bedside table.
  • Fully-sealed tent with ventilation nets.
  • Veranda/porch is equipped with a shoe rack,  two foldable arm chairs and a small coffee table.
  • One rechargeable table top fan is provided in the bedroom tent.
  • A rechargeable lantern is provided for illumination.
En-Suite Bathroom
  • En-suite flushable toilet with pipe-borne water, wash basin, and shower area.
  • Toiletries on complimentary basis.
Game Drives
  • MaduruOya12All entry permits, park fees, and government taxes for the entire stay, are taken care of.
  • A shared jeep with front-faced comfortable elevated seats is provided for maximised game viewing and photography opportunities.
  • A naturalist is provided for each jeep.
  • Complimentary picnic with chilled beverages and snacks break will be provided.
  • Two game drives per each night stay will be provided.
  • The morning safari starts from the camp at 6.00 a.m. until 10.00 a.m. The afternoon safari starts from the camp at 2.30 p.m. until 6.00 p.m.
  • For pre-requested wildlife photographers, we provide monopods, bean bags etc. during the safari.
  • Unlimited water will be provided.
Food & Beverage Service
  • MaduruOya13Pre-dinner wine and beer around the campfire.
  • For breakfast, continental and Sri Lankan dishes including fresh juices are available.
  • Freshly prepared Sri Lankan lunch at the camp.
  • Five course dinner menu with signature dishes including a BBQ around the campfire.
  • Unlimited tea/coffee, fresh fruits, snacks, juices, soft drinks, and water will be provided.
Safari Attire & Necessities
  • Attire of earthly coloured garments are recommended during the Safari.
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent creams are necessary items to carry.
  • Please note that Sri Lanka’s weather is affected by many factors such as depressions and cyclones in the Indian Ocean. The weather is subject to sudden change.
Value Additions – 2 nights or more
  • Opportunity to meet Aadivasi (Veddha community) of Rathugala.
Campsite/Lounge/Common Area
  • Special dinner settings in the camp are arranged. Each meal will be given at a carefully selected location with a unique illuminated setting.
  • Snacks are provided at the lounge/common area.
  • Emergency phones are provided per tent (on signal availability).
  • Limited opportunities for charging mobiles, laptop and digital camera charging. Clients are advised to have stand by options.
Family Tent Arrangement
  • Children of any age are welcome.
  • Only one extra bed can be accommodated in a Tent
[Totaling a maximum of 3 single beds].
  • Please refer the child policy in the rate card for the rates and supplements.
  • If there are 2 or more children where 50% of the per person adult rate is applicable, an additional tent will be provided at an extra charge.
Please Note
  • Air-conditioning is not available.
  • Phone signal availability – subject to the area and the service provider
  • Distance from cities - by road
    • Kandy - 128 km - travel time  3 hrs 40 min
    • Mahiyanganaya -   55 km - travel time - 1 hr 25min
    • Ella - 125 km - travel time  3 hrs 15 min
    • Nuwaraeliya - 144 km - travel time   3 hrs 50 min
    • Belihuloya -  171 km - travel time  4 hrs 30 min
    • Udawalawe - 227 km - travel time  4 hrs 50 min
    • Passikudah - 86 km - travel time  -2hrs
    • Arugumbay - 170  km - travel time - 3 hrs
    • Polonnaruwa - 51.6 km - travel time  1 hr 25 min

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B E S T   R A T E S   G U A R A N T E E D !


Much more than just a great place to stay

"Thanks to our guide Avinka we had five great safaris staying four nights just after reopening this February. The staff made us feel so very welcome during the entire stay.

The safaries are just wonderful, and having a great guide in your vehicle makes a big difference. Avinka can spot animals you would never see and we were even lucky enough to sight leopards on the trees, close to our vehicle, and also running through the field. The wildlife is so exciting that you will have a great experience even if you don‘t see any leopards. We also had a great driver, which is essential if you drive through difficult territory. You are being taken care of the entire time, so even for those who do safaris for the first time, you will always feel safe.

The camp itself is very comfortable, you get everything you can think of, and on top of the great food being served with so much attention and friendliness. You also get wonderful vegetarian and vegan options. They put on bonfires at night, which makes it unforgettable.
When booking and making plans, you get great support from the headquarters, even if it gets difficult since you have to change your plans.
The best thing what can happen to you at the end of a vacation is when you are a bit sad to leave the place, having experienced something to remember forever, and the team does everything for this to happen. Thank you so much"

Axel S wrote, Traveled with family
January 2021

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