Explorer by MahooraPrivate Tented Safari Camping in Bundala National Park

1 night/ 2 days

Explorer by Mahoora is a highly unique and immersive experience of living with untamed Sri Lankan wildlife inside National Parks, Nature Reserves and on the borders of National Parks/ Nature Reserves across the country - as is our beauty encapsulated Private Tented Safari Camp Experience in Bundala.

bundala01Living in the Explorer by Mahoora Camp in Bundala National Park is very distinct. The campsite is surrounded by all things beautiful. The lagoon is the front face of the campsite while  white sandy pristine oceanic beach 100 meters away is the backyard, the rest is a virgin forest that makes you wonder if you are living in a land of enchantment. Tall palm trees and thick bushes adorn the landscape by the shallow lagoons. These wetlands are home and playground to numerous species of birds who make this their permanent home - or their temporary abode to escape the harsh winter.

Unique culinary experiences come with your every meal at Explorer by Mahoora at Bundala.

Tuck your feet into the sandy beach while we serve you a fusion of local and Continental cuisine.

Lunch service with Explorer by Mahoora at Bundala is yet another intimate experience. The pristine beach, the deep blue lagoons are eye candy. We serve you mouthwatering culinary specialities that will tantalise your taste buds in the midst of this mesmerising scenery.

Explorer by Mahoora is for the adventurer who is looking for a sense of comfort and glamour in the midst of 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 Bundala National Park

Schedule for Day 1

  • bundala02Arrival at the pre-agreed meeting location at 12.30 p.m.

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

  • Lunch.

  • Evening jeep Safari at Bundala National Park at 2.30 p.m.

  • Return to the campsite for BBQ dinner around the campfire.

Day 2: Half a Day at Explorer by Mahoora in Bundala National Park

Schedule for Day 2

  • Morning Safari at 6.00 a.m.

  • Picnic style breakfast on the Safari.

  • Return to the campsite by 10.00 a.m.

  • Departure.

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Covering an area of 6216 hectares, Bundala is located about 250 kilometres southeast of Colombo in the Hambantota district. The Park falls within the southeastern arid zone of Sri Lanka, with a general climate that can be classified as hot and dry. The terrain is generally flat with sand dunes bordering the coastline, and vegetation consists mainly of dry thorny scrublands and lagoons. A total of 383 plant species have been recorded from the Park, including 6 endemic and 7 species considered as nationally threatened. The Park is also home to 32 different species of mammals, 5 of which are classified as threatened.

For keen birdwatchers, the complex wetland system harbours a rich bird life (approximately 197 species), including several species of migratory waterfowl. Recognition of the Park’s prolific portfolio of birds and migratory waterfowl, its biodiversity and ecosystems, led to this wetland Park being declared Sri Lanka's first 'Ramsar' wetland, as well as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005.

Bundala National Park is also home to a fishing community who make their living through inland fishing.  The influence of climatic factors, extreme rainfall, droughts and sea water intrusion, have had a long lasting impact on inland fishing; influencing the lives of the community.



Fact Sheet - Explorer by Mahoora


  • bundala04A 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

  • bundala06All 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 maximum game viewing and photography opportunities.

  • A naturalist is provided for each jeep.

  • Complimentary picnic with chilled beverages and snacks 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 commences 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 drinking water will be provided.

Food & Beverage Service

Pre-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.

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 respective service providers.

  • Distance from cities - by road:

    • Kataragama - 33.6 km travel time: 48 mins

    • Udawalawe - 72.4 km travel time: 1 hr 23 mins

    • Arugam Bay - 171 km  travel time: 3 hrs 33 mins

    • Galle - 137.2 km  travel time: 2 hrs 55 mins

    • Matara - 93.8 km travel time 2 hrs 10 mins

    • Tangalle - 56.1 km travel time: 1 hr 11mins

    • Ella - 94 km travel time: 1 hr 52 mins

    • Nuwara Eliya - 149 km travel time 3 hrs 46 mins



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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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