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Explorer by MahooraPrivate Tented  Safari Camping Experience in Kumana

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 Kumana isolates you in the wetlands surrounded by dry tropical thorn forest.

Surrounded by 20 plus lagoons and tanks contributing to fascinating bird life, you are likely to find yourself smitten by the beauty of the park and its diversity including the elusive leopard, the sloth bear and the elephants who roam around.

The magical setting in the silent wilderness where the traditional flame torches light up and roar to the tune of the wind while campfire dancing alongside under a starry sky is the place to sit back and relax as we take care of you.

Day 1 - Arrival at Explorer by Mahoora at  Kumana National Park

002Schedule for Day 1

  • Arrival  at Entrance to  Kumana National Park - meeting point at 12.30 hr

  • Drive to  Explorer by  Mahoora campsite  situated inside Kumana National park in a 4WD safari jeep

  • Lunch at the campsite inside Kumana National Park

  • Evening Jeep  safari in the  Kumana National Park

  • Return to the campsite

  • B.B.Q. Dinner around the campfire


Day 2 –Day at  Explorer by Mahoora -  Kumana National Park

Schedule for Day 2

  • Early morning Jeep safari  - 5.30 hrs

  • Picnic style breakfast on  Safari

  • Return to the campsite by mid afternoon

  • Lunch at the campsite

  • Evening Jeep  Safari at Kumana National Park

  • Return to the campsite

  • B.B.Q. Dinner around the campfire

Day 3 –Departure from  Explorer by Mahoora - Kumana National Park

  • Early Morning  Jeep Safari - 5.30 hrs  

  • Picnic style breakfast during the safari


Diverse Wildlife of Kumana National Park

The Game Drives and living experience is unique in Kumana. The mornings are filled by the adrenaline-drenched jeep safaris where you may get an all exclusive viewing of the elusive leopard or the alert Sloth bear Mom with cubs.




  • A tent (15.6’x8’) with accommodation, an en-suite bathroom, and a private veranda/porch
  • Tented accommodation with raised beds with freshly laundered bed linens and a bedside table along with basic amenities
  • Fully-sealed tent with ventilation nets
  • Equipped with a shoe rack and two foldable arm chairs
  • One rechargeable table top fan is provided in the bedroom
  • A rechargeable lantern is provided for illumination
  • The veranda/porch includes two chairs and a coffee table


En-Suite Bathroom

  • En-suite flushable toilet with pipe-borne water, wash basin, and shower area
  • Toiletries on complimentary basis


017Game Drives

  • All entry permits, park fees, and government taxes for the entire stay.
  • A shared Jeep with front-faced comfortable elevated seats is provided for maximized game viewing and photography opportunities.
  • A naturalist is provided for each Jeep.
  • Complimentary picnic basket for the safari with chilled beverages and snacks for the safari break will be provided.
  • Two game drives per each night stay will be provided.
  • The morning safari starts from the camp at 5.30 a.m. till 10.00 a.m. The park gate opens at 6.00 a.m. The afternoon safari starts from the camp at 2.30 p.m. till 6.00 p.m.
  • An option to do a full-day safari is available for guests staying more than a night.
  • For pre-requested wildlife photographers, we provide monopods, bean bags etc. during the safari.
  • Unlimited water will be provided.


014Food & Beverage Service

  • Pre-dinner drinks around the campfire and wine (by the glass) during dinner.
  • 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.
  • Please carry sunscreen, insect repellent creams etc.
  • Please note that Sri Lanka’s weather is affected by many factors like depressions in the Indian Ocean. The weather can change suddenly.


013Value Additions – 2 nights or more

  • Night walks and walks along the borderlands, depending on the locations.


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 Laptop and digital camera charging . Clients are advised to have stand by options

Please Note

  • We do not provide swimming pool facilities.
  • No air-condoning facility available.
  • Phone signal availability – subject to the area and the service provider


Wildlife safaris at the Kumana National Park Sri Lanka

PioneerLogoKumana National Park is frequented by bird enthusiasts who flock to catch a glimpse of the stunning avifauna that call this park home. As it is adjacent to Yala National Park many of the animals such as the Sri Lankan Leopard and the Sri Lankan elephant can be routinely spotted too. 


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History and Description of Kumana National Park Sri Lanka

003Originally known as Yala East National Park, it was renamed as Kumana National Park in 2006. Kumana has an average annual temperature of 27 degrees Celcius and an annual rainfall of 1,300 millimetres and ranges from sea-level to the low height of 90 metres.

There are some 20 lagoons and tanks here which are major contributors to diversity of birdlife that can be seen at Kumana, most of which are water and wading species. These tanks can be less than 2 metres deep and are often flooded by seawater. The Kumana Bird Sanctuary, within the boundary of Kumana National Park, was declared a protected area in 1938, and is rated as one of the most important breeding grounds for birds in Sri Lanka.

Ancient cave inscriptions have been discovered here dating back to the 1st and 2nd Centuries BC. Buddhist and Hindu devotees annually cross the Kumana area on their foot pilgrimage to the nearby Temple at Kataragama.


Flora and Fauna at Kumana National Park

A total of 255 species of birds have been recorded at Kumana. Commonly seen on a birding safari are Pelicans, Painted Storks, Spoonbills, White Ibis, and Cormorants. The very rare Black-necked Stork has also been spotted.

Most commonly seen are the Pacific Golden Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Grey Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Little Ringed Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Common Snipe, and Pintail Snipe. 

The Asian Openbill, Glossy Ibis, Purple Heron, Great Egret, Indian Pond Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Spot-billed Pelican, Indian Cormorant, Little Cormorant, Common Moorhen, Watercock, Purple Swamphen, White-breasted Waterhen, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Black-winged Stilt, Lesser Whistling Duck and Little Grebe migrate here in large flocks which the Pintail fly 9,000 kilometres from far away Siberia. Rare migrants include Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Malabar Trogon, Red-faced Malkoha, and Sirkeer Malkoha. 

Kumana is also home to some of the mammals found in the neighbouring Yala National Park such as elephants and leopards which can also be seen on safari. Other animals which reside inside Kumana National Park include the Golden Jackal, the European Otter. It is also reported that approximately 30-40 Sri Lankan elephants reside in the park, although they do crossover to Yala National Park.

The park's wetland areas are surrounded by dry zone tropical thorn forest. The inland forest's flora consists mainly of Manilkara hexandra which is known as Palu in Sinhalese. There are also a range of aquatic plants, trees and reeds.





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Private Tented Safari Camp Experience in Kumana National Park

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