Explorer by MahooraPrivate Tented Safari Camp Experience 
in Minneriya National Park

1 night/ 2 days

Explorer by Mahoora is a highly unique and immersive experience of Minneri03living 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 Private Tented Safari Camp Experience in Minneriya.

Living in the Explorer by Mahoora Camp in Minneriya is spectacular. July to September is the time for elephant ‘gatherings’ that is indeed a wildlife wonder.  The Campsite is located on the edge of a forest reserve giving you a true sense of wilderness living.

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 Minneriya National Park

Schedule for Day 1

  • Minneri04Arrival at the pre-agreed meeting location - 12.30 p.m.

  • Drive to Explorer by Mahoora Campsite

  • Lunch  

  • Evening jeep Safari at Minneriya National Park commencing at 2.30 p.m.

  • Return to the Campsite.

  • BBQ dinner around the campfire.

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

Schedule for Day 2

  • Morning Safari at 5.30 a.m.

  • Picnic style breakfast on Safari.

  • Departure  after the morning Safari.

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The Gathering

Considered to be one of the wildlife wonders of the world, the elephant gathering in Minneriya takes place during the height of the drought between July and September, annually. Due to the drastic reduction of water supply to this region, elephant herds as large as 300 to 400, are seen gathering around the Minneriya reservoir. This “gathering” does not only demonstrate the beauty of elephant migration but also a unique array of activities of these animals such as socialising, finding mates,bathing, playing etc. Minneriya Reservoir becomes a playground for these large herds of elephants, who look to jest and frolic.

The gathering is an amazing highlight and stupendous sight for any wildlife enthusiast.




Fact Sheet - Explorer by Mahoora


  • Minneri06A 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

  • Minneri09All 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 begins from the camp at 5.30 a.m. and ends at 10.00 a.m. The afternoon Safari commences from  the camp at 2.30 p.m. and ends at 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

  • Minneri07Pre-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:

    • Kandy - 121 km travel time: 3 hrs 10 mins

    • Matale - 96 km travel time: 2 hrs 10 mins

    • Polonnaruwa - 22 km travel time: 30 mins

    • Dambulla - 46.5 km travel time: 55 mins

    • Passikudah - 96 km travel time: 1 hr 55 mins

    • Batticaloa - 113 km travel time: 2 hrs 20 mins

    • Wilpattu - 121 km travel time: 2 hrs 20 mins

    • Anuradhapura - 82.5 km travel time: 1 hrs 30 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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