Explorer by mahoora wasgamuwa national park

 Explorer by Mahoora

Private Tented Safari Camp Experience in Wasgamuwa

Living Experience

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 - as is our Private Tented Safari Camp Experience in Wasgamuwa National Park.

explorer by mahoora camps at wasgamuwa national park sri lankaLiving in the Explorer by Mahoora Camp in Wasgamuwa National Park is refreshing to both the body and soul. The Campsite itself is located by the side of a gently flowing stream which creates a genuinely therapeutic effect that carries away any feeling of fatigue.  Trees of varied heights and sizes are a wonderful setting for an artist's masterpiece. They are also home and playground to numerous bird species, as they melodiously sing away.

Mornings are wonderfully refreshing as sun rays creep through entwined trees. The gloomy skies too can be energising, as cool breeze flickers away the fallen leaves.

Afternoons are simply joyful, as the weather remains comfortable and not too clammy and warm. Between the Safaris this is the perfect place to relax: pick your camera, binoculars or a notepad and wonder around the banks of the stream to capture those rare birds in real life.

If you are in the mood for a ‘fish’ spa, simply grab your chilled drink and head towards the stream; dip your feet in the luxurious waters and let nature take care of you while you sip away. The charming melodies of the birds will remind you that living in Explorer by Mahoora is indeed a dream come true.

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The Explorer by Mahoora Living Experience combines rustic with modern. Enjoy a spacious, tented accommodation (15.6’x 8’) which includes a cosy bedroom, en-suite bathroom with a flushable toilet and complimentary toiletries, as well as a private veranda/ porch outside the tent. Your stay with us will always be carbon neutral.

mahoora dining at wasgamuwaDining Experience

Unique opportunities are available for your every meal at Explorer by Mahoora at Wasgamuwa.

Be simply amazed by ‘breakfast on air’ as we serve you a fusion of local and Continental spread on an elevated terrace. The thrill of being on air while you take a bite of your morning toast sounds exotic? This is just a preview of your dining experience.

Lunch service with Explorer by Mahoora at Wasgamuwa is yet another adventurous and intimate experience. The gentle waters of the stream act as a spa under your feet while we serve you mouthwatering culinary specialities that will tantalise your taste buds. We are happy to provide you ample time to enjoy the thrill and joy of this unique experience.  Take your time and relish your pre lunch drinks in a natural spa.

Dinner is almost always special. The roaring campfire is the place to stretch your feet after a long adventurous day and enjoy a glass of wine or a beer. As the roaring fire gently turns into flickering flames, it is the place to cuddle up and completely relax while we take care of your culinary desires, with our Chef’s specialities on the BBQ grill.


Game Drives

safaris at wasgamuwa national park with mahooraWasgamuwa National Park is the home to many species of rare birds such as: Blue-face Malkoha Drongo Cuckoos, Jackerbin Cuckoos, and Black Wing Kites to name a few. Mammoth elephants that regularly roam in the Park set the backdrop to any game drive. It is also home to Sloth Bears, so if you are fortunate - you may just see these black beauties - furry and slow. The leopard is no exception to the highlights of the game drive, although rare and elusive, it nevertheless leaves its pug marks all over the roads - a strong reminder of its hidden presence.

The exhilarating Safaris are not confined to the animals. Wasgamuwa National Park is a beauty by itself. The blue mountains act as a backdrop while tall trees, grasslands and marshy lakes provide a range of diversity and colorful scenery to the travellers.

The morning Safari starts at 6.00a.m. from the Campsite after a wake up call and a hot cup of tea or coffee. You will return to the Campsite at 10.00 a.m.

We take extra care by making a delicious picnic breakfast. You get to enjoy this by a beautiful location picked by our guide so that you can savour and enjoy your breakfast in nature; all you have to do is sit down and dig into the spread that includes freshly prepared fruit juice, tea, coffee and of course Chef’s special breakfast.

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Historic Perspective behind Wasgamuwa National Park

Wasgamuwa National Park is surrounded by historical events, as it was a part of the ancient Kingdoms over 2000 years ago. Remnants of both war and development can be seen within the Park. Remains of a giant canal built by King Parakramabahu 1, in the 12th century, is visible in the north of the Park. Ancient pillars and ruins in the form of stones are found in several places in the Park, some of which can be seen during game drives. A battlefield where King Dutugamunu and King Elara clashed is found in Yudaganapitiya. With a rather animated description by your guide, it can certainly recreate the scene - much to the thrill of our travellers


communities around wasgamuwa national parkBorder People

Surrounded by luscious land naturally irrigated by the ever flowing waters of the rivers, the bordering villages of Wasgamuwa National Park consists mostly of farming communities. Paddy cultivation is the most popular. As you travel towards the Park, you are likely to see farmers engaging in cultivation at times using age old traditions.  

Elephant - human conflict is inevitable due to proximity to the National Park although you may come across elephant fences in many instances.


Wasgamuwa National Park

Therefore it is the ideal habitat of many species of birds - both rare and common - that you are likely to come across.  They include birds that are found in the wetlands, such as Purple Swamphen, Purple Heron, Wooly-Necked Stork and Lesser Adjutant. The taller trees are home to Black-winged Kites, Green Pigeon, Drongo Cuckoos, Blue-faced Malkoha while  Jackerbin Cuckoos hide behind the scrublands.

The widely spread grasslands become playing and mating fields for peacocks who try hard to convince their eligibility to flocks of peahens who appear to largely ignore their advances. However, the dances they perform are eye candy for those who are on the game drive.  Streams of Munias and Weaver birds fly frivolously across the grasslands in the late afternoons as well as in the mornings as if there were no care in the world. Flocks of Blue- tail Bee-eaters are a treat to the eye, as they sit on branches, or bathe in the sand in the middle of the travelling path.

Another mammoth resident of the Wasgamuwa National Park is the Sri Lankan Elephant, who is considered slightly larger in size and aggressive in behaviour in comparison to Sri Lankan Elephants found in other National parks. You are likely to see beautiful large herds of elephants in the swampy grasslands, enjoying luxurious mud baths in the late afternoons, while lonesome male elephants wander around.

The leopards in the Wasgamuwa National Park, are rather elusive and tend to shy away from visitors. However, there are opportunities to see them, or, to catch glimpse of Sloth Bears walking around looking for food. Research undertaken suggest that the density of Sloth Bears are comparatively higher in this Park. The name ‘ Wasgamuwa’ may suggest gathering of bears in the native Sinhala language.

Wasgamuwa National Park is 225 kilometres from Colombo. There are number of access roads that reach the Park, although via Kandy is the most popular.  


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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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