Explorer by MahooraPrivate Tented Safari Camp Experience 
in Dambana

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.

01Our Private Tented Safari Camp Experience in Dambana is tailor-made to experience the livelihood of indigenous people of Dambana ( Vedda Community). It  is carefully designed to interact with a selective group of the indigenous community who still preserve their traditional way of life, as such giving you a truly private, non touristic and unique experience.

The Explorer by Mahoora Campsite is situated adjacent to a lake that is naturally beautiful. The evenings are breathtaking when hues of pink and blue paint the evening sky in broad and vibrant strokes. It is a place to lie down or sit back and relax, enjoy an afternoon cup of tea and and simply watch the skies turn to darker shades of blue, as birds fly back home saying farewell to the day.

At nightfall, we make your wild dinner experience a little extra special. Listen to the campsite come alive with chanting and the beat of the dancers around the campfire, recreating a scene that must have echoed through the forests in a bygone era; full of gusto and rhythm.

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’) is equipped with a bedroom and an en-suite bathroom along with a private veranda/porch outside the tent.

Day 1: Arrival in Dambana

Schedule for Day 1

  • 02Arrival at pre agreed meeting point at 12.30 p.m.

  • Drive to Explorer by Mahoora Campsite.

  • Customary greeting by a member from the indigenous tribal community  (Vedda) of Dambana.

  • Lunch.

  • Depart at 2.30 p.m. to meet the Chief of the indigenous tribal community.

  • Visit to the Museum.

  • Return to the Campsite by 5.30 p.m.

Day 2: Day at Explorer by Mahoora - Dambana

Schedule for Day 2

  • Breakfast at the campsite.

  • Forest walk with indigenous tribal community which takes you through traditional tasks of bee collection, searching for beehives and wild yams, observing the use of bow and arrow, etc.

  • Departure after the activities.

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Experience Indigenous tribal Community

Experiencing the lives of indigenous tribal community in Dambana is not confined to observing their lives. In fact, you get to be part of those experiences: as you walk in the forests and take part in novel activities such as looking for beehives and yams, you will both get a sense of this unique living style as well as wonder how these people live in nature.  You may venture further and try your hand at using some of their traditional equipments, such as bow and arrow and learn to ignite a fire the old-fashioned way.

Fact Sheet - Explorer by Mahoora


  • 05A 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.


  • Opportunity to meet indigenous tribal community of Dambana (Vedda Community).

  • Visit the museum of the indigenous community.

(All visits - museum, vedda village are included in the price)

  • A naturalist is 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


  • 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
  • Opportunity to meet indigenous tribal community of Dambana (Vedda Community).

  • Visit the museum of the indigenous community.

  • Experience and be part of  the lives of the indigenous tribal community.

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.

  • Emergency phones are provided per tent (on signal availability).

  • Limited opportunities for charging mobiles, laptop and digital camera charging. Clients are advised to have standby 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 to 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 -  94 km - travel time    1 hr 45 min

    • Mahiyanganaya -  19 km      - travel time 20 min

    • Ella - 88 km - travel time 2 hrs

    • Nuwara Eliya -  108 km - travel time 2 hrs 30 mins

    • Udawalawe -  198 km - travel time 4 hrs 20 mins

    • Pasikudah -  123 km - travel time 2 hrs 50 mins

    • Arugam Bay -  161  km - travel time 3 hrs 20 mins

    • Polonnaruwa -  112  km - travel time 2 hrs 15 mins


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