Explorer by MahooraPrivate Tented Safari Camp Experience 
in Dambana

2 nights/ 3 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. Our Private Tented Safari Camp Experience in Dambana is tailor-made to experience the livelihood of indigenous people of Dambana ( Vedda Community) while enjoying the joy of living in the wilderness.

Damb02Our 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

  • Damb04Arrival 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.

    • You are  invited to have a dialog with the Chief  to obtain an insight to the community’s past and present lives and challenges.

  • Visit to the Museum.

    • A quick stopover at the museum will further enhance your experience where you get to observe how the Dambana indigenous tribal community has lived in the past.

  • 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.

  • Return to the campsite by mid afternoon.

  • Lunch.

  • Evening Jeep Safari at Maduru Oya National Park.

  • Return to Explorer by Mahoora for evening tea.

  • Conclude the day with BBQ dinner around the campfire.

Day 3: Departure - Explorer by Mahoora Dambana

Schedule for Day 3

  • Enjoy and relax at the campsite.
  • Departure after breakfast.

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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


  • Damb03A 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

  • Damb06All visits - museum, vedda village are included in the price.

  • All entry permits, Park fees, and Government taxes for the entire stay, are taken care of.

  • A shared jeep with elevated seats is provided for maximum game viewing and photography opportunities.

  • A naturalist is provided.

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

  • Game Drives are based on the  scheduled programme.

  • Our morning Safaris start from the camp at 5.30 a.m. and ends at 10.00 a.m. The afternoon Safaris commence 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

  • Damb05Pre-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.

 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.

  • 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 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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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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