Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Kulu Safaris offer a new concept in Sri Lanka that now allows you to get up close and personal with the wildlife in the national parks of Yala Park, Uda Walawe, and Wilpattu, camping within the parks in fully catered mobile camps.
At a Glance
The pioneer operators of tented safaris in Sri Lanka
Excellent trackers mean they offer some of the best wildlife-spotting in the world; you can also ask for a specialist guide
Despite cooking in a camp, food is excellent and some of the best on offer during a tour of the country
Tents are set up with double beds
You are not with the rest of the government vehicles this way, you'll have a much more expert and personal experience
If you've got an old fashioned 'proper' SLR like me, don't forget to take extra film (again like me..)!!! Huge mistake!Scott Dunn team
Take advantage of all the amazing experiences you can do outside the National Park. Go for a Kayak on the lake, or walk to the beautiful temples nearby.Jessica Campbell
An exciting and innovative concept that allows you to wake up in the heart of the national parks of Sri Lanka, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the wildlife. The local knowledge, logistical efficiency and creativity of Kulu Safaris has made them the number one choice for many world class production houses including the BBC, National Geographic and Disney Nature.
A fully mobile safari camp will be set up in advance of your arrival including hot water shower facilities, queen size beds, a fully equipped kitchen and heavy duty safari tents made in South Africa. You have access to a specially adapted 4WD vehicle for unlimited game drives, tracker and naturalist. All food and drinks are included (apart from premium liquor).
Currently they operate within the Yala Park, Uda Walawe famed for its herds of elephant and Wilpattu, home to the highest density of mammals in Sri Lanka particularly leopard but will hopefully extend to the other parks that make up 10% of the country. These are some of the most famous wildlife parks in the country and also have high numbers of wetland birds such as Lesser Flamingoes, Pelicans, Spoonbills and Painted Storks to name a few and reptiles. Wilpattu is the largest national park in Sri Lanka and has over sixty lakes which draw large numbers of game particularly when the monsoon rain water starts to subside. Kulu Safaris will be happy to out together a personalized itinerary according to specific requests and also provide kayaks which guests can take out for a couple hours on the water to experience a different aspect of nature.
Your tent will provide a comfortable queen size bed, hot water shower facilities, separate toilet and a veranda where you can relax and unwind in after a days exploring some of the most spectacular national parks of Sri Lanka.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Kulu Safaris. However, there are no specific facilities.
Facilities include the dining tent which also serves as the camp's living room. Each tent has it's own adjourning bathroom and is raised up above the ground on a decking. The Camp also offers equipment such as Kayaks for those interested in doing something a little different.
The park safari is included in room rates but you will have to pay extra for a naturalist to accompany you. Yala National Park has a variety of a ecosystems ranging from monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands which are home to one of the highest densities of leopard in the world. It is also home to mugger crocodiles, sloth bears and a variety of birds including the Crested Serpent Eagle, the White Bellied Sea Eagle, Lesser Flamingoes, Pelicans, Spoonbills and Painted Storks.
Location & Directions
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Depending on the time of year, your safari will take place in Udawalawe National Park (central southwest), Yala National Park (on the southeast coast) or Wilpattu National Park (on the northwest coast).
When to go
From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west and south coasts.