My wife and I have stayed in a few 'luxury' camps in Africa and on this sort of scale Yala barely registers. It is supposedly an eco-friendly camp (now outside the park) but one level above boy scout camping so, if this is what you want go for it but do not expect luxury camping.
The tents are small and tired with poor light (the picture is misleading) only after 18.30, as is hot water and there is no storage or hanging space. In our tent the shower delivered only a few drops of tepid water and was very dirty, the toilet was OK - just, the bed was very basic and uncomfortable and the tent could not be secured as the lock and key were corroded. We were booked for two nights but left after one.
On the plus side, the staff were pleasant and helpful and we had a good guide (who was a freelance). The food was OK.
The management must understand that this is not luxury camping and not portray it as such. It will appeal to some people as an opportunity to spend time close to nature and this is how it should be marketed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mahoora is a holistic experience from your arrival to the departure focused on living in the wild and wildlife viewing and not just an accommodation option only.All the Safaris are included in the price. Mahoora safaris include high quality Safari Jeep / all the entrance and permit fees, sumptuous picnic basket and an unlimited supply of chilled beverages and a Mahoora Naturalist to ensure the best animal sightings and interpretations. All of Mahoora elite tents are set-up just prior to your arrival, and are moved out after your departure, thereby minimizing impact on the environment. This "Pack in and Pack out" aspect combined with all other green initiatives; guarantee to make your stay with Mahoora the one of the most environmentally friendly accommodation in Sri Lanka.Mahoora is an all inclusive stay and Tea / coffee, Tropical Fresh Fruit Juices, Beer & Spirits, Wine, and Snacks all are included in to the price. Mahoora's Fine Dining Executive Chefs will prepare tantalizing meals to suit your personal tastes, whilst adding in a few culinary surprises. This is just one aspect of the unique Mahoora adventure which keeps clients returning to the wild, time and time again. ... more less
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- Mahoora Luxury Tented Safari Camp Yala Hotel Yala National Park