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Mahoora Tented Safari Camp Yala
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Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

After 2 night at the Mahoora in Udawalawe we moved for 2 nights to Yala. The camp site is very nicely arranged and during our 4 game drives we've seen in Plot No. 5 2 Leopards, 2 Jackals and a Bear. Highly recommend to stay away from Plot 1 which is far too crowed and explore Plot 5 as well Plot 3.

Stayed: December 2016, traveled with family
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Anuruddha B, Owner at Mahoora Tented Safari Camp Yala, responded to this reviewResponded March 30, 2017

We are very happy to know you enjoyed every minute of your stay with us at Mahoora Camps. Especially on the informative details on the safari tours at Yala park. We must say you are one of the few guest who has had the chance to spot most of the animals. Very lucky than the other guests. We are very happy to hear of your experience with us.

Have a wonderful day!

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Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

Website for this camp is very misleading. The place is - yes - on the boundary of the park; however the entrance is about 30 min drive away.

"Reception" and information upon arrival is lacking. No emergency numbers are handed out. And on Safari the least you simply need to ensure is that the guests understand the Do's and Don't's while on a game drive. No introduction/information whatsoever.

You never get the sense of being in the wild at the "camp". Noise of motor vehicles and music from a stereo from nearby locals gives the impression of being in someone's backyard.

Tent quality - ridiculous.

Food quality OK. Local Sri Lankan. Sense of luxury - that's really a joke. All meals a served next to a muddy pool of water.

Staff friendliness is top; they really try their best given the circumstances.

Game itself is OK. Nowhere near Africa though. Lots of vegetation - not easy to spot animals.

Not recommended whatsoever.

Stayed: December 2016, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 16, 2016

We had an awesome experience during our stay at Mahoora Safari Camp. It was the first camp accomodation for our vacation trip in our life and I was afraid it would be a kind of a challenge. But our staying there was quite comfortable. We were upgraded and had all the necessary facilities and some elements of luxury comfort. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Our guide Gayan never stopped taking care of us, reminding all the time to ask him if there was anything we needed. During our safari trips ( we had 3) he told us a lot about the animals and the local customs. He tried to do his best to make our experience in Yala memorable and unique. We watched a lot of deers, peacocks, buffalos, birds of any kinds, crocodiles, elephants and one leopard. It was really impessive inspite of the hot whether and heavy dust.
Anyway , the shower after each safari was easily available. The room was tidy and clean. The bed was comfortable.
Special thanks to the staff for providing us with the delicious dinners in the romantic atmosphere of torches in the dark.

  • Stayed: October 2016, traveled as a couple
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Anuruddha B, Owner at Mahoora Tented Safari Camp Yala, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2016

Thank you for writing in detail about your experience. Our staff are extremely happy to see the detailed descriptions.
We are delighted to know that you had a great stay and hope to see you back again in your future travels.

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Reviewed October 12, 2016

We had a fantastic time at Mahoora Yala. The staff were very friendly and helpful, and the food was very good. Our naturalist and driver for the safari's were both very friendly and obviously instrumental in our sighting of 4 leopards! The campsite has a smart layout that affords privacy without leaving you too far from the central area. The tents were very comfortable. I really appreciated the effort they make to reduce the impact of the camp on the environment.

Stayed: August 2016, traveled as a couple
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Anuruddha B, Owner at Mahoora Tented Safari Camp Yala, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2016

We are delighted to see that you had great sightings and a fantastic stay with us . We are equally appreciative of your comments on the campsite set up, the staff etc.
Thank you for taking time to write, We are truly glad to see your review!

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Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

Our expectations were most definitely exceeded here. We were looked after beautifully, even upgraded during our stay. From the second we arrived the staff were anticipating our needs, providing us with welcome drinks, people to carry our bags and give us a tour. It is exceptionally well managed from early wake up calls for yhe safari to dinner in the evenings. I couldn't recommend this place hi g lt enough. The accomodation is very comfortable and food is delicious. The setting is amazing and the attention to detail for meals, safaris etc is incredible. Our safari driver was amazing, very knowledgeable and willing to make recommendations or go slightly "off piste" if the situation called for it. He went above and beyond to ensure we had a memorable experience and saw as much ad the parks had to offer. All I'll say is don't sit at the back of the safari car if yo u don't want your bones rattled! Everyone at Mahoora in Yala set out to ensure your needs are met, from picnics on safari to wonderful evening meals, and I must say they succeeded quite spectacularly with our group. Go. Dont hesitate. The experience is well worth it.

Stayed: March 2016, traveled with friends
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Anuruddha B, Owner at Mahoora Tented Safari Camp Yala, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2016

We are really glad to see the comments and the details of your review. Thank you for taking time and recommending us. We hope that you would be back to experience more of what we offer in your future travels.

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