Wilpattu Safari Camp , started in mid-2016 by a group of wildlife enthusiasts and photographers, offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a camping atmosphere without comprising their day-to-day luxuries. Guests are greeted and picked up by Namal, the host and one of the owners of Wilpattu Safari camp at a certain point along the main road and then driven to the campsite. Refreshed by cold towels and a chilled drink, guests can settle in for a traditional Sri Lankan lunch and then prepare for the evening game drive.
Wilpattu Safari Camp operates on an all-inclusive basis which includes two game drives, all meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. If guests are interested in going on a private game drive accompanied by a naturalist an additional supplement is applicable.
The campsite has four tents: three king-sized and a twin and are on a raised concrete base. The tents are spacious, furnished with a desk and chair, two standing fans, night lamps, cupboards and ensuite bathroom with a walk-in shower with toiletries. The beds are fitted with nets and they also have mosquito repellent. The tents are not located side by side so guests have privacy and can enjoy a cup of tea while admiring the surrounding in their front veranda. All tents can be turned into triples.
Lunch and dinner are served at the dining tent located close to the entrance, while breakfast is served during the morning safari inside the park. Lunch is a traditional Sri Lankan lunch and dinner is a three-course western meal. Guests will be served a selection of alcoholic beverages including beer, wine and other spirits at a bonfire (if the weather permits) before dinner where they can catch up on what they saw during the safari drives.
Why we like it
Glamping, not camping, a couple of minutes from the entrance to one of Sri Lanka's most scenic National Parks.
Wilpattu Safari Camp is located in the buffer zone just outside the Wilpattu National Park about two hours from Colombo International Airport. It’s only a 10 minute drive from the campsite to the entrance of the national park.
Location: Wilpattu, North-West
No. of Rooms: 4
Key Features: Set within the buffer zone of Wilpattu National Park; luxurious tents