Pioneers of the tented safari camp in Sri Lanka, Kulu Safaris offer a unique wildlife experience more like an African safari. They are an environmentally friendly company and they try to tread as lightly as possible on the natural environment. Across the island, Kulu operates several campsites that are non-permanent, but at the same time they also offer the most comfortable accommodation with touches of luxury. The campsites are all handpicked for their remoteness – most often guests are the only dinner party for miles!
All the safari tents have been custom-made in South Africa by one of the world’s leading safari outfitters. The Base Camp in Yala offers large tents (each tent is over 200 sq. ft.) that are secured on raised wooden platforms. Each tent includes a small deck for some private space to sip an evening drink, or to relax with a good book. The tents have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold showers. The fly screens support excellent ventilation while keeping out pesky critters.
Kulu’s Yala camp is ideally situated to explore the multiple sectors (referred to locally as ‘blocks’) of Yala National Park, and Kulu run the majority of safaris in Block 1. However, for guests staying 3 or more nights, they can also run full-day excursions (with a packed, bush-lunch) to Block 3, 4, 5, and Lunugamvehera National Park.
The tents are all extremely comfortable with large double beds and en-suite bathrooms and a little sitting area as well as a private verandah. The mess tents serve delicious meals and provide a place to socialise with fellow guests in the evenings. You will spend your days game viewing so there are no other facilities in this environmentally low impact safari camp.
Coined Sri Lanka’s “Big Five”, Blue Whale, Sperm Whale, the Sri Lankan Leopard, the Asian Elephant, and Sloth Bear are the most marketed and sought after natural tourist attractions. But Kulu Guides don’t overlook a shy, yet important supporting cast that includes (but not limited to) the nocturnal Loris family (Grey Slender Loris and Red Slender Loris), endangered primates (Purple Faced Leave Monkey and Bear Monkey), small cats (Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat, Rusty Spotted cat and the cheeky Palm Civet), and the fabled yet ominous Forest Eagle Owl.