Aliya Safari

Aliya Safari Camp - the site in Yala National Park

Camping safari in Sri Lanka

Camp scenery from the verandah of Aliya Safari luxury tent camp


Camp sites in Sri Lankan national parks are simply small clearings in the jungle. Nothing is there - apart from the wilderness as well as some kind of water access. Most sites are near a river and locations are therefore very nice with the canopy of tall kumbuk trees offering shade. This tree grows only along rivers.







Usually a camp is arranged at a river location

Since these 'camp sites' are inside protected national parks they are under the authority of the Department of Wildlife. This department issues the permit to use the site. Aliya Safari Camp will arrange permits and all other details and logistics and this is all included in the rate apart from safaris, full board and all services.







Interior design of your wilderness accommodation,
Aliya Safari luxury tent camp. Yala National Park

How it works

Inside protected areas no permanent structures are allowed so there are no permanent facilities on the sites. A Sri Lankan camping safari has to be organized with portable camp equipment and we are bringing in all these mobile facilities. It means 'luxury accommodation' has limits – but it is our work to overcome the limits and make your camping stay surprisingly comfortable.






Tonight chef's special: seafood jungle barbecue

The tents and camp facilities are arranged for the specific camp event and the entire camp is prepared for the days of the booking and then removed - leaving nothing but footprints. This is camping! De luxe... Prior to your arrival, the camp and tents are organized in advance by our 6 man jungle team and during your stay they will be on hand to ensure everything is working perfectly.







A flamboyant Cono Sur Gewürztraminer goes well
with mild curry style seafood dishes

What you have to do

... is to enjoy the jungle surroundings and natural
sounds of the wilderness...

Trackers are watching throughout the night and the cook is preparing the meals. When you get back to the camp in the evening after safari we will greet you with a sun downer.
The campfire and lanterns are all lit by our team before dusk.
Curry style- or multi course dinner served around 20 pm.




Birdwatching with our team at the Menik River

Walking – please don't…

The camp site is situated in the middle of a national park and you are requested not to walk outside the camp ground, a condition for the permit issued to us by Department of Wildlife.

In most cases the camp site is at a river. We can take you on small walks at the river, just very close to the camp but that is enough for bird watching. Various kingfishers are easily seen as well as eagles and forest birds.





An elephant observed from the river near the camp site

Although not a daily occurrence, wild animals will from time to time show up at the river near the camp. It might frequently happen in the morning and late afternoon and that means it will often be during safari excursion time.