Special Elephant Safari Tent Adventure, Sri Lanka

Okkampitiya, Uva Sabaragamuwa Province (Sri Lanka)
Safari Tents
4 units
8 guest capacity

Accommodation Description

Through simple, camp-style living conditions, staying at this lodge is an extraordinary trip back to nature. You'll be bathing at a freshwater well, there's no electricity, and meals are cooked native-style on a wood fire. The minimal facilities are balanced by spotless service and a staff eager to create great experiences for visitors – be it tasty meals, jungle treks, or wild elephant spotting escorted by local trackers. All excursions are on foot with a 4-man team of local trackers including the English speaking (local) naturalist of the lodge.

The current accommodation option is tented style rooms. Four chalet type canvas lodgings with bathrooms and toilets inside, enough space for a large double bed, and a veranda outside the room with folding chairs and tables.

The lodge has always wanted to create a different, one-of-a-kind wilderness experience. They provide a rare opportunity to live for a few days at an extremely peaceful location, 10 km from Buttala in a remote bush and forest area of great natural beauty near Yala National Park. Read More

Accommodation Features

  • Running water
Read More

Guest Services

  • Front desk service

Location + Surroundings

Come experience a real jungle adventure and simple living in harmony with wild nature. The eco lodge situated 10 km southeast of Buttala is carefully fitted into impressive surroundings, with elephant tracks, bush-jungle, mature tall forest, rocky hills, and abundant wildlife. Completely off the beaten track, the lodge is a special and non-touristic place to stay and is about location and experience rather than just another accommodation option. Come to live and walk with nature in the Weliara jungles, an isolated wilderness in the remote southeastern region of Sri Lanka. The Weliara jungle is hidden between Yala National Park and the Rahat Kanda mountains – a 20 km steep ridge of rocky hills separating civilization from wilderness.

Most prominent amongst the wild visitors are the elephants; they can frequently be observed from the lodge itself. The bush and forest around the lodge is connected to a natural part of the Yala jungles in the southeast corner of Sri Lanka, a region probably accommodating more than 500 wild elephants. Mostly during the dry season, herds of elephants move around in the area, attracted by food and water holes. A few male elephants are resident in the Weliara jungle, and from time to time elephant herds are come into the area. Night in the jungle is an experience of darkness and hypnotizing sounds of wilderness. Elephants frequently visit the lodge premises at night and sometimes even before the daylight fades around 6 – 7 pm. They can be heard or seen near the lodge at night, and seen as dark shadows gliding over the landscape when the moon is full. When elephants pass by they are usually very silent but occasionally they are heard breaking branches or trumpeting. This is nightlife in Sri Lanka. An experience of a lifetime. Read More


  • Bird watching

Local area walks from the camp with a 4 man team in tropical dry zone forest and to nearby lakes.

Visitors are requested not to walk alone. 1-2 hours Safari-tours to national parks. From Tree Tops Jungle Lodge, several national parks are easily accessible. Yala, Uda Walawa, Gal Oya, Bundala, Lunugamvehera, and Lahugala National Parks are all within 1-2 hours drive. Inquire for more information. Full Day Tuk-Tuk tours visit ancient temples of the area. A beautiful spot to take a bath in the Menik River.

Read More

10 Reviews

Accommodation Rules

  • No parties

Cancellation policy

  • You will receive a full refund if you cancel at least 7 days prior to check-in.
View policy details

Additional Information

This site does offer a true jungle experience but they are situated in wilderness, not inside a safari park. Observing wild animals is not easy. The local area is simply remote and wild and sparsely populated, and the jungles and forests are part of the greater ecosystem of the Yala National Park. Yet, wildlife might be around and we expect visitors to respect the wild nature of our place and contribute to their own safety, behaving responsibly and using basic instincts. Living at an unfenced lodge in an amazing landscape among wildlife is the essence of adventure. Read more

Share this accommodation