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Big Game Camp - Udawalawe

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Udawalawe National Park 20000 Sri Lanka
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 01/04/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 01/04/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#6 of 33 Specialty lodging in Udawalawe National Park
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Situated at the eastern boarder of Udawalawe National park this camp allows guests to truly experience safari adventure in style and comfort. Udawalawe National Park is the only national park in the country where elephant sightseeing is guaranteed on every single drive. There are 600 to 700 Sri Lankan elephants here, along with many other spectacular animals such as the Sambar deer, jackal, and toque macaque. Big Game Camp – Udawalawe is serviced by experienced and professional staff who cater to all the guests’ needs. The camp has comfortable fully furnished tents with attached partitioned toilets and equipped with raised beds, bed linen, towels, a flashlight, a shoe rack, foldable chairs, a coffee table, and an umbrella to ensure the guests’ comfort.Big Game Camp can provide more than just accommodation and guest can book safaris for an additional price.Big Game Camp all inclusive package will provide a Half day Safari that will include all entrance and permit fees, jeep ,picnic basket, chilled beverages to provide the best safari experience. All 3 meals, Tea coffee & beer, snacks are also included for the all inclusive package. Pick up and transfers from and to any destination, including airport could be arranged at an extra charge.
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
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24-hour front desk
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Non-smoking rooms
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English, Sinhala

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Udawalawe National Park 20000 Sri Lanka
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Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport24 kmSee all flights
Weerawila Airport35 kmSee all flights
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Laura U wrote a review Jun 2022
11 contributions1 helpful vote
Great moment thanks to Salomons ! We had a super welcome, a complete visit of the site with an initiation to Cricket with the team :) Very good barbecue and a good night in their tent! We recommend this place !
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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mpo253 wrote a review May 2022
UK54 contributions3 helpful votes
We couldn't fault the service here, they were falling over themselves to help us ...we were the only 2 guests when we stayed. Good points: Manager has excellent knowledge of Sri Lanka. Food was fabulous Ground very peaceful Tent well equipped Wifi surprisingly good Not so good points: Whilst situated on the south side of the safari park...this is a good 45min drive from where the safari's take place Bed was awful ... they could do with new mattresses as we could feel the hardboard through the mattress and might as well have slept on the ground :( Despite this I would still recommend this experience.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Blondie86186338 wrote a review Apr 2022
London, United Kingdom40 contributions26 helpful votes
Everything about our stay at Big Game Camp was lovely, transfer was easy, accommodation basic but clean, staff really friendly and helpful and the food delicious. I was midway through our stay in Sri Lanka when we stayed at Big Game Camp and couldn't quite believe how much we'd paid in comparison to everything else!! $297 for a one night stay with safari and no guide...! Seemed a lot to me in comparison to what we'd paid elsewhere for experiences and overnight stays in Sri Lanka. We also weren't told about the option of a guide. I fed this back as we were all pounced on for feedback as we left but they didn't seem interested. The safari was OK but we didn't see the elusive leopard (apparently the recent wet weather puts them off) or any elephants sadly.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Singapore00 wrote a review Apr 2022
Germany14 contributions4 helpful votes
We spent one night at the camp. The tents are clean though very basic and small. Lighting is quite limited inside the tent and on the premises - so bring a torchlight or headlamp. Water in the shower was running very sparsely - can be difficult if you need to wash your hair after a dusty day in the National Parks. Dinner was disappointing - in particular since Sri Lanka has so many delicious currys. Staff was friendly and attentive.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Vignes wrote a review Mar 2022
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Very clean and nice layout. Tents look good! Service was excellent. Very friendly staff. Keen to help. Safari driver was great! Safari experience was above expectations. Solomons, our naturalist was very knowledgeable and insightful.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Francesca J wrote a review Feb 2022
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We had an incredible experience at Big Game Camp. The campsite is a beautiful relaxing place to stay with a stunning backdrop overlooking the national park. The staff are all very friendly and provided excellent service. Prince Solomons the resident naturalist was a highlight of our stay, he is extremely knowledgeable about the local wildlife. We had a wonderful safari guided by him, he worked with the driver to show and teach us about as much wildlife as possible; we were able to spend time with the animals and away from the other park visitors which was very special. In the morning we also enjoyed an interesting walk around the campsite bird spotting with Mr Solomons before breakfast. Overall we would highly recommend this experience to anyone visiting Sri Lanka, whilst it may appear more expensive than some of the other tours available it is excellent value for money and well worth every dollar.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sébastien d'Albert-Lake wrote a review Feb 2022
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Magical night in this lodge which welcomed us with great kindness. Dinner under the stars and a wonderful evening. Special mention for the roasted marshmallows around the campfire. I recommend this step in your trip.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Response from Anuruddha Bandara, Owner at Big Game Camp - Udawalawe
Responded 8 Feb 2022
Dear SebdAlbertLake Thank you for reviewing us on TripAdvisor, and for rating us so highly... Our staff are quite happy to read your feedback it has lifted their spirits. Glad our staff services and the experience you had was amazing with us. We do hope you will visit us again soon. Have a wonderful day! With regards,
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Dorte R wrote a review Feb 2022
Odense, Denmark4 contributions1 helpful vote
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This camp was a very Nice expirience for our family. The sound of the national park through the tent at night, eating dinner by the camp fire, the pathways lit up by torches. We had exelent service by our waiter during the meals, and the food was really good. The camp manager was very Nice and did his best to make it a good stay for us. Provided games played some cricket whit us and took us on a tour after sunset to see All the elefant gathering by the Road to eat after dark.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Anuruddha Bandara, Owner at Big Game Camp - Udawalawe
Responded 8 Feb 2022
Thank you so much for the genuine review, Dorte R. We are very glad you took the time to share your experience with us — and we agree, our team strive to do the best especially after reading comments like yours. We’re happy to hear your overall experience has been 'Fantastic" and please do visit us again soon. With regards,
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LondonNefertiti wrote a review Sep 2020
Greater London, United Kingdom1325 contributions305 helpful votes
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Very swish for a tent, hot water and filtered water in glass bottles and a very comfy bed. Wi Fi is available in the large community area where you can sit on bean bags and relax with a beer. All the meals are served under the stars which is very romantic. Your table is set up for you it is all very private. Our only gripe is that it is a long way from the Uda Walawa National Park so you spend an extra 30 mins each way in the car each time you visit the park.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from Anuruddha Bandara, Owner at Big Game Camp - Udawalawe
Responded 5 Nov 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for your most kind review. It is our pleasure to know that you had a great experience at both the campsite and the safaris. Thank you very much for sharing your genuine thoughts about your experience with the viewers. We aim to provide a truly unique experience, and we are glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for taking the time to write. Hope you have a good evening!
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Wayne G wrote a review Mar 2020
Timaru, New Zealand13 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed one night and enjoyed the food at dinner and breakfast. My only gripe was they do not encourage everyone to mix ,you eat with your group, a bit of exclusivity I suppose. You can buy beer and wine plus take your own spirits. The accommodation is very good with an ensuite plus a fan and the beds are comfy
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from Anuruddha B, Manager at Big Game Camp - Udawalawe
Responded 25 Apr 2020
Dear WayneG1611, Thank you so much for your nice words. We are very happy that you enjoyed our food and accommodation. The dinner setting is actually made to provide a bit of exclusivity indeed, however, you can always welcome to mingle with the other guests at the common areas. Thank you again for your review and do visit us again in your future travels
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$74 - $122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Sri LankaUdawalawe National Park
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Big Game Camp - Udawalawe
What are some of the property amenities at Big Game Camp - Udawalawe?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and baggage storage.
What food & drink options are available at Big Game Camp - Udawalawe?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Big Game Camp - Udawalawe?
Yes, free parking and valet parking are available to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Big Game Camp - Udawalawe?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Sinhala.