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8.6
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8.9
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  • Katharagama holy city7.59 km
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  • Mahasen Temple10.69 km
  • Sella Kataragama Market10.76 km
  • Lord Ganesh Temple10.76 km
  • Yala National Park11.14 km
  • Yasvanth Golden Temple12.07 km
  • Yala National Park Information Centre15.21 km
  • Big Game Camp - Yala

    Katagamuwa, Katharagama, Yala, Sri Lanka - See map
    "The staff and manager are outstanding."
    Heather - January 7, 2018
    Exceptional service
    9.3 rating for service
    Excellent cleanliness
    8.3 rating for cleanliness
    • Airport transfer

    • Daily housekeeping

    • Room service [24-hour]

    • Bar

    • Ticket services

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    Location score
    8.9/10
    Service score
    9.3/10
    Review score - United States
    8.3/10
    Value for money score
    8.3/10
    Better than
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    Value for money8.3
    Location rating8.9
    Nearest airportWeerawila Airport (WRZ)
    Distance to airport25.4 km

    Rooms available at Big Game Camp - Yala

    8.1
    Excellent
    Room comfort & quality
    Safari Tent
    Safari Tent
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    • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
    • Nature view
    • 3 single beds
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    Tent
    Tent
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    • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
    • Nature view
    • 3 single beds
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    Family Room with Garden View
    Family Room with Garden View
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Shower and bathtub
    • 4 single beds
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    What people love about Big Game Camp - Yala

    • 10.0
      Exceptional

      "The barbeque set up and dinner was superb."

      Sekhar B.

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      May 9, 2017

    • 7.6
      Very good

      "There is a R&R area with Wifi, books, board games etc."

      GK

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      April 9, 2018

    • 10.0
      Exceptional
      Staff 

      "The staff were genuinely friendly and catered to all our needs."

      Seon

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      December 28, 2018

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    10.0
    Exceptional

    "An unbelievable experience for both my girlfriend and I. The..."

    Seon

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    December 28, 2018

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    8.8
    Excellent

    "Great stay and great people!"

    David

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    September 24, 2016

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    Agoda Reviews (106)Booking.com Reviews (333)
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    Cleanliness8.3
    Facilities8.3
    Location8.9
    Room comfort and quality8.1
    Service9.3
    Value for money8.3
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    9+ Exceptional (40)
    8-9 Excellent (21)
    7-8 Very Good (12)
    6-7 Good (5)
    <6 Below Expectation (6)
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    Dec - Feb (42)
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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Seon from Hong Kong
    Couple
    Tent
    Stayed 1 night in August 2018

    Beyond Brilliant”

    An unbelievable experience for both my girlfriend and I. The dinner, service and safari was incredible from the first second. The staff were genuinely friendly and catered to all our needs. The dinner was beautifully arranged and encircled a huge bonfire beneath the stars. We managed to see all the animals including a leopard! (Please don’t take this as a guarantee that you’ll see one; however the guides will do their very best) An extra note: I injured myself on a table (totally my fault) and they were on the scene immediately and took me to a nearby pharmacy for treatment. They were genuinely concerned for our health and comfort and went the extra mile to make sure we were having the best time possible considering the incident. Even going as far as to cover any costs incurred. Gayan, our guide, never left our sides and shared his passion for the wildlife of the park. I have him to thank personally for my quick recovery. We will never forget this trip for this safari experience. A true testament of the Sri Lankan spirit. Don’t miss this!

    Reviewed December 28, 2018

    We are overwhelmed to read your amazing review. It is heartwarming to read of your experience during your stay with us.We strive to provide the very best of our service for our guests and we are extremely glad you loved it. Gayan and the team were thrilled to read your comments. Whilst appreciating time taken to write we hope you would be back with us in the near future!

    Responded February 25, 2019
    Big Game Camp - Yala
    8.4
    Excellent
    Suba from Malaysia
    Couple
    Tent
    Stayed 1 night in February 2018

    Excellent”

    Lovely campsite. Absouletely serene. Dinner was great and staffs were friendly. The game drive, however, was disappointing. The guide appointed was really bad at explaining the Park and about the animals we spotted. The driver was speeding the last hour .. so we obviously can't spot any animals.

    Reviewed March 02, 2018

    Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the setting, dinner and our service. We are truly sorry about the inconvenience caused during the game drive. We will look into it and ensure such situations won't repeat itself. We hope you come back!

    Responded July 28, 2018
    Big Game Camp - Yala
    8.4
    Excellent
    David from Malaysia
    Couple
    Safari Tent
    Stayed 1 night in January 2018

    Excellent”

    The tents in the camp are set in little enclave surrounded by bushes which made it very private. Tents were clean, staff were friendly and efficient; and food was rather good. There were no hot running water in the shower which makes taking a shower in the evening after a dusty safari game drive a very chilly experience! However compared to their other camp in Udawalawe, The Big Game Camp Yala is much better in terms of service and quality of the tents.

    Reviewed January 06, 2018

    thank you for your review. We are truly glad that you had a wonderful experience with us. As for the Hot water, the system is developed in such a way that the water must run for a few minutes for the hot water to be effective, we are not very sure if this was communicated to you clearly as we do have the provision at all times. We are terribly sorry for the inconvenience caused. Thank you for the compliments. We hope to welcome you with us again!

    Responded July 28, 2018
    Big Game Camp - Yala
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Sze from Hong Kong
    Couple
    Safari Tent
    Stayed 1 night in April 2017

    Fun wild stay!!”

    In the wild, we could took a normal show, had a normal bathroom which was good! Also, we had a comfortable bed without mosquito coming after us which made us slept well. The dinner experience was fantastic and tasted good! The safari experience was great of the most!!! The guide was careful and tried to help us to see as many animals as we could. Every time we saw animals, he was really happy for us!! I also have to mention the camp manager Coma who takes good care for each of the guest, the warm welcome and always seek to help actively which makes the service great!

    Reviewed April 18, 2017

    We are truly grateful to you for taking time to write your experience. We have noted your comments and the highlights and glad you had a great experience. Do revisit us on your next journey. We look forward to servicing you!

    Responded July 28, 2018
    Big Game Camp - Yala
    8.0
    Excellent
    Vicki from Australia
    Solo traveler
    Tent
    Stayed 1 night in February 2017

    Basic game game”

    Camp was good, tents are run down, but ok, resturant was great, had that game camp feel. Staff were ok, needed to be just more enthusiastic , lack of communication with everything. Not much of an atomoshere, my guide didn't speak any English but could point at animals and say there name, also ask for binoculars as I didn't have any

    Reviewed February 09, 2017

    Thank you for your review. We are truly sorry for the inconvenience caused by the accommodation and service. We have already looked into the issue and taken several measures to avoid such situations.We hope you had a lovely stay with us!

    Responded July 29, 2018
    Big Game Camp - Yala
    8.0
    Excellent
    Wen from Singapore
    Group
    Safari Tent
    Stayed 1 night in December 2016

    Big Game Camp Yala or Mahoora Tented Safari ?”

    We booked our trip for Big Game Camp and was surprised when we arrived that we were at Mahoora Tented Safari. Service was great and the staff were all very helpful. There was a fan in tent to cool and with a bathroom attached. Camping just got an upgrade. Perfect for a night's stay and a wonderful experience

    Reviewed December 20, 2016

    Thank you very much, your review is highly appreciated. Your valuable feedback on your stay encourages us even more. We look forward to seeing you in the future!

    Responded July 29, 2018
    Big Game Camp - Yala
    9.6
    Exceptional
    WEIRAN from Hong Kong
    Couple
    Stayed 1 night in August 2016

    Great experience at Yala”

    Good value for money, the tent was nice and cozy, staff were helpful, and the dinner in the dark around the fire was a unique experience. One thing to note was that there was a spider in our tent the night we move in, but this was expected as we chose to stay in the wild. The morning drive provided by the camp was great and we saw a leopard and a bear up close!

    Reviewed September 17, 2016

    We are truly glad to see that you had a great experience with us. Thank you for sharing the details of your experience. Whilst appreciating time taken to write we hope you would be back to enjoy more.

    Responded July 28, 2018
    Big Game Camp - Yala
    8.4
    Excellent
    kaley from Singapore
    Couple
    Tent
    Stayed 2 nights in August 2016

    extraordinary experience ”

    loved the staff there and they made us feel very welcomed. the safari were well organised and we managed to see many animals. loved the dinner setting by the bonfire under the stars. down side is that its really hot in the tent in the afternoon from 11am-3pm. highly recommend!!!

    Reviewed August 16, 2016

    We are appreciative of your feedback and truly glad that you had a pleasant stay with us. Thank you very much for taking time to share your feedback. Please come again!

    Responded July 29, 2018
    Big Game Camp - Yala
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Yangkai from China
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 1 night in July 2016

    More than perfect”

    This is my first camp stay and Big games made it a perfect one! Thank you so so so much! This is definitely the best service I've received all these years! The bonfire dinner under the starry sky was incredibly amazing and the special breakfast in the lush jungle was so personalized! I recommend big games to you all! Once in a life must try experience!

    Reviewed July 11, 2016

    Thank you for your most kind review. We value them very much. We strive to provide the very best of our service for our guests and we are extremely glad your experience was an unforgettable one. We hope to see you again in the near future.

    Responded July 29, 2018
    Big Game Camp - Yala
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Sander from Netherlands
    Couple
    Tent
    Stayed 1 night in March 2014

    wonderful experience to camp in nature”

    friendly staff, close to Yala NP, dining under the stars

    We had a great experience at Big Game Camp. When visiting Yala National Park this is a great choice to stay. It's quiet, you are surrounded by nature, its camping but with all luxury that u might need and the staff was great in doing their best to make everyone's stay pleasant and fun. The dinner at night in the open air, in the jungle with all its sounds and the stars shining above is just magical. Also great food and drinks!

    Reviewed April 04, 2014

    Thank you so much for your kind review. We are thrilled your stay with us was enjoyable. We hope to see you back in your future travels!

    Responded July 29, 2018
    Big Game Camp - Yala
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Chalith from Sri Lanka
    Couple
    Tent
    Stayed 1 night in September 2018

    Amazing friendly staff. Specially Manager Manjula went above and beyond to ensure a luxurious stay”

    Facilities were luxurious and great value for money. Extremely happy with the service offered to us by Manjula and his staff. Definitely will return for a future stay. Thank you

    Reviewed September 20, 2018

    We are thankful for your kind review. Happy guests make all our efforts worthwhile. Manjula and the team were pleased to learn of your high praise. We look forward to servicing you in the future!

    Responded October 01, 2018
    Big Game Camp - Yala
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Liz from Ireland
    Couple
    Tent
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2018

    5 star tent experience, terrific few days”

    This was a wonderful two night experience. My wife and I cannot speak highly enough of Wayne and his team. The tent was very clean and is well equipped, the food was outstanding and the general ambience really made for a jungle tent experience especially at night time when the staff lit a bonfire with lanterns lit. The jeeps were very good quality and the guides were both enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We saw lots of animals including three separate sightings of leopards and plenty of sightings of elephants. It should be noted that leopards are very hard to spot but the guides use their inate knowledge of the park to give you this chance. We are so happy we stayed here and this is an experience that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.

    Reviewed February 24, 2018

    We are thankful for your most kind review. Happy guests make all our efforts worthwhile and we are happy to read of your enjoyable experience during your stay with us. Thank you for staying with us and for ranking us so highly. We hope you visit us again!

    Responded July 28, 2018
    Big Game Camp - Yala
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Heather from United States
    Solo traveler
    Tent
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2017

    Best part of our trip!”

    The staff and manager are outstanding. They did everything to make this a perfect adventure. Also, some of the best prepared food that we had in Sri Lanka. You are staying in a tent but you are doing it with style!

    Reviewed January 07, 2018

    Thank you very much, your review is highly appreciated. Your valuable feedback on your stay encourages us even more. We look forward to seeing you in the future!

    Responded July 28, 2018
    Big Game Camp - Yala
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Tibor from Sweden
    Couple
    Tent
    Stayed 1 night in October 2017

    If i could give more then 5 stars i would do that”

    i do travel a lot but i have never felt so well taken care of as i did here. The living in the tent is a wonderful feeling, even thoug that saingt its a tent is a litle missleading since there is a shower, toilet nad doublebed inside. Extremly good staff. 3 diches lunch, 3 diches dinner very very good breakfast. Al 3 meals was delicius.The invirement is amacing. Safari also good. As a package including everything i would love to give the staff and the staying minimum 5 + rating. FOR SURE I WILL BE BACK

    Reviewed October 17, 2017

    We are thankful for your most kind review. Happy guests make all our efforts worthwhile and we are happy to read of your enjoyable experience during your stay with us. Thank you for staying with us and for ranking us so highly. We hope you visit us again!

    Responded July 28, 2018
    Big Game Camp - Yala
    6.8
    Good
    HENRY from Malaysia
    Family with teens
    Tent
    Stayed 2 nights in July 2017

    the tents were old and permitted large number of insects into our tent. They were crawLING all over.”

    The mosquito net on the bed gaped at the entrance causing insects to enter the bed and crawl all over. Our family of 6 slept poorly and cut short our stay., forfeiting the second night. The dinner was great The staff was excellent The potential to improve should be embraced. The experience living in a tent can be made more pleasant. The owners need to invest in better tents or else it not worth visiting beautiful place. What a shame!!!

    Reviewed July 29, 2017

    Thank you for your review. We are sorry for any inconveniences caused due to our accommodation. We have rectified the issue by hiring new tents. We are pleased that you loved the food and the service. Please come again!

    Responded July 29, 2018
    Big Game Camp - Yala
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Sekhar from India
    Family with young children
    Tent
    Stayed 1 night in April 2017

    stayed with infant”

    one of the most professionally run property, I have ever came across. Kamal and his team made sure that we felt comfortable with the infant even though we were staying in a tent in a jungle. The location is awesome and you literally stay within yala forest. The barbeque set up and dinner was superb. The introductory speech given by Kamal ensured that we instantly felt comfortable staying there in spite of traveling with infant. Must stay place if you go to yala and if you are a nature lover who want to stay in tented camps. Thank you team for the hospitality.

    Reviewed May 09, 2017

    Thank you for your most kind review. We value them very much. We strive to provide the very best of our service for our guests and we are extremely glad your experience was an unforgettable one. We hope to see you again in the near future.

    Responded July 28, 2018
    Big Game Camp - Yala
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Sue from Malaysia
    Couple
    Tent
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2017

    Extremely satisfied”

    - Perfect check in attendance to guests. - we had wonderful full day safari from big camp, esp. the lavish lunch by the beach. - very attentive managers and staff. (You guys are the best that we have met for longest time among our vacations) - wonderful lavish meals available. - great "glamping" experience with wifi, beer and hot showers in our tent. -very comfortable for city-dwellers.

    Reviewed February 14, 2017

    We are thankful for your most kind review. Happy guests make all our efforts worthwhile and we are happy to read of your enjoyable experience during your stay with us. Thank you for staying with us and for ranking us so highly. We hope you visit us again!

    Responded July 29, 2018
    Big Game Camp - Yala
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Ajay from India
    Group
    Stayed 1 night in January 2017

    Fun at Big Game Camp”

    My wife and I traveled to the camp on the 1st of Jan, 2017 along with two more couples and their young kid. The overall experience was very pleasant. The staff was very accommodating. The tents allotted to us were clean and cozy. We were whisked away for the afternoon safari as we reached the camp and got done with our lunch. The driver arranged was very knowledgable and acted as our guide till the real one joined us. The drive in the national park was extremely educational and a lot of fun. While we didn't see leapords, we got to see a lot of elephants, wild buffaloes and a variety of birds. The dinner buffet was extremely delicious, especially the barbecued meat. The breakfast was to die for. We were served a rice/ragi rotti stuffed with coconut, which was heavenly. Overall, we had a great time at the camp and at the safari.

    Reviewed January 06, 2017

    We are thankful for your most kind review. Happy guests make all our efforts worthwhile and we are happy to read of your enjoyable experience during your stay with us. Thank you for staying with us and for ranking us so highly. We hope you visit us again!

    Responded July 28, 2018
    Big Game Camp - Yala
    7.2
    Very good
    Moon from Malaysia
    Family with teens
    Tent
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2016

    Comfortable Stay but Expect More”

    First of all, let's talk about the tents. Ours is BIG. It consists of 3 little tents combined together. 1st tent is living room. 2nd is bedroom. 3rd is bathroom. You got sofa, proper beds, shower head etc. There is no water heater and air conditioning but fans which are good enough. But this is a basic tent. Not those luxurious beautiful tents you see in Africa safaris brochures. About the food. Their BF is average. Omelette, toasted bread that kind. The pricey packed lunch is terrible. Awful rice and curry (I like curry but theirs is inedible). Dinner is a different story. Yummy BBQ and you dine under the star. With torch lights around, you get the feel of survivor tv series.

    Reviewed December 22, 2016

    Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. We are sorry you were dissatisfied with the breakfast and the lunch. We have already looked into it and have introduced new standards. Please come again!

    Responded July 29, 2018
    Big Game Camp - Yala
    9.2
    Exceptional
    joanne from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2016

    Great value camp”

    The camp is located on the edge of the park and only a short drive to the gate. The camp itself is well set out and thoughtfully designed. Whilst the tents are fairly basic the whole experience was made special by the staff who really are fantastic. Nothing is too much trouble and they go out of their way to make everything perfect. The food was delicious and there was plenty of it. If I had a bigger budget i would stay somewhere with slightly better tents however they were more than adequate and overall this represented excellent value for money. I would happily stay there again

    Reviewed December 06, 2016

    We are thankful for your most kind review. Happy guests make all our efforts worthwhile and we are happy to read of your enjoyable experience during your stay with us. Thank you for staying with us and for ranking us so highly. We hope you visit us again!

    Responded July 29, 2018
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