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Big Game Camp - Udawalawe
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“Great Big Game Camp for Big Elephants ...”
Reviewed 24 August 2014

After experiencing yala in July it was Udawalawe N P that my family wanted to experience as soon as kids got the august vacation. After careful evaluation of price , experience that we could get , quality , all that we decided to make a reservation in Big game camp Udawalawe. Booking process was very easy and simple.Finding the location and checking in was coordinated very professionally.

Camp is located facing a lake with lot of forest around but the prevailing drought has made it to be completely dry. I am sure the site may look even better when there is water in the lake.

We stayed 2 nights and accommodation , food , and all other services were rendered very well. Having 2 kids aged 08 and 12 myself and my wife had certain fears about camping initially. But Big Game Camp experiences made us to be very comfortable in staying under a canvas.
Safaris are the highlights of the trip and BG camp organized them so well. We were able to see so many elephants specially in big numbers together. Kids managed to learn so much about them and on many other wonders of nature.
Big thank you for the staff who looked after us so well, specially the kids.

Room Tip: Better to take the package with safaris included.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Anuruddha B, Owner at Big Game Camp - Udawalawe, responded to this review, 1 September 2014
Thank you so much for taking time to write a descriptive review of your experience. We are truly glad that you and your family had such a wonderful time. Do visit us again !
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Instead of saying great it was actually a beautiful night experience at the camp with my friends. The hospitality given to us by the staff was extraordinary and the accommodation was well enough for a safe sleep in the jungle atmosphere. The morning breakfast was awesome but, the BBQ dinner could have been slightly better.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Anuruddha B, Owner at Big Game Camp - Udawalawe, responded to this review, 8 August 2014
Thank you very much for your feedback. We are glad to see that you had a beautiful experience. Your comments and feedback is much appreciated including the comment on the BBQ dinner.
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

Was at the camp a few weeks back, On arrival we couldn't have had a more friendly welcome ! We were met by Viraj, the Camp Manager who is apparently a retired Navy Lieutenant commander ! Was surprised to see the whole campsite setup and including a bonfire just for us ! (We reached there a bit late after a wonderful safari at Udawalawe National Park)

Viraj gave a small welcome speech, do and donts and have and haven't's at the camp... very helpful.

Tents were large, clean and all items neatly placed. We had electricity !! so a must have welcome facility to charge our mobiles and cameras ! The tent had a fan, torch, umbrella mineral water, toiletries and clean towels and sheets. (ppst ! They have flush-able toilets and specious shower area too)

The dinner was a yummy BBQ ! the setup was very nice and we enjoyed the meal under the stars ...

Breakfast was just unbelievable, the food just kept on coming and coming and coming …......... we had to spend almost 50 minutes to just enjoy breakfast ! Each dish was out of this world ! Fruit fresh !

The staff was very professional and helpful. They understand your needs and will go out of the way to assist. The Naturalists are very knowledgeable – you just point at an animal or tree they will explain everything on earth ! A human google !!

You must also take their jeeps when on safari – they are very comfortable (seats belts attached) and they offer a surprise snack and drink (cool or hot) at the park !! The naturalist accompanies.

I am planning to travel again soon and will stay at their campsite at Yala.

Good job guys !

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Anuruddha B, Owner at Big Game Camp - Udawalawe, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Thank you very much for the descriptive review. We are very happy to read every single detail and aspect of your review. Reading this makes us feel that we have done everything right to make that very special experience for you. Once again our sincere appreciation, we look forward to servicing you at Yala on your next journey
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Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

In May 2014 we made a 3 week trip around Sri Lanka. During our visit we stayed in the camp for 1 night. The service was excellent, Viraj was very friendly and the surroundings are beautiful. Crew of the camp really knows how to serve the guests. They are very professional and friendly. Tents were fine. We enjoyed our stay very much! Definitely worth visiting when you travel to Sri Lanka.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Anuruddha B, Owner at Big Game Camp - Udawalawe, responded to this review, 10 June 2014
Dear Devin,
Thank you very much for taking time to write your review. We noted you had a great stay and an experience with us. We look forward to having you back at Big Game Camping when you revisit Sri Lanka
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2014

We had a great time staying at Big Game Camp- Udawalawe . Being avid campers we would highly recommend big game camp. The style of camping is a lot more luxurious to what we are accustomed. Viraj and his staff were welcoming and made our stay very comfortable . The food was outstanding- best we've had for a long time. We have now found a new way to discover the rest of the Sri Lankan wilderness and it won't be in a hotel!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Anuruddha B, Owner at Big Game Camp - Udawalawe, responded to this review, 10 June 2014
It is wonderful to see your review. So thank you very much, we hope you will join us at our other Big Game location to savour the Sri Lankan wildreness
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

Me and my cousin (two females) stayed here for one night and it was a superb experience. The staff was very attentive and so friendly. They made us feel secure all the time and went out of their way to arrange all the necessities since we were two females. We were taken to the park in a safari jeep accompanied by an eagle eyed guide. Its amazing how he spotted various birds we could hardly see. We saw many elephants freely wandering about. some were very close to us.

In the night, the staff was very alert while we were sleeping. We could here them walking with flash lights. I suggest anyone who spends a night there to wake up around 4- 4.30 Am and watch the jungle by night! It IS an amazing sight. Silence all around all we could hear was the sound of birds chirping, In the dark we could see the first rays of sunlight touching the tree tops !! I have decided to go there again just to experience that moment.

While we were having breakfast outside the tent, we saw many Peacocks and also the peacock dance!

Thank you Big game camp crew for an unforgettable experience!

I recommend this place even for solo female travelers, it is safe!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Anuruddha B, Owner at Big Game Camp - Udawalawe, responded to this review, 7 May 2014
We are extremely happy to see your experience on the review. We believe this will especially create a positive note for female travelers as well. The review also gives us just what what we expect to give our clients, particularly we want everyone to feel and secure and enjoy the nature and experience the moment.
Thank you very much for taking time to write this. We warmly welcome you back to experience Big Game camping once again
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Holon, Israel
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

I can sum up the review of this place in one word - WOW!

Before arriving I read some negative reviews of the park which made me uncertain if I want to go there. THANK GOD I DID!

I will start with the camp: it is remarkable. the staff are extremely welcoming, warm and kind. They will make sure that everything you want will be fulfilled for as much as they can, and make you truly feel like a king!

The camp is located on a nice area - where a nice walk can take place. nothing much to see but peacocks and egrets around the camp but it is good enough for a guy like me who came from an office work longing for some nature...

As for the nature reserve. It is true that there are no Leopards there, but there is so much else!!! many elephants, dozens of birds, birds of prey, water birds and so on. I had only the morning safari and we couldn't even finish the normal route since there was so much to see and picture the we ran out of time. the spotters were great and even the manager of the camp saw the enthusiasm in me and joined me for the safari ride which was awesome.

this place is highly recommended for true wildlife lovers and not for people who just want to see leopards. If you love wildlife you will love Udawalawe. Guaranteed!

Room Tip: All the tents are more of less the same. just make sure that all the velcro around the tent is secur...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Anuruddha B, Owner at Big Game Camp - Udawalawe, responded to this review, 4 April 2014
We are sincerely grateful for your review and very pleased to see that you had a “wow “ experience, which is essentially what we strive at delivering.
Thank you once again.
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Property: Big Game Camp - Udawalawe
Address: Udawalawe, Uda Walawe National Park, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Uda Walawe National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 31 Speciality Lodging in Uda Walawe National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Big Game Camp - Udawalawe 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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