Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
During our stay with Kulu Safaris, we find a blend of classic safari ambience, outstanding service, comfortable accommodations and a minimal environmental footprint—the ideal combination for a base camp while exploring one of Sri Lanka’s premier wildlife regions. “Kulu” means “untamed," in reference to Sri Lanka’s wild buffalo in the native Sinhala language, and that spirit is celebrated in the camp's identity and practices. Ideally located for exploring Yala National Park, Kulu Safaris offers seclusion as well as proximity to Yala's famous leopards and other sought-after wildlife.
Deluxe canvas tents on raised wooden platforms are custom-made in South Africa by one of the world’s leading safari outfitters. They offer spacious interiors (over 200 square feet) with en suite bathrooms that have both hot and cold showers. Fly screens support excellent ventilation. Individual verandas offer a private space for sipping an evening drink or relaxing with a good book, while dining is a social occasion at outdoor tables set for outstanding full-service meals.
Ecological consciousness is a hallmark at Kulu Safaris. The operation's strict “no-plastic” policy saved approximately 5,000 single-use plastic water bottles in 2015. Instead, guests are offered unlimited purified water in reusable glass bottles—or they are always welcome to refill the stainless steel water bottle that Nat Hab issues to every traveler. Most of the camp's power is generated from solar and rechargeable batteries, and a fully organic, eco-friendly waste management system has also been implemented.