Imagine camping in the heart of one of Sri Lanka’s remotest places- Kumana National Park, and relaxing by the Kumbukkan River, swinging on a hammock under the shade of the giant Kumbuk trees, sipping your favourite drink as you watch a herd of elephants drink water on the other bank. This truly might feel like paradise, and yet this experience is very much real and a possibility. Thanks to professional outfitters like Xtreme Nature, mobile camping in the last wild frontier of Sri Lanka is the perfect way to get out of civilization and be engulfed with nature.
A father and son duo, Chris and Shirley Perera have been part of the Kumana landscape for most of their lives. Shirley was the former park warden of Kumana National Park, and hence Chris’s childhood was surrounded by the wilds of this remote wilderness.
With the best hospitality and the mobile nature of the camp, the service and overall experience of camping in Kumana are second to none. Nowhere will one feel as much as one with nature as here. A land filled with amazing animals from the enigmatic leopard, sloth bear and elephant as well as many more wonderful species waiting to be discovered.
The camp tents are comfortable and allow a good night’s rest as the jungle sounds lull you to sleep at night. The camp is complete with mobile toilets as well as showers with the mighty Kumbukkan River providing the natural swimming pool. Breakfast is sometimes served in the shallows of the river where you have a view which is priceless and tiny fish swimming past your feet.
The game drives are filled with amazement and wonder. From the amazing stories of the natural world, as Chris and Shirley take you to their “back yard” and also the mythical and historical legends this ancient land holds, from the mysterious ape-men known as the “Nittaewo” to the man-eating leopards of Lenama.
Head to many ancient caves and archaeological sites whereby your guides have special knowledge and access to these mysterious locations hidden deep in the jungle.
Enjoying a sundowner back at camp in front of a roaring campfire might remind you of the days of the colonial explorers of a bygone era as you listen to the many stories and legends this land has to offer.
Classic Sri Lanka in exclusive partnership with Xtreme Nature offers to bring Sri Lanka’s last frontier closer to you.