Permanent tented camp
What an amazing location, and what a gorgeous camp! Almost invisibly integrated into the side of a massive kopje (hill) that’s a haven for wildlife, this is a stunning, elegant small camp that’s perfectly positioned for the great migration Mara River crossings. With wonderful game viewing and the highest calibre guiding, a stay here is something you won’t forget.
Lamai Serengeti is a small, beautiful camp, sensitively built into the side of Kogakuria Kopje, looking out over the Lamai Wedge, one of the most spectacular places to see the great migration. Camp owners Nomad, sensible of the privilege of being able to establish a camp in this location, have designed it to be almost invisible. The camp is spread out across a number of levels, with the wonderfully comfortable and stylish rooms, lounge area, bar, library and swimming pool nestling amongst the rocks.
The kopje is a hive of wildlife activity, from the pride of lions who like to hang out on its rocky outcrops to the mongoose family who dart around the camp. The rooms are designed to make the most of this – you look out onto all this local activity and relax on your wide verandah and gaze out over miles and miles of Serengeti plains. Game drives are fantastic from here, and the camp is renowned for the superb standing of its guiding. At certain times of year walking safaris are also possible – a great way to experience the African wilderness close-up.
Although the camp has an elegant, contemporary safari feel, there are some quirky touches – the bar features tractor seats as bar stools and old oil cans as lamp bases – and good use has been made of locally-sourced fabrics. The food is brilliant, and the swimming pool is lovely – we really, really like this place.
Times to Go
Game viewing is spectacular from July to October when the migrating herds begin their frenetic crossings of the Mara River, and the predators lurk in and out of the water to prey on them. When the herds move on, from November to June game viewing can still be good, and uncrowded, as fewer human visitors converge on the plains at this time. The camp is closed for maintenance from the second half of March until the end of May – the long rains.
Lamai Serengeti highlights
- Dramatic hillside location with outstanding views
- Elegant, intimate and luxurious camp
- Game drives in the Serengeti
- Superb for the migration river crossings
- Walking safaris (seasonal)
- Fantastic guiding
- Lovely swimming pool
Lamai Serengeti location
- 12 spacious en-suite rooms
- Open June – mid-March
- Children aged 8 + are welcome
- Swimming pool
- Private safari vehicle (optional)
- Game drives
- Guided walks
- Bush picnics
- Hot air ballooning (optional)
Lamai Serengeti rooms
There are 12 stone and thatch guest rooms – 8 in the main camp and an annexe, with a further 4 rooms, which acts as a separate, exclusive-use private camp and has its own bar, library and pool etc.
Three of the rooms in the main camp have an adjoining twin room for children, sharing the bathroom.
Décor is an elegant mixture of scrubbed wood, cream fabrics and pastel shades The bathrooms have flush loos, twin antiqued metal basins, and large showers.
Each room has a wide verandah with day bed and comfortable chairs.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“From its sensitive integration into the kopje to eco-friendly features such as solar water heating, the camp is designed to have a small an environmental footprint as possible. Camp owners run the Nomad Trust, which supports conservation, education and health projects.”
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.