Mkombe's House at Lamai
At a Glance
The first private safari house in the northern Serengeti
Total flexibility on safari, with your own safari guide and vehicle
Ideal for a family or a group of friends looking for a very personal safari experience
Nomad's guides are some of the best in the country, ensuring you'll get the most out of your game-viewing
Prime location for wildlife year-round
Great location for the migration herds between July and October
Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Mkombe's House at Lamai or take a look at our itineraries to Serengeti and northern Tanzania
Perched on top of a rocky kopje, Mokombe's House at Lamai has endless views over the northern Serengeti savannahs that stretch right into the Masai Mara. Expect unforgettable sunsets, vast night skies, some of Tanzania's finest safari guiding and an impressive array of wildlife to uncover. Designed to accommodate families, the house is entirely private, with its own lounge with roaring fireplace, deck area for soaking up the sun and pool for cooling off during the heat of the day. You'll have your own safari guide and vehicle to help you explore the delights of this wildlife-rich and unspoiled corner of the Serengeti, offering you the ultimate flexibility.
The house is named in memory of Nomad Tanzania's founders and top guides Mkombe Mniko who had a strong connection with children and loved sharing safari experiences with families. With the same airy, contemporary feel as sister camp Lamai, Mkombe's House has a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere where no-one will blink if you flop into a sofa for a cheeky snooze after a morning on safari.
There are two en-suite bedrooms, each with a nearby secure and en-suite children's room, accommodating up to four adults and six children. Unlike much of Northern Tanzania, there is no minimum age for children here, and cots, high chairs and car seats are available for little ones. The house has a lovely dining room and lounge, as well as plenty of outdoors space to unwind, whether you want to retreat to the shade or bask in the sun, and a plunge pool and larger swimming pool which the whole family will enjoy.
But the real magic here isn't about the house itself, the stylish decor, the delectable delights you'll be served each mealtime. It's in the total flexibility to do a safari your way, whatever your family requires. So if your kids don't want an early start for a game-drive, you can just go out later, or if some of you decide to simply unwind and soak up the view from the house and not go out on a drive, you can. And while you enjoy a well-earned siesta during the heat of the day, the guide can take your youngsters on adventures around the camp in search of lizards and rock hyrax. It's your safari and you can call the shots!
Two double or twin en-suite bedrooms, each with its own secure en-suite children's room. The house can accommodate a total of four adults and six children comfortably.
Children of any age are welcome at Mkombe House and special meals can be arranged. Cots, car-seats and high-chairs are here ready for you, and if you have other requirements just let your travel consultant know and we'll see what's possible.
There is an age-limit to walking safaris (12 yrs minimum) for safety reasons, but beyond that, you can all enjoy game-drives to your heart's content and delight in seeing your children's faces light up at their first sight of a giraffe.
The main focus here is game-drives, which are the best way to explore the park and see the big wildlife including big cats, herds of elephants, pods of hippos and more. Walking safaris are also possible but there are age restrictions (minimum 12 years).
Location & Directions
Mkombe House is the private safari house which forms part of Lamai, a beautiful luxury safari camp in the far north of the Serengeti in the Lamai wedge. This area has superb year-round wildlife present, and comes into its own when the migration passes through.
When to go
Mkombe House at Lamai is closed from mid March to late May for the rainy season. June to October is the long dry season, with game-viewing becoming increasingly good throughout this season as grass is grazed and trampled down and wildlife concentrates around the waterholes. The short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains and a good time to visit if you don't mind the occasional thunderstorm and rain shower. There is also some chance of catching a few of the late migration herds in November, too. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit. The Migration herds should be moving through the Lamai wedge (where the house is located) in both June/July time, and again in October (and the herds can cross back and forth between here and the Masai Mara throughout July - September), making these a particularly exciting time to visit - but also an important time to book ahead as it is understandably popular.