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Namiri Plains

Serengeti, Tanzania

Namiri Plains lies in the remote eastern corner of the Serengeti, the ideal place for seeing big cats and enjoying the migration in peace. The camp offers comfort and true exclusivity with excellent guiding, perfect for real safari enthusiasts.

At a Glance

  • An untouched corner of Eastern Africa

  • Amazing big cat populations and East Africa's best cheetah viewing opportunities

  • Excellent guiding, wonderful food and service, and luxurious comfortable tents

  • Witness the Great Migration - one of the greatest natural wonders of the world

Honeymoon, Wildlife, Adventure, Family

Insider's View

Send your photos of the resident cheetahs or lions to the research teams to hear their history - an amazing way of continuing your safari even once you're home!

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

The camp continues the legacy of big cat research by working alongside researchers at the Serengeti Lion Project and the Serengeti Cheetah Project

Scott Dunn team

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Namiri Plains or take a look at our itineraries to Serengeti and northern Tanzania


The area in which Namiri Plains is situated was closed for the past 20 years to create a safe haven for cheetah and was used as a research base for the Franklin Zoological Society. The area reopened in 2014, with Asilia as its custodian, and as such is truly big cat country and offers the best cheetah viewing opportunities in East Africa.

Here you will find a deeper and more intense wildlife experience than in other areas of East Africa and the camp offers 360 degree views of the surrounding plains and the river area. The migration returns from Kenya in October and during November and December you can have fantastic predator sightings as the resident big cats feast on the herds of wildebeest and zebra passing by. This is just after the rains have come and the eastern plains are blanketed with new grass. There will be wildebeest grazing as far as the eye can see and outstanding photo opportunities.

This is an area that is still pretty much untouched and your nearest neighbor would be over 45-minutes away. Spend the days on game drives through the plains, enjoy your breakfast on top of Soit Le Motonyi rock whilst watching the sun rise and then watch it go down again whilst relaxing on top of a kopje enjoying sundowners.


8 safari style tents, including 1 family tent and 1 honeymoon tent. The tents all have en-suite bathrooms with super-soaking double outdoor bucket showers and flush toilets.


Children above 6 are welcome.


Laundry service, solar and generator power, battery charging facilities, in-room lockable box, a well stocked bar.


Game drives, bush breakfasts, sundowners.

Location & Directions

Serengeti, Tanzania

Namiri Plains is located where the southern short grass plains meet the acacia woodland by The Ngare Nanyuki, an underground river that supports high concentrations of wildlife year round.

When to go

Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, and the short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Namiri Plains or take a look at our itineraries to Serengeti and northern Tanzania

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