Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
At a Glance
Lamai Serengeti is such a special place. If you are to do one thing, make sure you wake up to watch the sunrise from your bed over the plains and wildlife below.
The rooms are unfussy but incredibly comfortable, little touches like tiny mirrored pieces in the walls made the whole lodge sparkle in the light.
The circular mess area juts out over the plains giving 270 degree views. With a bar conveniently located nearby you can spend the afternoon and evening watching the wildlife ambling by.
As well as being in a location which allows fantastic access to the migrations river crossings, it also has fantastic year round wildlife and the option to stretch your legs and go on a walking safari as well.
Have sundowners on a near by Kopje, almost Lion King like!
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Lamai Serengeti is closed from mid March to late May.
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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Lamai Serengeti sits tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views in a remote corner of the northern Serengeti, just a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River, usually between late July and October.
Lamai Serengeti has been built with some of the best views in the Serengeti, and is remote and exclusive. Set within the iconic Kogakuria kopjes with views out over the Mara River Valley and Lamai Wedge, the camp comprises of 12 tents, split between two camps, the Main Camp and the smaller Private Camp. There is also a beautiful private safari house, Mkombe's House, the first of its kind in the Serengeti.
Each tent site has been carefully thought out. Firstly and most importantly, it has been built with the elements in mind to take maximum advantage of the view, the sun, the wind and even the rain. All the tents have their own private and spacious verandas spread within the rocks and all have been sited with spectacular views. Each camp has its own private bar and dining area, with adjoining library and map room and its own swimming pool. All the rooms have 24hr power and en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water, flush loos and an inside shower. Mkombe's House has two ensuite bedrooms and an ensuite children's room, accommodating up to four adults and six children comfortably.
Between July and October the camp is right where the wildebeest migration passes through, and given that the camp's within reach of the Mara River, you might have a chance of witnessing an exhilarating river crossing! But whatever the time of year, you'll be assured of wonderful hosting, amazing food and top class safari guiding. Lamai is a firm favourite of ours, in a magical position in the northern reaches of the Serengeti.
The camp comprises of 12 tented rooms, split between the two camps. The Main Camp has eight rooms and the smaller Private Camp has up to four rooms. The lodge also has three family rooms, which have a second bedroom suitable for children. There's also Mkombe's House, accommodating a family of up to ten (4 adults, six children) with four ensuite bedrooms, no minimum age and all the kit you'll need, from cots and high-chairs to car-seats for game drives, as well as a chef and private safari guide.
All rooms have lovely views with a private veranda, 24 hour power and en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water, flush toilets and powerful showers.
A private safari house with two ensuite bedrooms, each with a nearby ensuite children's room.
Children over the age of 8 years are welcomed in the main camp and those over 5 years are welcome in the private camp. Please be aware that there is a minimum age of 12 years for walking activities. Lamai Serengeti has some great 2-bedroom family cottages and Mkombe's House offers the ultimate flexibility for families, accepting children of all ages and providing a private safari guide for total flexibility.
Laundry facilities, safes in each suite, plug sockets and 24-hour power, WiFi in the central lounge/bar area
Activities at Lamai Serengeti focus around game drives, guided walks, bush picnics and sundowners. There are good chances of witnessing Mara River crossings (usually between mid July to October).
Additionally, if you would like to stay at camp, each of the separate camps has its own private bar and dining area, library, 'map room', and a swimming pool to keep you entertained.
Sian Frost (Staff)
The most beautiful camp in the Serengeti. This place cannot be beaten in terms of views, service, guiding and year round wonderful wildlife. Get out of the vehicle and go for lovely walks when the grass isnt too long or climb up simbas rock for the best sundowner view in the area!
Sophie Levey (Staff)
Lamai has to be one of my favourite spots in Tanzania. The views are unbeatable, the lodge is stylish and elegant, and the rooms are huge! Northern Serengeti really is a very special place and the chance to see leopard, cheetah and rhino in one stay is incredibly special. Sundowners on a nearby kopje is a real highlight and the down-to-earth nature of the staff makes the experience even more wonderful.
Rose Gemmell (Staff)
Lamai has to have one of the best views in the Serengeti. Situated on the top of a kopje, it overlooks the endless plains and out to the Rift Valley and the Mara Plains in Kenya. The interiors are completely unique and the lodge almost has a beach feel to it with light woods and pastels, a refreshing change from the dark woods that so may camps use. Most of the furniture has been designed especially for Lamai and is very fun and unique such as old Land Rover chairs at the bar and vintage signs made into plant pots and umbrella stands.
The rooms have spectacular 180 degree views over the plains and be sure to leave your curtains open at night and wake up in time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise while your coffee magically appears in the cupboard behind your bed!
In July, August and September from the main area, you can see the wildebeest as they migrate in their thousands towards to Mara and after a days game driving, plop into the pool to cool off and then enjoy a dinner under the stars surrounded by the sounds of the bush.
Anna Hearn (Staff)
In a word stunning! Right in the north of the Serengeti, this gem of a lodge boasts incredible views over the grasslands and kopjes so characteristic of this area. The main area is breathtaking muted and thoughtfully designed, it is split into two parts the bar and lounge area, and the dining room, decorated with little squares of glass set into the walls. At the back of the property, almost tucked out of sight, is the swimming pool. But its the views which set this property apart. Almost every step you are greeted with the Serengeti stretching away to each side, and the main areas and the rooms take advantage of this. The rooms are quite widely spaced apart, some requiring a bit of a trek, but once there the view is breathtaking. Decorated in the same muted tones used in the lodge, and each with a curving private deck and bathroom with a view, the rooms are spacious and airy, very comfortable and with a delivery hatch for early morning teas and coffees. When we visited the migration had not yet reached the area, but we still managed to find a beautiful cheetah who posed perfectly for us, and a little further on, three lioness, still with bloodstained muzzles from the kill they had made the previous night. Meals are informal and we all sat together and enjoyed the delicious food the lodge produced and in the evenings the atmosphere was informal an amarula or two before being escorted to our rooms by our Maasai guard.
Unlike the Mara, Lamai Serengeti is blissfully devoid of tourists. Lamai is one of only three permanent camps here, its 12 scruffily thatched rooms hidden among massive boulders on a little kopje each with astonishing views over hundreds of miles of wriggling, giggling, trumpeting, roaring creatures. What unbelievably unbeatable dawn views from romantic netted beds! Once youve gawped at a pack of lionesses hunting or a leopard having a snooze, or felt the fear of being a migratory beast yourself on a morning walk, theres nothing else to do but hang out at camp. Its all contemporary and lovely, with pods of modern sofas scattered with tribal cushions, a bar with stools made from tractor seats and a pool with shaded nooks and raised decks for mooching. Suppers are served outside under the blindingly bright night sky; your escort afterwards is armed with a big knobbled stick to ward off the wild things en route. Unless, that is, youre in the private villa, where the chef comes to you, in which case you can eat on your own, swim under the moon, howl if you feel like it, and go to sleep listening to the sounds of cackling hyena telling each other what must be very dirty jokes.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
I have been spoilt enough to stay in many beautiful lodges in many stunning corners of Africa but I was utterly blown away by the incredible and unending views from Lamai Serengeti.
We drove up to the Mara River and had a bush breakfast overlooking the grunting hippos, and being watched by a journey of giraffe, at the spot where the wildebeest migration make their epic crossings over the river, dodging death from the enormous crocodiles that lie in wait.
After a couple of hours relaxing by the pool and soaking in the vistas we went for a walking safari, to look at the smaller things, from footprints to insects and dung and just as we were beginning to feel weary up popped a much needed gin and tonic on one of the rocky kopjes as the sun set.
Nomad Tanzania, whose collection of small bush camps includes the striking Greystoke Mahale on Lake Tanganyika, has just opened its eight property, Lamai Serengeti on the Kogakuria Kopjes, a rocky outcrop in the northern Serengeti. The 12-tent camp, which is effectively two camps, one smaller and more private than the other - is notable for its extensive views over the Lamai Wedge and across the Kenyan border to the Maasai Mara.
Each canvas and thatch tent has its own indoor bath, outdoor shower and veranda, and the interiors, by Jo Cooke, previously at World of Interiors magazine, have been created using local materials wherever possible.
Activities include game drives to watch the Mara river crossing from July to October, complementing Nomad's mobile safari operations that track the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti National Park and Greater Serengeti area.
The annual wildebeest migration through Kenya and Tanzania is one of nature's greatest shows. But as with any hot ticket, you can be sure you'll be jockeying for position among herds of eager onlookers. That is, unless you stay at the new Lamai Serengeti.
Situated in the remote northern Serengeti, the 12-room open-air lodge perches on the rugged granite outcrop of the Kogakuria Kopje, overlooking the Mara River valley. From late July through October, the migration of those 1.5 million hairy beasts (not to mention the lions, leopards, and hyenas that dine on them) will be on your elegantly decorated doorstep. Interiors are understated and stylish, a blend of canvas and plaster walls with pops of blue or red against a cream-and-white backdrop. The secluded location ensures that the tourists won't outnumber the four-legged animals. It's wildly civilized.
Game drive in the Serengeti
Explore the vast grasslands of the Serengeti with your safari guide on game drives in the early morning and late afternoon. This is one of the most famous national parks in Africa, and it's easy to see why.
Hot air ballooning over the Serengeti
Soar over the Serengeti's savannah plains in a hot air balloon at dawn, watching wildlife beneath you & finishing with a champagne bush breakfast.
Search for the migration herds
One of Africa's most iconic moments - the migration of two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles around the Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem.
Walking safari from Lamai
Lamai is one of very few camps in the Serengeti which is permitted to offer walking safaris. This is a superb way to explore this rugged area, setting off on foot from the camp in the morning light.
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Location & directions
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Lamai Serengeti sits tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, just a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River in the Northern sector of the Serengeti National Park.
How to get there
11 hour international flight to Dar es Salaam via Nairobi, followed by a 1-hour 30-minute flight by light aircraft to Kogatende airstrip. From there its a 30-minute drive to camp.
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