- Elegant, intimate camp
- Vehicle safaris, bush walks
- Wildebeest migration area
- Expert guiding
Lamai Serengeti is a small and stylish permanent camp found in a beautiful hilltop setting in a remote area of the Serengeti National Park, northern Tanzania. Accessed via light aircraft from Kogatende Airstrip, the camp nestles amidst the Kogakuria Kopjies just a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River during the Great Migration (July-October). There is abundant wildlife on tap year-round including big cats, elephants, plains game and rhino. The birdlife is spectacular and the camp boasts commanding panoramic views.
The adobe and thatch main area is spacious with an elegant feel, housing a private bar, dining area, lounge with WiFi and adjoining library/map room. There is plenty of outdoor seating and a good-sized swimming pool for the warmer months.
Activities are centred on private game drives in the camp’s custom-built safari vehicles. A certain amount of vehicle clustering can be expected at peak migration times; however, ultimately nothing can detract from the spectacular game-viewing. Guided bush walks are offered when the grass is low enough to make walking safe and balloon safaris may be possible at times. Guests at Lamai Serengeti Camp are encouraged to tailor their trip as they prefer, enjoying either a packed safari schedule or a quieter, more contemplative stay.
The accommodation comprises twelve open-fronted rooms, split between two separate lodges. The Main Lodge has eight rooms, the smaller Private Lodge only four. All rooms have king-sized beds with mosquito nets, a large viewing deck and en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and hot and cold running water, along with 24 hour electricity. The Private Lodge is ideal for small groups or families and has its own dining room, bar and pool. It’s not uncommon to see mongoose on the decking and falling asleep to the sounds of nocturnal animals is a delight!
Children from 8 years are welcome although for safety reasons, those under the age of 12 are not permitted to join walking safaris. The camp’s secluded and genuinely wild location means that children must remain under constant parental supervision.
Lamai Serengeti Camp has a pristine and homely feel. Known for its attentive staff and expert guiding, the price tag is somewhat high. However, the rustic charm of this intimate property offers guests comfort, flexibility and a touch of luxury in a truly wild location.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019