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Lamai Serengeti Camp

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Elegant, intimate camp
- Vehicle safaris, bush walks
- Wildebeest migration area
- Expert guiding

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Overview

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.

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  • The whole holiday start to finish was just fabulous, the accommodation was perfect and to a certain extent stunning at the Dar Hosnia in Marrakech.

    The transport, guides and staff at both locations were wonderful with a special mention to the Douar Samra team in Imlill. They were more than a bit special.

    The food at both locations was excellent and the ambience and fun we enjoyed in Douar Samra was beyond all expectations.

    We made many new friends whom I am sure we will keep in touch with way beyond this holiday.

    You put together a perfect package it was much more than just a great holiday it was a richly rewarding experience.

    Just finally to say a big thank you to you for organising one of the best trips we have had.

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    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

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