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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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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 495 reviews

(4.96/5)

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

  • The Namibia trip was fantastic!

    Self-driving was brilliant, and the chronology of the itinerary was perfect (against the flow/direction most other travelers took).

    As for specifics:

    OKONJIMA
    This place was the best!
    Best service, best staff, best food, best experiences, best facilities.
    We saw a cheetah kill, leopards, and white rhino (which we were not expecting).
    If you’ve never been you should go...If I ever go back to Namibia I will revisit.

    EMANYA
    The only (slight) disappointment.
    Maybe because it was right after Okonjima, but the service was lacking, the facilities were a bit run down, it was the only place with mosquitoes in the room with no net and no spray. Food was marginal. Not sure if there are better options in the area, though.

    OKAUKEUJO
    Etosha Park was amazing. There was so much wildlife with so little crowds.
    The Okaukeujo Camp had the best watering hole with animals coming in at all times of the night. A great experience exclusive to the camp.

    DORO NAWAS
    Beautiful place. Very private. Food and service excellent.
    A nice stopping point on the drive.

    SPITZKOPPE
    An amazing place...How they laid out and built it.
    Enjoyed exploring the grounds and the local area/sights.
    The staff was on par with Okonjima.
    2 days were perfect.

    Ivin provided us with good advice/information/recommendations along the route, along with a cell phone and cooler for the trip. The car was perfect.
    They represent Tourdust well!

    Again, another great trip you put together...Thank you!

    MissingEarl Wong reviewing Northern Namibia Highlights - Self Drive on 17 October 2018

  • We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
    Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.

    MissingJonathan Bailey reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018

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