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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 508 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi, just back home now as stayed in London last night. It was fab! We loved it! Amazing all round- Thankyou. Best holiday ever!!!

    Accommodation great at both places, guides lovely, staff great. We saw more animals than ever expected: giraffes, lion, elephants, water hog, wilder beast, impala, white rhino, crocodiles, hippos in lake Sybia, monkeys in trees at Tonga.

    Beach beautiful, but a bit windy, waves v rough but didn’t deter my boys. We snorkeled which was fab but too rough on day we booked to do ocean experience.

    My boys swam in all pools!!!

    Weather better than we expected!

    Must go and do some laundry, but hope that helps?

    Best Nicola

    MissingNicola B reviewing South Africa Luxury Safari & Beach Holiday on 24 July 2019

  • Hi Lisa

    We had an amazing holiday.

    Everything was fantastic.

    The transport wa spot on, great drivers, all on time, vans really comfortable and water supplied, a really nice way to travel, and you also get to hear all about the local area. Both companies were excellent.

    Virgin - was a brilliant airline, not sure why I haven't used them before, SO much better than BA.

    Rhino ridge was amazing from start to finish. We has a great female safari guide, who we got very fond of. The wildlife is more sparse but as its more challenging to find we enjoyed this, the surrounding are spectacular. Our guide had great knowledge of the birds. walking safari was excellent and highly recommend. The rooms were superb, very comfortable.

    Thonga beach lodge staff were brilliant, the whole place was amazing, the range of activities excellent and again out guides excellent. The food was wonderful. Again the bird guiding and general guiding was brilliant. We really enjoyed the cultural side of our visit, seeing the local communities and church etc. My only comment on thonga for future guests would be if they can afford it maybe to go for a lodge with a ocean view, our lodge was great , the childrens was quite cramped and low down with a very damp musty smell - not that they noticed it, but I think if people were expecting luxury they might not get what they wanted... saying that it was fantastic for us. The lodge staff were amazing and went out of their way for us.

    Oyster box was a phenomenal hotel and quite a shock to be back in the world after Thonga - but really worth the stay - we loved it, they Kindly gave us a room for the next day as we had a late flight.

    The whole experience was brilliant and really well organised- thank you. We ALL loved everything!

    On reflection:

    we loved having transport rather than driving, it meant we could relax , sleep and find out about the country from the driver.

    If we changed anything, I might spend a little less time at the beach and maybe take in another safari region also. We were repeatedly recommended the Phinda private game reserve (andBeyond) so maybe we would have spent a couple of nights there, in addition, local guides and the tour people said it would give good variety to the Rhino ridge.

    However we were 100% happy with what we did, we really look forward to our next safari !!!

    Best wishes

    Ali

    MissingAlison D reviewing South Africa Luxury Safari & Beach Holiday on 23 July 2019

  • Hi lisa,

    We arrived home last Sunday morning so we've been back for a week.

    Firstly, I would like to say thank you very much for the superb arrangements that you made which went like clockwork from start to finish.

    The term part of the trip went really well and we really enjoyed this. Our guide was really helpful and friendly as was our cook/ muleteer.
    We loved the first nights accommodation and the Riad Adore in Marrakech was amazing and one of the best hotel accommodation I've stayed in.Alex

    Mountain refuges were as expected.

    All arrangements by Tourdust were just perfect right up to the moment we were collected by our friendly taxi driver to take us to the airport on our return.

    I have passed Tourdust details on to several people both in Marrakech and since our return and I hope that these result in further bookings.

    Many thanks!

    Alex W

    MissingAlexander W reviewing Classic Berber Villages & Toubkal Ascent on 22 July 2019

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