- Exclusive private house
- Tailored to families and groups
- Vehicle and walking safaris
- Flexible, personalised itineraries
Mkombe’s House Lamai is a fully serviced private house perched on a hillside amidst the Kogakuria Kopjes in the extreme north of the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. The property affords stunning views across the Mara River valley and is set right in the heart of one of the Serengeti’s richest mammal habitats. Guests fly in via light aircraft to the Kogatende airstrip or drive from other northern Serengeti camps.
The House, which has been designed with families or groups of friends in mind, opened in July 2015 and has a fresh, contemporary feel. There is a stylish and comfortable lounge plus outdoor relaxation areas, a plunge pool and a good sized swimming pool. The food, served in the private dining area, is excellent. There is Wi-Fi in the main areas and intermittent mobile phone reception.
Year-round game drives are the main focus, providing the opportunity to see non-migratory animals such as buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, crocodiles and hippos, plus the famous Great Migration wildebeest river crossings which occur from July to October. Whilst river crossing viewing is never guaranteed, crossings do take place on enough occasions throughout the season to give visitors a good chance of witnessing one. This part of the Serengeti can become busy, particularly during the dry migration season, but ultimately nothing can detract from the spectacular wildlife-viewing, and Mkombe’s House certainly provides the perfect retreat at the end of a busy day. Guided bush walks are offered, although children under the age of 12 are unable to participate for safety reasons. Relaxing at the house is encouraged and children often hunt for lizards and other harmless creatures on the rocky kopjes. Note, however, that due to the unfenced nature of the property, children must remain under adult supervision at all times.
The accommodation is fully self-contained and the house sleeps a total of four adults and six children, with no minimum age. There are two en-suite double/twin rooms, each with a nearby and secure en-suite children’s room. Cots, high chairs and car-seats are provided for younger children and all rooms have en-suite bathrooms with running water and flush toilets. It is sometimes possible to wheel beds outdoors and sleep under the stars.
Mkombe’s House Lamai provides an exclusive haven for travellers in a prime wildlife area. For those not limited by budget, the seamless, flexible service and charming nature of this luxurious home-from-home make for an unbeatable stay.
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Experience the best of Tanzania's Northern Circuit featuring a stunning camp perched on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater and an incredible private bush lodge deep in the Serengeti.
Tailor-made Luxury 1 week
Adults from $8,298 pp plus flights
'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.
Flights are typically an additional $936 per person economy class from London
Families from $7,691 pp plus flights
'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).
Flights are typically an additional $936 per person economy class from London
Everything was exceptionally well arranged and the whole trip, from checking in on line and printing out the outward journey boarding cards from home, until return to Heathrow, was completely seamless.
Although arriving slightly earlier than scheduled, we didn't have to wait before being collected at Nairobi by Elijah, our guide and Samuel the driver. On being told that we had hardly slept at all on the outward journey, they took us to a small B&B place they use (sorry, I've forgotten the name of the place) and we were able to rest/sleep for some 3 hours before setting off on our adventure. This was very much appreciated by us as that first day was full on after that.
They looked after us really well and both were very knowledgeable and good company and were flexible to our needs, with nothing being too much trouble for them.
The accommodation you picked for us was spot on. We were particularly taken with Sunbird Lodge (I could have spent the whole week there if it were not for being on the move due to the nature of the trip), which was quite informal and extremely friendly. We then moved on to the Maji Moto Eco Camp, where again everything was fine. Having stayed in similar places before, at my age now, the one night suited well and I was surprised when Dan was so taken with the place that he would have liked to stay another night! I think the camp fire might have had something to do with it. The visit to the school was also well worth it from Dan's perspective.
On then to Ilkeliani and I concur with what you say about it being so well priced for what it offers, that it is a good recommendation. This was slightly more formal at mealtimes than Sunbird Lodge but nevertheless, the staff were equally friendly. As adults, both my husband and myself enjoyed the food although the feedback I provided on their customer satisfaction questionnaire was that perhaps the evening meals could possibly have slight variations for children. We didn't see any signs of the suspended footbridge and as we didn't ask about it, I don't know whether it's still there or not.
I have to say that the beds in both Sunbird and Ilkeliani were very, very, comfortable.
The Mayfair Southern Sun was again a good choice although I think the room we had was perhaps a standard twin room. There were two what I call "three quarters" sized beds, i.e. larger than a single but not quite a double bed size, which meant it was a bit of a squeeze for 2 persons in one bed.
Both the Giraffe Centre and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Sanctuary were ideal additions to the itinerary. We had a 10 year old who was reluctant to leave Kenya!
Martha Ann Eileen Curry reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 14 May 2018
The walking in the mountains was a fantastic experience, helped by our perfect guide Ibrahim. He was intelligent, kind, cheerful and looked after us very well. He could answer all our questions on flora, fauna, geology, history and local culture. He walked at a steady phase that suited all and made sure everyone was happy. We could not have asked for more.
Our favourite place to stay was the Azzaden trekking lodge where we were welcomed warmly with slippers, dates, milk and a hand wash. The food was excellent and the breakfast was very impressive. The hospitality of Mohamed was second to none. The view from the balcony was amazing and when it got dark the stars came out in their millions. ( we did however not manage to find out in which bed Daniel Craig had slept).
When we reached Kasbah Toubkal the weather had turned cold and wet so we could not enjoy the roof terrace and the outdoor area.
Riad Tzara was excellent and Naima, Khadija, Abdul and Mohamed looked after our every need. We had dinner one night on the roof of Dar Hanane where the view over the city was great. We also liked the cozy roof terrace in Riad Tzara where the perfect temperature was in the afternoon after escaping from the noises and fumes of the Medina.
Inga Olafsdottir reviewing Atlas Valleys & Villages Comfort Trek on 27 February 2018
The highlights for us were the accommodation choices - we loved each place we stayed and for quite different reasons.
We found the food really delicious at all the places. We were really impressed. We ended up eating dinner every night at Dar Housnia, which was really tasty but a bit expensive but we loved the convenience of it and loved everything else about the place.
My 9yr’s favourite place was Douar Samra - he liked the rooms and all the meals. We all like the communal meals there. It was good to get to know other travellers. But my husband and I really loved the Douria Suite at Dar Housnia as it was great to the have space and down time by ourselves there. We spent some hours just lazing on the terrace after walking around Marrakech for hours.
We also thought Kasbah Ellouze was really lovely too. They were super helpful accommodating the kids. They made sure we could celebrate NYE dinner with the kids as they go to bed early. It was really kind of them.
We had a Hussain as our guide for trekking and he went with us on the road trip. We really liked him: friendly & kind, and not too loud & talkative (our family is on the quiet side!). Hussain was great with our two boys. He made them feel comfortable, kept them safe on the treks (ie speed walking ahead with them when they wanted (our 4yr old loved this!) and holding them securely on mules over the rough terrain) and he played football with them too!
We had two different drivers who were both good - helped out when our 9yr old vomited from car sickness and were happy to drive slowly as needed.
Also we thought your organisation of everything and choice of accommodation & guides was excellent. We had no complaints. We had a splendid, relaxed and easy holiday - we didn’t have to think of anything & it was all great.
Helen Newman reviewing Morocco Family Holiday: Kasbahs, Mountains & Souks on 30 January 2018