- 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.
Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.
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 $8,577 pp plus flights
'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.
Flights are typically an additional $921 per person economy class from London
Families from $7,950 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 $921 per person economy class from London
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