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Serian's Serengeti Mobile Camp (Lamai)

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- 4 tents, intimate camp
- Private game drives & walking safaris
- Fly-camping
- Alex Walker's Serian Portfolio

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Overview

Serian’s Serengeti Mobile Camp Lamai is an intimate, high-specification camp located in the northern part of the Serengeti National park, Tanzania. Accessed via light aircraft from the Lamai airstrip, the camp is set up in a secluded location a mere kilometre away from the Mara River, where millions of wildebeest make their famed migratory crossings. The surrounding savannah attracts enormous herds of topi and zebra, as well as an abundance of predators. Sightings of cheetah, lion and elephant are common and it’s not unheard of to see the Big Five in one day.

The central mess tent houses the lounge and dining areas, which offer incredible views across the open plains of the Lamai Wedge. Open from June to November each year, the camp is elegant, relaxed and comfortable, and exclusive bookings are possible, making this a great choice for groups or families.

The accommodation comprises just four traditional, safari-style tents set amongst the Acacia trees. Each tent houses a large wrought-iron bed and an en-suite bathroom with flushing toilet, bucket shower, and 24-hour generator-powered electricity. There is a family suite comprising two separate tents (one for parents, one for children) with a central living area where a third child can sleep in comfort. Children of all ages are welcome and staff can serve early meals on request. Note, however, that animals are free to wander through the camp and whilst they are unlikely to approach humans or tents, it is essential for children to remain under constant parental supervision.

Activities are naturally centred on the world-class game viewing and watching the dramatic river crossings at such close proximity is nothing short of thrilling. Exclusive safaris are offered both on foot and in private vehicles and dedicated guides tailor itineraries to individual or family preferences. A particular feature of this camp is a walking safari combined with adventure fly-camping, providing guests with the exciting opportunity to sleep out in the open. Drifting off to sleep in the midst of the bush under nothing more than a flysheet is a real delight.

Serian’s Serengeti Mobile Camp Lamai belongs to the ‘Alex Walker’s Serian’ portfolio and offers pleasant accommodation and great service. The attention to detail, exclusivity and flexibility of the guiding is second-to-none; however, there is inevitably a price tag to match. But, with unparalleled access to the great migratory river crossings, rich wildlife and stunning surroundings, guests certainly get what they pay for making this camp an excellent choice.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 506 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • 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

    MissingCatherine 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!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019

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