Lamai Serengeti is owned and operated by Nomad Tanzania. One of the first safari companies to set up in East Africa, Nomad runs high-quality properties across Tanzania’s northern, southern, and western areas. This camp has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor! The accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, and a laundry service. Four of its rooms can be booked for exclusive use. The camp is closed for maintenance from mid-March to the end of May.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp is usually accessed via 45 minutes’ road transfer from Kogatende airstrip. It’s situated in the Serengeti’s northern region, amidst the spectacular Kogakuria kopjes! This is a very remote part of the park.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
Guest accommodation consists of 12 rooms, split into two properties. Main Lodge has eight rooms and Private Lodge, which can be booked on an exclusive basis, has just four. Two of the Main Lodge rooms are suitable for family use. All rooms are open fronted, offering uninterrupted views over the Serengeti’s sprawling plains! Each occupies a timber-and-thatch structure that’s nicely nestled into the Kogakuria kopjes and positioned with maximum privacy in mind. With every standard room, a wooden door leads into the spacious bedroom. Here, you’ll find a double bed with mosquito nets, bedside tables and lighting, a writing desk and chair, lots of snug rugs, and a day bed too. The bedroom flows out onto the deck, which is set with a small table and a couple of chairs. Back in the room, another wooden door opens into the washroom, which contains flush toilet, twin washbasins, step-up shower, and a useful storage unit. From here, a stable-style door leads onto the deck. The two family rooms benefit from all the features of the standard room, and each also has an extra twin bedroom for children. Rather than en-suite arrangements, there’s one large shower room, which is shared.
As it’s made up of two sub-camps, Lamai Serengeti has two sets of communal facilities. Each lounge and each dining area is housed in a concrete-and-wood building featuring twig-strewn roofs and white-washed walls. These buildings are accessed from the guest rooms along walkways amongst the kopjes. The walkways include occasionally steep steps, especially up to Main Lodge, which has a higher position. But the journey is worth the exertion, for the breathtaking views! And both lounges are very comfortable, with a lot of well-cushioned seating. Dining areas include a long table for communal meals, with individual tables available too. Typically both hot and cold options are offered at breakfast, and lunch is presented as a buffet of light meat, fish, and vegetable dishes followed by tempting desserts! Dinner is a lavish three-course meal. Each lodge has a bar too, and Main has an additional library and curio shop. Both Main and Private boast a sparkling swimming pool!
The main activity here is expertly guided game drives, which take place during daylight hours within the North Serengeti. Guests have access to areas both to the north and south of the River Mara, depending on water levels at any time. As well as its dramatic rocky kopjes and rolling plains, this part of the park is characterised by river lines and small valleys, enabling close encounters with wildlife when on foot. If you’re keen to view the huge herds of the Great Migration, we recommend visiting between July and October, as immense numbers of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles push through the Kogatende area during these months. In their search for food, the herbivores must face the treacherous Mara river and its resident crocodile! The migration’s river crossings are a major viewing highlight from Lamai Serengeti, but there’s plenty of wildlife to observe at other times. Among the predators you can expect to see are lion, leopard, and cheetah, while the herbivore count features elephant, buffalo, giraffe, and a fine assortment of antelopes. There’s ample birdlife too, so it’s well worth packing your binoculars if you’re interested in the park’s feathery friends.