With only six tents, Serian’s Serengeti Mobile Lamai provides superb service – and it can be booked exclusively by a group. It is positioned in the shade of grand acacia trees, opposite Crossing Point 4. This is the central crossing point along the length of the Mara and it gets unbelievably busy when the time comes for the thousands upon thousands of wildebeest, zebra, and other herbivores to make their perilous journey! The setting farther back from the bank also has impressive quantities of wildlife, among groves of fig trees, rocky hillsides, and seemingly endless plains.
It is operated by Serian, a collection of migration camps that was set up by Alex Walker, one of the best guides in East Africa. The Serian brand is synonymous with top-notch guiding standards! Private vehicles are guaranteed.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Serian’s Serengeti Mobile Lamai is set in the very north of the Serengeti National Park, 1km from the Mara River Crossing Point 4. To get here, the preferred airstrip is Lamai.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT SERIAN'S SERENGETI MOBILE LAMAI:
There are just four guest tents and two suites at Lamai, all rigged up under majestic acacias for some pleasant cooling shade. Each has a veranda, where guests can take in those amazing views! Inside, there is a large double bed with a wrought-iron frame, in addition to bedside tables with lamps, a writing desk and chair, and storage space for clothes and other belongings. The décor is neutral, with a few splashes of colour provided by patterned cushions and rugs. The en-suite facilities are at the back of the tent – they comprise flush toilet, washstand with basin and mirror, and step-in bucket shower with wooden deck floor. The accommodation feels very authentic – we like it a lot!
Lamai’s mess tent boasts lovely views of the river and surrounding landscape. It contains a lounge area and a dining area, separated by a bar. The lounge has some very comfy velvety chairs and sofas around a chunky wooden coffee table, as well as a colourful rug, animal prints on the walls, and a selection of books for guests to enjoy. In the dining area, there is a large oval table surrounded by directors’ chairs, where everyone eats together. Further seating is set up just outside the tent, while the fire pit is set up a short distance away. This is the perfect place for sinking a sundowner and sharing your safari stories!
Delicious meals are enjoyed in the homely mess tent and are sometimes hosted by Alex Walker himself! Electricity is provided by a 24-hour generator, but there is no Wi-Fi here and no mobile phone signal. Just being in nature is the most important thing!
ACTIVITIES AT SERIAN'S SERENGETI MOBILE LAMAI:
Activities from Serian’s Serengeti Mobile Lamai aim to bring you the best of the region’s wildlife – and on a truly spectacular scale:
Expertly guided game drives- Every group of guests to Serian properties has exclusive use of a safari vehicle plus spotter and guide – the same team of two is with you throughout your stay, ensuring that you see the best of the Serengeti.
Wildlife spotting- The plains around the camp are teeming with wildlife – not only the herbivores, but also predators such as lion and cheetah. Elephant are also in residence and it is not uncommon to see all Big Five animals in a single day!
Great Wildebeest Migration- The experience of watching the huge herds thrashing their way across the river is quite literally breathtaking, unlike anything else in the world. With crocs lying in wait, often the scenes are pretty gruesome too!
Walking safaris- Lamai offers walking safaris too – this is a great way of checking out all the small things that you tend to miss while on drives.
Fly camping- If you are feeling particularly adventurous, you can go fly camping! Areas well worth exploring include the Lamai Wedge (scenic open plains bordering the Maasai Mara National Reserve) and the Wogakuria Kopjes (rocky outcrops where leopard may be viewed). We recommend a stay of at least four nights, especially if you are planning to fit in some fly camping.
*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.