Namiri Plains is owned and operated by Asilia Africa, a company with a fantastic portfolio of properties spanning Tanzania, Kenya, and Zanzibar. The camp has received awards from The Times, Condé Nast, and TripAdvisor! The accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, scheduled game drives and walking safaris, transfers between camp and Seronera Airstrip, and a laundry service. The camp is open throughout the year.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp is accessed via 75 minutes’ road transfer from Seronera Airstrip. It’s situated in the East Serengeti, at least an hour’s drive from any other property. From 1985 to 2014, there were no safari camps or lodges in the area, as part of a Franklin Zoological Society research project aiming to expand the local cheetah population. Today the region is considered big cat country, and the word ‘Namiri’ actually means ‘big cat’ in Swahili! The camp is positioned on the border between the Serengeti’s southern short-grass plains and the park’s acacia woodlands.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT NAMIRI PLAINS CAMP:
Guest accommodation consists of eight tented suites, including one suite for honeymooners and one for family use. All are spaced well apart on each side of the communal lounge and dining tents, with the honeymoon suite farthest away. Every tent is roughly octagonal. A small veranda provides a great spot for wildlife watching, and even while you’re inside the tent its canvas walls can be spread open to offer amazing views over the Serengeti’s plains! The standard and honeymoon tents contain a double bed, bedside tables and lighting, a seating area, a hanging rack, and a few shelves. Overall the furniture is quite plain, but patterned soft furnishings and occasional navy notes add a little interest. To one side of each tent, a canvas partition leads into the en-suite washroom, which has a flush toilet, a washbasin with mirror over, and a classic bucket shower! There’s also an outdoor bucket shower, and hot water is available via solar power. Additional amenities include a radio walkie-talkie, an electronic safe, a flashlight, insect repellent, waterproofs, and boots. The family tent comes with all these features, plus an additional space with twin beds that’s suitable for two children.
Namiri Plains’ communal lounge and dining tents occupy the centre of the site, both boasting spectacular vistas over savanna and woodlands. In common with the guest tents, they contain fairly plain furnishings on a palette of neutrals and splashes of blue. In the lounge tent, wood- or metal-framed well-cushioned sofas and chairs are placed around coffee tables, and the bar stocks a good selection of spirits, beers, and wines. Maps of the Serengeti adorn the walls, and there’s a handy battery charging station as well as a few books. The veranda is set with campaign chairs and occasional tables, as is the porch of the dining tent. Everyone eats together in the dining tent – whether for buffet breakfasts and lunches or formal dinners – and guests often tuck in to al fresco meals. Pre-dinner drinks are enjoyed around the campfire, which is also the setting for general socialising and swapping safari stories! As the camp is very open, it isn’t unusual for guests to hear big game trundling by.
ACTIVITIES AT NAMIRI PLAINS CAMP:
The camp provides an exciting assortment of activities, as follows:
Expertly guided game drives- this part of the Serengeti is characterised by sprawling savanna, acacia woodlands, rocky kopjes, and little pockets of water. These pockets rise up from the underground Ngare Nanyuke river and entice a wealth of wildlife! Vehicle safaris offer opportunities to enjoy sightings of all sorts of species. As well as abundant cheetah, lion, and leopard, you can expect to see black rhino, buffalo, wildebeest, Coke’s hartebeest, spotted hyena, aardwolf, and ground pangolin. The drives take place during early morning and late afternoon, with full-day excursions also available – Namiri Plains’ staff are happy to pack up a picnic for you!
Walking safaris- also accompanied by a knowledgeable and experienced guide, walks start out from camp during morning and afternoon too. And they can form part of a whole day out. You’ll be able to observe hundreds of bird species, along with the area’s insects and plant life.
Great Migration viewing- if you visit during the period from November to June, you might well see the huge herds of the Great Migration, with almost two million wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles moving through the area in their search for food. The southern plains are favoured from November to March, a time that includes the calving season (usually in February), while April heralds the herds’ charge north through the park and rutting en route!
Hot air balloon safaris- balloon rides incur an additional charge too. We think it’s well worth it, however, for truly breathtaking vistas over the Serengeti! You’ll rise shortly before dawn and drift for an hour before returning to earth, and a delicious bush breakfast. Just contact a member of our team for further details.
Cheetah tracking- this activity is a must for fans of the fabulous felines! Offered at extra cost, it involves searching for cheetah on the plains and discussing the outcome with a local researcher. Highly recommended.