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Perfect for Couples, Families (children aged 8 and over) & Honeymooners
The northern Serengeti is the reserve of the more intrepid traveler. Those who venture this far north are likely to be searching for the great migration and its famous river crossings, normally between July and October, or looking for quite the opposite, a more exclusive safari experience compared to the rest of the Serengeti. Lamai Serengeti is one of the best lodges in the Serengeti and one of our favourites in all of Tanzania.
The lodge sits atop a landmark kopje in a beautiful area of the Serengeti and the design of the main area and the rooms aim to maximise the far-reaching views.
As such, if you are lucky enough to be here when the migration passes through you may well be able to see greats herds of wildebeest and zebra from the lodge. Many people dream of seeing national geographic-like river crossings, as animals leap into the Mara River trying to avoid the waiting jaws of crocodiles. In reality these are hard to see and ultimately come down to luck, however staying at Lamai you are only 20 minutes from the mighty Mara River, giving you a great opportunity.
When the migration isn’t in town this is still a wonderful safari area with fantastic resident wildlife, it is one of the few places in Tanzania where you have a chance of seeing rhinoceros as well as elephants, lions, cheetah and great general plains game. There are very few permanent lodges here so generally it feels much quieter out of the season and most sightings you will have to yourself.
The entire Lamai Camp can be split into two, the main lodge which has eight rooms and the smaller Lamai Private which has four rooms and can be booked on an exclusive use basis. Because the entire camp has to be booked the minimum age is five and older. It is worth noting however that walking activities are only possible for children aged 12 and over.
The lodge is stunning with rooms built among the kopje, accessed by a windy path that weaves between the rocks. Each room has its own private, roomy veranda and all are sited with beautiful views over the plains. All rooms have 24 hour power and en-suite bathrooms with hot & cold running water, flush toilets and powerful showers.
The main lodge and the private lodge each have their own private bar and dining area, with an adjoining library / map room as well as a very welcome natural rock swimming pool.
Activities at the lodge focus on game drives either with the private guide whom you arrived with to the lodge or with one of the camp guides, for those guests who have flown into camp. Guided bush walks are also possible and hot air balloon flights can be booked in this part of the Serengeti.
Facilities include ample viewing decks, comfortable lounges, a swimming pool and high quality fixtures and fittings.
Dining is normally communal in the central dining area or on one of the open air decks. Bush picnics and sundowners also often take place.
The company behind Lamai Serengeti is called Nomad Safaris and they are committed to not only the conservation of wildlife but also of taking care of the needs of the people, making sure it is them who feel the benefits from keeping wild places safe. As such they aim to run a conservation, a health and an education project from each of their camps. One such project is the Franfurk Zoological Society Desnaring Program, of which Lamai Serengeti contributes. This aims to remove wire snares from the ecosystem by sending out trained rangers and as such protecting wildlife from poaching. In the first eight months of the project they collected over 8,500 snares.
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