Lamai Serengeti

Tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje, Lamai enjoys panoramic views from every angle.Having a private viewing deck means that you can start and end your day enjoying the beautiful landscape.The architecture and interiors incorporate local methods and design.While enjoying a delicious meal you'll have a great view over the savannah.Much thought has gone into the design & decor of Lamai Serengeti.A hearty brunch is your reward after an early morning start - served with Serengeti views.A pool provides the opportunity to refresh and soak up the sun after your morning game drive.Well-appointed suites are light and breezy, with extended views of the landscape.The safari experience is centred around morning, evening game drives or you can embark on a full-day excursion.The lodge is perfectly located to see the annual river crossings of the Wildebeest Migration.

Lamai Serengeti

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Overview

Lamai Serengeti Camp is set high up on the beautiful Kogakuria Kopjes in the far north of the Serengeti National Park, with stunning views out towards the Mara River Valley and the Lamai Wedge. This elegant and substantial camp offers every modern comfort and convenience, while still retaining an intimate, eco-friendly ethos; so much so that, from a distance, it’s almost invisible among the boulders of the kopje.

Between July and October Lamai Serengeti in a prime position to witness the Great Migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, and is close enough to the Mara River to experience the awe-inspiring river crossings where masses of animals confront the deep, fast-flowing water and the enormous crocodiles that live within it. But even beyond the Migration season, a wealth of wildlife remains to be enjoyed. Game drives and safari walks accompanied by highly knowledgeable guides deliver a thrilling Big 5 experience, including an abundance of birds.

Perfect as a honeymoon destination or as a luxury retreat from which to enjoy the many splendours of the Serengeti, Lamai Serengeti Main Camp delivers the very best that this extraordinary region has to offer, from an incredible location to exceptional guiding, service and cuisine.

Highlights

  • Action-packed July to October Migration viewing
  • Walking safaris & game drives
  • Year-round Big 5 viewing
  • Remote location in northern Serengeti
  • Swimming pool with superb views

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Activities

  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Bush dining
  • Picnics
  • Sundowners
This is such a beautiful, yet natural lodge with airy spacious rooms showcasing the incredible views from the Kopje. It is for anyone that loves a rustic luxury, yet authentic feel and atmosphere. Leopard are well known in the area as well as lion for those of you that love the Big cats.
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Rooms

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Each of the eight rooms are placed to maximise privacy and to blend into the surrounding kopje, while taking advantage of the stunning views from their private verandahs. Built from thatch, canvas and local timber, the enormous rooms are light and airy, enhanced by whitewashed floors and large gauze windows to allow the flow of cooling breezes. A writing desk and couch stand on either side of a massive bed, elegantly swathed in mosquito netting. The en suite bathrooms are whitewashed plaster and wood, featuring double basins, a flush toilet and wonderfully large showers.

Facilities

The main building is set on several levels, and is sited to enhance the spectacular views from the Kogakuria Kopjes from every possible angle. Built using a combination of wood, canvas and plaster, the expansive interiors have a distinctly country-house feel, with pale neutral tones offset by bright splashes of colourful local fabrics. The first lounge area has plenty of comfortable sofas, placed to take advantage of the breeze that passes through while, in winter, a roaring fire is lit to ward off the cool of the evenings. Slightly below is a further, circular seating area with more sweeping views, while the creatively designed bar sits off to one side, complete with recycled tractor seats as furniture, and oil cans as lamp bases. A secluded swimming pool is tucked away among the boulders, where you can take in sweeping views of the Serengeti from the comfort of a sun lounger.

Dining

In the early morning, a tray with a freshly brewed pot of coffee and biscuits is delivered to your door, which you may enjoy at your leisure before your game drive. A more substantial breakfast is taken later in the morning, either while out on safari, or on the terrace of the lodge. The lunch buffet features a buffet groaning with a delightful selection of tasty and wholesome dishes, ranging from crunchy fresh salads to delicious daily creations. Sumptuous multi-course dinners are either served at the communal table with your fellow travellers or in romantic, starlit seclusion out on the terrace.

General facilities

  • Bar
  • Library
  • Swimming Pool

Amenities

  • En-suite bath only
  • Outdoor shower
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Traveller Reviews

Lamai Serengeti
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Dan Spitzer

We did have a fabulous safari, thanks in no small part to your fine work. This was sooo different from my sojourn in East Africa a couple of decades ago when my then-girlfriend and I rented a Land Rover and camped in our little two-person tent, cooking our own most basic meals over a little one-burner petrol stove. This time, it was delightful to sleep in plush tent-cabins and dine as gourmands. More important, the naturalist/drivers were superb. Best of all, Ann's health was largely good enough for her to take 7 of 8 game drives in Samburu and 16 of 20 in the Mara. I really recommend that your clients pay a bit extra to go to both the Samburu and Masai villages. These are eye-opening experiences. I was surprised to see the Masai have changed but little over the past two decades and saddened that the corrupt Kenyan government (as is true in most African countries) has provided little in the way of education and medical care for either the Masai or Samburu since I first visited East Africa. Because they are not members of Kenya's two largest tribes, the goverment by and large couldn't be bothered with them. One somewhat amusing note: our Masai guide noted that some of his village's cattle had be rustled by a neighboring tribe. When asked if he was going to report it to the authorities, he just shrugged his shoulders and said, "No. We'll just send some morani (warriors) to spear the thieves." Ah, African justice! Lamu was as wonderful as I had heard and I recommend it over either Mombassa or Malindi because of its unique Swahili/Arabic architecture, lack of cars (only two on the entire island), and little tourist hurly-burley. I do recommend that your clients have their hotel hire a guide for Lamu town (although he will doubtless take them in a plethora of shops where he gets commission--they should just tell him, "Enough shopping, thank you"). Yes, I recall that Mombassa and Malindi do have splendid beaches but Lamu's architecture and cultural heritage, along with its lovely sands do make it advantageous over the other two sites. Our accommodations at Banana House were splendid--the entire lovely upper floor of the guest house overlooking the Bay. Nonetheless, I suspect what the agencies and thus clients are changed for lodgings at Banana House may be a bit dear. The family running the guest house, however, is delightful and it certainly is well-located on the beach. Go2Africa sent me your profile and both your photo and bio fit quite well the bright, witty, lovely in every way woman I deduced from our phone conversations you to be. Certainly I will refer others to your exceptional offices and should you ever need a superlative recommendation, please don't hesitate to contact me. Finally, should you ever venture to the wilds of the San Francisco Bay Area, please call on me to play tour guide for you. It would be my delight to do so.
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