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Lamai Serengeti | Serengeti National Park Luxury Tanzania Safari Lodge

Hidden among the Kogakuria Kopje rocks, the open-fronted suites at Lamai Serengeti offer commanding views over Tanzania‘s Serengeti plains. While you’ll see the Great Wildebeest Migration cross the nearby Mara River in season, this luxury Tanzania safari lodge is good for wildlife action any time of year.

The place

This location is breathtaking! Perched on a rocky outcrop on the Kogakuria Kopje, I can see views of the Lamai Wedge, an area of beautifully vast open plains, dotted with desert date palms, that lies between the Masai Mara National Park and the Mara River. We’re at Lamai Serengeti, a luxury Tanzania safari lodge in the northernmost corner of Serengeti National Park, just south of Kenya’s border. It’s split into two camps, the larger Main Camp (with eight rooms) and the smaller Private Camp (with four rooms), both with glorious vistas.

This location is breathtaking! Perched on a rocky outcrop on the Kogakuria Kopje, I can see views of the Lamai Wedge, an area of beautifully vast open plains, dotted with desert date palms, that lies between the Masai Mara National Park and the Mara River. We’re at Lamai Serengeti, a luxury Tanzania safari lodge in the northernmost corner of Serengeti National Park, just south of Kenya’s border. It’s split into two camps, the larger Main Camp (with eight rooms) and the smaller Private Camp (with four rooms), both with glorious vistas.

The room

I wake up, stretching luxuriously in our large bed. The dramatic mosquito net makes me feel a bit like a princess in a fairytale … In fact, everything at this luxury Tanzania safari lodge aims to evoke that feeling of wonder. Our airy and spacious room is built mostly of plaster, but its front is canvas and rough-hewn poles support a high thatched roof.We’d slept with the canvas rolled away, trusting in our mosquito net, so I can look out onto the vast landscape without getting up. It’s shadowed by the last throes of night as the sun slowly starts to rise. Though you’d never know it from the rustic exterior, our room looks a bit like a European country home inside, with scrubbed wooden floors, thick cream rugs and comfortable furnishings.I hear a discreet knock, and then the soft sound of a tray being left in the butler’s hatch. My partner, still sleeping, hasn’t heard a thing. I pour myself some fragrant coffee, grab a few biscuits and quietly take a seat by the writing desk. In my journal, I try describe everything as I see it, so I can forever remember this place. Even the en-suite bathroom gets a mention, with its two ornate metal sinks set in stone bases and curved solar-heated shower. Once I’m done, I move to the Swahili daybed outside, basking in the light touch of the morning sun.

I wake up, stretching luxuriously in our large bed. The dramatic mosquito net makes me feel a bit like a princess in a fairytale … In fact, everything at this luxury Tanzania safari lodge aims to evoke that feeling of wonder. Our airy and spacious room is built mostly of plaster, but its front is canvas and rough-hewn poles support a high thatched roof.

We’d slept with the canvas rolled away, trusting in our mosquito net, so I can look out onto the vast landscape without getting up. It’s shadowed by the last throes of night as the sun slowly starts to rise. Though you’d never know it from the rustic exterior, our room looks a bit like a European country home inside, with scrubbed wooden floors, thick cream rugs and comfortable furnishings.

I hear a discreet knock, and then the soft sound of a tray being left in the butler’s hatch. My partner, still sleeping, hasn’t heard a thing. I pour myself some fragrant coffee, grab a few biscuits and quietly take a seat by the writing desk. In my journal, I try describe everything as I see it, so I can forever remember this place. Even the en-suite bathroom gets a mention, with its two ornate metal sinks set in stone bases and curved solar-heated shower. Once I’m done, I move to the Swahili daybed outside, basking in the light touch of the morning sun.

What sets it apart

Designed to disappear into the surroundings, the communal areas of Lamai Serengeti showcase spectacular views from every angle without being obtrusive in any way. I like its relaxed and quirky feel – cream and brown shades with funky splashes of red and blue, the use of local fabrics and comfy sofas, the roaring fire to ward off the evening chill, and the bar with tractor seats as chairs and oil cans for lamp bases.The food – from lunch buffets at individual tables to communal dining in the evening – is superbly made, and there’s a lovely swimming pool for those warmer days. Though we were lucky enough to see the Great Wildebeest Migration swimming across the Mara River, seeing the Lamai Pride’s cubs scampering over the rocky outcrops from the lodge was still my favourite sight.

Designed to disappear into the surroundings, the communal areas of Lamai Serengeti showcase spectacular views from every angle without being obtrusive in any way. I like its relaxed and quirky feel – cream and brown shades with funky splashes of red and blue, the use of local fabrics and comfy sofas, the roaring fire to ward off the evening chill, and the bar with tractor seats as chairs and oil cans for lamp bases.

The food – from lunch buffets at individual tables to communal dining in the evening – is superbly made, and there’s a lovely swimming pool for those warmer days. Though we were lucky enough to see the Great Wildebeest Migration swimming across the Mara River, seeing the Lamai Pride’s cubs scampering over the rocky outcrops from the lodge was still my favourite sight.

At a glance

  • Luxurious lodge with 12 open-fronted suites split into two camps – Main Camp with eight rooms, Private Camp with four rooms – each with their own lounge, bar, dining area and swimming pool.
  • Private dining available.
  • Game drives, walking safaris (seasonal), bush picnics, bush sundowners and hot-air ballooning (additional cost).
  • Children from eight years are welcome, and babysitting available (additional cost). Three tents have an adjoining twin room for children. Walking safaris limited to children aged 12 or above.

  • Luxurious lodge with 12 open-fronted suites split into two camps – Main Camp with eight rooms, Private Camp with four rooms – each with their own lounge, bar, dining area and swimming pool.
  • Private dining available.
  • Game drives, walking safaris (seasonal), bush picnics, bush sundowners and hot-air ballooning (additional cost).
  • Children from eight years are welcome, and babysitting available (additional cost). Three tents have an adjoining twin room for children. Walking safaris limited to children aged 12 or above.

Prices

  • Not only do African safari lodge prices shift with the seasons, they also change based on your length of stay, room type, travel party composition, special offers, if your trip involves stays at sister lodges – and for more reasons besides.
  • It’s worth noting that depending on your itinerary, your lodge cost will make up about 75–85% of your total safari trip cost.
  • Our safaris are tailor-made to match your personal safari dream, we’d be delighted if you’d allow us to create a bespoke proposal for you.  Simply enquire now – our quotes are complimentary and obligation-free.
  • However, to help you get an idea of safari lodge prices we’ve created three safari-lodge categories with various price ranges, to find out more click here.

  • Not only do African safari lodge prices shift with the seasons, they also change based on your length of stay, room type, travel party composition, special offers, if your trip involves stays at sister lodges – and for more reasons besides.
  • It’s worth noting that depending on your itinerary, your lodge cost will make up about 75–85% of your total safari trip cost.
  • Our safaris are tailor-made to match your personal safari dream, we’d be delighted if you’d allow us to create a bespoke proposal for you.  Simply enquire now – our quotes are complimentary and obligation-free.
  • However, to help you get an idea of safari lodge prices we’ve created three safari-lodge categories with various price ranges, to find out more click here.

When to Go

This is a wonderful time to visit northern Tanzania, with the vegetation initially lush after the rains, but then dying back, making the wildlife that much easier to see. Temperatures are cooler (although the days are warm and sunny). With the wildebeest herds assembling to make the perilous crossing of the Grumeti River, this is the busiest time of the year here. Tarangire is a great option now, with locally migrating wildlife concentrating along the Tarangire River, or take in the tree-climbing lion and beautiful seasonal waterfalls at Lake Manyara.

The long dry spell between the rains sees the vegetation cycle being repeated: lovely green grass immediately after the rains subsequently starts to wither. As food and water become scarcer, game concentrates around waterholes, making wildlife viewing particularly easy in January. Wildebeest calving in January and February on the southern Serengeti short-grass plains means a glut of kills – it’s the best time for predator action. Away from the Serengeti, this is an ideal opportunity to see resident game in the Ngorongoro Crater and at Lake Manyara, and birders will enjoy spotting migratory species.

These are perhaps not the ideal times to visit northern Tanzania as they represent the two peaks of the wet season – the long rains in April and May; the short rains in November. This does mean however that you’ll be sharing the game reserves and national parks of northern Tanzania with far fewer people, and there’s still plenty to see. During the long rains, the Great Wildebeest Migration moves north in the Serengeti, through Seronera towards the Western Corridor, while in November the herds return from the Masai Mara.

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