Lamai Serengeti

premier Camp | Serengeti Nat'l Park, Tanzania

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Built around the Kogakuria Kopje, a rocky outcrop acclaimed for its outstanding views of local wildlife, Lamai Serengeti boasts the most commanding vantage point in these far reaches of the northern Serengeti. The camp is just minutes from the Mara River, where more than a million wildebeest and zebra cross annually following the rains, braving the crocodiles below. When the migration moves south again, the area remains green and lush, maintaining impressive populations of resident predators and plains wildlife.

Photo of Megan Bryant

Our Expert Says

Having this sort of perspective over the savanna, these wide-open vistas, while enjoying the ambience of an elegant, distinctly African safari's priceless. You do have to appreciate the feeling of wind pushing through the mesh zip-downs, and the sounds and smells of the bush, but isn't that why we go to Africa in the first place?

– Megan Bryant

Photo: The Camp

The Camp

Location: Lamai Wedge, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Number of Rooms: 12

Lamai Serengeti features eight rooms that make up the main camp and a separate group of four rooms that comprise a smaller camp, which can be used for private groups or booked by individuals. Each room has an en suite bathroom with running hot and cold water in the shower and twin basins along with a flushing toilet. Rooms feature beautiful wooden furnishings and are enclosed by a simple zippered mosquito netting. Private verandas gaze over the plains from an optimal raised vantage point. The camp's intricate wooden walkways and stairs are shaped around the kopje, or rock, upon which they are built. The permanence of Lamai allows the camp to offer the ultimate in comfort while remaining close to nature. The open-air dining room and lounges provide midday respite, with a pool for a cooling dip. Guests can enjoy wildlife sightings with simply a pair of binoculars and a seat on the veranda.

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Photo: Facilities & Amenities

Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Shampoo, conditioner and soap
  • 220v charging outlets in room
  • In-room safe
  • Central pool
  • Limited Internet in main office
  • Laundry included
  • Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
  • Credit cards accepted (Visa and MasterCard)
  • No air conditioning, telephone, Wi-Fi or cellular coverage

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Photo: Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Lamai Serengeti is situated in the wildlife-rich northern Serengeti. This area is home to relatively few camps and far enough afield to avoid many outsiders. Nearby, the Mara River becomes a crossing point for nearly two million wildebeest and zebra during the dry season from July to September, though exact timings vary based on the rain patterns each season. The resident wildlife in this area is unparalleled, with many cheetah surveying the open plains, leopard and lion found in the rocky outcrops, or kopjes, and wooded areas, plains game such as giraffe towering in the distance and many more creatures. Enjoy game drives at your whim, and when the grass is short, Lamai is excellent walking country with its kopjes to climb and plains to lope across: creeping up on animals, spotting birds and bees and digesting the landscape with expert, resident guides.

During the famous Great Migration, the wildebeest can be found dropping their young in the southern Serengeti between December and March, and are typically found attempting to cross the Mara River in the northern Serengeti between July and October. The resident wildlife in the park is found year-round. Other typical sightings may include jackal, warthogs and a number of other mammals, birds and reptiles. Exact sightings will depend on rain patterns and wildlife movements.

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Country Park/Reserve
Black Rhino
Gemsbok / Oryx
Tanzania Serengeti Nat'l Park

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Frequently viewed
Occasionally viewed
Sporadically viewed
Rarely to never viewed

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Month Max Min Rainfall
January 81° F 64° F 2.2 in
27° C 17° C 56 mm
February 82° F 64° F 2.28 in
27° C 17° C 58 mm
March 82° F 68° F 4.49 in
27° C 20° C 114 mm
April 81° F 64° F 6.81 in
27° C 17° C 173 mm
May 81° F 64° F 4.21 in
27° C 17° C 107 mm
June 81° F 63° F 0.98 in
27° C 17° C 25 mm
July 81° F 63° F 0.79 in
27° C 17° C 20 mm
August 81° F 54° F 0.79 in
27° C 12° C 20 mm
September 82° F 68° F 0.98 in
27° C 20° C 25 mm
October 82° F 64° F 1.42 in
27° C 17° C 36 mm
November 82° F 64° F 2.72 in
27° C 17° C 69 mm
December 81° F 64° F 2.6 in
27° C 17° C 66 mm

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Photo: Conservation


Nomad Tanzania considers itself a custodian of the wilderness, investing since its inception in worthwhile community and conservation efforts in all areas in which the company operates, including Lamai. The company invests in its guides by giving them micro-loans to purchase their own safari vehicles, then hiring them as guides, allowing them to earn more. Hiring from within and allowing staff entering the company at an entry level to achieve ambitions of becoming guides and managers is at the core of Nomad's approach. Annual guide training prepares all guides for special-interest guests and teaches them to provide the absolute best service and hospitality standards – further pushing all staff to a higher level and ultimately a better livelihood. Eco-friendly water handling and overall sustainable best practices serve to benefit the areas in which the company operates rather than deplete them, thus conserving and bettering the ecosystem for years to come.

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