This entirely female-run camp not only offers a small, exclusive stay, but also benefits from a beautiful location perfect for exploring the southern Serengeti area. Open year round, visit during spring or early winter to see the dramatic migration of hundreds of wildebeest.
Custodians of this rich area, Namiri Plains is an intimate tented camp located east of the central Serengeti. The camp is set in a small fever tree forest on a hillside overlooking the plains. Because the area was closed off to visitors for 20 years, this is the land of the big cats, where lion, leopard and cheetah hunt undisturbed on the plains. Guests can join drives to see both the cats and local plains game. Just eight luxury tents offer a comfortable home in the wilderness and boast 360-degree views of the plains. Guests can enjoy game drives from here to enjoy the abundant wildlife, picnic breakfasts on Soit le Motonyi Rock nearby and sundowners on the top of the kopjes.
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The eight luxurious tents provide all the necessary creature comforts for your stay while still reflecting a traditional safari experience and the accompanying sense of adventure. Each tent has a large double bed, a desk and comfortable chairs, and an en suite bathroom with hot indoor and outdoor showers. One of the tents is designed for honeymooners, while another, larger tent caters to families.
Namiri Plains is set in one of the best locations in the Eastern Plains of the Serengeti, open to wide-reaching views across the vast plains, which are only interrupted by the occasional acacia tree. The area is known for its big cats, resulting in exhilarating game drives and experiences in a very wild camp location. There is no other camp within an hours’ drive of Namiri Plains, and game drives from the camp pass by with no other vehicles in sight. Guests must fly in and out, before a drive through the National Park to camp that may afford surprise wildlife sightings. Making your way there is the start of an authentic, off-the-beaten-track experience.
Food and drink
The food and drink served at Namiri is exceptional. All meals are eaten communally in the dining tent, though private dining can be arranged on request. Breakfast is laid out as a buffet, with a cooked breakfast to order. Lunch is either a set menu or a packed lunch if you're out on a full-day game drive. Dinner comes as a set three-course menu, paired with selected wines. You can also often enjoy ‘bush' breakfasts or lunches as part of game drives.
Children aged five and up are welcome at Namiri Plains, though there are no specific children’s activities on offer. There’s a family tent for larger groups, however.
Facilities and activities
Twice daily game drives focus on the big cats that hunt the herds of wildebeest — guests can opt for closed or open vehicles. Walking safaris take explorers even closer to the unspoiled wilderness and staff will arrange bush picnics to make the most of your time away from the camp. Those looking for something even more special may opt for a different view during a hot-air balloon safari or a meeting with the local cheetah researcher to learn about the local cats and how they’ve thrived.
This small luxury camp allows you to explore a remote area of the Serengeti away from any crowds — you might not even see any other vehicles during your stay. We also love the camp for its intimate, inclusive feel.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
This is a new property and one of the larger ones in the Serengeti, with 77 guest rooms, suites and villas. Facilities include a swimming pool, spa, fitness centre and a kids club (children aged 8 to 17 only).
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Klein's Camp is a superb camp. The rooms are comfortable, views spectacular and camp staff and guides very friendly. It's great for getting away from the more crowded areas of the Serengeti in the high season and will mean you have a more exclusive game viewing experience.
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It is safe to say that Sasakwa is one of the most luxurious properties in East Africa. It includes a few air-conditioned guest cottages all complete with antique furniture, crystal vases of roses and classic artwork giving it a real 1920's feel.
Sayari is a luxurious safari camp in a beautiful area which is great for game viewing all year round. It combines the wonderful atmosphere of a traditional safari camp with some modern touches making this an excellent option.
Located right in the heart of the Serengeti, in the prime Seronera game-viewing area, Kati Kati is a simple tented safari camp that offers a real ‘back to basics’ charm and an authentic safari experience.
This classic mobile safari camp travels with the migrating wildebeest throughout the year, offering a different experience with each new location.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Throughout the year, the two million strong migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelles wanders the plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara in search of water and fresh grazing.
This is one of the most popular ways to see the wildlife of the Serengeti. The flight will last for around an hour before you land to celebrate with champagne before a full English breakfast prepared and served in style in the middle of the bush.