This has to be one of our all time favorite locations and camps. Lamai Serengeti is the result of evolution. After many years as a semi permanent camp of near isolation in the vast and beautiful northern Serengeti, the National Parks authorities decided to offer the site for permanent construction and Lamai was born.
The camp sits tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, just a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River.
Lamai Serengeti has just 12 rooms in all, a clever blend of canvas, plaster and natural poles, split between two entirely separate lodges, the Main Lodge of 8 rooms and our smaller Private Lodge of 4 rooms. Each site has been carefully thought out. Firstly and most importantly, with the elements in mind, to take maximum advantage of the view, the sun, the wind and even the rain, welcome when it comes. Each site is designed such that to the casual eye you won't see that there is anything there.
When one of the largest animal migrations in the world crosses your door step for several months of the year, as it does at Lamai Serengeti between July and October, it's sometimes easy to overlook that its not all about the migration. To define the Serengeti purely in terms of the wildebeest timetable is to massively underestimate the variety of this part of Africa.
Throughout the year, not only can guests use 4x4 s to explore the intricasies of the area, both south of the Mara River and (river state permitting) to the north, but also partake in walking safaris. The topography lends itself well to being on your feet; small valleys, river lines and rocky kopjes make for frequent changes of scenery...and great cover for approaching wild animals unseen. One of the best ways to take in the Serengeti is literally from the expansive verandah of your room, tucked away in amongst the red rocks of the kopje. The rooms are designed to maximise the panoramic views, but also to give a window onto life on the kopje.
At Lamai, you can be as busy as you like with game drives and walks, or as lazy as you like, enjoying the Serengeti from your room or the swimming pool.