At first sight, the Kogakurla Kopje looks wild and undisturbed, the rocks and trees piled high overlooking Tanzania’s northern Serengeti plains towards the Mara River. Discreetly tucked among the boulders and designed to blend in, Lamai Serengeti is an outpost of luxury, where each secluded room enjoys spectacular views and complete privacy. It’s a peaceful refuge where you can relax beside the natural rock swimming pool, or on your deck with binoculars in between game drives, and soak up the raw and tranquil wilderness and vast African skies.
Steps and winding pathways connect each room to the main lodge (you’re escorted by askaris after dark), and the simple canvas, plaster and pole structures make the most of the elevated position with sunset or sunrise views from the private deck. The suites, with their homely, rustic feel with scrubbed wooden floors scattered with thick cream rugs, have all the comforts of a king-sized bed, elegant cushioned day bed, glowing electric lamps and, of course, en-suite bathroom built into the rock with hot running water for the shower and more views through the tree branches.
The minimalist country feel continues into the welcoming lounge, bar and dining room of the main lodge, open-sided to the view with comfortable sofas, rush mats and a neutral palette of creams and browns with occasional splashes of bright local fabrics in red or blue. Breakfast and light lunches are served at individual tables either inside or on the deck, with dinner shared at a long table, beside a roaring fire in winter, with thoughtful service and presentation and a creative, well-executed menu.
For three months of the year, July to October, the wildebeest migration is right on the doorstep with dramatic crossings of the Mara River only a few miles away. But the resident wildlife year-round is just as awe-inspiring, with lion, leopard, herds of zebra, gazelle, buffalo and giraffe taking advantage of the permanent water-source and grazing, and very few other visitors to share the sightings. Walking safaris are another intimate way to explore the landscape, and bush picnics are a delightful interlude in a personalised safari experience that can be as action-packed or as leisurely as you decide.
Things to do
• Game-viewing safari drives
• Walking safaris
• Bush breakfasts
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