This elegant and understated tented camp blends seamlessly into the vast sweeping landscape of Tanzania’s eastern Serengeti, a totally unspoilt grassland area that had previously been closed to the public for 20 years to conserve the cheetah population. Now the intimate Namiri Plains is the only camp within an hour’s drive, which makes for exclusive and undisturbed game viewing with exceptional sightings of lion prides and the re-established cheetah.
Luxury and simplicity are the watchwords in the eight high-ceilinged en-suite tents. Everything is of the highest quality but with a minimalist approach to decor: all the practical comforts are present but there are no unnecessary frills to distract your eyes from the wild setting and iconic Serengeti views. You can lie back on your comfortable king-sized bed and gaze out at the distant horizon, or hear lions roaring at night while you are securely tucked up in soft linen and lush patterned throws. Hot water for the indoor and outdoor bucket showers is solar-heated in generous quantities and there’s a flush toilet.
The classic safari feel extends to the mess and dining tents, which are simply furnished with contemporary sofas, comfortable armchairs and a few striking pieces of sculpture, as well as bookcases housing the camp library and a well-stocked bar. The end of a safari day signals a time for sitting around the campfire swapping stories or just enjoying the sunset views underneath one of the huge spreading acacia trees hung with lanterns, before dinner around the communal table hosted by your guides.
The area around Namiri Plains is real big cat country. On the two daily game drives you might see a pride of lions lolling on a rocky outcrop, a cheetah with cubs, even sometimes the usually elusive leopard dragging a kill to the safety of a tree. The underground water in the area attracts the plains game and the wildebeest migration often makes its way here between November and June; you will be awed by the immense size of the herd and may even drive among them. Book ahead for the opportunity to spend time with the local cheetah researcher, or take a walking safari to get another perspective on the landscape and its wildlife. This really is a safari enthusiast’s bucket-list destination, where you can feel alone with the wildlife for a quintessential Serengeti safari experience.
Things to do
• Game-viewing drives
• Walking safaris
• Cheetah research
• Hot-air balloon safaris
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