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Lamai Serengeti

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Gold price level

Mango Opinion

This is a stunning property in the very north of the Serengeti. It is the place to be from July - October in hopes of witnessing the wildebeest migration as it moves through. This area is mountainous and gorgeous, less wide-open plains. Amazing guiding and style. This area is a long way if you are driving - better to fly up even from the central Serengeti.

Lamai Serengeti stands proud above the plains, around a tumble of giant boulders. You can see from this outcrop, the Kogakuria Kopje, for miles and miles. Over a million wildebeest cross these plains on their way to dodge the jaws of death in the Mara River, just down the track.  On the Lamai Wedge, bristling with mammals all year round, there’s never a dull moment. 

At Lamai Serengeti they have just 12 rooms, split between two lodges, Lamai and exclusive use Lamai Private. Each lodge has its own private bar and dining area, with adjoining library and map room and each has its own natural rock swimming pool. All rooms have 24-hour power and en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water, flush toilets and powerful showers.

When one of the largest animal migrations in the world crosses your doorstep, as it does at Lamai Serengeti between July and October, it's sometimes easy to overlook what all of us who have spent so long in the Serengeti keep reminding ourselves. It's 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 they use their 4x4s to explore the intricacies of the area, both south of the Mara River and (river state permitting) to the north, but they're able to offer walking safaris from there.