Tucked away in an unbelievably beautiful, remote corner of the eastern Serengeti, closed off to the public for twenty years, Namiri Plains Camp offers a deeper and more intense wildlife experience for safari enthusiasts wanting bush luxury, unparalleled privacy, advanced guiding and an abundance of big cats. In Swahili ‘namiri’ means ‘big cat’, and this area now boasts one of Africa’s highest cheetah density areas. Namiri Plains Camp undoubtedly offers East Africa’s best big cat viewing opportunities, with the immediate region being home to at least 100 lions, 20 cheetahs and several leopards. Lions can easily walk through the camp, which even has its own resident lioness that watches from a mere 50 metres away. Located in Soit Le Motonyi, this small and exceptionally exclusive camp blends in amongst the acacia forest and grasslands on the banks of the Ngare Nanyuki underground river. This permanent water source supports year-round concentrations of wildlife and guests can enjoy expansive views of the Great Migration crossing the plains and sensational predator sightings.
From November to June the Namiri Plains explode into action as the big cats prey on the migrating wildebeests and the savannah becomes a magnet for wildlife. Around 70 larger mammals and over 500 species of birds make this their feeding ground. During the rains this area of the Serengeti is home to some of the highest concentration of hyena in Africa. Never the ones to be too far from the action, clans of up to 30 hyenas roam these parts, scavenging on kills. Daily game drives offer the best opportunity to see wildebeests, zebras, buffalos, gazelles and eland in large herds on the plains; elephants, giraffe and warthog amongst the acacia forests and the predatory big cats waiting in the long grasses for their chance to pounce. It’s also a good chance to see rare species too, such as one of the world’s most hunted animals, the Pangolin. Probably the most intimate way to experience the bush is on a walking safari, when the pace is easy and being at the same level as that of the wildlife heightens your senses. Game walks at Namiri cover the unique flora and fauna of the eastern Serengeti.
This superbly comfortable camp has just 11 large contemporary tents which are spaced generously apart to give an intimate feel to the Camp. The interiors are decorated in natural materials and the walls are made from rock created from the ashes of the Ngorongoro Volcanoes. All tents have en-suite with exterior bathtub to see the views over the plains. Tents have sliding doors which open on to an expanded viewing deck. Namiri also has a family tent with smaller twin room attached which shares bathroom facilities.
Central to the camp are the lounge, bar and dining area along with Spa and pool to cool off in during the heat of the day.