Wild, windswept and wildlife-focussed, Namiri Plains Camp is situated in the remote eastern Serengeti. This area is characterised by endless grasslands, which heighten a feeling of splendid isolation.
The camp is located close to the underground Ngare Nanyuki River, meaning pools of water are present year round, attracting wildlife from all over the dry plains.
The camp lies a little more than an hour's drive east of the Seronera Airstrip, offering a landscape unique in the Serengeti. This fabulous location affords far-reaching views across the short-grass plains, which are rich with lions and cheetahs.
Eight modern, safari-style tents sit amidst these vast plains, sheltered slightly by the presence of a small wooded copse. Activities availabel include game drives across the Namiri Plains, dramatic sunset drinks atop rugged kopjes and sunrise picnics in the bush.
Acacia-shaded safari tents
The well-spaced, furnished and en-suite tents are shaded by an ancient acacia thicket. Inside, a comfortable bed looks out through mesh windows towards a fertile depression in the plains. Wildlife roams in front of the tents, and it is not uncommon to have a herd of buffaloes graze in front of the tents at night.
Solar showers provide wonderfully hot water, in spite of the camp's isolated location, whilst the limited number of guests delivers an intimate, tailored experience.
A haven for big cats
Hidden at the heart of an area deemed a safe haven for African big cats, Namiri Plains Camp is renowned for the predators that roam the surrounding grasslands. Once inaccessible to tourists, these plains are still the domain of cheetahs and lions.
The presence of year-round water means that big cats are frequently spotted in search of their thirsty prey, with cheetahs particularly prevalent. Big cat viewing at is best during December and January, although the presence of the permanent water attracts both wildlife and birds all year round.
This is also an area which hosts the Great Migration; wildebeests fill the plains between November and May. As the area fills with this flood of animals, the big cats thrive, preying on these vast herds of plains game.
Activities at Namiri Plains include:
- Game drives
- Walking safaris
- Sundowner drinks atop a nearby kopje
- Bush picnics at sunrise
- Cheetah research excursions (requires pre-booking)
- Hot-air balloon trips over the Serengeti (requires pre-booking)
Why we like it
Namiri Plains is a world away from the camps that occupy the more frequented areas of the Serengeti. This secluded camp is all about location, with these open plains offering some of the Serengeti’s most wonderfully wild landscapes. The profusion of wildlife – particularly big cats – is just an added bonus.