In the eastern part of the central Serengeti is an area which was closed to visitors for more than 20 years, to allow researchers unfettered and undisturbed access to ideal cheetah habitat. Hidden away in a grove of fever trees, Namiri Plains has a wonderful setting in this peaceful wilderness region, allowing just a handful of guests the privilege of their own private Serengeti.
Accommodation & Facilities
Namiri Plains has eleven tented rooms including one two bedroomed family tent. They all have walls made from locally sourced calcite stone and stretched canvas roofs. The tents have en-suite bathrooms with a flush loo and a shower, and a bathtub outside on the verandah. Each tent has a huge bedroom with a king-size bed, a lounge, and plenty of space for storage. The verandah is provided with cosy chairs for relaxation. The tents are well spread out, and have panoramic views out onto the seemingly endless plains surrounding the camp. The camp has a large main building with a dining room, lounge, library and bar, and a small spa and a pool allow for some pampering and relaxing.
In addition there are two tented retreats. Each has two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and can sleep up to four adults and two children. There is a central lounge and fire pit area as well as a dedicated host, a chef, a guide and a vehicle for each retreat. The two retreats share a pool, which is reserved for retreat guests only.
Wildlife & Activities
Drives in open 4×4 vehicles are the ideal way to explore the massive expanse of the Serengeti, and to search amongst the numerous beautiful granite kopjes that dot this region. The kopjes form natural refuges for lion and leopard, as well as often being natural reservoirs of water supply and food for other wildlife. The short grass plains between the kopjes are almost perfect country for cheetah, making Namiri Plains one of the best camps in Africa for seeing this endangered species. Eland, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and warthog are also resident, and the massed herds of the wildebeest migration can often be seen here between December and March. The kopjes and outcrops provide ideal vantage points for sun-downers and bush breakfasts, all of which are part of life at Namiri Plains. Walking safaris are a terrific addition to a stay here, and should be pre-booked. Keen photographers can pre-book a specialised photographic vehicle, which is fitted with swivel seats and camera mounts.