Namiri Plains Serengeti

"Unspoilt, silent and remote, Namiri Plains Camps is a true luxury experience in the wild”
Budget level: Top-End
When to Go
All Year
Property Type
Kids Min Age

While exploring the grasslands close to Namiri Plains, you might be fortunate enough to come face to face with one of our most beautiful and unique wildcats – Manja, the melanistic serval. He is quite the celebrity in the Serengeti and has been featured globally by the likes of BBC Earth and The Discovery Channel.

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Experience & Activities  

Open from November to June, Namiri Plains is positioned along the Ngare Nanyuki River in the eastern Serengeti. The vast grassland plains are mostly open, aside from the occasional acacia tree. As it’s one of the few locations in the eastern Serengeti with permanent underground water sources, game viewing here is excellent. The seasonal riverbed attracts plains game, such as zebras or reedbuck, who come to quench their thirst, making it an ideal spot for viewings. It’s no surprise that predators have caught on to this, too.

The short grass of this area makes it popular with cheetah, who can more easily chase down their prey. It is particularly meaningful to see cheetah here, as this part of the Serengeti was closed for nearly 20 years to allow the population to recover. It’s now a haven for these big cats, as well as lions and a few leopards.

Enjoy twice daily game drives from Namiri Plains with fabulous knowledgeable guides. All of the camp’s vehicles are open-sided and have power points where you can charge your devices; they are also fitted with fridges to keep your drinks perfectly chilled.

Walking is the most intimate way to experience the bush; the pace is comfortable, your eye-level is that of the wildlife, and your senses are more acutely aware of the sights, smells and sounds. Walking safaris must be booked in advance.

Another special activity available here is an interaction with the local cheetah research team: search for cheetah on the open plains of the Serengeti and learn more about these endangered big cats from the local cheetah researchers. (Booking essential; at an additional cost.)


Tented Suites: Since the camp’s 2019 refurb, tents are bigger and have sliding doors running the width of each room and opening on to an expanded viewing deck. The walls are made from calcrete, a sedimentary rock created from the ashes of the Ngorongoro volcanoes, that helps to regulate the temperature. Interiors are all decorated in natural materials and tones. Each bathroom has a view over the plains and a standalone resin tub on your private deck for an al fresco bubble bath with a chilled glass of fizz.

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