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This camp (Serengeti Safari Camp) is an absolute must: a better safari experience is hard to imagine. However, you will stay in tents which are really very comfortable and luxurious. The safari trips are genius and you can find just about anything you can imagine. Nomad is absolutely fantastic and probably the best company in Tanzania.
Lamai: the crossroads where luxury meets exquisite simplicity. Peace and harmony meets nature and energy in its most purest form.
This (Serengeti Safari Camp) was our introduction to Nomad's camps. We ended up staying at 4, and all were simply wonderful. Raj and his crew welcomed us and I liked that he and an alternating guide always had dinner with us. This allowed us to meet as fellow humans, and to allow us to hear stories from the guides--and to pick their brains. We were curious to see the cook tent and they facilitated this.
One night a leopard prowled through the edge of the camp as we were watching 'Bush TV' (campfire), and the enthusiasm with which the guides ran for torches and bade us follow them as we followed the animal made it clear that the staff are genuine enthusiasts.
What I didn't know was that I dropped my GoPro out of my bag. At the next camp (Katavi) I got word of this from the camp manager who had been contacted by Raj. There wasn't time to get it to me at Katavi, but there it was waiting for me at Mahale--having travelled half way through Tanzania. If that isn't honest and fabulous service, I don't know what is.
Because this camp is mobile, it is more spartan than the other Nomad camps, but that is a relative term. It was divine!
We expected great things, but the overall experience has surpassed anything we could have imagined. From Anaphy’s knowledgeable guiding to Peirs walking us back every night…to Clyde and Helen’s warm hosting we feel really blessed. Thank you.
Our guide Jairo was amazing, knowledgeable, and made each day special. We have a special place in our hearts for Baraka, such a nice young man who is working so hard on his training. Finally, a special thank you to Dale for the bug bombs, Seneto and Babu for teaching us the game of 'bao', and to Paddy and the rest of the guys for an amazing time.
Your adaptability to make the experience perfect for us was AWESOME – the night safari, the walk, the birding stops, the photo opportunities – all was exactly what we had hoped for – even more. We really like the peace and privacy of the tents and the small groups in the cars so we could have a safari with our own family but still enjoy the company of others in camp. Our guide was fabulous! The manager was magnifique! All staff friendly, efficient, knowledgeable. A PERFECT safari!
As regards the safaris, then we experienced all we could have hoped for, we saw several river crossings by Wildebeest, one on a tributary of the Mara that was interrupted by a lion kill mid-crossing, but we will never forget the best crossing of all, as after 8 hours of tracking the herd on the opposite side of the Mara, with several false-alert crossings, and with each passing hour the herd increasing in size, until it likely reached 250,000 in number, we were then treated at the end of the day by the most spectacular crossing imaginable, absolutely stunning, and even highly experienced guides said they had never seen such a spectacle.
We also saw all three big cats, including our best leopard moment ever on the first night safari, and many great lion moments, and saw a solitary and very pregnant and lazy cheetah out on the plain, also wonderful elephant and hyena moments, and so much more to pleasure the senses.
We had two different guides over 5 ½ days of game drives, and both were excellent, though quite different personalities, and the two managers, Clyde and Helen, were simply great, and we even met their predecessors who were great people too, plus Julian and me so enjoyed our contact with certain guests
So Nomad, you get 11 out of 10 from Julian and me.
Therefore if we undertake another East African safari, we will be coming back to Nomad, and likely wanting to visit Katavi and Mahale.
I feel absolutely compelled to write this email to you and to the Nomad management team to express how fabulous your entire Lamai Serengeti and Serengeti Safari Camp staffs were during our recent stay at each. In addition to the wonderful camp staffs, our guides with whom we shared 6 glorious days were fantastic and deserve recognition that a simple email will not adequately convey – Joseph, Festo and Vickie (more on these 3 shortly).
My family and I (15 of us + Richard Knocker) were fortunate enough to enjoy 3 unforgettable nights at Lamai and 2 fantastic nights at the Safari camp. Mark, Madeline, Jana, and Nick, along with everyone at Lamai could not have more enjoyable, professional, and simply wonderful to be around. The camp is obviously lovely with its breathtaking views. But it was the people who made our stay there so enjoyable, and I truly mean everyone, as we made it a point to meet the entire Lamai staff since each had a hand in making our 3 days so memorable.
While we did not think it was possible for your Safari Camp staff to meet the incredibly high bar set for us by the Lamai staff, they did. Again the camp itself was spectacular, however it was the amazing people that staffed it who made our stay so very memorable. Each person was more pleasant the next (an impossible feat) and each was so very interesting. I will forever recall not only John’s everlasting smile from dawn until dark, but also just how much we all enjoyed speaking with him about a multitude of topics. Being in the hospitality business, I can only wish that I had 1 staff member like John.
Now back to our guides – Joseph, Festo and Vickie. Spending 6 days with anyone in close quarters, or in this case jeeps, can either make the experience a very good one or can kill it. These 3 incredible persons helped make our time in Tanzania much more memorable than it would have been without them. Yes, each proved to be a very skilled guide and great teacher of plant and animal life along with the symbiotic relationships between them, but perhaps more importantly they became our friend. None in our group can adequately express how much we enjoyed spending time with Joseph, Festo and Vickie.
As I alluded to earlier, these written words cannot properly convey our sincere gratitude to each member of the Lamai and Safari Camp staffs, as well as to our new friends (Joseph, Festo and Vickie), for making our trip “the trip of a lifetime”. It is we who are the fortunate ones to have had the opportunity to meet these wonderfully talented people and spend 6 unforgettable days with them. I would greatly appreciate you passing on my (and our group’s) tremendous gratitude to the camps staffs, as well as to Joseph, Festo and Vickie.
Our trip was indescribable. Every single detail was perfect...Everyone made us feel special. Africa is an extraordinary place. I know I have only seen a small part but when someone asks me what I loved the most, I have to say it was the people. They were interesting, driven, kind, bright, engaging…I can’t say enough. Of course the animals were spectacular, as was the scenery, but what made that so special was the knowledge of the guides and trackers, their patience, and kindness. I learned so much.
...The ground crew, Nomad, never missed a trick. We wanted for absolutely nothing. They seemed to be sincerely concerned about us and our experience in their country. Our guide Massa John from Nomad was a brilliant young man who taught so much about the animals and the terrain. He taught us how to really watch the movement and actions of the animals to understand them better...We were sure they had never done so many special things for any guest, which of course they had, but that was their special gift.
I recently stayed at Nomad’s Lamai and Serengeti Safari camps and I just wanted to say a big thank you to Nomad, and also wondered if you could pass on my thanks to Jana and Nick and Raj and their teams? I was with my mother and we absolutely loved both camps.
At Lamai, Jana and Nick were so friendly and welcoming, even though they had plenty of other guests to look after as well. Our room was completely beautiful, I wish the shop had been open because I can imagine I would have wanted to buy everything in it if the interiors of the camp are anything to go by! It was my mother’s first night and we had sundowners whilst watching mating lions following a leopard sighting. And then we had the honeymooning lions serenading us all night and woke up to an amazing sun rise with our bed tea – so her first 24 hours in Tanzania were pretty amazing.
Raj was doing a fantastic job at Serengeti Safari Camp. We were allowed to relax undisturbed all afternoon in the mess tent, having had a lovely lunch with him and learnt all about the camp. He did a great job at making everyone feel at ease at drinks and supper time. We also felt really lucky to have Ali as our guide, he gave us a fascinating insight into Tanzanian politics, geography, culture, wildlife etc etc and on top of that found us a Leopard!
So many thanks to everybody, and I truly hope I get the chance to return one day...