Understated style with light touch brilliance, welcome to Lamai

To see and not be seen on this sacred site was a huge challenge, but we took that where nature leads, beauty and style would follow. And so it did.

Lamai’s open fronted bedrooms are peppered around Kogakuria Kopje, a tumble of giant boulders that stand proud above the northern Serengeti grasslands.

Main camp

Private camp

Views across the Serengeti

Each room makes the very best of incredible views across the Serengeti and towards the Masai Mara.

Space and light

Sunday afternoon, sunshine pouring into your room, a light and airy space from which to sit mesmerised by a million miles of wilderness...

Room with a view...

Lamai Serengeti is perched on a kopje that looks out over what feels like all of Serengeti.

It's all action down at the river, with wildebeest launching themselves across the water - but up here, one can behold it all from above.

Sung as a bug

Our kid’s rooms have two comfy single beds and an interconnecting bathroom.

Showers to wash away safari dust

The showers at Lamai are set up to give you hot water on demand.

Open to the wild

We like to give you every opportunity to lookout and who wouldn’t want to watch creatures great and small while brushing their teeth?

Ensuite and made for two

Each room has an ensuite bathroom complete with double sinks.

Dine under the stars

Fancy joining us for supper beneath the star, serenaded by the sounds of the wild…?

Dining in style

Relaxed, informal but full of style and safari tales.

Dinner is served

With panoramic views, delicious food and safari tales in full flow, surely the perfect evening?

Lounge about with an open fire

Our lounge is designed with community at its heart. We love for our guests to become friends and share their life-changing adventures.

Fully stocked bar

The beating heart of the camp complete with upcycled landrover seats and bar stools. Very cool!

Character and style

Comfy sofas and shaggy lampshades that adorn Lamai’s lounge are made by a lady named Eliza. She is a local basket weaver whose talent was spied by Jo Cooke, Nomad interior designer extraordinaire. Jo worked with Eliza to perfect her design and workmanship, and now our camps are filled with pouffes, placemats and woven wonders of all sorts. Not only do they represent local craftmanship, but they also support a mother who can now send her children to school.

Time for a cool off

This is the perfect way to send an afternoon at Lamai. You’ve heard of room with a view well this is pool with a view!

The big reveal

The moment you walk down the steps into the main area and the Serengeti reveals itself, is a moment you won’t forget.

Exclusively for you and your family

Strung around the bottom of our boulder-bound Serengeti base, this camp communes completely privately with the bristling plains of the north.

Four open-fronted rooms

Each room at Lamai Private is nestled into a quiet corner with endless views across the Serengeti.

Designed and delivered

All the interiors at Lamai Private are locally sourced, organic and handmade to measure.

Your own private lounge for cosy evenings

Your own private camp for you to do as you please. Lamai Private offers unbeatable Serengeti privacy for groups of friends or families.

The main mess at Lamai Private

Delicious food served looking across the Serengeti plains. Lamai Private also comes with your own camp crew to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Lamai sticks its head above the rest both literally and figuratively.

Lightening our footprint

How Lamai was built

Our mission here is to be the guardians of this magnificent sacred kopje and create a lodge that did no harm here was no mean feat. The camp was meticulously designed to mould to the kopje and blur lines between nature and us.

Supporting entrepreneurship

The Serengeti’s most stylish camp

Lamai has an understated style that combines light-touch brilliance with resourceful creativity. Beautiful furniture and artefacts are made by skilled Tanzania artisans while one-off pieces discovered in remote markets across Tanzania are painstakingly upcycled. We are scrupulous about working with local suppliers, so everything is made or sourced in-country. The light-filled rooms channel immense views of the Serengeti while remaining all but invisible to the outside world. This is all about treadling lightly. Seeing, but not being seen.

Family friendly

Lamai Private is hard to beat if you’re traveling with your family. The small and intimate lodge is right at the heart of the safari action, so days are filled with adventure; the Mara River crossings are just a couple of miles away while the area is a hotspot for resident lion, leopard and rhino plus endless other species of bird and animal. Retreat to the lodge during the heat of the day and you’ll find the perfect place to kick off your shoes and relax while enjoying incredible views over the Serengeti. A dedicated team, wonderful fresh food, drinks galore, comfortable sofas, sun decks, open rooms. All the ingredients for every member of the family to have the perfect holiday.

Key details


June to mid March


separate lodges


open-fronted rooms


rooms in main lodge


rooms in private lodge

All with verandahs and views


L. Sullivan

Beautiful Accommodations & Wildlife

Entamanu is beautiful! The game drive through Ngorongoro Crater was top notch & the timing perfect. Amazing dramatic scenery and thriving with wildlife. The accommodations are my favorite design, I’ve even taken photos to get inspiration for my home! Gorgeous, quiet, lush and peaceful. The Maasai bo...

T. Bletsoe

Charming Camp, Amazing Views

Lomai is a charming camp nestled among the bushes and rocks of a hill with amazing views. Small wildlife coexists with the camp and adds an air of the wild. We went in late February which I'd highly recommend; the animals were fat and happy and without the migration around we found two black rhinos ...

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J. Cassie

Beautiful Peaceful Camp

Entamanu is a beautiful, peaceful camp. Although it is the farthest from the crater, the setting can’t be beat. Everything was wonderful, but especially the staff. They are so kind and accommodating!

M. Wise & M. Spanjian

Stunning Space, Tremendous Staff

Lamai is more than you can imagine. Nestled in the rocks overlooking the rolling Serengeti plains each room (as well as public area) is genuinely stunning. Elegantly styled, each detail attended to- it is a perfect space inside and out. But more than a stunning space and landscape the staff at Lamai...

L. Friedlander

Breathtaking Setting, Amazing Views

Breathtaking setting with amazing views, extraordinary service, beautiful rooms with great wifi, and everything one needs, gorgeous views, delicious food, and perfect in every way. We saw lions, leopards, cheetahs, rhino, giraffes, zebras, topi's, warthogs, and more.

J. Poole

Beautiful Spot, Amazing Wildlife

Beautiful spot, amazing wildlife, exceptional service. A must visit!

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