Namiri Plains, Serengeti

For 20 years, the grasslands of the Eastern Serengeti were closed to tourists to allow the cheetah population to replenish itself. Today, this is big-cat territory, where cheetah roam the area in pursuit of prey, and lion and leopard hunt undisturbed.

In 2014, the region reopened with Asilia appointed as its custodian. Guests can enjoy this incredible corner of the Serengeti from the comfort of cool and elegant Namiri Plains. Expansive views, serious comfort, exceptional privacy and unrivalled sightings of apex predators in a region of the Serengeti come together to give you an exclusive and action-packed safari experience.

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Snapshot of Namiri Plains
  • Unparalleled privacy with no other camp within an hour’s drive
  • Wildebeest migration accessible from November to June
  • Exceptional viewing of big cats & resident plains game
Perfect for
  • Active Safaris
  • Romantic Safaris
  • Classic Safaris
Standard price per person per night:

$430 - $935i

Camp Experience

 

With your closest neighbour over an hour’s drive away, you may be excused for thinking that Namiri Plains belongs to you. The camp – created for safari enthusiasts seeking comfort and exclusivity in secluded surroundings – is elegant, contemporary and blissfully comfortable.

In the mess tent, sink into one of the elegant sofas and watch the wildlife roaming over the surrounding plains or relax in the outdoor seating area under the shade of the giant acacias. In the evening, guest gather to recount the day’s adventures beside the camp fire before dinner is served in the spacious dining tent or under a glittering canopy of stars.

Meals

Our camp chefs prepare all meals in camp, and bake fresh bread, biscuits and muffins daily. Breakfast is a tempting buffet-style spread – choose from a Continental or a full English breakfast. Light, buffet-style lunches in camp include fresh salads and vegetables with your main course. Alternatively, ask for a picnic lunch basket or bush lunch to maximise your time in the bush. Dinner is a three-course silver service affair.

Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements – our camp chefs will be happy to cater for your needs.

Featured Wildlife

There is a chance you won’t even have to leave camp to enjoy life up close with resident game. See if you can spot:

  • Lion (including big-maned lion)
  • Cheetah
  • Leopard
  • Wildebeest
  • Coke’s hartebeest
  • Buffalo
  • Spotted hyena
  • Black rhino (rare)
  • Aardwolf (rare)
  • Ground pangolin (rare)

 

A Typical Day on Safari

The very best time for rewarding game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and late afternoons, when the animals are at their most active. Depending on the season, your day may start slightly earlier or later, but the general pace of life in camp is focused on giving you the very best possible game-viewing experience. If you have booked a private game-viewing vehicle do discuss personal schedule preferences with your guide.

05:30–06:00 Wake-up call with hot tea & coffee
06:30–07:00 Following breakfast, depart for a morning game drive or walk, or take a picnic breakfast with you and leave slightly earlier
09:30–11:30 Arrive back in camp after game viewing, followed by breakfast (if you wish!)
12:30 Lunch
13:30–16:00 Siesta time: read a book or just relax
16:00 Afternoon tea
16:30 Depart for afternoon/evening game drive or walk with sundowners
18:30 Arrive back in camp
19:30 Drinks at the bar followed by dinner under the stars

Family Safaris

FAMILY SUITABILITY LEVEL
✓GOOD
☐ BETTER
☐ BEST

Families with children aged five and older are warmly welcomed at Namiri Plains, which has a family tent that sleeps four. We do not, however, offer specific activities for children or personal guides. Note that children below 12 should always share a tent with an adult. Walking safaris can only be done by children aged 16 and up.

Accommodation

 

Accommodation at Namiri Plains is nothing short of superb. This small and exclusive haven comprises eight elegant tented suites with sweeping 360-degree views of the plains. The king-sized beds fitted with crisp black and white linens are seriously comfortable. Spacious en-suite bathrooms have flushing toilets and hot running water in both the indoor and outdoor showers (note: the views from here are irresistible).

Location

 

After being closed for 20 years to encourage the cheetah to breed, this remote eastern corner of the Serengeti is now a safe haven for the cheetah that roam the plains, hunting their prey undisturbed. Lion and leopard are frequently seen languishing on the rocky kopjes, keeping a lookout over their territory. With the Ngare Nanyuki underground river creating pockets of permanent water, the area also supports high concentrations of resident plains game.

“The uncrowded Northern Serengeti is virtually unexplored. The spectacular landscape, which includes heavily wooded areas,
teems with wildlife and offers an off-the-beaten-track experience.”

 

From October to May the savannah is blanketed with newly sprouted grass, drawing the great herds of wildebeest. The plains heave and sway like a grey wave as the hundreds of thousands of animals come to feast on the lush green banquet. Namiri Plains becomes the centre stage for explosive action as the big cats feast on the abundant prey: sightings of wildebeest being brought down, voracious feeding sessions as well as the inevitable disputes between the apex and lesser predators provides fascinating viewing and outstanding photo opportunities.

During the rains from March to April/May, the region attracts some of the highest concentrations of hyena in Africa and clans of up to 30 are regularly spotted scavenging on kills. Zebra, Thomson’s gazelle and eland also migrate to Namiri Plains, and herds of over a hundred and more are commonplace.

Activities

 

The vast Namiri Plains are almost completely unspoiled. Resident game is less indifferent than their counterparts in high-density tourist areas, making for a rewarding and exciting game-viewing experience every time.

Game drives
Enjoy twice daily game drives from Namiri Plains Camp with the knowledgeable guides. Study and photograph the big cats of the area at your leisure, and absorb the astonishing sight of massive herds of wildebeest appearing to take over the plains. Depending on your preferences, you can choose between a seven-seater open-sided vehicle (with canvas roof) or a five-seater closed vehicle (with pop-up roof). All vehicles have power points where you can recharge your devices, and are fitted with fridges to keep your drinks perfectly chilled.

Walking safaris
Heighten your senses to the sights, sounds and smells of the bush on a walking safari from Namiri Plains. This is one of the most intimate ways to experience the bush – the pace is easy and the memories will stay with you forever.

Cheetah research
Search for cheetah on the open plains of the Serengeti and meet up with the local cheetah researcher to compare notes and learn more about these endangered big cats. (Booking essential.)

Bush breakfasts, picnics & dinners
Maximise your time on the game-filled plains by enjoying a delicious packed breakfast or lunch provided by camp chefs while you’re on the move.

Hot-air balloon safaris
A romantic and evocative balloon safari allows you to glide serenely over the vast plains of the Serengeti, unnoticed by the wildlife teeming below you.

Camp Story

 

About 20 years, when the Frankfurt Zoological Society and TANAPA (Tanzania National Parks Authority) recognised the importance of the habitat in this region for big cats, especially cheetah, it was closed to tourism to become an informal cheetah sanctuary.

However, with human population expansion on the eastern edge of the Serengeti, the authorities realised that a tourism presence in the area would help to secure protection for the cheetah, and so, in June 2014, Asilia was granted permission to open a camp.

Well-run ecotourism operations, such as Asilia’s, represent a confluence of conservation and social development goals. They support conservation directly (through financial and logistical support) and indirectly (being a presence and providing alternative livelihoods to potential poachers). They also provide jobs and support education and social development opportunities, for example, scholarships for rural villagers.

Accommodation & Amenities

  • 8 tented suites (including 1 honeymoon tent & 1 family tent)

  • En-suite bathrooms with hot running water, indoor and outdoor showers and flushing toilet

  • Children: aged 5 and up

  • In-room lockable box

  • Solar & generator power

  • Battery-charging facilities

Activities

  • Game drives

  • Walking safaris

  • Bush breakfasts, picnics & dinners

  • Cheetah research

  • Hot-air balloon safaris

Closest Airstrip

  • Seronera: 75 minutes

Camp Dates

  • Camp open Year round

  • High season June to October

  • Green season 5 April to end May

  • Low season March to 4 April; November to 19 December

Migration Viewing

  • November to June

Child Ages

  • Families with children aged five and older are warmly welcomed at Namiri Plains.

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Experiences and activities to enjoy at Namiri Plains:

  • The Great Migration

    Without doubt the annual Wildebeest Migration is one of nature’s greatest spectacles. Asilia will ensure you have front-row seats away from the crowds.

    • 2 million wildebeest migrating
    • 2,800 kilometers covers
    • Best time to travel between Jul - Oct

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    The Great Migration
  • Big Cats & The Big 5

    Let Asilia show you the Big 5 and magnificent apex predators of the ecosystem for memories that will last a lifetime.

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    Big Cats & The Big 5
  • Cultural Experiences

    Discover Africa's rich culture.

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    Cultural Experiences
  • Romantic Experience

    Idyllic settings for two.

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    Romantic Experience
  • Active Safari

    Experience a different kind of safari.

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    Active Safari
  • Classic Safari

    witness nature’s greatest wildlife spectacles.

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    Classic Safari
  • Hot Air Ballooning

    Glide over the vast plains.

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    Hot Air Ballooning
  • Walking Safaris

    Experience the African bush on foot.

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    Walking Safaris
  • Game Drives

    Spot game from specialised vehicles.

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    Game Drives

Featured itineraries at Namiri Plains

  • Walking, Great Plains & Great Apes

    An unforgettable experience.

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  • Kilimanjaro & Great Plains

    Climb Kilimanjaro, then visit the Serengeti.

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  • The Great Tanzanian Walking Adventure

    Explore Tanzania’s parks.

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    The Great Tanzanian Walking Adventure

Guest Reviews

Further Reading

Allan Earnshaw’s account on Namiri Plains

Allan Earnshaw, Chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Trust, recently visited Namiri Plains and had the following wonderful comments to say about his trip.

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The greatest show on earth – The Great Migration

The earth trembles with the thundering of a million hooves, this is the Great Migration.

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