Reviews of Namiri Plains Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
38 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Namiri Plains Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Migration and cats!"
On the deck, there were lounge chairs and a large bathtub. One afternoon, staff prepared bubble bath for me.......nice experience in the wild. All of the staff were very friendly and attentive.
Game viewing here was really wondeful. Migration has just arrived at this area, so I could see huge number of wildbeasts and zebras in addition to a lot of cats (lions, cheetahs).
Fortunately, I had a private vehicle for 2 days. On the 3rd day, I shared vehicle with an another guest but still only 2 guests on the vehicle. It is a real advantage to travel in this season." See all these reviews: 7n in Tanzania
"Namiri Plains Camp review"
A good location for finding cheetah. We had the opportunity to witness a successful chase - the first time in 25 years of going on safari that we have had that experience. Our guide used his experience to position us to excellent effect." See all these reviews: 11n in Tanzania
"Namiri Plains Camp review"
The view is private and you look right onto the bush. The communal area is significantly upgraded and extremely comfortable.
Perhaps not quite the simpler charm of the previous camp at Namiri? But we absolutely loved both our visits and would definitely return. As with Olivers we were assigned a host for our stay. Dickson the camp manager was on the staff when we visited in 2017, and it was great to see how Asilia develop their employees. Moses our host was attentive and great company, and we took home a recipe or two from him.
Food was of excellent quality, and the level of cooking in these camps is impressive. Nothing got left on a plate. The wine choices, which are the same in all camps were certainly not the quality of our previous trip, and the company might give this some consideration
In keeping with our experience in Tarangire, no camp and drive experiences were like the previous trip, we saw different animals and different behaviours. Last time we'd seen lots of lion families, but this time we didnt. However we repeatedly saw a baby Leopard, a pair of Cheetahs narrowly missing an antelope and a trio of Lionesses attacking a baboon troop, with resulting casualties. Early rains had displaced the game a little, so sightings were harder won, but still plentiful. Our love of Namiri was further strengthened.
Our last night saw us treated to a private sunset drink on the rocks near the camp, which was magical, and accompanied by the persistent call of a nightjar.
In summary, an astonishingly high specification camp set amongst the big cats. A contrast to the other two camps, which we loved, and if you want to see big cats this camp will certainly deliver." See all these reviews: 11n in Tanzania; 5n in Zanzibar
"Another wonderful stay at Namiri"
The guiding, accommodation and food are first rate; the staff charming, friendly and helpful. There is nothing not to like or enjoy!
I went wishing to see cheetah and saw seven. My guide, Suleman correctly anticipated animal behaviour which meant I got some great sightings - including two cheetah bringing down a topi; he also has binocular vision!" See all these reviews: 7n in Zanzibar; 5n in Tanzania; 1n in Kenya
"Namiri Plains Camp review"
As ever the guides were exceptional and went to enormous lengths to show us some wonderful cats of which cheetah cubs and mother was the highlight.
A two day old baby elephant was extra special." See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania
"Namiri Plains Camp review"
The accommodation was luxurious and the decor and architecture of the entire camp are very tasteful and blend in well with the landscape. Enjoyed a bubble bath in the free-standing tub on the deck of our tent and a great massage in the "spa" tent. The staff made us feel at home and were very attentive. Food was very good, although for us it was a bit much from a quantity standpoint." See all these reviews: 11n in Tanzania
"Namiri Plains Camp review"
The suites are huge dome tents established over a permanent structure equipped with an outdoor bath tube, a spacious indoor bath room, minibar, yoga mats (???) and an outside deck. The stylish dining room opens to an outside deck overlooking the boma and the nearby water hole. Library, spa and pool are adjacent.
The camp might feel slightly over the top for those looking for a more outdoorsy and classic safari experience. But we still loved the camp for its rather remote location, the excellent guiding and the frequent cat sightings including servals, cheetahs, lions (with little cubs) and a rather shy leopard.
Our guide Khalid had an incredible eye sight and did a terrific job navigating through a difficult terrain. Special thanks as well to Yussef and his rescue team who spared no efforts to pull us out of the mud whenever needed :) thank you to the whole Namiri Team as well for pampering us so well during our stay!" See all these reviews: 12n in Tanzania
"Namiri Plains Camp review"
A trip to Namiri offers a rare glimpse into this corner of the Serengeti and allows unforgettable impressions. The rooms are built from the natural limestone found in the area, they are strikingly beautiful, but also play an important role in regulating the temperature inside (you really feel the difference). Also, from the bathroom, you can enjoy full views of the grassland and seasonal riverbed. Large, sliding glass doors give you access to the deck directly from the shower.
Also in this camp a very personal service was offered. One simply feels at home. As before in the Lemala camps I visited, the food was excellent, especially the soups. I don't really eat soups at home, but that was completely different here. Small special: The hot water bottle(s) in bed and in the morning during the game drives. One does not need necessarily was but nevertheless somehow very pleasantly
With my guide Emanuel, I had great animal observations. Of course, this also has to do with luck, because who is at the right place at the right time (when, for example, a leopard falls from a tree - nothing happened, he was a bit playful).
What can I say:
I can highly recommend this camp and I didn't notice anything negative during my stay." See all these reviews: 16n in Tanzania
"Glamour in the Serengeti"
The room was huge, and the well-lit bathroom had a large glass-walled shower plus an outdoor soaking bathtub. The room had a small refrigerator stocked with beverages, comfortable chairs, ample storage for clothing, a desk with charging station, and even a hair dryer. The lighting throughout was excellent. Besides the soaking tub, the deck had two lounges and a table and chairs.
Lunch was an excellent buffet provided individually at each table, with a variety of fresh salads and entrees. Dinner was served communally, but also presented as a buffet on the dining table. The guests gathered for cocktails in the lounge or around the campfire before dinner each evening. Game drives sometimes lasted so long that we went straight to lunch or dinner without going to our rooms first.
The two managers, Baracka and Brian, and our guide Manja were so gracious, welcoming, and knowledgeable.The game drives were excellent and we were able to find sightings of both cheetah and lions as well as many other species. The landscape is mostly vast expanses of open plains -- sometimes filled with gazelles, other times quiet. Because Namiri Plains is located in a remote east sector of the Serengeti, it is usually uncrowded. We did several game drives without seeing any cars from other camps -- heavenly!" See all these reviews: 15n in Tanzania
The area has far fewer vehicles trafficking it compared with the central part of the Serengetti.
The camp itself was very nicely appointed and again the staff were well trained, extremely knowledgable and friendly and the food was terrific." See all these reviews: 9n in Tanzania; 4n in Zanzibar
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