Namiri Plains Camp

Reviews of Namiri Plains Camp

Excellent(97%) From 30 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 30 of our travellers who have visited Namiri Plains Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mrs S from Essex
Arrived on: 5-Mar-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Authentic bush experience with cats galore

Numerous cheetah sightings, lions and a leopard with cubs was the icing on the cake.

We were lucky enough for the migration to pass through and saw cheetahs attempting to hunt on several occasions. Our guide was excellent and went out of his way to make sure we found what we were looking for.

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Mr & Mrs C from California
Arrived on: 22-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Namiri Plains Camp review

We came back to Namiri after a night at Dunia.

Please see my previous review of Namiri as it holds for the return visit as well. [Ed: see below]

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Mr & Mrs C from California
Arrived on: 20-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Namiri Plains Camp review

We had no idea what to expect at the "luxury tents" of Namiri Plains Camp. It did not disappoint.

Not only were our rooms spacious and comfortable, the staff was so gracious, the food excellent, and the company of other travelers a delight. Cocktails in front of a roaring fire at night (lovingly called "bush TV" by the staff), 3 daily meals under a tent or under the stars, the company of other travelers from all over the globe made Namiri Plains Camp an unforgettable experience for our family.

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Dr P from Altrincham
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Big Cat paradise

We were promised cats and this camp did not disappoint. A great setting, and as we were already familiar with camp protocols it came as no surprise to find Dickson and his team were every bit as welcoming and efficient as Jennifers had been at Olivers.

Food and drink was universally great and they were keen to ensure I was 'tomato' free throughout.

Early starts with breakfast and sunrise were becoming part of our DNA and kevin proved to be phenomenal at finding the photo shoots. Cheetahs, Leopard and Lions galore.

Two days flew past, and we left with a slightly heavy heart, but we had more to see 'up North'

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Tessa from UK
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Namiri Plains Camp review

Namiri is a special place, we saw more big cats here in 3 days than we have seen anywhere else in Africa over the past thirty years of safaris. Not just that but the closeness to the action was extraordinary. Two lionesses with 7 one-month old cubs just outside their den next to our vehicle was one of many highlights. George was a great, fun guide. We got some great video and pictures. Our only regret was not to witness the coalition of 7 male lions in the pride closest to camp - a reason to return! The camp itself is situated on a marsh with permanent water so you can watch the game from your tent, lions roaring at night. The camp staff, headed by Dickson during our visit, were great and very attentive. Food was good but Asilia needs to take a look at its menus to ensure that guests staying at more than one of their camps will not eat the same meal two days running, This happened to us twice at lunchtime when changing camps.

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Expert Africa comments

The camp was delighted to hear how much these guests enjoyed Namiri’s remarkable big cats during their stay, and were very pleased to hear how much they appreciated the attentive staff. However, they were really disappointed to hear that their food had been rather hit and miss. They explained that they work on a 7-day menu across their sister camps, so that guests should not repeat their courses from one camp to the next when moving, and this system appears to have lapsed on this occasion. They apologised to these clients and are addressing this urgently.

Ms P & family from London
Arrived on: 18-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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We will be back

What can I say ? I had a tear in my eye when we left Namiri and the three of us all said that on balance it was our favourite camp of the trip. The Serengeti is a mind-blowing experience and the lions, cheetahs and leopards are the stars of the show. Our guide George was wonderful. We were lucky enough to share the truck on occasions with a couple from Chicago and together we all became the cheetah team - running off a gang of hyenas from three cheetah cubs. It was an unforgettable experience, much more emotional than you can imagine.
The whole team at namer are like a family - Dickson ! Diana, Wilfred, Hassan, various, Chuma and of course Goerge. The food is amazing and the tents gorgeous - all at the edge of the best adventure you will have. Sit by the campfire and listen to the lions calling each other in the night....
Thanks to Dickson and all the team - we miss you!

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Mr & Mrs C from Berwick
Arrived on: 6-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 6 nights
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Cats cats cats - and an aardwolf - at Namiri

We booked for six nights at Namiri as we wanted to have as much time with cheetahs as possible - and were so glad we did. We saw them every day, including 12 during one morning game drive. A pride of lions was also in residence - and hunting buffalo - near the camp and we saw others on every drive, plus a caracal, African wild cat and an aardwolf (twice)! And fortunately for us - and a huge unexpected bonus - was that the great migration was very late and still passing though the area so on every drive there were enormous herds of wildebeest and zebra.

Staff at Namiri were uniformally excellent and the food good. The spacious tents look down to the river and the camp has a feel of quiet isolation. Although we saw a few other jeeps from other camps, they were on the limit of their range and many sightings were exclusive. It gets windy on the Serengeti so when it's dry the dust whips up. Be prepared. Special mention to manager Epimark for looking after us and to guide Kivuyo whose eyes are like binoculars and we later found out was Asilia's Guide of the Year 2016.

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Dr C from Newmarket
Arrived on: 28-Jan-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Namiri Plains Camp review

This is without a doubt my new favorite place on the planet. Whoever chose the camp location did a spectacular job, I could not have asked for more. The facilities, for me, had just the right amount of creature comforts and bush feel.

Now on to the the amazing staff. First let me say that I am a new fan of Asilia. They are conscientious, inclusive, environmentally and socially aware; they walk the talk. Diana Shambi, assistant camp manager, was working during our stay. This young woman is a queen and made sure that the 3 of us had everything, including pink hot water bottles!!!

My new saying for Namiri is "If you come to a camp being managed by a queen, you will be treated like a queen." And that's the truth. Erasto Macha was our guide during the 4 day stay and his knowledge, expertise, sense of humor and patience made this trip unforgettable. Thank you Erasto. I haven't even gotten to the animals yet!!

Cats, cats, cats everywhere. This site is exceptional both in its beauty and in the density of wildlife. I will out definitely return to Namari.

James Denny of Expert Africa suggested this camp and he was spot on. It became the heart of the trip for me. Thank you everyone.

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Carolita from UK
Arrived on: 11-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Unbeleivable !!

There are no words to describe this place as it was my very first time in the bush and even camping. My tent was like a Bedhouin palace, one of 8 and I pray they never increase its size.

It has an indelible place in my heart, not just for the nightly roar of the lions, the amazing staff and gourmet food under a starry African sky, or the hot water bottle in my bed at night, the outdoor shower or a tray of coffee at 3,30am one morning but so much more than that.

I will return, and thank you to all the staff there. This was the supreme section of my trip.

Mama Carol x

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Mr & Mrs I from Dorset
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Desolate and wild - loved it

Namiri Plains was the third camp on this our second safari to Tanzania organised by Expert Africa. We stayed here 3 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

We flew into Seronera airstrip and we were met by our camp guide Emmanuel in an open sided Toyota Land Cruiser. We had lunch at the airstrip while Emmanuel sorted out the paperwork for entry into the park.

The camp is about an hour and a half from the airstrip so we extended the ride to about 3 hours and did our first game drive. It was very eventful. As well as the usual zebra and wildebeest we saw our first cheetah, a lion kill (young buffalo) and lions mating, a great start!

On arrival at camp we were greeted by Diana the camp manager. The camp is very remote and definitely had a wild feel. All the staff at the camp were very friendly and gave excellent service.

Our tent was large with a really comfortable bed and had great views of the wilderness. There was a flush toilet and both an indoor and an outdoor shower. Amazing having a late afternoon shower and watching the elephants stroll by.

Before dinner it was drinks around the camp fire. One evening we had drinks in the lounge whilst we were given an interesting talk by Dennis from the Cheetah Conservancy project. Dinner was taken in a large mess tent with plenty of chat about the day’s viewings or Donald v Hilary. The food was excellent although there was no choice.

At night you could hear the lions roaring in the distance and other wildlife making the calls. One evening we had two male elephants walking within a few yards of our tent looking for the tastiest grass.

On our first day we did morning and afternoon game drives with a great lunch between. The landscape is very bleak with wide area of dry, brown savannah and rocky outcrops (kopjes). We saw cheetah (mother and two cubs) and lion (three squabbling over a warthog kill) along with elephant, hyrax, hyaena, Grant’s gazelle, ostrich, topi and steinbok.

Our guide, Emmanuel, thought we would get better game viewing if we travelled further north where the rains had started so the following day we did an all day safari taking a packed lunch with us. Well, we had a great day, we had 3 cheetah sightings plus leopard, numerous lions, jackal, dik dik, ostrich dancing and mating, hippo, zebra, wildebeest, monitor lizard, eland, hyaena, giraffe, buffalo, warthog and many birds. On the journey back to the airstrip on our last day we passed two lions lazing in the road and had a further two cheetah sightings.

Emmanuel was a great guide, he was knowledgeable and went the extra mile to give us great game viewing.

This is a great place to see cheetah and lion particularly, but lots of other game as well. We really enjoyed the vibe of Namiri Plains, an excellent camp.

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