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 D x 3 from Newport
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Namiri Plains Camp review

We were met at the airstrip and taken on a half day safari before going back to camp. There were lions on a kill at the camp entrance and they were quite vocal most nights which was very exciting. We wanted to see cats especially cheetah and saw loads, our expectations were exceeded. We went on two full day safari's during our four night stay, we had the most amazing time.

There was a large party in the camp who did not all seem very interested in the safari experience and played some loud music one night. They had their own vehicle so this worked hugely to our advantage as we had our own vehicle with the head guide and his trainee who were excellent. We had dinner on our own with the head guide on our last night who was fantastic company.

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The P family from Norfolk
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Namiri Plains Camp review

This isolated camp was special. Only saw one other vehicle from another camp. Come here for big cats, we saw plenty of cheetah and lion and even a leopard. Most other mammals to be expected.

The location was amazing looking out over a marsh. Lions very close by and even came through the camp one night. The hospitality at the camp was second to none.

Only downside was severe wind at night, shaking the tent. Kept us awake more than the wildlife.

Again 2 nights was only just enough and another would have been perfect.

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Mrs M & Mr R from San Fan
Arrived on: 5-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Namiri Plains Camp review

Very nice tents with beautiful view and secluded.

We had five lions take down a buffalo about 200 meters from our tent and heard them roaring for two nights while they ate it. The spotting of cats was better by one guide than the other. They need more roads to get access to the animals.

The food here was exceptional.

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Ms S from Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 26-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Namiri Plains Camp review

I have been on 8 safaris and this place is like no other. The game viewing has been one of the best in all my safaris! This place is really wild and beautiful. This part of the Serengeti plains really lives up to being called, "plains". Endless expanse of golden plains broken up in places with beautiful kopjes and acacia trees. The long grasses look amazing as the day progresses and the light changes.

You wouldn't realise how much life there is until your amazing guide points out the animals! Yes, the guiding is brilliant! My guide Erasto is a super guide. One of the best guides I have been guided by.

The place is really wild. We saw different Cheetahs with cubs every day in my 4 day stay. Saw Cheetah kill successfully once and one unsuccessful cheetah hunt.

Saw huge numbers of lions everyday and lion cubs. There were lions in every area we went to - lions mating, hunting, sleeping, etc. On my last night there 5 lion brothers killed a buffalo right near my tent. They were roaring and growling/arguing all night. It was amazing.

As with all Asilia camps the staff are amazing and go out of their way to look after you. Food was brilliant and so are the tents. The location of the camp is very good as it is far away from the busy part. So quite exclusive.

I loved every minute of my stay there and will definitely be returning soon!

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Mr & Mrs W from Kent
Arrived on: 30-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Beautifully furnished tented camp

Spent 3 nights here. Beautifully furnished tents while still maintaining the Safari-camp feeling. Great food, and discreet service.

Hamza, our guide was excellent at spotting the game, and extremely knowledgeable of not just the animals, but of the geology of the area too. Evening meals were taken at a large table, and we liked the fact that the guides ate dinner with the guests, it made for an interesting and lively mealtime.

An exclusive area of the otherwise crowded Serengeti, with lots of animals (especially Cheetah).

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Ms S from Georgia
Arrived on: 2-Dec-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent Camp!

The staff, the food, and the game drives were everything we had hoped for and more.

Simply AMAZING!

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Arrived on: 8-Nov-2015 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Wonderful

Namiri Plains is my type of place. Tents with all the amenities needed for comfort but not over-the-top. Highly recommended.

The landscape was magnificent, lions and cheetah galore, and even saw a pangolin.

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CY from Norfolk
Arrived on: 2-Nov-2015 Stayed for: 9 nights
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My new favourite place in the world

I had the most fantastic nine night trip to Namiri Plains. I have a set of criteria that I look for when selecting a safari destination and started to research Namiri as soon as it opened. After a lot of research, I went there with (probably unfairly) very high expectations, but can say that they were all met and exceeded.

For the location I want somewhere that is quiet in terms of numbers of tourists but with good wildlife. We rarely saw other vehicles apart from those from our own camp during the stay and more often than not, we were the first vehicle at a sighting. My prime wildlife target was cheetah. We were very quickly at the stage where I was looking at a new sort of cheetah behaviour rather than just cheetah. Twenty-one different individuals, many with multiple sightings and behaviour ranging from hunting brothers (complete start to finish), courting / mating couple, sub adult cubs playing, mothers with younger cubs (playing), a male escorting another male from his territory, every imaginable pose; certainly met the wildlife criteria. Also into double figures for different full grown male lions, again with multiple sightings of some. Countless females and different aged cubs. There were also all sorts of other excellent wildlife sightings as well including a newborn giraffe struggling to its feet for the first time and taking its first teetering steps. The gory, harsh side of nature was also represented by a lone hyena taking down a wildebeest calf. There was not a single day where you could not pick out at least one excellent highlight and normally multiple ones. I was also lucky that the rains had brought the main migration within easy game drive distance, weeks earlier than expected.

For the camp I want something that I feel gives me a real bush experience but without any hardships you might associate with camping. Eight large, well spaced ground level guest tents with all the comforts you need but nothing “resort like” that would feel out of place, fits the bill perfectly. All of the staff were excellent – very friendly and attentive and quickly knowing you by name. Meals were communal which I like – allowing sharing the stories of the day and the food was very good – it was difficult not to eat too much. Dinner was preceded by drinks round the campfire and some nights all vehicles would meet up at a sundowner location outside camp. I had read about things like a hot water bottle provided at night and thought I would not need it – in practice it was very welcome.

A good guide is an essential and I had an excellent one along with spotter. How they see some of the things they do still amazes me even after several safaris. He had a great knowledge and understanding of the wildlife along with a real empathy with the animals. Also the ability to position for the best sighting angles and just to spend lots of time observing and learning about the wildlife.

I decided to stay at one camp for a longer period rather than the more usual move round every few days. I was delighted with this choice and could still easily have stayed longer – it allowed time to see things evolve – for example a pride of lions at the start had year old cubs looking in pretty poor condition. Several kills later you would barely recognise them as the same lions.
As far as Asilia goes, I think they do a brilliant job – the things like using refillable water bottles and saving the shower water before it runs through hot (solar heated), all add up. The results of a particularly destructive storm were dealt with very efficiently. If I was looking for a new area, my first search would be to see what camps Asilia had in the area.

So far I have only returned to one safari camp. Namiri Plains is now top of my list for a return visit. I would just love to go back and hope that I get the opportunity to do so.

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Lauren from California
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Namiri Doesn't Disappoint!

I was most excited to visit Namiri, and I was not let down. We traveled with a group of 4, and everyone enjoyed this camp very much. It has perfected the definition and execution of "safari chic"- think Ralph Lauren meets Restoration Hardware gone glamping.

The tents were appointed in a way that was truly special- fluffy duvet, hot water bottle in the bed at night, luxurious throw on the bed, bathrobes, outdoor shower... Staying here was a real treat, and an experience I will not soon forget. The outdoor shower had a clear view of African buffalo, and while showering outside seemed like a good idea, the cold wind turned the experience into a quick yet entertaining one. Being woken up to tea and biscuits in the morning was a great way to start the day.

We loved the staff at Namiri- special shout out to Blessed and Alex, whom we were lucky enough to eat dinner with one night. Hearing their stories of growing up in rural Tanzania was so interesting, we could've talked for days! Everyone at the camp was wonderful and exuded friendliness and hospitality.

The food at Namiri was outstanding- how the chefs prepare such delicious meals in the bush is incredible, and we appreciated everything from the delicious starter soups and homemade bread to the wonderful curries and salads.

Bush tv and cocktails were awesome, we truly felt like we were the only people for miles around.

The wildlife at Namiri was fantastic- this is big cat country, and the lions, leopards, and cheetahs did not disappoint. We did a walking safari which we highly recommend, as you see, feel, and hear the animals and landscape in a way you just can't inside a vehicle.

Overall, an enthusiastic endorsement of Namiri Plains- wouldn't hesitate to return.

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Mr D & Ms G from London
Arrived on: 20-Apr-2015 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Namiri Plains Camp review

Lots of cheetah and lions in the Serengeti but one guide not up to standard expected and staff generally poor on speaking English although both they and the manager were helpful.

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