The Lions of the Serengeti

As featured in The Daily Telegraph, this safari takes you to the Northern Serengeti and into prime lion country

Where
TANZANIA
When
JUNE TO FEBRUARY
How long
7 NIGHTS
How much
FROM £6,295 PP
why
BIG CAT VIEWING ESPECIALLY LIONS
staying in
SMALL & STYLISH CAMPS

For many going on safari to the African plains the prospect of seeing big cats up close in the wild is a hugely exciting prospect and rest assured, if you pick the right areas then you won’t be disappointed.

This trip was recently featured in The Daily Telegraph’s ’10 roarsome safaris for lion lovers’ celebrating the re-make of the iconic Lion King film that captured our hearts in the early 90s.

This itinerary takes you deep into big cat country of the Northern Serengeti and you could be luck enough to stay at prime migration time when these apex predators are in their element, so get ready for incredible big game sightings in the most remote, wildlife rich areas of Tanzania.

There are certain things in Nature in which beauty and utility, artistic and technical perfection, combine in some incomprehensible way, the web of a spider, the wing of a dragon-fly, the superbly streamlined body of the porpoise, and the movement of a cat.”

- Lorenz, 1964

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Day 1

Arrival in Tanzania

Arriving into Kilimanjaro Airport from your international flights we always recommend an overnight in Arusha before setting off into the bush. Rivertrees Lodge is a long-time favourite of ours for the first night of your safari – close to the airport and you’ll find a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, good service and delicious home cooked food.

Day 2

Fly to the eastern Serengeti for three nights

Refreshed from a good night’s rest and hearty breakfast, it’s time to strike out into the bush. You’ll fly from Arusha airport to Seronera Airstrip where you will be met by your guide and transferred to Namiri Plains Camp in the eastern part of the Serengeti.

Day 2 – 5

The Camp

Namiri Plains Camp is small but stylish camp with eight tents, all with en-suite bathrooms and hot running water in both the indoor and outdoor shower. With your closest neighbour over an hour’s drive away, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you have the plains all to yourselves.

Day 2 – 5

The Camp

The cool and elegant Namiri Plains Camp is blessed with 360-degree views of the Serengeti so in any down time you’ll be able to sit and watch the resident wildlife roaming around the surrounding Serengeti plains. Each evening dinner is served in the spacious mess tent or under the blanket of stars, where you’ll enjoy a delicious three course meal. All meals are prepared from scratch by the camp chefs.

Day 2 – 5

The wildlife

It has been known to see up to 60 lions in a day, this is the heart of big cat country. Plus, if the famous wildebeest migration is in town, you be all but guaranteed incredible game and drama to match.

Day 5 – 8

Travel to Northern Serengeti for four nights

An early morning short hop from Seronera to Kogatende Airstrip and transfer to Nomad’s Lamai Camp. You’ll be greeted in camp by the wonderful camp team before settling into your room and you can enjoy the stunning views across the plains.

Day 5 – 8

The Wildlife

All dependant on the when you come, but in the latter part of the year, over a million wildebeest make their way across these plains on their way to negotiate one of nature’s most dramatic phenomena braving the Mara River. With the camp situated where it is, you are in prime spot to catch groups of wildebeest varying in size from hundreds to tens of thousands cross the river in response to localised weather patterns. The vast majority of animals make it across unscathed, but of course their troubles rarely end there; lion frequently wait in ambush to greet the swimmers.

Day 5 – 8

The Camp

Standing proudly on the Kogakuria Kopje, where you can see for miles and miles; the Lamai Camp is beautifully designed around the large boulders of the kopje and equipped with its own rock swimming pool to keep everyone cool on a steamy day. 

Day 5 – 8

The Camp

There is a bar area with cosy nooks hidden within the rocks, fabulous food, perfectly chilled wine, outdoor showers, roomy verandas with sofas to sink into - think Sand Rivers Selous meets the Serengeti, with a tweak of fresh genius amongst it, and you won't be far wrong.

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