Named after the Swahili word for “big cat,” Namiri Plains Camp is truly where the big cats roam. The surrounding area, which was previously used for cheetah research and has been closed to tourists for over 20 years, is now said to hold one of east Africa’s highest cheetah densities and is considered one of the most reliably good game viewing areas in the Serengeti. This newly minted camp -- a member of Travel + Leisure's 2015 It List -- is the perfect location for real safari enthusiasts who are looking for an untouched, intense wildlife experience.
Namiri Plains is located where the southern short grass plains meet the acacia woodland in the famed Serengeti. Shaded beneath the giant acacias, the luxury camp is comprised of only eight large tents, tastefully furnished and spaced generously apart to ensure complete privacy. Tents are equipped with en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets, snug beds, solar power, a well-stocked bar, and 360-degree views of the surrounding big cat ridden plains. From the comfort and safety of their beds, guests can witness lions take down their prey and listen to the cats roaring at sunset, calling guests to their slumber in the unrestrained wild. One honeymoon tent is ideal for those seeking a touch of additional African romance, while one family tent accommodates groups and families of up to four.
All meals at Namiri Plains Camp are magnificently prepared and served at a common table with the few other guests. Guests may also enjoy sunrise bush breakfasts on top of Soit Le Motonyi rock and sundowners on top of a kopje. Given that the camp’s nearest neighbor is more than an hour away, it is not uncommon to feel a sense of ownership in this tented haven.
Private guided game drives and intimate walking safaris are the quintessential activities at Namiri Plains. There is a surprising lack of roads in the area – a feature that only adds to the camp’s exclusivity and allows the experienced guides to travel anywhere and everywhere to achieve exceptional up-close encounters with the region’s various mammals and bird life. The migration passes through the camp’s front yard, unleashing spectacular predator sightings as the resident cats feast on the passing herds of wildebeest and zebra. Do not be surprised to see lions, cheetahs, elephants, giraffe, hyenas, buffalo, hippo, foxes, and various birds in a single outing. This is big cat country and offers East Africa’s best cheetah viewing opportunities.