GUIDE ON MKOMBE'S HOUSE LAMAI IN SERENGETI
If you imagine a superlative trip to the most remote and wild areas of the Earth, an AfricanMecca safari to Serengeti will exceed your every expectation. An abundance of herbivore and carnivore species live a rather simple existence — yet one where life and death always hang in the balance. As the Great Migration begins and over 1.5 million wildebeests traverse the northern sector of the park, the energy becomes almost unfathomable.
Transform your experience in Serengeti National Park into an extraordinary family safari holiday at Mkombe’s House Lamai. Built specifically to meet the needs of parents and their children, the house is available only for exclusive use by small groups.
Set upon a hilltop in a remote section of the Serengeti, Mkombe’s House Lamai is the first and only private house in the park. The owners worked with a well-known designer to create a modern hideaway that feels relaxing and intimate. The house is nestled into a rocky outcrop of the Kogakuria Kopje and offers impressive views of Lamai Wedge and Mara Valley, two of the top travel attractions in the bush country of Tanzania.
Accommodation At Mkombe's House LamaiLocated in the wildlife-rich northern Serengeti Park ecosystem, a premier safari destination in East Africa, Mkombe’s House Lamai is a distinctive, permanent homestead that comfortably accommodates a maximum of four adults and six children. As the first private house in the national park, Mkombe offers an outstanding experience that suits the unique needs of families. Small private groups can also enjoy the homely feeling of the private setting.
Set amidst the rocky outcrops of Kogakuria Kopje, the house features breathtaking views of the Serengeti plains, where fauna thrive in one of the world’s most valued protected areas. The first-rate accommodation was built in honor of Mkombe Mniko, a guide who had a passion for sharing Africa’s natural beauty with children and their parents. With families in mind, the house is designed to offer extraordinary private comfort, extensive safari activities, and endless opportunities for youngsters to explore one of Africa’s most treasured destinations. Flexible scheduling of activities, superb service, exquisite food, and a sense of solitude amid the outback makes Mkombe’s House a top choice for our most discerning household guests. The accommodation includes a full staff of waiters, housekeepers, and a private chef to tend to your every whim.
Spacious and private outdoor lounging areas, a swimming pool with sunbathing deck, and a plunge pool allow you to relax and unwind in between your action-filled excursions into the remote areas of the national park. Babysitting services are available, should the adults desire an intimate, romantic bush picnic or high-intensity game drive. The house has no minimum age for children, but some activities may not be suitable for the youngest tykes. The staff can also arrange for in-room cots, high chairs, and car seats.
Safari At Mkombe's House LamaiNorth of Serengeti is a top wilderness for immersive bush trips that showcase one of the greatest and most precious ecosystems on the planet. While staying at Mkombe’s House Lamai, you have exclusive access to a splendid area of the park that is known for the Great Migration, as well as an abundance of resident herbivores and carnivores. Safari activities are completely customized to your desires, and your children’s experiences are always a top priority for the guides.
From July to October, you can give your youngsters a front row seat to the dramatic Mara River crossing, where over 1.5 million wildebeests and thousands of zebras face the ferocity of crocodiles. The animals must cross the river to reach the rich, grassy grazing on the other side. The frenetic pace is one of Africa’s most iconic displays of the fight for survival in the bush.
But the northern Serengeti offers year-round viewing, even when the migration is not occurring in the region. Territorial lions, cheetahs, leopards, and other hunters are ever watchful for an opportunity to capture prey. Elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, and other grazing herbivores meander across the plains in search of the tastiest morsels and their prized watering holes. The best way to explore the vast expanses is via a morning or afternoon game drive, each of which reveals unique animal behaviors. For guests over 12 years of age, walking safaris can be introduced as an intimate exploration of the ecosystem’s small details and tiniest denizens.
Dining At Mkombe's House LamaiWith proper nutrition in mind, the chef works closely with parents to develop daily menus that feature locally-sourced, organic produce, meats, and dairy products. The dishes are flavorful, yet sensitive to the delicate palates of young guests. Home-baked items, fresh fruits, aromatic meat entrees, and other gastronomic delights will satisfy the appetites of both adults and children.
For breakfast, the chef may prepare cereals, eggs, fluffy waffles, toast, fresh fruit, juices, coffee, and tea. At lunch, you could discover an array of platters filled with meat or fish, cheeses, fruits, and freshly-baked bread, served with a selection of salads and soups. In the late afternoon, satisfy your sweet tooth with delicate cakes and biscuits served with tea or coffee. Dinner time is a vacation highlight for families, as children with sparkling eyes and brilliant smiles tell charming stories of the Serengeti. The private dining room is filled with savory aromas of meats, fish, vegetables, fresh fruit, baked goodies, and cheeses. After your meal, gather together in the lounge to play games and listen to the sounds of the Tanzania wilderness. Parents enjoy a lovely glass of cognac or wine while appreciating the genuine delight of their children, who talk of adventures around the campfire.
For a truly memorable African experience, we encourage parents to arrange for a breakfast or lunch in the bush in between their game drives with their children. We also invite parents to arrange for babysitting and share a quiet moment alone on the rocky outcrops for sundowners.
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What We Like About Mkombe's House Lamai
- Mkombe’s House Lamai caters to upscale small groups and families — including special considerations for children — seeking a premier, luxury experience in Serengeti
- The small, intimate private house offers breathtaking views and impressive service
- Guests of Mkombe’s House Lamai enjoy easy access to the Mara River crossing and other noteworthy sites in northern Serengeti
- The house is fully self-contained and staffed to meet guest needs
- Your private guide customizes the daily activities to your whims and desires
Things To Note When Staying At Mkombe's House Lamai
- The contemporary lodge styling may not appeal to guests who desire traditional bush accommodation
- Mkombe’s House Lamai may be difficult to book during the peak migration season — we recommend reserving the property at least 12 to 18 months in advance
- Cultural activities are not available at this accommodation. Cultural activities are best experienced at the sister camp in Ngorongoro i.e. Entamanu
- Mkombe’s House Lamai is closed from mid-March through May
- The house cannot accommodate groups larger than 10 people
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SAFARI TRIP IDEA FOR MKOMBE'S HOUSE LAMAI IN SERENGETI TANZANIA
When staying at Mkombe's House Lamai in Northern Serengeti (Mara River Wilderness), we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Selous, Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.
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