Lodges

Mkombe's House Lamai

The Serengeti’s first and only private house

Mkombe's House Lamai

This fairly large private house is located in the Lamai area of the Northern Serengeti National Park. Built amongst the boulder at the top of a hill, feast your eyes on an unending landscape, scattered with wildlife. Enjoy a laid back luxury with expansive multi-level viewing decks and a freedom to customise your own daily activities. The resident guides, take a great wildlife experience to new heights as you make acquaintance with Africa’s big game and, time of year dependent, the Great Migration.

At the lodge

The hotel

Mkombe’s House Lamai enjoys sumptuous communal areas centrally placed within the lodging. Built with an elongated shape to accentuate the inspiring views of the sprawling savanna grasslands, providing the perfect space to meet as a group or family. The dining room has a soothing feel with water-washed colours and small glass tiles haphazardly plastered into the wall. The sitting room has plenty of space and in keeping with the rest of the house, enjoys a minimalistic charm with splashes of vibrant colour. There is a projector and dvds for the kids as well as a fireplace for those chilly winters evenings. Making your way outside there is a maze of multi-level viewing decks, where meals can be served. The two swimming pools, one plunge and one larger are positioned on different levels with extraordinary views.

The rooms

There are four en-suite rooms, with two of the rooms allowing a third bed for children. Each chamber has comfortable beds, double or twin, mosquito nets, a writing table and chair as well as a peaceful, rustic island-like atmosphere. In the bathroom there is his and hers built in sinks, a shower and or bath. Most of the room as a private deck with two of them benefiting from an outdoor shower.

On safari

Experiences

Game drive is the preferred method of exploration in the Serengeti National Park, providing the means to cover a larger area during a wilderness expedition. This is further enhanced with a full day's game drive, picnic included. Bush walks are offered depending on the length of grass, with the intention of interpreting and encountering the small animals of the bush including reptiles, birds and insects. Dining in the bush with the sounds of the wilds all around is a unique experience not to be missed. The swimming pool is the ideal place to unwind during the heat of the day. At an extra cost hot air ballooning is a wonderful way to discover the lie of the land or follow the Great Migration from a bird's eye vantage point.

When to go

Serengeti by month

January

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high with plenty of sun, rainfall usually takes the form of sporadic afternoon showers.
  • Wildlife has spread out over a large area, making game a little more difficult to spot.
  • An interesting time for photography, the park is at its most spectacular visually, with plenty of sunshine hours in between the rainfall.
  • The park is green and in bloom with migratory birds present in breeding colours.
  • Insect numbers increase at this time of year, so have your repellent close to hand.

February

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high with plenty of sun, rainfall usually takes the form of sporadic afternoon showers.
  • Wildlife has spread out over a large area, making game a little more difficult to spot.
  • An interesting time for photography, the park is at its most spectacular visually, with plenty of sunshine hours in between the rainfall.
  • The park is green and in bloom with migratory birds present in breeding colours.
  • Insect numbers increase at this time of year, so have your repellent close to hand.

March

Season: Wet
  • Hot temperatures with plenty of sunshine, rain can fall for prolonged periods making safari a gamble during this period.
  • Wildlife has spread out over a large area, making game a little more difficult to spot.
  • An interesting time for photography, the park is at its most spectacular visually, with plenty of sunshine hours in between the rainfall.
  • Known as the 'Emerald season', the park is beautiful and green with migratory birds present.
  • Insect numbers increase at this time of year, so have your repellent close to hand.

April

Season: Wet
  • Hot temperatures with plenty of sunshine, rain can fall for prolonged periods making safari a gamble during this period.
  • Wildlife has spread out over a large area, making game a little more difficult to spot.
  • An interesting time for photography, the park is at its most spectacular visually, with plenty of sunshine hours in between the rainfall.
  • Known as the 'Emerald season', the park is beautiful and green with migratory birds present.
  • Insect numbers increase at this time of year, so have your repellent close to hand.

May

Season: Wet
  • The end of the wet and the start of the dry season, with a handful of afternoon showers, humidity is low and temperatures are hot.
  • wildlife viewing can be difficult with animals spread over vast tracts of land.
  • Migratory birds fly North over the course of the month, lowering birding from exceptional to excellent.
  • A good time to visit Tarangire with visitor traffic lower than conditions dictate.

June

Season: Dry
  • The start of the dry season, temperatures are hot, humidity is low and rainfall is unlikely.
  • Wildlife begins to make migrate back into the Tarangire area, improving game densities.
  • The ideal time of year for a walking safari and fly-camping, if you are feeling a little more adventurous.
  • A good time to visit, with visitor traffic lower than conditions dictate.

July

Season: Dry
  • The dry season is now in full swing, with cooler but still warm temperatures, rain has dried up.
  • Game viewing should be exceptional, with the Tarangire River drawing in wildlife from the surrounding areas.
  • The lack of clouds produce incredible night skies, showcasing the Milky Way in all its glory.
  • Photography conditions are good, the air is relatively thin and still, with sunrises and sunsets being particularly good.
  • The ideal time of year for walking safari and fly camping, if you are feeling a little more adventurous.
  • Visitor traffic can pick up at this time of year, leading to shared sightings and a less intimate bush experience at many of the camps.

August

Season: Dry
  • The dry season is in full swing, with cooler but still warm temperatures, rain has dried up.
  • Game viewing should be exceptional, with the Tarangire River drawing in wildlife from the surrounding areas.
  • The lack of clouds produce incredible night skies, showcasing the Milky Way in all its glory.
  • Photography conditions are good, the air is relatively thin and still, with sunrises and sunsets being particularly good.
  • The ideal time of year for walking safari and fly camping, if you are feeling a little more adventurous.
  • Visitor traffic can pick up at this time of year, leading to shared sightings and a less intimate bush experience at many of the camps.

September

Season: Dry
  • The dry season is in full swing, with cooler but still warm temperatures, rain has dried up.
  • Game viewing should be exceptional, with the Tarangire River drawing in wildlife from the surrounding areas.
  • The lack of clouds produce incredible night skies, showcasing the Milky Way in all its glory.
  • Photography conditions are good, the air is relatively thin and still, with sunrises and sunsets being particularly good.
  • The ideal time of year for walking safari and fly camping, if you are feeling a little more adventurous.
  • Visitor traffic can pick up at this time of year, leading to shared sightings and a less intimate bush experience at many of the camps.

October

Season: Dry
  • The dry season is coming to an end, temperatures and humidity rise before the first afternoon showers fall.
  • Game viewing should be exceptional, with the Tarangire River drawing in wildlife from the surrounding areas.
  • A difficult month to predict changes on the ground with uncertain rainfall transforming the dry dusty landscape.
  • If you don't mind the heat, a great time to visit with tourist numbers dropping drastically in the park.

November

Season: Dry
  • The wet season has arrived bring with it higher temperatures and usually short afternoon rainfall.
  • Game viewing is still good with animals slowly spreading out as food and water becomes readily available.
  • The migratory birds begin to return as the park transforms, with new greenery ushering in a time of plenty.
  • If you don't mind the weather, a great time to visit with tourist numbers dropping drastically in the park.

December

Season: Wet
  • The wet season has arrived bring with it higher temperatures and usually short afternoon rainfall.
  • Game viewing is still good with animals slowly spreading out as food and water becomes readily available.
  • The park is green and in bloom with migratory birds present in breeding colours.
  • If you don't mind the weather, a great time to visit with tourist numbers dropping drastically in the park.

Wildlife


The Serengeti National Park is an ecologically rich environment and home to vast herds of wildebeest, zebra, Thomson's gazelle and buffalo grazing on the sweet grasses of the savannah. Even after the Great Migration has moved through, the game viewing is exceptional in this region. The predators are never far off, with cheetah and lion in abundance and leopard readily seen in the Seronera region of the Central Serengeti. Enjoy expansive grasslands, acacia thickets, meru kopjes (granitic hills) and riverine forests.

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