The resident game at Lamai Serengeti is spectacular - plains game in the form of zebra, topi, gazelles, impala, buffalo and giraffe all frequent the area throughout the year. Lion are rarely far away and leopard, ever present, but always elusive, stalk the rocky kopjes and river lines.
Lamai Serengeti has just 12 open-fronted rooms split between two separate lodges: the Main Lodge of 8 rooms and the smaller Private Lodge of 4 rooms. All have their own private and roomy verandas spread within the view and all have been sited with spectacular views.
Each lodge has its own private bar and dining area, with adjoining library/map room and each has its own natural rock swimming pool. All rooms have 24-hour power and en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water, flush toilets and powerful showers.
Each of the rooms fits into the complex geometry of the kopje and makes the most of the location, views and natural space and light. Each site has been carefully thought out - firstly and most importantly, with the elements in mind, to take maximum advantage of the view, the sun, the wind and the rain.
Importantly, each site is designed such that to the casual eye you won't see that there is anything there. It's not all about the migration. To define the Serengeti purely in terms of the wildebeest timetable is to massively underestimate the variety of this part of Africa.
ACTIVITIES: Game drives, guided walks, bush picnics and sundowners. Good chance of Mara River crossings (from July to October) and good all-year round resident game.
Throughout the year 4x4 s are used to explore the intricasies of the area, both south of the Mara River and to the north and walking safaris are also offerd from Lamai. The topography lends itself well to being on your feet; small valleys, river lines and rocky kopjes make for frequent changes of scenery.
And of course with a location like this one, of the best ways to take in the Serengeti is literally from the expansive verandah of your room, tucked away in amongst the red rocks of the kopje. The rooms are designed to maximise the panoramic views, but also to give a window onto life on the kopje.
In short, at Lamai, you can be as busy as you like with game drives and walks, or as lazy as you like enjoying the Serengeti from your room or the swimming pool.
OPEN: Year round except from mid March to end May when Lamai Serengeti usually closes for maintenance.
'THE BRIEF WAS SIMPLE: TO BECOME THE GUARDIAN OF THIS KOPJE, WE NEEDED TO PRESERVE ALL THE THINGS ABOUT IT THAT HAS MADE IT ICONIC'