The camp first opened in 2014 in an area that for more than 20 years had been closed to the public. Previously this region had exclusively been used for cheetah conservation and the number of big cats found here – especially lion prides and cheetahs – is astonishing.
The landscape surrounding Namiri Plains is quintessentially Serengeti. Grassy plains stretch as far as the eye can see, interspersed by the occasional fever tree, acacia tree and rocky outcrop – and the best thing is that there’s barely anyone else here. Namiri’s nearest neighbours are 45 minutes’ drive away, and it’s possible to stay here for a few nights and not see anyone other than those sharing the camp with you. The camp is up there are as one of the most isolated and secluded camps in the central Serengeti region.
The food at Namiri Plains when we stayed in 2019 was excellent. We found the mealtime service – and service throughout the camp – to be friendly and attentive, which felt very natural, welcoming and was a highlight of our stay. The standard and presentation of dishes is consistently good here.
It is a buffet of cereals, fresh fruit and baked goods, followed by a cooked breakfast of your choice. If you’re doing an early game drive, a packed breakfast can be arranged. Out on the plains in 2019, we enjoyed bacon-and-egg sandwiches, sausages, French toast, fresh fruit, muffins and tea and coffee. Our guide obviously picked a popular spot, as a caracal had literally just dashed off when we stopped.
It is a light selection of dishes served family-style to individual tables, eaten under the acacia trees or on the main deck. We had chicken and vegetable kebabs, with a selection of lovely salads and fresh bread. As an alternative to lunch in camp, you can also choose to take a picnic lunch with you on safari.
It is three set courses, usually eaten as a group meal in the main camp area, joined by your guides and hosted by the manager. One night during our stay the chefs cooked a big BBQ out in the dining area, with a great selection of meat, salads and traditional Swahili dishes.