My husband and I stayed three nights at Nomad Lamai in mid-August of 2013. I had first made reservations at Olakira instead, as a camp seemed a bit more rustic and fitting for a stay in the Serengeti. However, we were leaving our young children in the care of their grandparents and wanted to have the Internet access that Nomad Lamai offered. I feared Nomad's luxurious lodge design might feel out-of-place in the bush, but my fears were completely unfounded. Nomad Lamai is a wonderfully rustic, whimsical open-aired lodge that is completely in harmony with its wild surroundings. The views are breathtaking, the food creative and yummy, and the staff warm and helpful.
As a side note, a previous reviewer complained of feeling the camp was unsafe and the managers dismissive of the risks of having wild animals nearby. That was not our experience at all. We definitely felt safe while at Lamai. Yes, lions frequent the rocks that are about 1/2 mile away, but anywhere you stay in the Mara you are "in the thick of it" so to speak and may have wild animals visit the camp. Moreover, far from belittling any concerns about predators visiting in the night, we found the staff and managers to be very mindful of our safety at all times.
And the best part... the guiding was superb. We had the pleasure of spending 3 days with Paulo as our guide. He was determined to make the most of our game drives -- and his nine years of experience and expertise in the wildlife of the area made those drives amazing. We saw leopards multiple times (including twice mating), lions up-close-and-personal more times than I can count, and three wildebeest crossings.
Our stay at Nomad Lamai was wonderful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you were to visit only one place in the Serengeti, it ought be here. This is no idle boast; the iconic Kogakuria kopje in northern Serengeti is a prime site and Lamai Serengeti sits tucked amongst the rocks with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Beautifully designed open-fronted rooms, a spacious lounge and clear pool provide an ideal place to escape to for some relaxation in between your wildlife adventures, for both families, groups and couples. The area boasts year-round fantastic game viewing, including the Big 5, and between July and November, the wildebeest migration moves through, crossing the Mara River in dramatic fashion just 20mins from the lodge. ... more less