So whether it be with your family, or your very closest friends, Mkombe’s House in Tanzania is a place to really escape from it all, with a private guide and vehicle (and private house staff) the Northern Serengeti is yours to explore without being dictated by other people’s schedules or preferences. We think it is the ultimate in Serengeti magic.
This area of lush, rolling grassland and tree-lined watercourses is the hub around which the Serengeti migration circulates. During the dry season, the herds mass on both banks of the Mara River, frequently crossing - and braving the crocs - in response to local weather patterns that only they seem to understand.
But even a brief visit to Mkombe's House Lamai at any time of year will demonstrate that it's not all about the migration. Unlike the southern plains of the Serengeti that dry out, forcing all but the hardiest of species to leave, this area remains lush and green.
There's a collective sigh of relief from the resident game when the one and a half million migrating wildebeest - and the madness that attends them - leave town for a few months. 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.
Where is Mkombe’s House located?
Set plum in the middle of one of the richest game areas in the Serengeti, this bush home from home is designed specifically with little children in mind, as well as being a great place for groups of friends. Mkombe was a guide who cherished this area and connected strongly with children – and their parents. He would have seriously loved it there, as will you if you stay in the house we named after him.
What sort of accommodation is available at Mkombe’s House?
The House can sleep up to 10 people, ideally made up of four adults and up to six children. Two open-fronted adult rooms with gorgeous views out over the northern Serengeti plains and two children’s rooms just down a corridor which are completely enclosed to keep your little ones from heading on adventures of their own after dark. The House is equipped with high chairs, a baby bath and even a safari car seat for little ones, meaning that children of any age are welcome at Mkombe’s House. With a little snug equipped with projector and DVD library (as well as Wi-Fi) there is also a place for your kids to escape to at the end of an exciting day in the wilds.
When is the best time to visit Mkombe's House?
Mkombe’s House Lamai is the perfect base for year-round Big Five game viewing. July to October sees the plains around Mkombe’s House teeming with the wildebeest migration and being just 20 minutes from the Mara River ensures it is superbly placed for river crossings.
November to June has a different kind of magic when the incredible resident game comes into its own. Lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant and rhino are never far away, while the majority of other tourists are chasing the migration further south, leaving this lush, green landscape blissfully peaceful and all yours to enjoy.
Does Mkombe's House cater for families with young children?
We’ve been taking our own children on safari for years, so we know what floats their boats in the bush. Mkombe’s was created specially with them in mind, so everything about it from the freedom from schedules to the toddler pool is about making them (and you) happy.