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The only self-contained private house in the Serengeti


We know from decades of arranging safaris that the best way to be out in Africa’s wild places is surrounded by your favourite people and running your safari on your own timetable.

So whether it be with your family, or your very closest friends this 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.  


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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.

What should I pack and bring with me?

Your safari suitcase, packed properly, will ensure that you have everything you need for the ultimate African bush experience. Cotton clothing in neutral colours is recommended for all game drives and bush walks. It is best to avoid white clothing and dark colours for bush activities, as they tend to attract certain bugs. Formal wear is not required.

We recommend packing the following:

  • Comfortable walking shoes/track shoes/hiking boots for walks; and sandals to wear around the house.
  • Swimming costume/bathing suits, sun block, sun hat, sunglasses, lip balm, mosquito repellent
  • Camera and video camera, binoculars, spare memory cards and charging equipment. 
  • Please note that in the event of rain during a game drive, waterproof ponchos will be provided for your comfort.
  • The house is located in a remote area and therefore you should remember to bring an extra pair of spectacles (if required), contact lenses and an extra set of contact lenses (if required) as well as a sufficient supply of any prescription medication.

What Activities are available at Mkombe's House?

Sharing the riveting dramas of tooth and claw in this offbeat part of the Serengeti is an extraordinary family adventure

  • Game Viewing

Plenty of big cats and other predators are there all year round, hunting the strong concentrations of game that feed on Lamai’s fertile plains. The guides are keen as mustard to drive out with you to see what’s happening out there and always bring with them the benefit of their detailed local knowledge.

  • The Crossings

Other family days out look rather dull in comparison with a drive just down the track to the Mara River. Through its waters slide huge numbers of Nile crocodiles. Come the end of the dry season, it’s feeding time, when the Migration thunders across their waters. Some never make it to the other side.

  • Private Guiding

Mkombe’s House offers a uniquely private wildlife experience. Their highly trained resident Nomad Guides with their own 4x4s will be available to you and your group alone - so you can keep the children happy and the only schedule you’ll need care about is your own - and Mother Nature's.

  • Bush Walks

When the grass is short, Lamai is excellent walking country with its kopjes to climb and plains to lope across: creeping up on animals, spotting birds and bees, digesting the landscape. Taking the experience to another level, their walking guides understand game, and know the land like the back of their hands.

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.

  • Designed specifically with families in mind
  • Secure children’s' rooms
  • High chairs, car seats, cots, and baby baths available
  • Babysitters at hand

Why is Conservation and Responsible Tourism so important at Mkombe's House?

The Nomad Trust

In a nutshell, the Nomad Trust is the philanthropic arm of the Nomad Tanzania safari operations. They channel their influence into supporting projects that they believe do great work safeguarding the future of these wild and wonderful places and supporting the people who call them home.

The work of their Trust partners differs from one remote corner to another and this affects their own internal Trust operations. From providing space in camp and vehicles and getting students on safari in Ruaha, to supporting village MOUs in Tarangire which are working hard at saving essential pieces of the ecosystem. They also support Maasai nursery kids in Ngorongoro and in Mahale as part of their own internal operations and donate regularly to de-snaring teams patrolling the Serengeti plains. There is a lot to do, and plenty to keep them busy.

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