Namiri Plains is a must to any cheetah and big cat enthusiast. The cheetah numbers here are vast and there’s plenty of resident lion and leopard too. Owned by Asilia, Namiri Plains really delivers a world class safari experience but it's the location that sets it apart. It’s not often that new areas open up in the Serengeti, so we highly recommend a stay here.
Namiri Plains - The Details
Namiri Plains Is located in a remote Eastern corner of the Serengeti, about a two hour flight from Arusha. The area was closed for 20 years to create a safe haven for cheetah and has reopened with Asilia being appointed as its custodian. This is big cat country and undoubtedly offers East Africa’s best cheetah viewing opportunities and some rarer animals like Pangolin.
Namiri Plains is a small and exclusive camp tucked away on the banks of a semi underground stream and has terrific views over the endless sweeping plains that surround it. There are 8 traditional safari tents with spacious verandas.
On Serengeti terms Namiri Plains is extremely remote, with the nearest neighbour being 45 minutes away. Guests can enjoy sunrise breakfast picnics on top of the Soit Le Motonyi Rock before continue on your game drive.
The Ngare Nanyuki underground river creates pockets of permanent water that support year-round game concentrations like big cats and accompanying carnivores. The plains are dotted with dramatic rocky outcrops and the sunrises over the magnificent Barafu Kopjes to the east of the camp never fail to impress.
With the rains comes the Great Migration. From October to May - the eastern plains adjacent to the volcanic highlands, which are rich in fertile and nutrient-rich soils deposited there millions of years ago, are blanketed with newly-sprouted grass that draws the wildebeest and other game to Namiri Plains like a powerful magnet. As far as the eye can see, the plains heave and sway like a grey-black wave as hundreds of thousands of animals come to feast at the lush green banquet.