Namiri Plains: a new camp in Tanzania from Asilia

Offering access to undervisited territory with big cats and seductive scenery

Namiri Plains (www.asiliaafrica.com; from $605), inTanzania, is set in the iconic Serengeti National Park, but as is the way of Asilia, the conservation-tourism company that operates this semi-permanent camp, it has gone slightly left of centre to an area in the east with no other tourism lodges nearby.

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The eight tents are context-appropriate, rather than over-the-top luxurious: large, classic khaki, with bucket showers. The USP is the access to under-visited territory, harbouring good concentrations of big cats, as well as landscape as alluring in sun as it is in rain. In storms, the surrounding acacia trees take on a spectral light; the plains roll on endlessly without another jeep in sight; and it’s all too easy to fall asleep in outsized hanging baskets in the shade. When a camp is still perfect in “bad” weather then you know you’ve found something special.

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For more tented camps in Tanzania, see the stunningly remote Mwiba Resort or the Singita Mara for “rooms” with a riverside view.

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