Namiri Plains: a new camp in Tanzania from Asilia

Offering access to undervisited territory with big cats and seductive scenery

Namiri Plains (; 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.


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.


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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