Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa and the place to go for untouched African wilderness. With almost a third of its land protected for wildlife viewing, and the most concentrated animal population in the world.
The Namiri Plains, is a secluded corner of the Serengeti that was closed for 20 years so to preserve its pristine condition as a truly wild place, allowing the wildlife and fragile short-grass plains to regenerate in a protected environment. It certainly seems to have suited the big cats because as there are now more of them there than elsewhere in the entire Serengeti.
A few short bush flights from the capital Dar es Salaam and you will find yourself descending in your Cessna, dodging the grazing gazelles, to one of the remotest places you have ever been. Experiencing such an intense wildlife adventure doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice luxury and comfort; the Namiri plains was renovated in 2019 and has 10 ensuite tents, spa and pool, and they serve an unforgettable breakfast atop Soit Le Motonyi rock, with 360 degree views across the plains.
Head out on the prowl in an adrenaline-pumping game drive, and you will soon realize another huge luxury; that in this remote corner of the Serengeti, you are completely alone and not with the usual herd of other jeeps following your big cat as he hunts for breakfast.
After a few days we realize that one of the greatest thrills of safari is not the hunt, but an appreciation of the complex interaction of animals in this fascinating ecosystem. As your guide teaches you how to read the belly profiles of predators to see how recently they had fed, to note the ear-messages of elephants and age of cheetahs by their fur patterns.
If you’re an Africa newbie, there is always the Four Seasons Tanzania. The place to go if you’re not a fan of creepy crawlies, prefer not to be escorted to your room by an armed guard and would rather swap a tent for wifi and AC.
This is one of the only lodges that is suitable for younger families as it allows over -twos to come for their first wildlife experience. There is also a natural watering hole right beneath the infinity pool which is regularly frequented by elephants so no need to leave your sun lounger to experience the African wildlife.