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Asilia Africa opens Namiri Plains, Serengeti

Asilia Africa opens Namiri Plains, Serengeti

Namiri Plains offers one of the most exclusive experiences in the Serengeti with just six classic safari tents set 70km from the closest neighbour

The area around Namiri Plains has been closed to the world for the past 20 years in order to create a safe haven for cheetah. Today, the area has an exceptional population of big cats, including one of the highest density of cheetah in East Africa.

The six spacious tents offer king or two twin beds covered in crisp linen duvets, en-suite bathrooms, flush loos and hot bucket showers. The modern and sleek furnishings mimic the natural tones of the surrounding savannah and yellow fever trees. Ecoco Natural Therapy created a bath product line especially for Asilia’s camps that contain the purest organic essential oils, extracts and herbal ingredients from a wide range of beneficial trees, land and marine plants. Meals are served in the cosy dining tent or under the stars.

Guests explore the area on twice-daily game drives, which can include sunrise picnic breakfasts, lunches on top of a kopje looking down at the Serengeti below, and stops to discover ancient fossils, including a prehistoric giraffe skull. Guests are able to learn more about the academic research happening from the visiting cheetah researcher.

Rates at Namiri Plains start at $660 per person per night for full board accommodation and all activities, excluding park fees.

Founded in 2004, Asilia has a leading presence in the main safari destinations in Tanzania and Kenya, as well as a driving role in a number of pioneering projects. Asilia’s ultimate goal is to turn crucial and fragile natural habitats into lasting conservation economies, benefiting both the environment and local communities. Asilia is the first sustainable safari/lodge company in Africa to receive a 5 Star rating for Sustainability from GIIRS, was recognised as one of the ‘Best Companies for the World’ in 2013, and was awarded the 2014 Tourism for Tomorrow Business Award.

Images courtesy Asilia Africa

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Mike Cowton

Michael Cowton, an outdoors writer, editor and photographer with a passion for nature-based travel and wildlife. He is a former editor of EcoTravel, Outdoor Pursuits, Camping, Lakeland Walker and Which Motorcaravan magazines, and national newspaper journalist.

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