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Lemala Nanyukie Lodge: big cats and Serengeti safaris

We’ve dubbed Nanyukie the veranda safari because of the amount of wildlife you can see while relaxing outside your tent…

By Rebecca Phillips
Lemala Camp Manager

Lemala Nanyukie Lodge is set among the Serengeti’s vast plains and offers incredible big cat sightings from our luxury safari tents. We’re located in a former conservation area in the east of the park that’s dotted with kopjes, which are a favourite nursery area for our resident lion pride. For the past three months, we’ve had lions in camp practically every day and as they’ve moved out, a leopard has come in.  You can also regularly spot cheetahs in the area – there’s always lots of big cat action at Nanyukie.

The views from camp look down over the kopjes to a gully and the Nangara Nanyukie River beyond, which we’re named after. This draws plenty of animals and as well as lions, you’ll often spot buffalo, elephants, giraffes, baboons and dik diks – it makes for great entertainment when you’re sat on your veranda. We’ve actually dubbed Nanyukie the veranda safari because of the amount of game you can see while you’re just relaxing outside of your tent, you’re really immersed in the wild.

Our 15 canvas tents have a modern twist, with a whale-backed rather than triangular shape and blue, grey and white décor instead of traditional safari browns and leather. They’ve been designed to withstand the elements and are set on stilts with wooden floors. Each one has sliding glass doors that open onto a veranda with its own plunge pool – I love seeing guests’ reactions when they arrive, they’re just blown away by the design. Our two communal areas include a restaurant, lounge and bar with a deck for our infinity pool. It’s a stunning, open area with a firepit to gather around for evening drinks.

Most of your time at Nanyukie will be spent out on game drives, exploring the world-famous Serengeti. You might head out with a guide for a sunrise safari, come back for lunch, then head out again at 4pm. It’s also fun to do a whole-day drive with picnic lunch, especially during the Great Migration when the herds are on the move. For a different perspective of the Serengeti, we can also arrange sunrise balloon safaris and walking tours where you’ll discover flora, animal tracks and see game on foot. For the ultimate safari experience, I’d definitely recommend booking one of our special sundowner and bush dinners.


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Alfred & Rebecca Phillips

Rebecca Phillips feels very fortunate to call Tanzania home and grew up on a dairy farm in the southern part of the country. A Swahili speaker, some of her earliest memories are of family safaris in the bush. After studying Green International Tourism Management in Europe, Rebecca returned to Tanzania and now co-manages Nanyukie Lodge, where she particularly loves photographing the plentiful wildlife around camp.  
Rebecca Phillips, Manager, Lemala Nanyukie Lodge

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