The Telegraph releases a review of Mkombe's House in Lamai, Tanzania
Constructed especially with families of young children in mind, a private home in Serengeti National Park opens up to travellers with exclusive views of native wildlife and exceptional accommodations. Recently the travel and destination section of a renowned publication offered up its review of the location, rating the home on everything from food to overall value.
Regarded as one of the world’s most impressive and popular parks as well as a holding the distinction of being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Serengeti National Park entertains countless visitors, enamoured by its wildlife and landscapes. While visitors often stay in a safari lodge or campsite, others choose to book an adventurous stay within an exclusive-use residence named Mkombe’s House.
This Tanzanian home is described as the only house of its kind in the park made especially for those with young children. While the home provides the opportunity to gain a front row seat to the annual migration of more than a million wildebeest as they dive into the Mara River, its also characterized as secure and private, two things important for parents of small children. For this reason The Telegraph designated the home with an 8 out of 10 Telegraph expert rating in a review posted under the Travel and Destinations section of its website.
Destination Expert Pippa de Bruyn also categorized the home in several specific ways, beginning with location. Found atop Kogakuria Kopje, the home includes sweeping views of the Serengeti. While the wildebeest are mostly observed jumping into the Mara River between the months of July-October, the author maintains the home provides an ideal setting for viewing other wildlife during several other months of the year too. Due to this, she promotes the home’s location is worth a 9 out of 10 rating.
Three categories deliver an 8 out of 10 rating, including the home’s rooms, service and style. The residence offers dual master en-suite bedrooms, each with an en-suite room for the kids adjoining it. With large bathrooms and plush rugs the main bedrooms also offer canvas walls that open up to the outside. The kids’ rooms offer small windows for safety, and kid-sized luxuries. The author does point out, however, the rooms do not include air-conditioning or hairdryers due to limited electricity.
In describing the available facilities and services, the home includes two fenced-in swimming pools, one of which is shallow enough for very young children. An on-staff guide, askari, housekeeper, chef, waiter and butler cater to guests with family-friendly meals and in the scheduling of activities. The home also offers laundry facilities and free Wi-Fi.
In the category of character and style the home gets high points for its decor. Void of safari-print textiles or masks, the home instead appears cosy and cool, with a creative interior designed by a local decorator. The home uses items such as chicken wire topped with plaster, poles and palm-thatch, along with canvas walls to open up to the vast outdoors.
With a personal chef at your disposal, visitors can request specific meals even before arriving. Typically lunch includes items such as chicken and vegetable skewers, a vegetable tart or spanakopita, as well as bread and salads. At mid-afternoon guests often dine on cake plus they are offered a small snack when the sun goes down. Dinner is the largest meal, typically served in three courses once the weather begins to cool for the evening. This could include a beef fillet in mushroom sauce or pork escalopes. For food and drink the author suggests a 7 out of 10 rating.
In overall value for the money, the author also rates the home as a 7 out of 10. Starting at $655 per person, the nightly rate is based off of at least four adults. The price includes the lodging, all meals and drinks and game activities. While not inexpensive, the reviewer makes note that the home does provide exclusive attention and privacy, perfect for those with young children, plus it is similarly priced to the nearby Nomad Lamai, a permanent lodge.
Mkombe’s House provides room for four adults and can serve as many as six children. If you go, keep in mind that the home is closed from mid-March through the month of May and it is not set up for guests with disabilities.
First opened in July 2015, the home is found in the northern Serengeti. Its unique location close to the Mara River provides visitors with some of the best migration and wildlife views, plus the flexibility of a self-contained home made especially for families visiting the region. Another reason to visit Tanzania.
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