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Home alone at Mkombe’s House – The new way to Safari In The Serengeti

Adventure and wildlife specialist Gane and Marshall has announced a new safari itinerary to ‘Mkombe's House’, Lamai. A true first for the region, Mkombe’s House is the only private house for rent within the mesmerising Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. 

Gane and Marshall’s ‘Private Serengeti Safari’ offers the opportunity escape the crowds and spend three exclusive nights close to the Mara River at Mkombe's House, which opens on 1 July 2015. Built around the rocks of the Kogakuria Kopje, the house has a chic and contemporary design, a full complement of staff and can sleep a total of up to four adults and six children.

Mkombe's House is fully self-contained with two en-suite adult rooms, each with an en-suite children’s room. Families with children of any age are extremely well catered for, and can use the cots, high chairs and car-seats provided for little ones.

The stylish house comes with a private 4x4 safari vehicle and a full complement of staff, including a dedicated guide and an in-house chef, who will prepare sumptuous meals to be enjoyed indoors in the cosy dining room or on the terrace with a view of the surrounding wilderness. Each day, there will be plenty of choice from a menu loaded with fresh produce, home-baking and delicious flavours.

Mkombe’s House incorporates a private dining room and lounge in addition to outside chill-out areas, a plunge pool and larger swimming pool with magnificent views across the Northern Serengeti. All rooms are light and spacious, designed to make the most of the views and natural light.

Mkombe’s House is due to open just in time for the very best game-viewing season. The house is located close to the Mara River where millions of wildebeest make their famous river crossings every year between July and October.

On day one of Gane and Marshall’s ‘Private Serengeti Safari’, guests will fly from Arusha airport to Kogatende, northern Serengeti. Game viewing opportunities start straight away, with a game drive en-route to Mkombe’s House, led by the private guide who is part of the house’s staff. 

For the next two days, guests will find the Serengeti National Park is teeming with game, unequalled in scale and diversity. It is among the oldest and most complex eco-systems on earth. A unique combination of diverse habitats, ranging from clay pans and wooded grasslands to the endless savannah plains for which the region is famous, enables it to support a wealth of game, including 60 large mammal and over 500 bird species.

The ‘Big Five’ are a constant fixture, and the Serengeti boasts the greatest concentration of plains game anywhere in the world, with an estimated two million wildebeest, half a million gazelle and 250,000 zebra. Among the other species regularly seen are eland, impala, waterbuck, baboon, monkey, warthog and topi. Guests will set the pace of the safari, choosing when to go on game drives, where to stop for a picnic and what amount of time they would like to spend out in the wild.

Day 4 heralds the end of guests’ stay at Mkombe’s House, although Gane and Marshall can arrange an extension at the house, or perhaps an extended safari itinerary, a visit to Tanzania’s beautiful coastline or a relaxing break to the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba.

Gane and Marshall's new itinerary - 'Private Serengeti Safari'- includes three nights on fully inclusive basis at Mkombe's House, with a complement of staff, regional flights, services of private vehicle and experienced guide and park fees. Prices start from £1,835 per adult and £1,250 per child for a group of four or more people. International return flights from London to North Tanzania start from around £480 per person.

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