Lamai Serengeti

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The story of a rock kopje in the northern Serengeti, and daily life in the Serengeti's best new camp hidden within it.

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Sat, Aug 16, 2014

Hi chaps! Exactly how many people can we fit up on your rock?

The question came from a certain Richard Knocker - Nomad specialist guide - we didn't know the we gave it a bash and now I'm pretty convinced we do.

All told with photographer scout and ranger - we've hit 28.

It's a little precarious up here with this many - we chose a more spacious spot to pour (and drink) the gin and tonics.

I'm really pleased we decided not to hold the wedding (see June Blog) up here - there were some very un-sensible shoes kicking about, I wouldn't have been able to watch!

Remind you of anybody?

Seeing a similarity?

Fri, Aug 8, 2014

“Good morning Lamai folks, did somebody here order the wildebeest?”

It's been a pretty wild few weeks with the migration swarming through the Northern Serengeti in full swing.

They've been back and forth in front of the lodge, in incredibly dense herds one day then seemingly scattered and dispersed the next.

It really changes the entire atmosphere of the landscape - I cannot describe it, I doubt that anyone can.

Many a drive heads out towards the Mara River in the hope of striking lucky and catching that all important crossing!

Here are some of the season's finest photographs so far, with credits to some of the brilliant Lamai photographers kind enough to share them with us.

Michael and Deborah Sobolik captured the moment when a massive heard of Wildebeest bunched up on the northern side of the Mara river before heading east.

With thanks to Morton Rawlin for this brilliant shot.

Michael Liu shot this atmospheric crossing on his way from Kogatende airstrip to the lodge - not bad for your first day!!

Roger Bender caught this huge Nile Crocodile zoning in on the herd.

Another dramatic moment photographed by Roger Bender - spectacular.

Tue, Jul 29, 2014

What a treat, on the way to the airstrip!!

On the main road to Kogatende airstrip a flick of a tail caught one of Mr. Jairo's exceptional eyes!!

Can you spot what he's staring at?

This beautiful female leopard had decided to make use of a ranger platform in this Sausage Tree - a perfect place to rest.

We've had little time to leave the lodge this last month - so imagine our delight that on this morning`s mad dash for supply (some sort of yogurt emergancy!) we were rewarded us with these fantastic pictures.

The grimace above signifies a behaviour called flehmen - drawing the air over the vomero-nasal organ allowing these animals to test hormone signals in the air. Males tend to do this as a method of testing the reproductive status of potential partners. A female up in a tree like this is likely using it to get a better understanding of the scents around her. Perhaps the car was making her nervous and she was checking the air before deciding whether or not to move from the safety of her perch.

Wed, Jul 2, 2014

A pretty little raptor

While driving through a clump of acacia woodland last week, we came across this tiny bird of prey. The very beautiful Pygmy Falcon.

I spent a number of weeks in the Kalahari searching for this little bird (amongst others), they set up nests in the enormous Sociable Weaver nests down there.

Here in the Serengeti they also favor squatting but the "land lord" species of choice is the white headed buffalo weaver.

This is an adult female, you can tell by the chestnut brown patch on her back - absent in males.

Mon, Jun 23, 2014

Scintillating Silhouettes

There are times when that long awaited sighting of the tour comes in the fading light of sunset.

On our way home after a glass of wine at the Mara River (it's a dog's life - I know!) my eye was caught by the outline of a leopard.

This female is familiar, quite dark in her paterning and favouring a small kopjie close to the river as her vantage point.

She turned her head, somewhat nonchalantly, to face our aproaching car.

Then, conveniently, she chose an even better posing spot, the result is really striking. 


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