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Lamai Serengeti

If you were to visit only one place in the Serengeti, it should be here.

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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Mon, Jan 15, 2018

Serengeti, our new home

We left Sand Rivers in the Selous with one smiling and one sobbing eye. The Selous has become such an important part of our life. The magic of this secluded place will never leave our hearts. The staff at Sand Rivers have become our family and we will miss them dearly. But it was time for us, time to move on, face new challenges and live new experiences. 

It is the Serengeti now, that we shall call our home and the crew at Lamai who will become our family. This thrilling and slightly daunting feeling is almost overwhelming as we step off the plane in Kogatende, Serengeti. 

We are speechless as we drive past beautiful flat top Acacia trees, high grass planes and  rock kopjes. We have been to the Serengeti before, we have even been to this very area before, but everything changes when a place becomes home. Every feeling is intensified and every tree, bird and rock becomes more significant.

Crowned Crane walking through the tall grass in the Lamai Wedge, Northern Serengeti

Topi on the open planes of the Lamai Wedge, Northern Serengeti. This highly social and fast antelope will only be found in the savannas, semi deserts and flood plains of Sub-Saharan Africa.

As we approach the Lodge, Helen and Clyde, our predecessors, are waiting for us waiving and greeting us with big smiles. We had a lovely time with them, learning about the camp, the staff and the area. We could not have asked for a better handover and are so very thankful to them for making our start at Lamai so wonderful. 

Helen and Clyde on the sundowner kopje, taking a moment to say farewell to the place that was their home for over 2 years.

Now Lamai is ours, this beautiful camp, nestled in a kopje, overlooking the gorgeous planes of Northern Serengeti. We are so blessed to be falling asleep to the purr of Leopards, waking up to the gentle chirping of birds and watching elephants pass by in the distance as we have our lunch. 

A family of Elephants enjoying the lush grass the recent rains have brought.

This is a place where anyone who loves Africa becomes content and anyone who visits for the first time will get hooked on the magic of the African bush. This wild and wonderful place is where everything is still as it should be. It is where the eagles soar high and free as the lions roam their territory, gazelles pronk in the afternoon sun and shy hyena call at night. 

Hyena mama and cub cautiously scouting their surroundings

Hyena cub lounging outside its den, catching the last afternoon sun.

We cannot wait to experience every season in this incredible place and to let the Serengeti teach us all about its life.


Sat, Nov 18, 2017

Slippery Slithering Serpents

Occasionally we will come across a snake at Lamai, luckily, they tend to avoid us.  In two years Helen and I have seen 6 snakes, so they are really quite shy and there is no need to worry about them if you are on a safari.  A sighting does cause some excitement!  The key is not to panic ��

One of our crew, Ibra, used to work at the snake park in Arusha and serves as our expert snake wrangler.  Whenever a snake is spotted Ibra comes to the rescue, catching and relocating it a good distance from camp.  Snakes are territorial and we prefer they take up residence elsewhere…..  If guests are willing we will have a little show and tell, allowing for a better understanding of our slippery slithering friends. 

The included pictures are of a Tiger Snake, a White Lipped Snake, a Rock Python and a Black Spitting Cobra; one of which is venomous. 



Tue, Oct 31, 2017

A Balloon, A Lion, And A Bottle Of Wine

Flying around the Serengeti in a balloon, watching lions and leopards on game drive and enjoying a magical sunset with a bottle of wine - perfection.  


Sun, Oct 8, 2017

Loving Lions

The Lamai Pride are at it again, virile is an understatement.  30 to 40 romps a day is par for the course and at times there is even not enough time for a quick snack.  Sultry females are not picky and will court multiple males.  Mating for lions involves speed and stamina, with a little agression thrown in for good measure - seems like it works well for them smile


Sat, Sep 9, 2017

Celebrating Spots

As you all might already know, our resident female leopard has had a couple of cute cubs.  These little ones are adorable and provide endless entertainment for our guests, just like house cats they are curious and playful by nature.  A bit of rough and tumble with each other and their doting mother is par for the course and an important part of growing up; developing the skills and muscle development that is essential in later life, enabling them to hunt and protect their territories successfully.  These cubs are about 6 months old and will spend the next year together with their mom developing important life skills, thereafter they venture out into the Serengeti on their own.  We will post periodic updates of their progress.


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