The story of a rock kopje in the northern Serengeti, and daily life in the Serengeti's best new camp hidden within it.
Fri, Feb 19, 2016
Nomad Lamai Serengeti is proud to be part of the Pack for a Purpose initiative. It warms our hearts when guests arrive for their safari bringing invaluable donations for one of our local schools and clinics.
In February, Camp Managers Clyde and Helen took the scenic 3 hour drive with Transfer Guide Filbert to visit Merenga Village. Travelling with them were Lamai Serengeti chef Peter and Askari Chacha who both live in the village with their families.
We were met by the District Warden who escorted us to the larger of the two schools in the village. This school educates 1,065 children. In the lower grades there are 175-200 per class. The classrooms are basic with desks donated by various charitable organizations. The whole school came out into the yard and standing to attention, gave us beautiful renditions of the Tanzanian national anthem and ‘If You’re Happy and You Know It” Some of Peter and Chacha’s children go to the school and came to politely introduce themselves; the girls even curtseyed.
The donations collected from Nomad guests since July 2015 was given to the Assistant Head Teacher who was most grateful.
Next stop was Merenga Clinic. A very basic building close to the school which serves approximately 10,000 local people. There are 5 doctors and 20 nurses to assist them. They help deliver around 30 babies every month. One woman was 4 hours into labour when we visited and Helen was welcomed into the delivery room. The bed was bare, without even a bed sheet. We learned that the most sought after items are malaria medication and delivery kits, malaria being the #1 disease they treat.
The doctor on duty gratefully accepted the Pack for A Purpose donations and listed other items to add to their wish list.
Heartfelt thanks to the following Nomad visitors who brought donations this year;
Anderson Family from USA
Hendee Family from USA
Amanda & Allegra Manchia from Johannesburg, South Africa
Marmion Family from UK
Honeymooner Erin McNamara from NYC USA
Sagall Family from Washington DC, USA
Travel Agent Jean Campbell from Frosch International, Texas, USA
Tahira Martin from UK
A special mention to Jan & Carina Stjernqvist (& friends) from Sweden who brought 20kg of supplies for both the school and clinic including over 200 items of new-born baby clothing, 2 pairs football boots, 3 footballs, 2 pumps, a sports whistle, 2 skipping ropes, 2 frisbees, a kite, 5 football shirts
As well as large supplies of medicines including paracetamol, ibruprofen, loratadin, hydrocortisone cream and digital thermometers.
You know you can help, so feel free to get involved. Anyway any how!!
Thu, Feb 11, 2016
Safaris' at Lamai are all encompassing: activities include game drives, game walks, sundowners, sundowners up ‘The Rock’, and village visits for some local flavour.
A village visit allows you to experience and learn about how many of the local tribes go about their daily lives. Singing, dancing, exploring bomas’, and a cultural education which opens your eyes to how millions of people etch out a living in Africa. A life changing experience , which introduces you to how the ‘other half’ live – over three billion people in the world live on less the $2.50 a day, and many of them are in sub-Saharan Africa.
Tourism is an essential part of the African economy; it encourages development on all fronts…..we look forward to your visit J
Check out the Nomad Trust should you want to get more involved: http://www.nomad-tanzania.com/about/nomad-csr
Sorghum - a staple food.
Cattle and goat boma.
There is always time for dancing...
Going for a stroll....
Tue, Jan 26, 2016
Ahhh, the magical Serengeti! I never tire of breathing it in and soaking up its essence. These pictures don’t do it justice, you have to part of it to experience the magic.
Miles and miles of seemingly endless plains that extend far beyond the horizon; quiet, untouched, unpolluted virgin territory that touches your soul and departs a sense of the beginning- archaic. Plains meld into swamps, to woodlands, to grasslands, to riverine forests, and to kopjes. Diverse habitats supporting a rich array all things wild and wonderful.
Just south of the equator and a bit east of the meridian it shares its boundaries with Tanzania and Kenya, stretching for more than 30 000 km², one of the Seven Wonders of Africa and home to the greatest terrestrial migration on Earth.
If the Serengeti and all its splendour is not on your bucket list, it should be!!!
Sun, Jan 17, 2016
Gentle giants, well, kinda…. they tend to be a little moody and are known to charge when you get too close. You know what I mean. For the most part they amble about the Serengeti looking for tasty trees and grasses, happily going about their business. They are highly social, very protective of their young, kick frisky male teenagers out of the herd and led by all powerful matriarchs…sound familiar? There is a close resemblance to my family structure!
They are the largest terrestrial mammals, bulls weighing over 6 tons and measuring in excess of 4m in height. The African elephant is part of a clade/family tree (Peanungulata), with relatives including sea cows and hyraxes; odd, I know, however there is no arguing with genetic evidence. Now I know why hyraxes around camp have such big personalities – it’s in their genes!
Elephants are highly intelligent and considered on a par with primates and cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises). They have a complex vocabulary, some ‘words’ audible and others inaudible (infrasound/low frequency) which is also ‘transmitted’ through the ground and sensed at great distances through their feet. Go figure…. Elephant feet are soft, padded and highly sensitive, which not only facilitates communication but also gives them the uncanny ability to sneak around the bush – I have had a herd of 30 walk by the office and if I not seen them I would not have known they were there.
I love them, being spoilt at this time of year as there are plenty of them around due to an abundance of food and water. If you are on your way to Lamai look forward to being bewildered – their presence is overwhelming, especially if you find yourself in a middle of a herd while on a game drive.
Mon, Jan 4, 2016
Another year has passed and the New Year is upon us, and a glorious one it is going to be! If this New Year’s morning sunrise is anything to go by….
The festive season at Lamai was memorable and will be remembered fondly. Christmas was busier than expected due to a last minute booking, seems some guests were delayed and had to land at our airstrip before dark – their destination was a bit further, but timing/lack of light did not allow them an opportunity to continue as planned. We welcomed them at Lamai and they joined the rest of the camp for a delicious turkey dinner – Christmas crackers, party hats and presents galore. We had fun.
New Year celebrations were a cosy dinner with a fire crackling in the background – food, wine and great company. It was a family affair so nothing too raucous. That said, we went to bed with sounds of lions roaring and hyenas laughing in our ears, seems they were having their own party.
These photos are a mere glimpse of the marvellous time had by all.
I trust you had as festive a time as all of us, wishing you all well and the best for 2016. If you are planning a trip to Lamai we can’t wait to see you.
All the Best in this New Year
The Lamai Team
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