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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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. 

Thu, Jun 19, 2014

A Big Day at Lamai Serengeti

Huge congratulations to Karl Fredrik and Johanna Granlund, married on the big rocks of Lamai on 15th of June 2014.

Our very best wishes for your future togther - it was a fantastic day that none of us will forget!!

with love from Nic, Jana and the Lamai Serengeti Team


Tue, Jun 10, 2014

Just in case any of you were wondering how that whole “Giraffe reproduction thing” pans out…..

Howdy Blog followers,

I'm not going to pass much comment here - the ice may still be a little thin from the maintenance blog and there is really no need for us to sail quite so close to the wind.

None the less, this is a spectacle worth sharing.

We found the pair, statuesque in front of Lamai private camp. 

A hesitant young male and an infinately patient female.

We stopped the car at a respectful distance and decided to wait it out.  

The intended target that afternoon was leopard we had heard calling in the area but this seemed like blog fodder to good to miss and a camp manager must learn patience.

ONE HOUR LATER!! Still no sucess.

There was a gentle repetative thud as my head hit the steering wheel of our land cruiser and Jana's exhalations were sounding, uncharacteristicly, like sighs.

It was frustrating for us, what a nightmare for the Giraffe!

And then......

If the coupling was a complete success then in fourteen to fifteen months we will have a new arrival in the neighbourhood.

The baby will suckle for up to a year by which time he/she will already be ten feet tall!!

We'll keep you posted.


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