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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Sun, Jul 12, 2015

It’s all about the green stuff!

The Serengeti ecosystem sustains its wonderous diversity by having a plethora of tasty grass species. The little sunbird above my desk is using dropseed grass to build its nest in a lamp shade while a million plus wildebeest are chasing around the national park hoping to take advantage of the fresh growth throughout the season.

There are some ten thousand species of grass worldwide and even on our own kopje they provide a great variety in colour, shape and size. They are currently in flower and though they make the animal spotting all the more challenging, they can be extremely beautiful in the evening light. 

Here are a selection of images Jana has taken in the last week, "a study in grass" - enjoy.


Sun, Jun 21, 2015

The New Mr & Mrs Cay!!

On 11th of June 2015 we celebrated the marriage of Arnie Cay and Becky Liu.

The ceremony took place on the rocks of the Wogakuria Kopje, overlooking the valleys of the Northern Serengeti and attended by the Lamai Team and members of the local Kuria village.

Dear Becky and Arnie, we wish you all the best in health and happiness as you share your lives together.

With love, from Nic, Jana and the Lamai team.

Mon, Jun 15, 2015

A Gruesome Discovery

The Granite outcrops between Lamai and the Mara River are riddled with massive fig trees, this is often the drive we take to and from kogatende airstrip and it can be full of surprises.

A flash of deep red and the binoculars reveal a gory mess trickling down one of this tree's colossal limbs. A thorough inspection reveals the big cat responsible, our dominant male leopard is still ruling the rocks and he's showing no sign of slowing down.

There are more bloody patches on this tree, clearly his table manners leave a lot to be desired.

We wait a little and sure enough he's just taking a breather between courses.

There is a fair amount of satisfied growling and grunting as he tears into what is left of a young Warthog.

His eyes are wild in this picture below, excited by the taste of meat his pupils dilate as he feeds.

He'll need to keep his strength up, his is a prime territory to protect and there are a number of females in the area that will expect his attentions in the coming months.

It's a jolly good job that he stashed a second young Warthog in this favoured dining spot. How he managed to whack two for one sitting we will never know - he's a killing machine for sure and he's bad news for Pumba.

Sun, Mar 29, 2015

The traditional end of season montage…....

Right folks, the bit you've all been waiting for I'm sure.

We're at the end of the season, Jana and I are both a little frazzled for being in the bush for ten months - time to hop on a plane and find a city or two, buy some cheese, go to the theatre, go to the pub buy some wine and some more cheese! Woooohoooo!

Before that are the highlights.

Romance with the Giraffes.

Followed by the Serengeti wedding of Karl-Fredrik and Johanna Granlund - amazing memories.

Masses of wildebeest at the Mara River.

...and more than just a few spectacular crossings!

A family of elephants kept us amused.....

...and the pride of Lamai didn't stray far from our rocks.

Yassin's "seven breadly sins" - our favorite was the Elephant.

Hyena cubs growing up in the school of hard knocks.

Mama cheetah saw off an inquisitive olive baboon.

Christmas at lamai with festive food and barrels of laughs.

The best kind of present, a pair of leopard cubs made an appearance in December.

We finally found our first Serengeti chameleon......

....and this stunning Eyed Flower Mantid arrived in our back garden.

It's been a blast chaps, we'll be back in May.


Wed, Mar 25, 2015

The Lamai Serengeti Employees of the month, 2014/15 season!

Here we are again at the end of the season. The final guests have departed and the hatches have been battened down to await the Northern Serengeti's "Big Rain Season". Most of the team have departed for a long awaited and well earned break, their families will be receiving them with much celebration over the next few days.

Jana and I are giving a little training course for a few members of the Nomad team over the next week and we've taken a gap in the schedule to introduce you the the Lamai Serengeti Employees of the month.

We introduced the monthly award at the beginning of the season, each month the team are asked to vote for a member that they respect and admire for the work they put in. We asked them to think about the folk that help them perform their own tasks successfully, the idea being that if we take the time to think about how the rest of the team affect us then we will bong together that much tighter. On each voting slip we asked them to give the reasons that they felt the candidate in question had earned the award.

The winner each month received a prize and a certificate along with the thanks and congratulations of all the Nomad people.

The winning list below have been submitted to the directors with the reasons that the team gave for their selection, we have chosen a grand prize winner of the Lamai Serengeti Employee of the year. The award comes with an "all in" trip for two to one of the other fantastic Nomad camps, we'll be following up on this with a photographic diary of the winner's trip in June. Scroll down to find out who got it!!

Without further ado, our portraits of the best of the best - Lamai Serengeti March 2015.

Maimuna Saidi - Housekeeping team

A very hard worker, passionate and driven.

Pendaeli Warieli - Head Chef

Outstanding feedback, quality in FnB, a charming and hard working head of department.

Obedi Samwel - General Maintenance and Groundskeeper

Very friendly, hardworking and a great team player.

Victoria Massawe - Housekeeping

Kind hearted, flexible, happy and fun.

Kennedy Kisanga - Head of Maintenance

Enthusiastic and never tired. Excellent teamwork and communication.

Ibrahim Msuya - Staff Chef

Cooking excellent food, fantastic teamwork and very hardworking.

Jacob Joshua - Chef

Leads by example, always cheerful and very dedicated to his job.

Sauli Kepesi - Walking Safari Scout and Tracker.

Reliable, flexible and a good leader. He always greets you with a cheerful smile.

Lamai Serengeti's 2015 employee of the year!!

Peterson Kilonzo - Waiter and Head of Staff Committee

Peterson motivates everyone around him. He is tireless in his teamwork and takes great pleasure in helping others. 

The whole Nomad Tanzania family would like to offer our huge thanks for your enthusiasm and care during the season. Congratulations on winning this award, we'll be taking you on an adventure of your own in June!!

Best wishes,

Nic, Jana and the team



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