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, 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.

Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Celebrating Lamai Lions

The world recently celebrated the existence of lions, and rightly so.  An incredible cat that provides endless amazement, especially at Lamai.

We are fortunate to have a healthy population of resident lions who grow in numbers every year; we always have some youngsters about who play and get up to all sorts of mischief. I bumped into one the other day….. Our Kopje and surrounding rock outcrops are local hangouts, lions lying around all day watching the food walk by and waking up at night to pounce on something nearby.

We have a small Suzuki jeep in camp that we use for transporting things between camps, about a fifth of the size of a normal Land Cruiser, I used it a few nights ago to go down to Mkombe’s house and came across two lionesses on the hunt.  They looked at me in this tiny little car and I swear for a moment they thought they could eat me and the car – I quickly rolled up the two windows, simultaneously, as the car is that small ��

This year has been particularly active as the migration is on our doorstep.  Three new young males have moved in on the Lamai prides’ territory and have forced two ‘Old Boys’” out, exciting times.  Two of the females were on heat a couple of weeks back and all sorts of mayhem broke out on one of the guest room verandas – just another magical day in the Serengeti.

Wed, Jun 14, 2017

Looking Forward To Seeing Ya’ll

Season is upon us and the wildebeests are on their way – as are you. We’ve spent the last few weeks getting the lodge ready and the Lamai Family is very excited to welcome you to our small part of the Serengeti – paradise.

We’ve been driving around making sure all our usual suspects/resident animals are about. Great news is that everyone seems fit and healthy: Nature our resident Leopard is still king of the hill (picture below, he is the largest male leopard I have ever seen); his lady friends are also about and they have a few little cubs, although we have not seen them we know they are there as the female is lactating; the Lamai Pride – 20 or so strong – look fat and healthy with some new cubs, who are causing all sorts of mischief; and the hyenas are content in their den behind the Kopje, laughing the nights away as they wrestle for territory with the Lamai Pride.

The Lamai area has had some late and plentiful rain, it’s lush and green with flowers, grasses and trees in full bloom. We love sitting on the ‘Rock’ (the highest point on the Kopje) just a short walk from camp, while sipping G&Ts and watching the sun go down. The best part is that our resident troop of baboons do the same thing every day, on the rock adjacent to ours but without drinks. We had some trouble with them last season as they were stealing cushions from the pool and outside furniture in front of the rooms, which I am sure they are sitting on somewhere nearby…. 

Seems everyone – birds, bees, animals and Lamai staff are waiting just for you, so pack your bags and get on that plane. We can’t wait to meet all of you so that we can share the wonders of the Serengeti. I took some candid pictures while walking around the lodge today and have added them for your enjoyment, please check out the rest of our website and Facebook page for more fun and excitement.

Safe Travels

The Lamai Team

Sat, Mar 18, 2017

Pack For A Purpose

It’s that time of year again. Every year we head off to our local village to drop off boxes of donations brought to us from our guests over the course of the past year.  Pack for a Purpose is an initiative which encourages visitors to Africa, in this case our guests, to bring small donations, whatever they can fit into their luggage, for our local clinic and school.  Every little bit helps and over a season we have boxes full to donate.

This year was particularly fruitful with guests piling things in, making sure every gram of their 15-kilogram flight weight allowance was accounted for; one group purchased extra seats on a flight to accommodate all they brought to donate.

Here are some photographs we took of the visits and I hope they give you some idea of the circumstance in which they live, learn and work. 

A huge thank you from Lamai, the school and the clinic to all those that took part, we wish you could have been with us to witness the smiles, joy and appreciation exhibited by those that received your donations.


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