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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Fri, Aug 28, 2015

Say hello to these beauties.

At Lamai we are fortunate to have a few male and female leopards in the area, these elusive and near threatened cats are wonderful to watch as they laze about on the rocks and in trees.  They remind me of house cats, however petting is unfortunately not allowed and generally not a good idea.  They are opportunistic predators, very strong and smart – males can weigh as much as 90kg, so beware!!

At Lamai on the Kopje we have two resident females and we often hear them in the evenings. Their grunts sounds like a carpenter sawing a big piece of wood, a way of letting everyone know they are around.  ‘Our’ two females are very shy and to date we have not actually seen them, just tracks on the paths in the mornings.  One large and the other considerably smaller, we assume it is a mother with her cub. 

Experiencing this part of Africa and its diverse and abundant wildlife is a real treat.

Tue, Aug 11, 2015

Beests everywhere…

The middle of August is approaching and the wildebeest are still wondering around the Serengeti in vast numbers, seemingly not knowing which way to go. The seasonal rains arrived early this year and with them the wildebeests, it seems they smell the rain and follow it around, looking for moist, tender and fresh grass shoots.  They are a crazy wild bunch and our guests at Lamai have enjoyed watching thousands of them migrate through the area, both on foot and in a vehicle – can you imagine walking through herd of 5000 Beests?

River crossings are a treat and always a spectacle: they tend to gather slowly at the bank of a river with the brave on the front line, hesitant to take the plunge into the turbulent water, knowing full well that death is a probability, if not by the teeth or claws of another, by their own devices – trampled and crushed as they all scramble for safety on the other side of the river.  The pastures are truly greener on the other side. 

All the predators are fat and healthy having had their fill of wildebeest - crocodiles lie in wait beneath the rivers water surface, cats tend to find a high vantage point allowing them to spot the weak and vulnerable, hyenas can’t believe their good fortune and tend to wait on the side-lines while everyone else does the hard work.  After a kill vultures, Marabou stalks, jackals all share in the bounty – no one has any manners and it is a free-for-all with every ‘man’ for himself.  Exciting times in our neck of the woods.

The migration is a natural wonder and we look forward to sharing this rather emotional experience with you at Lamai, Helen and I love welcoming guests back after a game drive, wide eyed and bushy tailed, filled with wonder and high on adrenaline. 

A special thank you goes out to Vicky for the spectacular photographs, one of the few female guides in Tanzania and our unofficial camp photographer.  She has 20 years of experience in the bush and is a wealth of knowledge.


The Lamai Team.

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.


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