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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Wed, Jul 27, 2016

A Perfect Safari

A Perfect Safari

What makes a perfect safari? Of course it’s the amazing people that make it happen, delicious food an comfy beds, however at Lamai we believe in balance: a well-rounded and diverse experience which incorporates an element of relaxation.  Of course each guest is unique and safaris are tailored to their needs.  In this respect managers, guides and general staff listen attentively to requests, desires and aspirations in order to personalise each safari. 

From the get go (on arrival) it’s important to highlight on what experiences/activities are on offer, setting a tone and allowing the information to settle in, thereafter it’s up to our guests to decide what suits most.  Usually safaris are three to four days and as such diversity and options for different activities is a must.  We offer walking safaris where guests are accompanied by a National Park ranger, Nomad scout and guide; game drives; sundowner options; balloon safaris; and chilling out at the lodge while watching the local wildlife come and go. 

Walking safaris are a personal favourite of mine, allowing for a different perspective of the Serengeti; down on the ground looking at all little things usually unnoticed in a vehicle.  Viewing game at eye level is a treat and a chance to stretch ones legs is a welcome break from the usual ‘safari shuffle’ in our land cruisers.

Game drives vary in duration and departure times, leaving early or late, short or long, it’s entirely up to guests and what they want to see.  Fortunately, game viewing at Lamai is spectacular with diversity at every turn, which is offered up by our guides (the local experts) knowing animal territories and where they like to hang out.  Options of meals at the lodge or out in the bush add a nice touch, there is nothing like sitting in the middle of a herd of wildebeest or at the edge of a river watching hippos and crocks do their thing while munching on a bacon and egg sandwich.

Lamai has a couple of sundowner options, one of which is a short walk, leaving from the lodge to the top of our kopje, which offers a 360 degree viewing point – spectacular.

Balloon safaris are always a hit, leaving early in the morning to catch the sunrise as you float over the Endless Plains and landing to be greeted by a champagne breakfast in the bush.

In short, a combination of driving, walking, meals in and out of the lodge, a balloon safari, relaxation at the lodge and a sundowner make the perfect safari – or whatever you heart desires.

Thu, Jul 14, 2016

Monkey Business

Monkey Business

We have two troops of resident primates at Lamai.  The naughty vervet monkeys and the gangster baboons.  The baboons run things and the vervets’ are allowed to forage as long as they don’t encroach too much on gangster turf.  For the most part they keep to themselves, but still manage to provide us with endless entertainment.  

The vervets’ tend to hang out at the pool, lounging around on the sun loungers, seemingly waiting for margaritas.  Play and mischief is at the fore of their agenda and they never seem to tire.  The baboons are more sedate and hang around like bodyguards, keeping watch for intruders and alerting each other of any potential threat with the odd bark echoing through camp every now and again.  Where the vervets’ are quite amicable amongst the troop the gangsters seem to squabble quite often over turf, which is accompanied by squeals of dismay and some rough and tumble. 

We enjoy having them around, especially when the baboons join us for sundowners, like us a beautiful sunset is appreciated and it seems they never miss one, staring out over the Serengeti like philosophers deep in thought.  That said, we have lost quite a few cushions and a bottle of gin went missing the other day….. you never know.

Mon, Jun 20, 2016

Birds of Lamai

Birds of Lamai – because we know you love them

Tanzania is a birders paradise, with well over a thousand recorded bird species you can’t be disappointed – ornithologically speaking this is the golden pot at the end of the rainbow.  Conservation areas occupy between 30% and 40% of the total area of the country; its habitat diversity and expanse allow for the impressive diversity in fauna and flora, an environment in which our feathered friends thrive.  This is the reason, natural beauty and richness, that accounts for the over $2 billion in annual income due to Tourism in East Africa. 

A safari with Nomad ending at Lamai will not disappoint as our camps stretch from one end of Tanzania to the other, covering all habitats and thus all bird species.   Below are some bird photos shared by some of our guests (Lamai) over the past year.  We hope you like them. 

See ya’ll soon.

The Lamai Team

Thu, May 26, 2016

A New Season

Getting Ready

Rainy season has almost run its course and we are back in camp getting things ready for another exciting season.  Painting, scrubbing and rebuilding what the elephants knocked over.  All hands on deck in anticipation for a very busy year.

The rains have brought fertility, everything is lush and green.  The animals are fat and healthy with quite a few babies in tow.  It’s a pleasure to be back in the serene Serengeti after an extended break, the fresh air and constant activity brought on by high biodiversity is welcomed after the London underground…..

Here are some of favourite photographs from last season to get you in the mood for your upcoming safari.  As you will see game drives are spectacular in the Lamai area, our guides are top class and rarely disappoint – they know the area so well!

See ya’ll soon.

The Lamai Team 

Fri, Feb 19, 2016

Pack for a Purpose

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!!


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