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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Sat, Oct 1, 2016

Lamai Cheetah

We are fortunate enough to have a few of these beautiful creatures in the Lamai area.  This year due to an exceptionally high concentration of game around camp we have seen them often.  It’s nice to know their home ranges fall within our surrounds.  Usually we have to drive to the Lamai Wedge (on the Kenyan border) to find them, which is quite a long drive, worth it though as it’s a beautiful area.  I am not sure how the Lamai Pride are going to react to this intrusion into their territory; let’s hope it’s amicable.

Guests are always wide eyed with excitement after a game drive having seen cheetah, their presence demands respect – built for speed: enlarged liver, lungs, heart and nostrils; flexible spine and shoulders; excellent eyes sight and strong back legs.  Reaching speeds up to 100km per hour with 9m strides and 4 strides per second.  Successful hunters, second only to wild dog; unfortunately though they tend to lose their kills to other predators.

Threatened and critically endangered in parts of Africa, so enjoy them when you see them.

Mon, Sep 19, 2016

The People Make a Safari

I thought it about time we pay tribute to the Tanzanian people who are an integral part of any safari.  A safari without the animals would not be a safari, similarly a safari without the people would not be a safari.  Helen and I love working in Tanzania because of the people, gentle souls with plenty of time for please and thank you.  Etiquette is woven into the culture and language, with each greeting almost representing a ceremony.  A, ‘hello good morning’ is not complete without an enquiry about how you slept and or how you woke up; should things not have gone well then an apology is forthcoming. Everything is a discussion and decisions are made collectively for the greater good.  Respect is paramount, especially for the elders who bear authority with pride.  Everyone knows they will eventually get old and in this harsh environment you treat others as you would want to be treated in your twilight years.  Any semblance of exertion is greeted with the customary ‘pole’, which literally means sorry.  This profound culture seeps into your safari, as you the guest is revered: you provide opportunity for employment and enable social and economic growth through your tourism activities.  All guest comments at the end of a safari give special thanks to the people; Nomad people that create the magic during your safari.  For those of you who have experienced a Safari in Tanzania, especially at Nomad, we are certain you will remember them fondly.

Wed, Sep 7, 2016

50 Shades

We have a rather handsome and large male leopard who is often in camp, he has a reputation for being a ladies’ man and the guides have named him Nature. He is awe inspiring and takes my breath away every time I see him – like when I am brushing my teeth in the morning and he happens to stroll by. Lamai lodge falls within his territory, as do a number of females, which are included in his harem. Our askaris/night watchmen caught Nature in our bar a few weeks ago, busy with one of his girlfriends…. Funny thing is there was a bottle of whiskey on the bar counter in the morning and I swear it was not there the night before? These photos depict the seductive wiles of a female intent on luring Nature into her bed/dust bowl, makes me think of ‘50 Shades….’. As you can see Nature was more than willing to cooperate.

Tue, Aug 16, 2016

The Lamai Pride

We have been following the adventures of this pride for over a year now.  Last year 13 cubs were born to four or five females, which surprised us – so many cubs for one pride at a similar time is unusual.  We were very excited and have enjoyed watching the little ones grow up.  Another surprise was 11 of the cubs survived the year and are now naughty teenagers strutting around Lamai, their turf, like princes and princesses.  Lamai is a veritable paradise for them, with plenty of food all year round and varying terrain, which offers suitable/beneficial hunting grounds.  We often watch them from the lodge as they lounge around on rocky outcrops in the distance as they spot suitable delicacies for dinner.  At night we hear them calling to each other, which also serves to warn the local hyena clan on the western side of our kopje to stay clear and not to disturb them as they start hunting.  It’s quite usual to fall asleep amongst thunderous roars echoing into the night as they wrestle dinner to the ground.

The pride is now around 20 strong and would be more, however a couple of young males and a few females have broken off to form another pride to the south of us.  This year we have seen four more newly born cubs and look forward to watching them fit into the family dynamic.  It’s a privilege to witness the growth and success of the Lamai pride and we look forward to introducing you to them in the future.  See y’all soon.

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.


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