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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Mon, Feb 13, 2017

Escaping the Chill

To all of you living in the Northern hemisphere – this is a great time of year to escape the cold and enjoy some warmth and ‘creature’ comforts in the Serengeti. 

Our off/low season is a bit of a misnomer as a safari at this time of year is as good as our peak season.  The only difference is the spectacle of the wildebeest migration.  If your aim is to see the big five then Lamai is the place to be, no matter what the time of year the resident game abounds and it’s not uncommon to see the big five in a single day. 

An added benefit is you have the National Park to yourself, you might see one or two other vehicles out on the endless plains during a 3-day safari. 

If you have a bit of adventure in your heart, enjoy the pleasures of Mother Nature’s bounty, can see yourself sitting on the Mara River banks eating breakfast to the sounds of hippos singing while giraffes nibble on fresh shoots of Acacia tree tops, pretty much alone in your own private paradise then a safari in the ‘off’ season is for you.

Here are some beautiful photographs from a very recent safari - enjoy!!

Sun, Jan 1, 2017

A New Year

Another year has passed and what a year it has been. Thank you to all of you who chose to vacation at our little piece of paradise. We miss y’all and wish you all the best in the New Year!

2016 was jam packed with excitement, mostly due to the changing weather caused by El Nino and La Nina, the rains came early and the poor wildebeest were very confused, which delayed their migrations South. Great for us as we had thousands of them around camp and in the Lamai area for five months, which provided thrills, and a few spills, for staff and guests alike. There is nothing like watching a lion kill right in front of your room!

The Lamai lion pride, which I am sure you all remember, are still fat and healthy. Seeing them all together is quite a sight, intriguing for some and terrifying for others. Twenty plus lions with a mixture of adults, teenagers and cubs provides endless entertainment for intrepid safari goers.

The hyrax families abound and have taken to lying around at the pool, keeping guests company while they swim and soak up the Serengeti sun. Our famous troop of mongoose are as naughty as ever, popping in once or twice a day to say hi and patrol for grubs and the odd snake. They had four litters this year and there is nothing cuter than a baby dwarf mongoose – we were so tempted to steal one.

Please enjoy some of our favourite captured moments, most photographed by guests, of 2016. The Lamai family had a wondrous time with you all in 2016 and look forward to perhaps seeing you again sometime in the future.

Mon, Dec 19, 2016

Christmas Buffaloes

It’s that time of year again, there is something special about Christmas at Lamai.  Everyone is running around getting ready and the excitement and anticipation is tangible.  Decorations, special menus with all the festive trimmings and of course presents.  Most of us have sent Santa our wish lists already: we write them down on special paper, it must be recycled with a scattering of elephant dung and acacia leaves in the mix, then over drinks before dinner we throw our wish lists into the fire and the sparks get whisked up by the trade winds that carry them to the Chrsitmas fairies in the North Pole.

Thing is Santa needs a bit of help when he gets to the Serengeti, his reindeer are not well adapted to the harsh savannah environment and happily hand over the reins to our resident buffalo.  Buffalo, as you know, can be uncooperative and unpredictable, wild monstrous beasts that err on the side of grumpy.  They are also much larger than reindeer, measuring up to 1.7m at the shoulder and 3m in length, weighing in at over a ton.  This poses all sorts of problems with Santa’s sleigh….

This year we have managed to get a group of old bulls to assist with all the bush deliveries; the old guys generally separate from the herd and stick together – grumpy old men.  It was quite easy as they have taken up residence just in front of the lodge in a thicket with a luxurious mud pool.  Mud is used for wallowing and assists with them with temperature regulation and parasite control.  A bit of mud and sense of security being so close to the lodge – a reasonable trade to give Santa a hand/pull.

Season’s greetings everyone and a ho ho ho!!! 

Sat, Nov 12, 2016

Lamai Locals

Lamai is generally a hive of activity, the comings and goings of local wildlife providing endless entertainment. 

Nature, a huge male leopard, often wonders through in the evenings and the early hours of the morning; we caught him in the bar once with one of his lady friends, and lucky guests get a glimpse of him on their room decks from time to time. 

Snakes are rare and not often seen but due to the large population of rock hyraxes (food) they stick around; rock pythons (not venomous) are one of our favourites and given the chance we play with them a little.  Our resident snake wrangler, Ibra (staff cook) is quick to catch any slithering intruder and releases them far from camp….

Lions surround Lamai, lots of rocks serving as vantage points and plenty of wildlife to keep their bellies full.  It’s rare for an evening to go by without a roar or two, or three….. kills around camp are common, especially during the migration season.

We have a family of klipspringers in camp – the literal translation is ‘rock jumper’.  Mom, dad and little one.  We have named them Brandy, Coke, and Ice; after a popular South African drink: Klipies and coke (a type of brandy with a coke mixer).

The vervet monkeys are naughty and have taken a liking to the deck chairs at the pool, hanging out with a family of rock hyraxes, who live under the pool decking, with visits from our resident troop of dwarf mongooses.  You will notice that the mongoose and hyraxes like to cuddle, often seen in a pile; they do this to keep warm and is an important part of their social makeup. 

Peter Parker (Spiderman) is our handsome rock agama, he knows it, and loves people to take his photo.

Fauna, big and small at Lamai is a constant reminder of how fortunate we are, it’s a privilege to live and work in such an amazing pat of the world.

Sun, Oct 23, 2016

Lamai Elephants

We treasure these guys, a sighting always gets our hearts racing, especially when they are in camp. 

Enormous mammals, actually the largest terrestrial mammal with adult males maxing out at around 13 ft and weighing in at over 6 tons.  For their size they are surprisingly nimble, I have seen one step over a 5 ft fence one leg at a time without breaking a piece of wood – ballerina came to mind when I saw it.  The next day the same elephant just crashed through another fence…. Like us they have distinct personalities and can be quite moody. For the most part they are gentle giants, good natured and respectful, but beware they know they can squash you. Notice in one of the pictures that one of the tusks is shorter, quite usual, like us elephants are left or right handed/tusked - using one for fighting, digging etc. more than the other.  We also love their padded feet that allow them to sneak around around the bush and also feel their vocalisations - yes feeling the seismic vibrations in the ground produced by the low grumbling voclaisaitons they use to communicate.

The Lamai elephants are all good natured, no grumpy old males around and the matriarchs keep the boisterous teenagers in line.  They come into camp to drink from our pool and eat our juicy trees, usually leaving behind a trail of destruction – fallen trees, broken fences, smashed pathways and a load of poo - all to the delight of guests and staff alike.  


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