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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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.

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.


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