Lamai Serengeti

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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.  

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.


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