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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Fri, Mar 23, 2012

The day of the Jackal

The plains around Lamai Serengeti are filled with stories day and night. There is literally always something going on. Yet not always are we lucky enough to get the whole story on what happened!
Like yesterday...
Suddenly there was this proud black backed Jackal that carried the fresh head of an Oribi. Looking at the Jackal’s speed and determination when it crossed our path, it likely just got hold of its meal. But had it been stealing or hunting? Who made the kill? And where could the scene have taken place?
Of course the Jackal couldn’t care less. The cunning little creature was just having a really good day...
What a place!

Tue, Mar 20, 2012

3 out of 5

There is need for a little resume. It’s just over mid March now and we’re heading for the end of Lamai Serengeti’s first season. As it appears, for some reason, there seems to be a little hesitation over ‘green season period’ bookings, or better said visits close to the ‘end of the season’. Guests seem to think twice to visit an area that falls out of the migration madness for this part of the year.

Now let us tell you a valuable secret... 
Anywhere outside the high season – generally lasting roughly between June and November – the areas around Lamai Serengeti turn blissfully silent.  With visitors, that is. As fires compete with short thunderstorms to make way for fresh grazing in the North, most of the attention for the eco system shifts south.
As nature leaves us an area so pristine and so filled with safari essentials, anyone who makes the effort this time around will feel highly rewarded. Back to its strong roots of being an off the beaten track region, adventure and rewards are awaiting the ones that do make their way.

An area covering roughly a fifth of the national park out there, practically undiscovered by anyone. See the reward already?!
Ok! Back to game viewing mid-March. Another afternoon venturing into the surroundings, and within the space of 1hr 30 mins we had come across Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo – 3 of the Big Five.  Not that we were chasing the 5, but realizing the quality of our sightings, this was yet another proof of the finest safari areas. All the time we were with them – alone.
If landscapes, skies and animals are your cup of tea, this is the place and time to visit!

Sat, Mar 17, 2012

Serengeti days…

As camp managers you have to be able to enjoy the challenge of hectic days. However you also need to be prepared for simply the best possible job in the world.
As we sat on the hood of the camp’s Landcruiser, we sipped away a cold drink on another glorious afternoon. The stunning views, the rolling plains and its sweeping grass, the noisy animals – East Africa is magic.
Let’s do the admin in the morning, ok? Oh and Suzanne? Her smiles visible even from behind the camera as she takes this picture.  It's a tough job but someone's got to do it...

Wed, Mar 14, 2012

Highly polite… and ambitious too!

The African Safari industry is unique in many ways. But one thing we really appreciate is the opportunities that people are able to create, pursue and realise.
Enough introduction - time to meet John Hipolite. Head waiter at Lamai Serengeti, since Lamai opened its doors the 28th of June2011.  John leads a team of seven others and does a really great job. But how did John get here and does he have any plans for the future?
After graduation as a carpenter from Makiungu College in Singida, John joined Nomad in Sand Rivers Selous in 2004 to support the company with his woodwork knowledge.  It was his very first step in the safari industry and John did not speak a single word of English at the time.
Having enjoyed carpentry for nearly 3 years John nevertheless knew he wanted more so he studied English in his evening hours and spent his holidays in school, training his language skills. In 2007 he started waiter-training in Sand Rivers Selous alongside his carpentry position. A rising star, he quickly turned to a full time waiter in 2008.
Over the next 3 years John showed superb hospitality qualities, and finally demonstrating that he was ready to lead a team of people, his chance of becominga head waiter in Lamai Serengeti arrived in 2011. Today John almost clocks a year in his more responsible role. Seemingly enjoying every minute of it, John is already figuring out his next step!
Guiding is what he would love to see himself doing in a few years from now. This March, John starts a guiding course in Arusha under his own initiative. He knows that if you really want something, you have to pursue it.
I told you it’s an enjoyable experience to meet with people with a strong sense of ambition... No doubt you'll meet with John face to face when you’re here!

Sun, Mar 11, 2012

Free as a bird

Look at this beautiful ostrich couple. There is something about them don’t you think? Calm, confident and majestic they are as they move about the vast Serengeti plains.
And looking at their figures the bird actually has every reason to behave that way. Weighing in at 65 – 130 kg (140-290 lb) it is the largest flightless bird on the planet, even reaching heights of up to 2.75 mts.
Unknown to most of us, the ostrich is very capable of attacking when the need arises. Though it usually prefers to flee, with speeds reaching up to 70 km/h (43 mp/h), its powerful legs can attack with fierce strength. An impressive claw on the inside of its two toes is used as a weapon.
All-in-all a bird that you may not wish to mis-understand. Spending time observing these birds up close, you certainly start to appreciate them as something quite special.


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