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, Feb 15, 2014

Countless Cubs!!

Our local legion of leo is keeping us well entertained. 

Since the end of last year we've been treated to numerous sightings of these multitudinous kittens.

They've been rarely more than a kilometre from camp - you can make out our kopjie home in the background above!

A pile of snoozing lions is a difficult thing to count........

.......but this week they crossed the road in front of Ian (guide) and his guests, 14 little ones were sighted!!!

That's a lot of mouths to feed!

Wed, Feb 12, 2014

One of our neighbours on patrol at Lamai!

Walking the pathways of Lamai you will occasionally come across a strange 
set of tracks. It looks a little like someone has been driving around with a 
miniature 4x4 or perhaps pulling a tiny suitcase with wheels. 
Follow it a while and if you`re quick enough (they are surprisingly sprightly - 
Aesop was no fool!)  and the mystery is solved.

The largest of the African Tortoises (and the fifth largest in the world!), 
a Leopard Tortoise can often reach 46 cm in length and weigh over 15 kg. 
There is an Ethiopian sub species of giants that has been known to 
double those stats!!

The flat plastron (underside) on this specimen would suggest it's a female 
(you can also tell by the eyelashes), males have a concave plastron 
to facilitate mating - it stops him from falling off!

One of three species found in the region, the Leopard Tortoise -
Stigmochelys pardalis - is named for the splash coloration on it's carapace 
(upper side), rather than it's ability to drag impalas up trees.
We were delighted to find him while showing this mornings arrivals to 
their room - what a star.

PS. I've just discovered the existence of creature called a Pancake Tortoise, 
Malacochersus tornien (by all means google that) - a bizarre looking flat chelonid 
that favours rocky outcrops or Kopjies in East Africa (remind you of anywhere?). 
I'm heading out hunting, super excited that we're going to find our own little 
colony of Lamai Pancakes!!


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