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, Aug 28, 2015

Say hello to these beauties.

At Lamai we are fortunate to have a few male and female leopards in the area, these elusive and near threatened cats are wonderful to watch as they laze about on the rocks and in trees.  They remind me of house cats, however petting is unfortunately not allowed and generally not a good idea.  They are opportunistic predators, very strong and smart – males can weigh as much as 90kg, so beware!!

At Lamai on the Kopje we have two resident females and we often hear them in the evenings. Their grunts sounds like a carpenter sawing a big piece of wood, a way of letting everyone know they are around.  ‘Our’ two females are very shy and to date we have not actually seen them, just tracks on the paths in the mornings.  One large and the other considerably smaller, we assume it is a mother with her cub. 

Experiencing this part of Africa and its diverse and abundant wildlife is a real treat.

Tue, Aug 11, 2015

Beests everywhere…

The middle of August is approaching and the wildebeest are still wondering around the Serengeti in vast numbers, seemingly not knowing which way to go. The seasonal rains arrived early this year and with them the wildebeests, it seems they smell the rain and follow it around, looking for moist, tender and fresh grass shoots.  They are a crazy wild bunch and our guests at Lamai have enjoyed watching thousands of them migrate through the area, both on foot and in a vehicle – can you imagine walking through herd of 5000 Beests?

River crossings are a treat and always a spectacle: they tend to gather slowly at the bank of a river with the brave on the front line, hesitant to take the plunge into the turbulent water, knowing full well that death is a probability, if not by the teeth or claws of another, by their own devices – trampled and crushed as they all scramble for safety on the other side of the river.  The pastures are truly greener on the other side. 

All the predators are fat and healthy having had their fill of wildebeest - crocodiles lie in wait beneath the rivers water surface, cats tend to find a high vantage point allowing them to spot the weak and vulnerable, hyenas can’t believe their good fortune and tend to wait on the side-lines while everyone else does the hard work.  After a kill vultures, Marabou stalks, jackals all share in the bounty – no one has any manners and it is a free-for-all with every ‘man’ for himself.  Exciting times in our neck of the woods.

The migration is a natural wonder and we look forward to sharing this rather emotional experience with you at Lamai, Helen and I love welcoming guests back after a game drive, wide eyed and bushy tailed, filled with wonder and high on adrenaline. 

A special thank you goes out to Vicky for the spectacular photographs, one of the few female guides in Tanzania and our unofficial camp photographer.  She has 20 years of experience in the bush and is a wealth of knowledge.


The Lamai Team.


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