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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Tue, Jan 26, 2016

The Endless Plain

Ahhh, the magical Serengeti!  I never tire of breathing it in and soaking up its essence.  These pictures don’t do it justice, you have to part of it to experience the magic. 

Miles and miles of seemingly endless plains that extend far beyond the horizon; quiet, untouched, unpolluted virgin territory that touches your soul and departs a sense of the beginning- archaic.  Plains meld into swamps, to woodlands, to grasslands, to riverine forests, and to kopjes.  Diverse habitats supporting a rich array all things wild and wonderful. 

Just south of the equator and a bit east of the meridian it shares its boundaries with Tanzania and Kenya, stretching for more than 30 000 km², one of the Seven Wonders of Africa and home to the greatest terrestrial migration on Earth. 

If the Serengeti and all its splendour is not on your bucket list, it should be!!!

Sun, Jan 17, 2016

One of my favourites – Elephants

Gentle giants, well, kinda…. they tend to be a little moody and are known to charge when you get too close.  You know what I mean.  For the most part they amble about the Serengeti looking for tasty trees and grasses, happily going about their business. They are highly social, very protective of their young, kick frisky male teenagers out of the herd and led by all powerful matriarchs…sound familiar?  There is a close resemblance to my family structure! 

They are the largest terrestrial mammals, bulls weighing over 6 tons and measuring in excess of 4m in height.  The African elephant is part of a clade/family tree (Peanungulata), with relatives including sea cows and hyraxes; odd, I know, however there is no arguing with genetic evidence.  Now I know why hyraxes around camp have such big personalities – it’s in their genes!

Elephants are highly intelligent and considered on a par with primates and cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises).  They have a complex vocabulary, some ‘words’ audible and others inaudible (infrasound/low frequency) which is also ‘transmitted’ through the ground and sensed at great distances through their feet.  Go figure…. Elephant feet are soft, padded and highly sensitive, which not only facilitates communication but also gives them the uncanny ability to sneak around the bush – I have had a herd of 30 walk by the office and if I not seen them I would not have known they were there.

I love them, being spoilt at this time of year as there are plenty of them around due to an abundance of food and water.  If you are on your way to Lamai look forward to being bewildered – their presence is overwhelming, especially if you find yourself in a middle of a herd while on a game drive.

Mon, Jan 4, 2016

The New Year


Another year has passed and the New Year is upon us, and a glorious one it is going to be!  If this New Year’s morning sunrise is anything to go by….

The festive season at Lamai was memorable and will be remembered fondly.  Christmas was busier than expected due to a last minute booking, seems some guests were delayed and had to land at our airstrip before dark – their destination was a bit further, but timing/lack of light did not allow them an opportunity to continue as planned.  We welcomed them at Lamai and they joined the rest of the camp for a delicious turkey dinner – Christmas crackers, party hats and presents galore.  We had fun.

New Year celebrations were a cosy dinner with a fire crackling in the background – food, wine and great company.  It was a family affair so nothing too raucous.  That said, we went to bed with sounds of lions roaring and hyenas laughing in our ears, seems they were having their own party.

These photos are a mere glimpse of the marvellous time had by all. 

I trust you had as festive a time as all of us, wishing you all well and the best for 2016.  If you are planning a trip to Lamai we can’t wait to see you.

All the Best in this New Year 

The Lamai Team 


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