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.


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