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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Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Celebrating Lamai Lions

The world recently celebrated the existence of lions, and rightly so.  An incredible cat that provides endless amazement, especially at Lamai.

We are fortunate to have a healthy population of resident lions who grow in numbers every year; we always have some youngsters about who play and get up to all sorts of mischief. I bumped into one the other day….. Our Kopje and surrounding rock outcrops are local hangouts, lions lying around all day watching the food walk by and waking up at night to pounce on something nearby.

We have a small Suzuki jeep in camp that we use for transporting things between camps, about a fifth of the size of a normal Land Cruiser, I used it a few nights ago to go down to Mkombe’s house and came across two lionesses on the hunt.  They looked at me in this tiny little car and I swear for a moment they thought they could eat me and the car – I quickly rolled up the two windows, simultaneously, as the car is that small ��

This year has been particularly active as the migration is on our doorstep.  Three new young males have moved in on the Lamai prides’ territory and have forced two ‘Old Boys’” out, exciting times.  Two of the females were on heat a couple of weeks back and all sorts of mayhem broke out on one of the guest room verandas – just another magical day in the Serengeti.

Fri, Aug 11, 2017

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Some of the smaller critters of Lamai come out to play. These beautiful and harmless characters are just a few of the facinating creatures found in Lamai.

Spiny Flower Mantis

Mwanza Flat-Headed Rock Agama Lizard 

Beetz Tiger Snake

Tue, Aug 1, 2017

Migration In Full Swing

The migration is full swing over here and the drama and action is a daily occurrence.  Our guests are thrilled, bright eyed with wonder every time they return from their game drives.  The energy in camp is electric with everyone sitting around the fire in the evenings sharing stories about the day’s events.  The Lamai Pride is in heaven, there is food everywhere and our Kopje is the perfect vantage point to spot unsuspecting prey.  Lions in and around camp, hunting, chilling and getting frisky has also added to the milieu; and for some, a little more than thrilling.  All part of the adventure at Lamai and this is one of the best times of the year to visit. 

This year La Nina has shaken things up a bit -  early rains and sporadic showers in the ‘dry’ season - which has of course confused the pea brained wildebeests – poor things, they are not sure which way to turn as they usually follow the rains in a clockwise semi-consistent pattern during their annual migration through the Mara Serengeti ecosystem.  A month ago, they were headed North, walking past camp towards Kenya.  A couple of weeks later they turned around and came right back, and now they are headed North again…. What fun!! Great for us as there has been a consistent ‘sea of black beests’ in and around camp.

Included are some fabulous pictures of a couple of river crossings, kindly shared by two of our guests, Van Genechten & Liesbeth Janssens – thank you so much for sharing!!


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