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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, Jul 24, 2018

Things that go bump in the night

We have been very happy with the incredible sightings that guests have been having recently. The migration has reached Northern Serengeti and there is a lot of action around every corner. So, I thought this was the perfect time to share with you some images captured on our remote camera from around camp. Plenty of animals pass by camp but are never seen. Here are some of the highlights from the last few weeks and months.

(So beautiful, africa’s next top model?)

Since the Wildebeest have moved into the area, we have been hearing Hyena calling every night. It will get more interesting over the next couple of weeks and I am sure we will see a few walking through camp.

(Much smaller but maybe more elegant?)

(Hoping to capture a better image of this Leopard soon)

This Leopard lives in front of the lodge and has been found out by the resident herd of Elephants on multiple occasions. They keep trumpeting and pushing him higher into the Kopje’s before retreating away.

(It is always a joy to see our resident band of Dwarf Mongoose)

The lovely animals are the smallest carnivore on the African continent and we are lucky enough to see them every day. They more around our 3 properties each day, generally stopping by our office in the AM to say good morning.

One of my favourite nocturnal animals; the Genet. Always graceful, very quiet and incredibly beautiful.

(Posing for the camera)

I was so excited to see that we had finally photographed a Porcupine, and equally disappointed that it had rained at night and the water drops on the lens had distorted all of the images!!

The remote camera is out every night, and stay posted in the days and weeks ahead to see what we find. What are you hoping we capture?


Fri, Jul 13, 2018

Schools out for the day!!!

We have been very privileged and honored to have hosted 2 school trips over the last couple of weeks. The first was a group of 6 students from the Merenga school and the second was 6 lovely, young girls from the Hope for Girls and Women Center in Mugumu.

Nomad, and in particular the Nomad Trust, is currently working with both of these lovely organizations to better understand how to help. The Hope for Girls and Women Center is one of our newest partnerships, as the project was only started a year ago, and it helps protect young girls who are fleeing female genital mutilation; something that is illegal in Tanzania, but very hard to inforce.

The aim of the trips was to show the youth of Tanzania, particularly those who live in close proximity to a National Park, the benefits of tourism and long term conservation. None of the students that visited us had any family members who worked in tourism, and none had ever stepped into a National Park, so to have them all here and show them what is involved with running a lodge was absolutely amazing. 

(both groups started with a talk about the overview of the lodge and day to day operations)

(It was amazing to see how interested these groups were about everything, their eyes were flying all over the lodge as there was so many new experiences)

After the briefing, we took both groups to one of the rooms where one of the housekeepers spoke about what it was like working in a lodge, and what the job entailed.

(On the way there, we were lucky enough too see a Klippspringer)

(They loved the rooms, especially the two-way coffee cupboards built into the wall… that’s my favorite part too!)

It is amazing how much a trip like this can change someone’s life and open their world and eyes to something new. Last year, this little girl was lucky enough to visit Denmark through the Hope for girls and women center and you can already see she is viewing the world from a different angle. 

We then went to the kitchen, where all of the students got to speak to our chefs and find out about cooking. 

(A quick lesson in how to identify a Hyena footprint)

After the tour of the lodge, one of our young trainees, Vicky, spoke to the girls about a life in tourism and her personal experiences in the field. 

(Maybe a future Nomad Guide?)

It would personally like to thank all of the teachers and the students for being so amazing. I truly believe that these students’ lives will never be the same after these trips. It only takes one small moment, one thought, one experience to change someone’s life forever and set them on a course they had never previously imagined embarking on.

One of our cooks at Lamai started his career in a similar way. Emanuel lives in Katavi, and when he was a young boy, he got the chance to meet Roland Purcell and visit Greystoke in the Mahale Mountains. From that day, he knew what he wanted to do in life, and today, he is an amazing member of our team at Lamai Serengeti. 


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