January in Lamai continued to be very rainy. January is already a generally rainy month in the Lamai area and the fact that it is an el Niño year meant this January was even rainier. The conditions made it slightly difficult to get around, but at the same time made game drives much more exciting! Rain brings cooler temperatures, which in turn makes the wildlife more active, and exciting encounters more frequent.
Here’s a bird’s-eye view of what the big cats and elephants of Lamai have been up to in January:
Leopards: Leopard sightings decreased slightly in January, but mainly due to lower occupancies during this time of year. It’s not that they are not here – it’s just that there were not that many guides with guests out looking for them. All of the leopard sightings in January took place on the Lamai plains, north of the camp.
Cheetahs: Cheetahs were seen on their regular stomping grounds, the Lamai plains, north of the camp. The two brother cheetahs that frequent the area were seen around their favourite spot, right next to the
Tanzania/Kenya border. One very special development was a sighting of a mother cheetah and two tiny cubs. We hope to see more of this new family in the coming months.
Lions: Lion sightings at Lamai were steady in January. The most noteworthy sighting was a mating pair of lions on the Lamai plains, seen multiple days in a row at the beginning of the month.
Elephants: Elephant sightings were very good as usual. Many times elephants were seen from the front of the camp treading through the river. On one occasion a big bull passed breathtakingly close to camp!