Expansive blue sky, sloping savannah and granite studded hills frame the magnificent setting for the luxury tented lodge Lemala Kuria Tented Lodge (aka Lemala Kuria Hills Serengeti).
Lemala Kuria Tented Lodge opened their doors to guests for the first time in July 2013. Located way (way) off the beaten path in a remote alcove of the Wogakurya Hills region of the North Serengeti, tucked discretely behind a massif of granite kopjes, this 5-star permanent tented lodge is an unexpected but welcome oasis of delights for the weary safari traveler.
Want atmosphere? Check! The setting for Lemala Kuria Hills is in one of the most beautiful and pristine locations of the entire Serengeti, and the lodge design successfully embraces that fact with every thoughtful detail. Want location? Check! Lemala Kuria Hills is situated on a main corridor of the famed wildebeest and zebra migration. The Lodge is located within close proximity to the great Mara River, and serves as an excellent base from which to game drive this area as the giant herds of migratory wildebeest and zebra take their fateful plunge. Want great service? Check! At only 15 guest tents, the Lodge's intimate size allows for warm hospitality, personalized service and an abundance of attention from the doting staff. Want great food? Check! The Lodge has an incredibly delicious array of gourmet choices available for all meals, cooked to order via an al la carte menu. Want luxury? Check! The lodge is an oasis of sophistication; from the fine bedroom linens to the gleaming porcelain bathroom fixtures to the private plunge pool on the balcony of every guest room, elegance and refinement exude from every detail. Want something unique? Check! From the infinity swimming pool on the main deck to the outdoor showers in each guest room to the al fresco massage table at the bottom of the hill, the Lodge is a treasure trove of unexpected delights. Want the whole package on your once-in-a-lifetime safari vacation? Check! You've found it all here, at the one and only Lemala Kuria Hills Tented Lodge!
The camp is located in the Wogakurya Hills region of the North Serengeti, approximately a 1-hour drive from the Mara River. The Lodge was built right on a major corridor that the migratory animals follow each year as a part of their annual journey during the dry season. A stay at Lemala Kuria Hills Tented Lodge is usually incorporated into our signature fly-in and drive-back itineraries towards the beginning of your safari. You will most likely be arriving directly from one of the airstrips in the North Serengeti - either the Kogatende airstrip (near the Mara River), the Klein's airstrip or the Lobo airstrip. GPS Co-ordinates: Elevation - 5,160 ft (1573 m); S 010 38.957'; E 0340 53.326'
For guests in search of the perfect sanctuary from which to base their safari experience in the North Serengeti, it leaves nothing to be desired.
The pinnacle of your stay at Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge will undoubtedly be your own guest tent. The guest rooms are comprised of a generous 70 square meters of comfortable living space. The primary focus of each guest tent is the VIEW! That is the major theme governing the design here, and everything faces WEST for, you guessed it, the amazing Serengeti sunset that closes each evening here. The west wall of each tent is comprised of floor-to-ceiling glass, complete with a set of frameless sliding glass doors that open out to a grand balcony complete with loungers, sunshade and a private plunge pool. The rest of the walls are comprised primary of canvas and wood, more than enough substance to keep you safe and comfortable while still allowing in the sounds of the Serengeti night to serenade you. The interior sitting room includes a loveseat, chairs and coffee table that make the perfect space for enjoying your morning coffee to start the day, and later your evening night cap to close it. The en suite bathroom includes a double vanity and a segregated lou with pocket door for maximum privacy. Take a soak in the oversized bathtub or choose one of the two showers... a modern indoor shower comprised of glass walls and stone tile or a sheik outdoor shower under a dome of infinite blue skies. A writing desk is convenient for journaling your safari memories. A discrete dash of technology is included in all the right places including 24/7 electricity, ample outlets for charging camera batteries and a telephone for communicating with staff.
The common guest areas are equally charming, comprised of an indoor/outdoor dining room with fireplace and a bar with an adjacent lounge with fireplace. A grassy pathway invites one to wander from the common areas to an unknown destination out of sight. Follow it from the main kopjes, past a couple of tree swings, beneath a line of fig trees to a small chalet at the base of the hill in an ultimately discrete and private location. There you will find a fully equipped massage studio where arrangements can be made for a whole menu of decadent spa services. Best of all, the chalet opens to the magnificent view of the rolling hills beyond. Plan a massage at sunset for maximum impact!
A dedicated bonfire circle doubles as a romantic outdoor dining venue on special nights, weather permitting. At night the entire area is dramatically illuminated by the bonfire plus dozens of candles and lanterns beneath a cool blue blanket of starlight. You will be escorted by arrow-wielding Maasai warriors back and forth from your tents to the common areas as needed.
Another perk for those concerned with carbon footprints, Lemala Kuria Hills Tented Camp was designed to be as eco-friendly as possible without compromising the luxurious 5 star guest experience.
Food and Drink
Breakfast consists of a mix of hot items 'cooked to order' such as eggs, pancakes, and sausage and/or bacon. A buffet with choices of cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, freshly baked breads and muffins are also available with a side of coffee or tea.
Lunch is typically lighter than dinner but still a large and satisfying meal, consisting of starter such as a soup or salad, a main course, then a light desert or fruit plate followed by a coffee or tea.
The evening meal consists of several gourmet courses ordered a la carte off a rotating menu, accompanied with your choice of wine or other beverage. You may order your choice of a soup or salad starter, a protein and starch (such as roasted chicken, curried lamb or pasta with meat sauce), vegetable (such as buttered cauliflower and broccoli) and freshly baked bread, followed by a desert (such as strawberry cheesecake or caramelized flan).
Breakfast boxes are available for early morning game drives and lunch boxes are also available so one can undertake full day adventure game drives.
- Located approximately 1 hour drive from Kogatende Airstrip / Mara River
- Sleeping accommodations consist of 15 tented guest suites
- Common areas include an open air lounge, open air bar, open air dining room outdoor dining terrace with sunshade and fire pit
- Main swimming pool and sundeck (infinity pool facing west sundeck)
- Gift shop adjacent to reception area
- Melengali Spa offers private massage, pedicure and manicure services (extra fee)
- Each room has a telephone
- Complimentary internet available in the common areas. (Some of the closer guest tents can also get a fairly strong signal.)
- Complimentary laundry service.
- Fully stocked bar with complimentary house drinks
- All guest rooms face West and have lovely sunset views.
- Indoor shower, outdoor shower and soaking tub in each room
- Hairdryers in each room
- Ceiling Fan in each room
- Outlets in each room
- Electricity 24/7
- The front of the bedroom area of the tent has full glass doors, frameless, ceiling to floor. Heavy curtains are pulled across for privacy at nightly turndown service
- Beds are draped in full mozzie nets
- Small private plunge pool on the deck of each room
- Fire pit surrounded by sand, situated in front of the main lounge. Used periodically for outdoor dining, weather permitting.