Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge
Kuria Hills Lodge is a luxurious, almost hotel-like alternative to the more authentic type of tented safari camps in the Serengeti. It is a beautiful lodge in a stunning spot in northern Serengeti, and will appeal to you if you want a bit of decadence in the bush.
Lemala’s Kuria Hills is all about luxury in the bush. Yes, this is a tented lodge, but the 15 tents are large glass-fronted suites each with their own private plunge pool, and all discreetly positioned for seclusion. However, we should mention that you might need to share the region with a few hundred thousand wildebeest! The wildlife here can be good all year, but the area really comes into its own from July to October which is when the migration should be in the area. Vast herds of wildebeest, heart-in-mouth river crossings, opportunistic big cats and hyenas … this is exciting stuff.
The lodge is in the Wogakurya Hills, in an area of rocky kopjes and boulders about 30 minutes from the Mara River, and you have excellent views over the woodland and grassy plains from your suite and the central areas. The communal area has three tents; both the lounge and dining tents open on to an expansive deck used for al fresco relaxation and dining, and the third tent houses reception area and a gift shop. A walkway leads to a sundeck and inviting infinity pool, and another to the sandy firepit with its blazing evening fire. A nearby kopje is the preferred sundowner spot, where you sip a cocktail as you gaze across the northern Serengeti. Staff at the Melengali Spa offer massages and beauty treatments for some between safari pampering.
This is mostly somewhere that appeals to honeymooners and people looking for an upmarket experience that verges more towards a hotel-in-the-bush feel. However, children from 6 years are welcome, and the Lemala Cubs club offers some excellent experiences to keep your children happy and engaged with the African bush and its inhabitants.
Kuria Hills is an excellent, very high quality lodge which Lemala runs very well, and which also can be combined easily with other Lemala camps for a northern circuit.
Times to Go
The annual migration is in this area between about July and October, though game viewing can be good year round.
Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge highlights
- Elegant lodge set by granite boulders
- Large glass-fronted suites with plunge pools
- Excellent position for the migration in July-
- Magnificent views
- Infinity pool and spa
Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge location
Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge
- 15 tents
- Open June to March
- Children aged 6+ are welcome
- Rim flow swimming pool
- Spa tent
- Shared game drives
- Private game drives (optional)
- Guided walks (optional and must be
- booked in advance)
- Balloon rides (optional)
Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge rooms
There are 15 suites in total. Each has a glass front, including sliding doors that open onto a private terrace with a table and chairs, sun-loungers and a plunge pool and outdoor shower. Inside the large bedroom has a sitting area with sofa and coffee table to the side, a writing desk, Wi-Fi access, tea and coffee maker, minifridge, and a ceiling fan.
There is an en-suite bathroom with a bathtub, separate shower, his and hers basins, a flush toilet, toiletries and a hairdryer. Curtains can be drawn across the entire front of the bedroom for privacy. Beds have mosquito nets and can be arranged as twins or super-kings. A third bed can be added on request and there is a sofa bed that can be used for an additional child (under 7) if needed.
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