Overview of Lemala Kuria Hills

Secluded between the boulders and kopjes of the famous Mara River in Serengeti National Park is a tented safari camp that not only offers splendid Big 5 and Great Migration viewing but is built according to the best practices in global sustainable architecture. Lemala Kuria Hills – named after the ancestral home of the local Kuria tribe – not only has vistas to the Kenyan border and across the golden Lamai grasslands but is also constructed with green building materials with a special concern for maintaining the natural integrity of the area.

Each of the 15 luxury tents (14 of which face the burnt orange sunset; one overlooks the sunrise) and are sited under mature trees, is built from reclaimed steel, glass, sustainable decking and composite canvas, with solar and wind power making it as carbon neutral as possible. They also house emperor (super-king) sized beds and private plunge pools for refreshing post-siesta dips.

Whether relaxing in the lodge’s elevated lounge, enjoying the expansive views over gently rolling hills, heading out on a game drive, or serenely floating over the Serengeti plains in a hot-air balloon, you can expect to be delighted by the game viewing and quieted by the peace and tranquillity of Kuria Hills.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Quiet, remote area of the Serengeti surrounded by pretty kopjes
  • Fantastic game viewing year round, with lots of lion and leopard
  • Great Migration sightings in season
  • White-cloth fine dining
  • Eco-conscious design
  • Tents with private pools
Bush dining

Bush dining

Game drives

Game drives

Guided walking safaris

Guided walking safaris

Hot air ballooning

Hot air ballooning

General Facilities

This opulent safari camp has been designed to have the smallest possible ecological impact without in any way comprising an unequivocally luxurious experience. Tents are built using recycled steel, glass, sustainable timber, composite decking and canvas. Energy-efficient LED lighting and low-flow showerheads save further energy and water.

The camp’s cosy communal area is built on the ridge of the largest kopje and includes a bar as well as sitting areas decorated with local art. The dining area is communal with secluded tables, which are more private and ideal for couples wanting romance in the bush. The magnificent bar is undoubtedly the centre-piece and has been built over two levels to afford guests arguably the most commanding view in the Serengeti.

Refuge from the heat can be found in the cerulean infinity swimming pool and an outside deck with comfortable loungers provides a peaceful daytime retreat. A boma for under-the-stars dining is built against a giant rock-face that is gloriously lit up at night to create intense shadows and a preternatural ambiance. Lemala Kuria Hills’ African therapy centre – offering a full array of treatments including manicures, pedicures and massages – is ideally positioned above the captivating plains to accentuate an already indulgent experience.

Bar

Bar

Curio shop

Curio shop

Plunge pool

Plunge pool

Spa

Spa

Swimming pool

Swimming pool

Wi-Fi available

Wi-Fi available

Dining

Meals are enjoyed at a number of unique locations, which are flexible according to your daily activities. Breakfast is either served in the dining area, where is it a delicious combination of continental and made-to-order items, or out in the rolling Serengeti plains among the animals for a truly unique dining experience. Lunch and dinner are three-course indulgences chosen from an a la carte menu.

Each course offers a choice of three plated dishes combining local Swahili and international flavours, like deep-fried ugali, a new twist on a local staple. High tea is served in the afternoons. Boma dinners, wood-fired pizzas, barbecues, teppanyaki and wine tastings all form part of the camp’s culinary experience.

Expert Opinion

We know because we go
Rikke Williams

Rikke Williams

Africa Safari Expert

The best of the best. Superb cuisine. Plush accommodations. Beautiful interior design. Fantastic service. What else can I say? A 10 out of a 10. I would love to stay at this lodge again! Highly recommended!

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Traveller Reviews

  • NH

    This camp is magnificent. We are not sure you can call the accommodation “tents” when they have an indoor and outdoor shower, bath, hot and cold running water, toilet, plunge pool and front door, but regardless of what it is called, it is superb. The location is wonderful and meant we had easy access to the Mara River where we were lucky enough to witness 3 large wildebeest crossings. The food was fantastic, especially the picnic lunches they packed for the days we wanted to do longer drives. The service was great and it was lovely to have some laundry done for us!

    Nicole Harris
  • NH

    This camp is magnificent. We are not sure you can call the accommodation “tents” when they have an indoor and outdoor shower, bath, hot and cold running water, toilet, plunge pool and front door, but regardless of what it is called, it is superb. The location is wonderful and meant we had easy access to the Mara River where we were lucky enough to witness 3 large wildebeest crossings. The food was fantastic, especially the picnic lunches they packed for the days we wanted to do longer drives. The service was great and it was lovely to have some laundry done for us!

    Nicole Harris