Lemala Kuria Hills is a new and permanent fixture in the north of the Serengeti. The modern glass-fronted bedrooms with colourful décor don't have the traditional Africa Odyssey style, but Kuria Hills can be seen as the perfect lodge for many, especially honeymooners. Private plunge pools, good location and great sunsets make for an affordable alternative to many of the more traditional camps.
Lamala Kuria Hills Lodge - The Facts
Despite not having been around for as long as the more traditional Northern Serengeti
Lodges such as Nomad Lamai and Sayari, Lemala Kuria Hills have established themselves since 2013 as a very competitive luxury brand in the Serengeti.
This permanent lodge boasts modern glass-fronted bedrooms looking out onto a private deck. Each room also comes equipped with a private plunge pool which is a rarity on safari
. The bathrooms are appointed to a very high standard, as are the rooms - but we feel this strays maybe a little too far from the authentic safari feel and atmosphere that we love.
Lemala Kuria Hills is beautifully situated, with the majority of rooms having a rare and remarkable view over the Serengeti sunset. With the Mara River only a half an hour game drive away, river crossings can be expected from mid-July to mid-November. During this season, drives are taken in modern Land Cruisers that have the security of the roof but are not closed-sided.
The Lodge does not have the understated style of more traditional camps but provides a very comfortable and luxurious experience for honeymooners
for example - the size of rooms, bathrooms, infinity pools and G&T's admiring the sunset is the quintessence of luxury at an affordable price.
As mentioned previously, the best time of year to visit is from mid-July through to November. During these months the migration reaches its climax and thousands of wildebeest can be seen crossing the Mara River. Risking their lives against the raging current and the lurking crocodiles in search of pastures greener, it is a spectacle like no other.
Aside from these peak months, the game viewing in the Kogatende region is still sublime. With a great density of big cats and other game, no game drive is boring in the Northern reaches of the National Park.