LEMALA KURIA HILLS SERENGETI
A brand new luxurious permanent tented
Lemala Camps proudly announces the arrival of their new northern
Serengeti permanent tented camp, “Kuria Hills”, which opens in July
2013. What is undisputedly the best location within the Serengeti
National Park, this 10 tent camp has been designed in such a way, that
not only is it an eco-camp, but also harmonises perfectly with its
The camp is situated in the Wogakurya Hills, with large boulders
and kopjes forming the main, prominent features of the site. Each of
the positions of the guest tents have been meticulously selected
ensuring privacy, but at the same time giving each one unsurpassed and
dramatic vistas of the gentle grassed slopes, open woodland and tree
lined watercourses, which all make up the beautiful north Serengeti
Situated on the main corridor of the world-famous wildebeest migration
and just a stone’s throw from the Mara River, Kuria Hills tented camp
offers guests the opportunity of witnessing this magnificent event at
its very best.
Elevation – 1573 m
S 010 38.957’
E 0340 53.326’
Kogatende airstrip is the nearest airstrip to the camp, only a 20
minute road transfer.
The kopje next to the main area.
10 custom built standard tents. The unique design is based on sound,
globally recognized and accepted environmental principals, which
ensure the lightest footprint possible. The materials which have been
selected in the construction of the units, are a mix of recycled
steel, glass, sustainable timbers, composite decking and canvas.
The tents are very spacious at 70 square meters and all are stylishly
furnished with a contemporary design, making them comfortable and
homely. The double rooms offer grand super-king beds whilst the twins
have two three quarter sized beds. The entrance into the unit is from
the back through an entrance hall, which affords the guests privacy
when inside the tent. From here, one enters into the bedroom and
sitting area. Each unit comprises a sitting area, bedroom, bathroom,
dressing area, outside deck area and outside shower.
Bathrooms are spacious with double basins, WC, shower and bath.
Extended shade net awnings over the front decks of the tents provide
additional shade, keeping them cool. All tents are also fitted with
The full front of the bedroom section comprises sliding frameless
glass windows, which enhance and accentuate the magnificent panoramic
views of the Serengeti.
The sitting area has a luxurious feel with beautiful sofas and
ottomans into which guests can sit back and relax. From the sitting
area, guests look out through glass sliding doors onto uninterrupted
views of the Wogakuria Hills and the game as it passes by the camp.
The concept of the large glass fronted areas, has been carried through
to the bathrooms. These have been designed in such away that there is
a view from each and every angle from within. From the double basin
vanity, a mirrored image of the view can be admired. The glass shower
walls also allow a view. Whilst relaxing in a hot slipper bath, enjoy
the beautiful vistas through a full length window, next to which the
bath has been positioned. Outside showers are also special features of
the units. Dramatic features such as large boulders, small kopjes,
big and gnarled fig trees, have all been selected and used to form an
intrinsic part of the outside shower.
The substructure of the unit floor is made from recycled rolled steel,
onto which beautifully crafted timber floors have been laid. These
engineered floors all come with global accreditation, certifying that
the timber has been sustainably and responsibly harvested. Composite
decking used from recycled materials, have been chosen as the material
for the external decking. The outside deck has a wonderful under cover
sitting area where guests can enjoy the solitude and the views from
the coolness of the shade.
Even the colour of the canvas has been cleverly chosen so that the
camp forms part of the environment and blends perfectly with its
Every unit is equipped with its own private plunge pool, which is
sunken into the deck. Guests can cool down in sparkling water and
relax in their own private pools and enjoy the breathtaking views.
The public area of the camp also utilizes the magnificent views to
their full extent. A bar, inside sitting areas, dining, gift shop,
swimming pool, outside deck area with tables and chairs all make up
the main area where guests can relax and dine in comfort.
A plated service comprising a choice of two starters, three entrees
and two desserts will be available at lunch and dinner every day. High
tea will be served in the afternoons. The breakfast menu will offer
fresh fruits, cereals, yoghurts, and a traditional English or
Bush dinners, bush breakfasts, tepanyaki, wood fired pizzas, barbecues
and wine tasting are some of the various food experiences to be
enjoyed at the camp.
WiFi is available at the main area.
GPRS signal of Airtel is found in certain areas around the camp.
Each unit has a telephone intercom system which links to the other
rooms as well as to the bar and reception areas.
The camp’s power supply uses renewable energy in the form of solar and
wind generated electricity, which results in it being completely
sustainable and carbon neutral.
Go out and explore the Serengeti on foot or in open four-wheel
drive safari vehicles, with knowledgeable and experienced guides.
Indulge yourself with a manicure, pedicure, massage or aroma
treatment at our African treatment center which has been strategically
positioned to accentuate the experience.
Lounge around the beautiful swimming pool and soak in the magnificent
views whilst sipping cocktails.
Spend a night out under the stars in the luxurious “star bed.”
Sample wines from a large selection in the underground wine cellar.
View from the main area looking west.
Site plan of Kuria Hills
George Adamson, co-raiser of Elsa the lioness, and husband of "Born
Free" author Joy Adamson, visited the Serengeti in the early sixties
and describes the experience in "Pride and Joy", his autobiography.
At this time he considered it probably the greatest of all game
reserves in Africa and one man was mainly responsible - Bernhardt
Grzimek, Director of Frankfurt Zoo. The Serengeti had suffered
terribly from over-zealous hunting in the 1930's and from
large-scale killing of game during the war. Grzimek applied himself
to the tensions between Maasai need for grazing and the indigenous
wildlife. He and his son carried out a massive survey, using planes
to quantify the game, and identifying and logging the plantlife. He
used his best-seller "Serengeti Shall Not Die" to raise funds and
publicise the exercise. Thanks to the Grzimeks, and to John Owen who
established a renowned scientific research establishment there, the
Serengeti still has an amazing concentration of wildlife.
The 14,763 square kilometres of the Serengeti are probably most famous
for being the southern end of the Great Migration. Every year over 1.5
million animals, mostly wildebeest but also zebra and Thompson's
gazelle, follow their instincts and move through the western corridor
on their 1000 kilometre journey to the fresh grazing of the Masai
Mara. Predators pick off the weak, the laggardly and the young and
crocodiles feast as the vast herd crosses the rivers but they continue
their trek, as they have done since time immemorial. This is one of
the earth's great sights - but it is by no means all the Serengeti has
The vast, flat central plains, made fertile by the ashes of the none
volcanos of the Ngongoro highlands, are places of huge skies, of
shimmering heat hazes, yet also of delicate wild flowers blooming
after the rains. The savannah, sprinkled with Acacia Tortilis, has
majestic termite mounds and rock formations called kopjes which make
great vantage points for predators. The lion are abundant, the leopard
are plentiful (yet still secretive) and black rhino and cheetah both
breed here. There are more than 500 species of bird and,
interestingly, 100 sub-species of dung beetle - a sign of a varied
animal population! Ndutu, in the south, has small lakes where you may
see hippo and water birds. Perhaps one of the best ways to see the
Serengeti is a hot air balloon ride when, in the cool of the early
morning, you may admire the grandeur, the vastness and the stunning