This stylish lodge is located on a hilltop overlooking the plains in the far north of the Serengeti. From June to October each year this region is the scene of the migation with vast numbers of wildebeest and zebras massing to brave the crossing of the Mara River. The game viewing is good at other times of year, too, and game drives in customised 4x4 vehicles provide plenty of excitement. Walking safaris are also available if booked in advance. Balloon rides can also be arranged.
The lodge's main areas include a large lounge tent with comfy sofas, a selection of reading material and games including chess, and a dining tent. Both open on to a wide deck, ideal for wildlife watching and al fresco dining. You can relax with a swim in the rim-flow pool or maybe treat yourself to a soothing massage at Melengali Spa, just what you need after a busy safari.
The 15 tented suites are superbly sited anong the rocky outcrops, with full length glass doors letting you enjoy the views as you relax within. Slide the doors open and you can walk out on the deck where there's seating and an inviting plunge pool. Each suite has a lounge area and a bathroom with 24 hour running water, a bath, shower and flush toilet. There is internet access in guest suites and throughout the lodge.
Open: Kuria Hills Lodge is open from June to March each year.
Location: The lodge is in the Wogakurya Hills near the Mara River in the northern Serengeti not far from the Kenyan border. The nearest airstrip is Kogatende about a 45 minute drive away. Lamai airstrip is about a 2 hour drive from the lodge.
Rooms: The 15 tented suites are made up of twin, double and triple rooms. The lodge’s maximum guest capacity is 35. All have plate glass sliding doors at the front that open on to a terrace with a table and chairs and a plunge pool with views of the hills. Each suite has a lounge and a private bathroom with running hot and cold water, a bath, shower and toilet. There is full electricity. Guest tents are positioned well apart from each other for privacy.
Activities: Twice daily 4x4 game drives, with guided walks available if booked in advance. The annual wildebeest migration passes through between June and October, for added excitement. Balloon rides are available at extra cost.
Facilities: The large lounge tent has several sofas and tables. Books and board gamesa are available. There’s a dining tent and bar. The third communal tent houses the reception and gift shop. Outdoors there are decks, one with sun loungers and an infinity pool. A walkway leads off to one side to the firepit. Staff at the Melengali Spa provide massages and manicures. There is a laundry service.
Dining: You can dine inside the tent or outside on the shaded deck or in the bush.
Children: Children aged 6 years and over are welcome. Some rooms can accommodate 2 adults and a child.
Health: This is a malaria area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi access.
"This was an amazing place to stay. Rich and Tansy were extremely welcoming as were all the staff. The accommodation was sublime. Extremely comfortable with wonderful views over the Serengeti. We were able to drink the water and we were given refillable water bottles to use and to keep. The food was delicious and plentiful but never too much and served on a balcony overlooking the Serengeti. The early morning game drives were exciting and the picnic breakfasts and lunches were delicious and it was wonderful sitting amongst the trees watching the elephants wonder by. The migration was far beyond what we imagined. The number of wildebeest was unbelievable. We were waved off on every Game Drive and welcomed back with cool wet flannels. A truly memorable Lodge which we were sad to leave."