- Great game drives
- Excellent staff service
- Superb location and views
- Luxurious accommodation
Up in the Wogakurya Hills nearby the Mara River sits Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge. It overlooks the Tanzanian wildebeest migration, offering a front-row seat to a world-famous phenomenon whilst ensuring privacy, comfort, and luxury.
Activities here centre on providing a taste of Africa. This is achieved through explorations of the Serengeti wildlife either by open-top 4x4 vehicles or by foot, each led by excellent guides. Baboons, lions, leopards, and hyenas are just some of a wide variety of animals guests can spot in the area. During the evening, guests can enjoy sundowners or bush dining as they sit around a fire watching the sunset and listening to the hive of wildlife activity around the camp. Whether during the migration period between June and October or during other times of the year, guests’ visits will be defined by the private sights of spectacular African plains.
15 luxurious glass-fronted suite tents serve as guest accommodation. They offer fantastic views over the northern Serengeti. Each is fitted with twin or super-king beds, an en-suite bathroom and running hot water, and features a private plunge pool. The accommodation is spacious and luxurious, complete with Swahili-style décor.
The main lodge is made up of three large tents. They house a lounge and bar, both of which lead to outside areas where guests can relax morning or night. A communal swimming pool and sundeck is available for all guests. There is also a separate tent that features the Melengali Spa. Here, guests can really relax with massages and manicures in complete isolation, with only the surrounding nature as company.
Children under the age of 6 are not recommended, but prior approvals can be made. Child rates apply to those between the ages of 6 and 16 years. There is no accommodation exclusively for families.
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019
We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.
Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.
Zoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019