A Turnkey Creation

Lemala Nanyukie opened its doors on 1st October 2018 in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. As the latest edition to Lemala’s luxury collection, it has set for our client a new standard in exceptional guest experience.

Serengeti, meaning ‘endless plains’ in the Maasai language, is undoubtedly one of the world’s most celebrated wilderness areas. Lemala Nanyukie is superbly positioned; located only 45-minutes’ drive east of the Seronera Airstrip in the park’s central region.

This area of the Serengeti is crossed by the thrilling spectacle of the annual wildebeest migration, but it also has high-density game-viewing at all times and is well-known for its large concentration of big cats. As such Lemala Nanyukie is open year-round, with the luxury camp purpose designed to immerse guests into this bewildering wildlife experience.

Nanyukie camp architecture | The pinnacle of guest experience design

The secluded natural amphitheatre at Ngare Nanyukie, invited a bold visual reinvention of the classic luxury tented camp. Inspired by granite boulders and the timeless acacia tree, the curved tented structures at Nanyuki have truly achieved a respectful, aesthetically congruent, and symbiotic intervention into an iconic and timeless landscape. Viewed from afar, the camp all but disappears from sight, experienced from within, one is aware of little else but the sweeping views of the surrounding Serengeti in all its splendour.

Simply, there a no tented structures like this; offering the comfort, high performance, durability, and overall ‘wow’ factor that these beautiful forms have achieved, inside and out.

Main Precinct

With canvas walls, cathedral-like tented ceilings and broad hardwood decks, guests at Lemala Nanyukie welcomed to a light contemporary décor in a palette of soft whites and neutral colours. Warmth is introduced by textured accessories, luxurious upholstery, wooden furnishings, and well-executed lighting.

The main double-volume area features a comfortable lounge and bar, outdoor viewing deck leading to a refreshing swimming pool, and indoor-outdoor dining areas.

The campfire area low set into the grasslands in front of the main area, provides a post-dinner drink and story sharing after a full day on safari.

A secluded spa tent is elevated on a kopje above the camp, with sweeping views across the vast Serengeti plains. The ideal respite; privacy and pampering under canvas.

Accommodation Units

The 15 luxurious guest tents (13 standard suites + 1 x 2 duo/family suite) are spaced well apart for maximum privacy. They are orientated in a landscape arrangement around the two kopjes, to take full advantage of the breathtaking views.

Five units have extra day beds so triples can be accommodated, and the two-bedroom one is perfect for families or friends. Features include; an oversized bed, spacious lounge, and generous bathroom with double vanity, shower and freestanding bathtub.

Internally, the units allow a continual visual flow from lounge through bedroom to bathroom. However, via lightweight movable partitions the spaces can be fragmented into a more intimate experience.

Externally the guests can enjoy a covered all-weather sunken deck (effectively an additional external ‘room’), an outdoor shower and a stunning corner plunge pool; together offering full connection with the incredible life of the Serengeti plains.

Iconic Curved Roofs

The inspiration for the roof form landed via the ancient acacia tree that dominates the arrival point to the site, and too the curves of the surrounding granite massifs. The tensile fabric technology we employ for our roof solutions lends itself beautifully for this, as the more curvature the more efficient the structures become. The high-end fabrics we use also present the best thin envelope barrier available to resist and protect against the hot African sun.

From the accommodation units we carried the overall aesthetic through to the main area structures where we introduced a curved steel column detail that speaks to the curving zig-zag branches of the central acacia tree.