Project of the Week: Kempinski Longosa Lodge Serengeti

Our luxury Project of the Week is Kempinski Hotels & Resorts’ US$32 million five star lodge in Tanzania which will allow well-heeled travellers to see the Serengeti in style.

Kempinski Longosa Lodge Serengeti guests will be able to stay within this World Heritage Site in harmony with nature, without compromising on comfort.

Consideration and character

Each of the 75 rooms and suites, housing a total of 150 beds, will combine considerate architecture, distinctive character, style and sustainability to protect the unspoiled environment of this wildlife conservation area and animal migration corridor.

Hideaway-style accommodation options will start from 71 sq m guestrooms, while minimum suite size will be 98 sq m. The highest tier stays will encompass a 270 sq m three-bedroom villa and a Presidential Villa offering 400 sq m of exclusive and private space.

Outdoor facilities

Outdoor living areas will enable guests to immerse themselves in nature, day or night, including spacious terraces, dining areas with outside cooking and fire pits.

The lodge also promises bars, lounges, children’s play corners, an outdoor pool and a wellness area.

Tree inspiration

Kempinski Longosa Lodge Serengeti’s design is inspired by African tree canopies, dominated by expansive roof structures and projecting shade canopies which provide shelter from the sun.

The lodge will be built adhering to local  traditional architectural style, with extensive reference to the surrounding culture and art, using indigenous materials and techniques to blend into the environment. The design and engineering are entrusted to a consortium of South African architects, interior designers and engineers, led by Source Ltd and Gapp Ltd.

Scenic site

The high-category structure will be built on a scenic hilltop location near the Lobo airstrip at the northern end of the Serengeti National Park.

The site is in the vicinity of one of the most in-demand attractions in the country, amidst the four national parks that form the ‘Northern Circuit’ for Tanzanian safaris.

Exclusivity guarantee

Kempinski’s partner in this project is Helios Lodges Company Ltd, a subsidiary of Bulgaria-headquartered Terra Way Investment Group, incorporated in Tanzania in 2018 to invest in the development of tourism and hospitality in the Northern Circuit.

The luxury hotel group intends to guarantee the exclusivity of the product through its management agreement.

Timeframe changes

The project was started in 2019 but had to be temporarily suspended the following year due to the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic.

This meant the original delivery window of 2023 had to be shifted, and with groundbreaking taking place in September this year, the current completion estimate is Q3 2025, in time for that year’s active tourist season.