Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp

Located in the remote Western Corridor of the Serengeti, Grumeti provides a private Serengeti experience with exclusive game viewing in some of the most secluded parts of Africa’s most famous game reserve. Its rustic yet sophisticated safari tents are tucked into the shade of an evergreen forest on the banks of a tributary of the famous Grumeti River. Black and white colobus monkeys chatter in the foliage and chase each other over the thatched roofs of the tented suites. A resident pod of hippo grunts and grumbles from beneath a layer of luscious green water weeds in the tranquil pool in front of the camp.


Game drives from the camp can expect to encounter large lion prides and clans of hyena up to a hundred strong, as well as the great herds of Tanzania’s annual Great Migration. Each year, the masses of wildebeest and zebra cross the waters of the Grumeti River, home to some of Africa’s largest crocodile, in search of fresh grazing grounds.

 

 

A Day at Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp

Morning Game Drive

As dawn breaks over the Serengeti, a gentle tap on your door will wake you to the delights of a brand new day. Get ready for your morning safari before meeting your guide over a fragrant cup of tea or coffee and some delicious rusks or biscuits to decide what you hope to see and do that day. Set out in an open 4x4 safari vehicle to explore the quintessential landscapes of the Serengeti. If you are travelling in June or July, the Great Migration may be passing through the area. Your guide will attempt to predict the movements of the herds and maybe even intercept the wildebeest as they are crossing the Grumeti River.

During the other months of the year, you will set off to track the spectacular resident wildlife. Even though the Serengeti is a national park, Grumeti is situated in an area that is not easily accessible to vehicles from other camps and you will see relatively few other tourists on your game drive. This is a good time to look out for the cheetah that roam the open plains of the Western Serengeti, while you may also come across leopard or lion enjoying their prize from the night’s hunt. Your guide will break for a hot drink and a snack to refresh you.

Breakfast

Sated from a morning filled with the sights and sounds of Africa, return to the camp for a delicious breakfast, with a platter of fresh fruit, cheese, homemade preserves and freshly baked bread delivered to your table, followed by a selection of hot breakfast dishes.

Lunch

There’s time for an indulgent siesta before lunch, which is served on the open decks overlooking the river. Delight your taste buds with a mezze platter piled with delicious dishes, accompanied by healthy salads and bread still hot from the oven or build your own burger from a selection of gourmet ingredients. Some days you may be invited into the boma to choose the ingredients for your own personalised pizza, which will be cooked for you in the traditional stone oven.

Afternoon Tea

Cool off with a refreshing dip in the camp’s pool or spend the early afternoon watching the frolics of our resident family of hippo. Meeting once again over late afternoon tea, your guide will discuss the plans for the afternoon game drive.

Afternoon Game Drive

Head off in search of wildlife once again in the afternoon. Large herds of buffalo and families of elephant are likely to be found near the river at this time, drinking and splashing in the water before settling down for the night.

The immense crocodiles in the Grumeti River will be basking on the shores in the dying light of the sun, while you may get a glimpse of hippo getting ready to emerge onto dry land for their night time graze.

The area’s large lion prides are likely to be on the move as they warm up for the nights hunt and the whooping calls of hyena can be heard as immense clans of up to a hundred individuals keep in touch with one another. Stop at a scenic spot for sundowners as the sun sinks beneath the endless plains before heading back to the luxury of the camp.

Dinner

As you gather before dinner, a tempting array of healthy and delicious bite-sized snacks will be served to ward off any potential hunger pangs. Dinner begins with a homemade East African soup or a light, flavourful salad, followed by a hearty and wholesome meal enjoyed beneath the stars.

Desert provides a last decadent and irresistible treat as you relax around a blazing fire and contemplate the latest day’s adventures on your African safari before heading back to your tent and the comfort of your king-sized bed.

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GAME DRIVES

Situated in the Western Corridor of the renowned Serengeti National Park, wildlife viewing at &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti National Park is truly exceptional throughout the year. The camp’s location on a tributary of the Grumeti River means that it is ideally positioned for sightings of dramatic river crossings when the famous Great Wildebeest Migration is in the area. However, the wildlife experience can be even more spectacular when the Migration is not nearby, with a staggering density of year-round wildlife and relatively few tourists encountered in this part of the reserve. While the camp itself is sheltered in the riverside thickets and provides beautiful views of a river bend inhabited by hippo, game drives venture out into the wide open plains, where guests can enjoy the quintessential Serengeti landscapes in open 4x4 safari vehicles with canvas canopies. With the Grumeti River providing a permanent water source, the area is particularly rich in predators, with massive lion prides and extensive clans of hyena numbering up to a hundred frequently spotted. The river also attracts large herds of buffalo and elephant, while the open plains are the ideal habitat for cheetah. Riverside drives are bound to spot the massive crocodiles that the area is renowned for, while birders will be amazed by the number of endemic species spotted throughout the area. The thickets near the camp are home to colobus monkeys, which cannot be seen anywhere else in the Serengeti, while the area also plays host to a far lesser known migration, during which large numbers of topi antelope move across the plains.

 

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HOT AIR BALLOONING

A hot air balloon flight over the Serengeti is the quintessential safari experience, providing a magnificent perspective onto this vast and truly African landscape. Grumeti is the ideal area for this scenic flight, providing eagle’s eye views of the winding river, with its massive crocodiles and lounging hippos, as well as the wide open plains scattered with wildlife.

Additional costs apply

 

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LAKE VICTORIA FULL DAY TRIP

Grumeti is ideally positioned to allow for a full-day tour to Lake Victoria, the largest tropical lake in the world and Africa’s largest inland body of water. Indulge in a day filled with wildlife safaris, picturesque landscapes, fishing and authentic cultural encounters. A morning drive across the Serengeti plains will take you to the park gate, from where it is only a 20-minute drive to the lakeshore. On arrival, you can choose to board traditional canoe to join in a fishing expedition that uses local angling methods, pay a visit to the traditional doctor to learn about his use of local herbs and plants, clap along to the rhythm as the villagers perform a local dance or simply admire the magnificent landscapes. Sit back and enjoy a sumptuous picnic lunch, set up on a scenic location along the lake’s shore before setting off on your return journey. A minimum of 2 guests and a one month’s notice is required.

Additional costs apply

 

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PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARIS

Photographic enthusiasts can now embark on half or full-day safaris in a uniquely customised photographic vehicle, through the breathtaking landscapes of the Masai Mara or the Serengeti, at a selection of &Beyond lodges. The renowned CNP vehicles offer unobstructed views, 360° degree swivel chairs, a personal bar and air conditioning – ensuring a truly memorable photographic experience. Guests can choose to enjoy their safari in the company of a specialist photographic guide or in the company of an &Beyond safari guide. The vehicle can also be booked per seat or in its entirety, with a minimum of 2 guests for this adventure. This seasonal activity is offered at an additional cost and is subject to availability.

 
 

NUMBER OF TENTS
10 (including a Family Suite)

MAXIMUM GUESTS
20

CHILDREN
Yes - travel to Tanzania is recommended for children 8 years or older Children 5 years and younger cannot participate in regular game drives; children aged 6 to 11 can participate in regular game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion

CHILDMINDING
Available at an additional cost

TRIPLES
2 (children 16 years and younger)

TWIN BEDS
All convertible to double

OVERHEAD FANS
Yes

MOSQUITO NETS
Yes

BATH
No

LODGE POOL
Yes

OUTDOOR SHOWER
Yes

SEPARATE W.C
Yes

IN-ROOM SAFE
Yes

PERSONAL BAR
Yes, in each tent

TELEPHONE
In the manager’s office

HAIRDRYER
Yes

LAUNDRY INCLUDED
Yes

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS
Possible with assistance

DISTANCE BETWEEN ROOMS
20m / 66ft

CHECK IN / CHECK OUT
14h00 / 10h00

KOSHER FOOD
Not available

POWER
220v AC Please note that the generator is generally switched off overnight; with prior notice we are able to provide 24-hour electricity for guests with special medical requirements

INTERNET ACCESS
Yes, wifi in guest areas and tents

PRIVATE 4X4 SAFARI VEHICLE
Depending on availability and at additional cost

CREDIT CARDS
Visa, MasterCard and Amex

IN-ROOM MASSAGE
Yes

EXERCISE EQUIPMENT
Gym in a basket in each tent

WEATHER
Temperatures are generally pleasant, with September to January the warmest months and July the coolest month

RAINFALL
Rain generally occurs from April to May and again in November

TEMPERATURE
Generally temperatures are pleasant, sometimes rising above 32˚C / 90˚F and rarely dropping below 10˚C / 50˚F

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
There is excellent game viewing throughout the year. The best time to see the Great Migration at Grumeti is June and July

MALARIA
The camp is situated in a malaria area and the necessary precautions should be taken

AIRSTRIP
Grumeti Airstrip coordinates are South 02˚09.55” East 034˚13.30”

CAMP CLOSURE
April

CURRENCY
US dollar bills printed prior to 2000 not accepted in Kenya or Tanzania, as there was a large amount of illegal processing of dollar bills in East Africa during that time 

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Big Game & Chimp Trip
Immerse yourself in this breathtaking 8-day itinerary on which you will experience some of western Tanzania’s most game-rich and pristine destinations. Travel this region, and marvel at wildlife spectacles that will take your breath away and create indelible memories. The famed Serengeti, renowned for its prolific wildlife, migrating throngs, and big cat predators, has a secret corner – the western side. A place of fewer vehicles, less people and wildlife in abundance all year round. In this area, sensational sightings will be the order of the day, with lions a daily feature, along with large herds of topi, buffalo, elephants and other big cat predators. It is also the only place in the Serengeti that you will see black and white colobus monkeys.

The next leg of your adventure will take you to Arusha, Tanzania’s safari gateway city, for an overnight stop. On the following day, fly to the remote Western part of Tanzania to Lake Tanganyika, where you and your group will take a boat ride across the turquoise waters of Lake Tanganyika to another secret gem – the Mahale Mountains National Park. Your time here will be spent trekking deep into the lush jungle foliage in search of the engaging Mahale chimpanzees and enjoying the gentle activity offerings of Africa’s longest freshwater lake. This incredible journey offers the rare opportunity to explore the secluded wildlife havens of western Tanzania.

3 nights Serengeti National Park | 1 night Arusha | 3 nights Mahale Mountains National Park

Day 1: Arusha to Grumeti
A member of the &Beyond team will collect from your hotel in Arusha and will take you to Arusha Airport for your scheduled flight to the Grumeti airstrip in the Western Serengeti

When you land at the Grumeti airstrip, your &Beyond guide will be waiting for you to transfer you to andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp. The lodge is just a 10-minute drive away. You can then settle in, and explore the beautiful surroundings

Day 2-3: Serengeti National Park
Wake up early for the sunrise and have your camera ready. This area is legendary for its perfect light. Don’t miss the twice-daily game drives in this celebrated wildlife sanctuary, a region of immense scientific value and big cats, set against a backdrop of natural beauty. Treasure all your exclusive moments in this secluded wildlife Eden.

Take the opportunity to sit on your cool, shady veranda, watching the antics of the resident hippo pod in the nearby pool, while sipping on your favorite beverage. Dine under a canopy of stars, with only the sounds of the African bush around you

Day 4: Arusha
Take a flight from the Serengeti to Arusha. Upon your arrival at Arusha Airport, you will be welcomed by a member of the &Beyond team, who will transfer you by car to the plantation-style luxurious Arusha Coffee Lodge. Your activity options include a guided coffee-plantation tour and the processes of nurturing, harvesting, drying and roasting a variety of blends. This is a must-do for all coffee enthusiasts. 

Perhaps you would prefer to visit the social enterprise Shanga that employs people with disabilities to create beautiful products including jewelery, blown glass pieces, and intricate woven garments.

Day 5-7: Mahale Mountains National Park
A member from our &Beyond team will collect you from Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge and drive you to Arusha Airport in time for your scheduled light aircraft flight to Mahale Airstrip. Take a flight (approximately 5 hours with one stop) to Mahale, where you will be welcomed by a Greystoke Mahale representative and guide. After a delicious lunch on your boat, you will start your 90-minute boat transfer along the shores of Lake Tanganyika to the lodge.

Embark on an adventurous trek through the rainforest where Mahale’s endangered chimpanzees live, and other wildlife including leopard, bushbuck and bush pig can be spotted. Enjoy numerous lake activities including fishing for freshwater tropical cichlids and kayaking. Evening options include simply relaxing on the shore in these beautiful surroundings, perhaps taking a lake cruise on a dhow, or a rejuvenating lake swim. Head off daily in groups of 6 on forest treks in search of the Mahale chimpanzees together with your guide and specialist trackers. Once located, cherish this rare opportunity to watch their captivating social and family interaction.

Day 8: Departure
After a delicious breakfast, take your boat trip back to the airstrip, where you will take your schedule light aircraft flight back to Arusha, you will connect to your onward journey.

Rates from: $7585 per person, double occupancy

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