Wildlife on a safari at &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti
Situated in an area where a wealth of resident wildlife is encountered year-round, &Beyond Grumeti provides a truly exceptional safari experience in one of the world’s most famous wildlife destinations, the Serengeti. The Serengeti’s renowned Great Migration passes through the area in June and July, providing dramatic sightings of the wildebeest crossing the Grumeti River and braving the jaws of some of Africa’s largest crocodiles. Throughout the year, the area provides exclusive sightings of large lion prides, extensive clans of hyena and vast herds of buffalo, as well as leopard, cheetah and elephant.
Grumeti is also the site of Tanzania’s secret migration, an annual movement of large numbers of topi antelope, as well as home to endemic birdlife and the charming black and white colobus monkeys, found nowhere else in the Serengeti.
One of the world’s best known safari and wildlife destinations, the Serengeti is home to an exceptional wealth of wildlife and is one of the best places to encounter Africa’s Big Five. The region is also synonymous with the famed Great Migration, an annual movement of almost two million wildebeest, zebra, eland and Thomson’s gazelle.
Moving in response to annual rains, these vast herds move through the Grumeti area around June and July of each year, creating a dramatic spectacle as they plunge through the waters of the Grumeti River, attempting to avoid the jaws of some of Africa’s largest crocodiles.
While the masses of wildebeest provide an unforgettable sight, they are only a small part of the wildlife that can be encountered in the Grumeti area throughout the year.
There is a wealth of predators in the area, with prides of lion often numbering more than twenty or thirty animals. Vying with the lions for dominance are extensive clans of hyena, which can consist of up to a hundred members, allowing for excellent daytime sightings. Leopard inhabit the thickets closer to river, while the wide open plains that stretch away from this area form the ideal habitat for cheetah.
Similar in appearance to hartebeest, topi antelope are characterised by the dark, mask-like colouring on their faces, as well as their distinctive build. Highly social, in the Grumeti area these adaptable antelope tend to congregate in herds that migrate between pastures.
Not encountered anywhere else in the Serengeti, the spectacular black and white colobus monkey is endemic to dense riverine forest that the camp is situated in. Uniquely among monkeys, the colobus lack a thumb and are forced to feed solely on leaves by browsing them directly off the trees.
Another resident that is an integral part of life at Grumeti is the hippo. The small pool in front of the camp is the perfect habitat for the amphibious animals, providing much-needed shelter from the blazing sun.
Families of grunting hippo cavort in the river during the day and can frequently be spotted setting off on feeding forays under cover of darkness.
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