&Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp
At &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp age is truly just a number! Young or old, this vibrant and rejuvenating haven charms all guests with its warm welcome and dramatic setting.
With ample resident game, the Camp is also the perfect vantage point for one of the most famous crossing points of the Great Migration.
Relax right on the water’s edge and unwind to the playful frolics of our resident family of hippo. Just make sure you don’t try to take a walk on that extra green patch of lawn - it’s really a floating garden of water cabbage that is home to some of Africa’s biggest crocodiles!
- Situated in Tanzania's premier wilderness area of the Serengeti National Park
- Remote wilderness camp in the thick of the animal action
Why visit &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp?
Wild and Remote
Nestled among evergreen trees on the water’s edge, &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp offers a wild and remote experience in the thick of the animal action. Set on the banks of an oxbow lake, it is the perfect vantage point to watch the vast masses of the Great Migration making their dramatic river crossing. Dense riverside thickets hide a multitude of secrets and delights, from the acrobatic antics of colobus monkeys to the brilliant plumage of dozens of bird species.
Blaze of Colour
Step into a blaze of colour in one of only ten flamboyant tents under shady palm frond roofs. Bright, whimsical interiors welcome and invigorate. Vibrant surprises await at every step, from beaded curtains to intricate mosaic surfaces table tops. A spacious outdoor shower is shaded from the sun and stars by a wrought iron dome. Night time becomes an adventure, as hippo call to one another while you lie in the comfort of your king size bed.
Riotous colours spread through guest areas, where intimate spaces refresh and renew. Decks open onto the riverfront and guests can watch the river's inhabitants from the lodge pool. As night descends, camp buildings and paths are magically lit by flaming torches and lamps. Tempting scents from the boma entice and attract. Traditional fires, jikos and outdoor ovens produce mouth-watering aromas and meals against the backdrop of African night sounds.
The Serengeti is home to literally millions of large herbivores, as well as the accompanying carnivores and prolific birdlife. The Park boasts more than 35 species of plains-dwelling mammals and is renowned for its annual wildebeest migration. Almost two million wildebeest, zebra, eland and Thomson’s gazelle follow the annual rains through the Serengeti to the adjacent Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya in search of prime grazing. As the dense herds of herbivores move across the plains, they are shadowed by predators and scavengers.
The Serengeti is famous for its lion population and a number of prides inhabit the Grumeti area. While largely nocturnal, spotted hyena make the most of the passing annual Migration. At such times, the hyena may be spotted wandering among the herds in the plain light of day. Another scavenger typically encountered on the outskirts of the Migration is the vulture, with the African white-backed vulture and the Rüppell’s vulture outnumbering the other species. With the grasslands largely open, October is a good time to watch cheetah hunting near Grumeti.
The spectacular black and white colobus monkey is endemic to the area. 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 lettuce-covered pan 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 only venture on feeding forays under cover of darkness.
True African hospitality lies at the core of &Beyond's lodges and camps throughout the continent. The people of Africa, with their warm and welcoming nature and the ability to draw guests into their hearts, inspire, educate and enchant our guests every day.
A shared passion for extraordinary guest experiences unites all &Beyonders across Africa. For the staff members at &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp, there is no better way to spend the day than in making our guests' safari dreams come true. Our chefs, butlers, housekeepers, security and workshop staff are trained with the same dedication as our field staff, but their pleasure in sharing your special moments is something that cannot be taught. They are the magic ingredient at &Beyond Grumeti and their commitment to creating moments that take our guests' breath away is genuine.
We are renowned for having some of the most highly trained, professional, passionate and knowledgeable guides on the continent. They have a passion for people and wildlife, ensuring unbeatable interpretive safari experiences.
The guides at &Beyond Grumeti impart an incomparable wealth of knowledge, personally researched and experienced, about the habitats, ecology, birds, trees, plants, small animals and insects of the Serengeti. Many of our guides belong to the surrounding communities and can share cultural information with our guests.
The Very Best Training
&Beyond runs three full-time ranger training schools headed by professional ranger trainers in Africa. Each guide at &Beyond Grumeti undergoes a rigorous training course at one of these schools before joining their team. They then receive further on-site training and benefit immensely from their colleagues' ongoing mentorship. It is through their passion for what they do, and their desire to develop and learn that &Beyond's guides are among the finest in the world.
At &Beyond we seek to maintain a low impact on the land while deriving high yield for our conservation initiatives by creating very small luxury lodges that support enormous tracts of bio-diverse land, which remains untouched. At every lodge we seek out small (and sometimes not so small) but meaningful ways of putting our values into action every day. Each &Beyond lodge supports the conservation of wildlife and contributes to its neighbouring communities in one way or another. In addition, we seek to limit our impact in terms of fossil fuels, the use of renewable energy, water and waste management, and recycling.
At &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp, a doctor is employed full-time by the camp to assist with local staff community health and villagers are trained how to plant vegetable gardens.
Interaction and Logistical Support of TANAPA
Les Carlisle, Group Conservation Manager at &Beyond, participated in the creation of the new Serengeti National Park management plan, which reviewed tourism zones within the park, among other things. Rangers at Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp report all observed transgressions and poaching incidents to TANAPA staff. Grumeti has proposed the control of the invasive Water Lettuce, which infests the Grumeti and Kanyanja Rivers.
Monitoring of Birds of Prey and Other Wildlife
&Beyond Grumeti rangers are engaged in long-term monitoring projects of eagles and vultures, as well as the troops of Black-and-White Colobus monkeys which live in the riverine forest along the Grumeti River. Resident Lion prides have been studied by &Beyond Grumeti guides. Data and observations are published in the &Beyond's 'Ecological Journal' and 'WildWatch' annual which are presented to the Serengeti Research Institute at Seronera.
Working closely with the Africa Foundation, &Beyond Grumeti works with lodge staff and communities in nearby Bunda to follow a Wellness programme geared towards developing and maintaining a healthy immune system. Diet, natural vitamins and minerals, and the cultivation of a positive attitude are among the key factors in fighting chronic illness including HIV/Aids.
A day at Grumeti
At &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp, the days are designed to thrill you with intimate wildlife encounters and the nights to spoil you with the drama and romance of Africa.
- Morning Game Drive - As dawn breaks over the Serengeti, a gentle tap on your door will wake you to the delights of a new day. Your guide will discuss what you hope to see that day over fragrant tea or coffee and morning biscuits or rusks. Set out in an open 4x4 safari vehicle in the company of your guide. If the Great Migration is passing through the area, your guide will attempt to catch up with it and maybe even see the wildebeest crossing the Grumeti River. Even if the Migration is not in the area, the Grumeti region has excellent resident game. Your guide will break for a hot drink and a snack to refresh you.
- Breakfast - Return to the camp for a delicious breakfast, with platters of fruit and cheese followed by a selection of hot breakfast dishes. Choose from eggs, oats, waffles or a number of other options. If you prefer, you can take a packed breakfast and prolong your morning game drive.
- Lunch - There's time for a quick siesta before lunch, which is served on colourful decks overlooking the river.
- Afternoon Tea - Cool off with a refreshing dip in the camp's pool or watch the frolics of our resident family of hippo. Over late afternoon tea, your ranger will discuss your plans for the afternoon game drive.
- Afternoon Game Drive - Head off in search of the wildlife in the cooler late afternoon. The herds head out to drink before settling down for the night, while the predators are warming up for the night's hunting. Stop at a scenic spot for sundowners as the sun sinks beneath the endless plains.
- Dinner - Return to the camp for a mouthwatering dinner prepared over traditional fires, jikos or in outdoor ovens. Relax around a blazing fire in the boma and discuss the adventures of the day before heading back to your tent.