- Stunning waterside location
- Game drives, balloon rides
- Day trips to Lake Victoria
- &Beyond property
The Lodge at Grumeti Serengeti is located on the banks of a tributary of the Grumeti River on the western side of the Seregenti National Park, Tanzania. The famed wildebeest migration passes through from June to July and there is a rich abundance of year-round resident wildlife, including colobus monkeys, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard and cheetah. Accessible via light aircraft to the Grumeti airstrip, the camp is truly remote. Note that it is only a 5-minute drive away from the airstrip, meaning that the odd plane might briefly disturb the camp’s peace during the late morning; however, nothing can really detract from the enjoyment of this wonderful lodge.
The camp belongs to the &Beyond portfolio, renowned for their stylish, comfortable properties and seamless service. The main areas have a fresh and vibrant feel. There is an open-fronted sitting and dining space, as well as a delightful domed bar. The spacious decking offers fabulous views of the river and there is an unheated rim-flow swimming pool.
The accommodation comprises 10 elegant safari tents spaced out along the river bank. Each tent has an en-suite toilet and shower, plus an attractive stone outdoor shower and sliding doors which open out onto shaded private decking with lovely views. All rooms have a ‘gym in a bag’ and in-room massage is available on request.
Activities comprise breath-taking game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles with canvas canopies. The Grumeti River provides a permanent water source, so the area is particularly rich in plains game and predators, and the birdlife is spectacular. Balloon safaris and day trips to Lake Victoria can also be arranged.
Children are welcome, and all young visitors receive the camp’s ‘WILDchild’ welcome pack, informing them about local wildlife and culture. Children aged 6-11 can participate in game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion, but those of 5 years and younger are unable to participate unless a private safari vehicle is booked at additional cost. There is a family suite consisting of two luxury tents interconnected by an enclosed walkway which can accommodate up to two adults and three children. It may also be possible for triple rooms to be set up for parents who wish to share a room with children aged 16 or younger. Childminding is available for an additional fee. Note that animals are free to roam through camp and although they are unlikely to approach tents or humans, children of all ages must remain under constant parental supervision.
The Lodge at Grumeti Serengeti has a rustic yet sophisticated feel. The tasteful décor and seamless service are second-to-none and although there is a price tag to match, any visitor in search of an authentic safari experience combined with charming accommodation and a spot of indulgence will not be disappointed.
We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!
Jennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019
We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.
Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.
Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.
Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!
One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.
Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!
Brandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019
Thanks for all your help in making the arrangements, everything went so smoothly from landing in Jo’burg to departing a week later.
We all had a fantastic time, Kirsty (our youngest) was able to go on all the game drives and we were very well looked after both on the drives and back at the lodge. The food was great, staff were all very friendly & nothing was too much trouble for them (e.g. providing hot milk for Kirsty at bedtime). The kids all enjoyed the rock pool during the day and we all loved the game drives.
We were lucky enough to see all the big 5, with the additions of Cheetah & Wild Dogs. I think it was the second to last day before we managed to see some Hippo (and finally I’ve been able to take some photos of them - I have only ever seen them at night before). We had the adventure of being caught up with some Lionesses stalking a herd of Zebra (one of the younger Lionesses went a bit early & scattered the herd).
We’re certainly aiming to go on safari again although it will be a while before we save enough to go again (maybe the kids will be taking us next time!)
Jeff W reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 13 May 2019