- 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.
The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!
William Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018
The Namibia trip was fantastic!
Self-driving was brilliant, and the chronology of the itinerary was perfect (against the flow/direction most other travelers took).
As for specifics:
This place was the best!
Best service, best staff, best food, best experiences, best facilities.
We saw a cheetah kill, leopards, and white rhino (which we were not expecting).
If you’ve never been you should go...If I ever go back to Namibia I will revisit.
The only (slight) disappointment.
Maybe because it was right after Okonjima, but the service was lacking, the facilities were a bit run down, it was the only place with mosquitoes in the room with no net and no spray. Food was marginal. Not sure if there are better options in the area, though.
Etosha Park was amazing. There was so much wildlife with so little crowds.
The Okaukeujo Camp had the best watering hole with animals coming in at all times of the night. A great experience exclusive to the camp.
Beautiful place. Very private. Food and service excellent.
A nice stopping point on the drive.
An amazing place...How they laid out and built it.
Enjoyed exploring the grounds and the local area/sights.
The staff was on par with Okonjima.
2 days were perfect.
Ivin provided us with good advice/information/recommendations along the route, along with a cell phone and cooler for the trip. The car was perfect.
They represent Tourdust well!
Again, another great trip you put together...Thank you!
Earl Wong reviewing Northern Namibia Highlights - Self Drive on 17 October 2018
We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.
Jonathan Bailey reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018