- 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 fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019
We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.
Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.
Zoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019