Grumeti Tented Camp
Serengeti & Northern Tanzania, Tanzania
Serengeti & Northern Tanzania, Tanzania
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA
Grumeti Tented Camp is ideally located in a valley in the western corridor of the Serengeti. Every year, in June and July, Africa’s renowned Great Migration passes through the Grumeti region and hundreds upon thousands of wildebeest, zebra and other herbivores cross the Grumeti River, risking the jaws of some of Africa’s largest crocodiles.
Superbly located near a water’s edge, Grumeti River Camp offers 10 flamboyant tents tucked under shady palm thatched roofs. All tents are spacious and well furnished with ensuite bathroom. An outdoor deck provides view of the camp’s resident family of hippo surrounded by what appears to be a green patch - a floating garden of water cabbage that is home to some of Africa’s biggest crocodiles!
The Serengeti National Park 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. With no fences or man-made barriers, huge numbers of wildlife move freely throughout this area, constantly recreating an ageless natural cycle. Grumeti Serengeti camp now offers ballooning safaris for a better perspective of wildlife in the region.
Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA
Stay Set on the banks of an oxbow lake, Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp offers 10 luxurious tents tucked under shady palm thatched roofs. Each of the spacious tents has a furnished deck and ensuite bathroom with hand basin, separate outdoor shower and separate w.c. There is an overhead fan and the local sculptured furnishings and vibrant decor bring alive the excitement and romance of Africa.
The Camp The main Mess tent at the Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp includes dining and sitting area, well furnished with deep sofas. The spacious deck forms a perfect spot for enjoying sundowners overlooking the river and the camp’s rim-flow swimming pool provides a view of the hippos lazing in the lagoon. Meals are served around traditional jikos (fires) and outdoor ovens produce mouth-watering aromas as dinner is served beneath a billion stars in the dramatic boma.
ChildCare Children of 5 years and above are welcome to stay at the Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp, but there are no specific facilities available. Children aged 6 to 11 can participate in regular game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion. An extra bed is provided for Children upto of 16 years, who share their parents tent.
Safari The Serengeti is famous for its lion population and a number of prides inhabit the Grumeti area. While largely nocturnal, spotted hyena makes 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 and the African white-backed vulture and the Rüppell’s vulture outnumber other species. With the grasslands largely open, October is a good time to watch cheetah hunting near Grumeti.
Experience The day Grumeti Tented Camp starts at dawn with morning tea/coffee and a discussion with your guide on what you hope to see that day. 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.
Location Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp is located in the western corridor of Tanzania’s magnificent Serengeti National Park on the banks of an oxbow which is formed by an overflow of the Grumeti River. Grumeti camp is built among tall evergreen trees on the water’s edge of the Grumeti River, that provides a sharp contrast to the surrounding plains and hosts some of the Serengeti’s more unusual species.
Getting There There are no direct flights from UK to Tanzania. Options include Kenya Airways from Heathrow to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. From Nairobi it's then a 1-hour international flight to Arusha Airport. A number of airlines offer daily 70-minute domestic flights from Arusha to Grumeti Airstrip. Guests will be met on arrival at the airstrip and transferred by road to the camp, a journey of approximately 5-10 minutes.
When to go The best time to see the Great Migration at Grumeti is between June and July. Tanzania summer is from September to January while July is the coolest month. Rain generally occurs from March to May and again in November and December. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit. Generally, temperatures are pleasant, sometimes rising above 32˚C / 90˚F and rarely dropping below 10˚C / 50˚F.