&Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp – Bush Breaks

01 - 30 April 2019

Per Person Sharing Per Night

From: R 4,782.00 | 138,678 StyleMiles

This offer is to South African and Botswana Residents ONLY!

Minimum Required stay is 2 nights.

30 Day Lead Time

The rate may change in accordance to the US Dollar exchange rate.

Rate Includes: Accommodation, three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, refreshments on lodge activities, laundry, safari activities at safari lodges, water sport at Mnemba Island (scuba diving – 2 dives per day – full PADI certification required, snorkelling, kayaking, flyfishing, sundowner dhow cruise, and stand-up paddle boarding) subject to availability. Emergency evacuation insurance, transfers between lodge airstrip and Grumeti, Kleins and Serengeti Under Canvas and return transfers between Zanzibar/Mnemba.
Rate Excludes: Telephone calls, Safari shop purchases, gratuities, and all items of a personal nature, champagne, cognac, fine wines, premium brand spirits and cigars, Tourism Development Levy of USD 1.50, park and conservancy fees. Transfers Lake Manyara airstrip/Ngorongoro Crater Lodge or v.v. Diving instruction for guests under the age of 12 years and adults without a PADI certificate at Mnemba Island.

Description

Rustic yet sophisticated, the intimate safari tents blend perfectly into their environment with their cool grey colour scheme and bleached cypress construction. Elegant yet whimsical, the interiors provide quirky touches and tongue-in-cheek surprises that emphasise the natural beauty of the African setting. All ten of the tented suites look out onto the Grumeti River and its resident pods of hippo, while sliding doors open out onto shaded private decks. Discrete butler’s hatches add to the aura of intimate exclusivity. Stone shower towers are open to the sun and stars, while the grunts of hippo provide a nightly serenade. Local sculptured furnishings and lively décor bring alive the excitement and romance of Africa.

Meals can be enjoyed on an extensive deck with beautiful views towards the river, while the dining area opens up to a traditional African boma, where dinner is served beneath a billion stars. Traditional fires known as jikos and outdoor ovens produce mouth-watering aromas, while the sounds of the African night provide a gentle backdrop to tales of the day’s safaris.

Intimate guest areas include open-fronted sitting and dining areas, as well as a domed bar, all adorned with beaded artefacts. The spacious decks are perfect for enjoying sundowners overlooking the river and the camp’s rim-flow swimming pool provides a view of the hippos lazing in the river.

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&Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp in Tanzania at a glance...

Located in the remote Western Corridor of the Serengeti, Grumeti provides a private Serengeti experience with exclusive game viewing in some of the most secluded parts of Africa’s most famous game reserve. Its rustic yet sophisticated safari tents are tucked into the shade of an evergreen forest on the banks of a tributary of the famous Grumeti River. Black and white colobus monkeys chatter in the foliage and chase each other over the thatched roofs of the tented suites. A resident pod of hippo grunts and grumbles from beneath a layer of luscious green water weeds in the tranquil pool in front of the camp.

Game drives from the camp can expect to encounter large lion prides and clans of hyena up to a hundred strong, as well as the great herds of Tanzania’s annual Great Migration. Each year, the masses of wildebeest and zebra cross the waters of the Grumeti River, home to some of Africa’s largest crocodile, in search of fresh grazing grounds.

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Set on the banks of a tributary of the Grumeti River, the camp is situated within easy reach of one of the most famous fording points of the annual wildebeest migration. Each June and July it provides the perfect vantage point to enjoy the unique sight of vast masses of animals making their dramatic river crossing. During the other months of the year, game drives venture onto the wide open plains of the Western Serengeti to encounter a multitude of wildlife, from huge buffalo herds to leopard and cheetah. Dense riverside thickets hide a multitude of delights, from the acrobatic antics of colobus monkeys to the brilliant plumage of dozens of bird species.

While providing every luxury, the camp remains quintessentially African and night time becomes an adventure as the sounds of the bush take over and hippo call to one another. The only camp in the Serengeti to look out onto a hippo pool, the private deck of each spacious safari tents offers beautiful river views, as does the sun-dappled deck around the sparkling swimming pool.

As night descends, the camp buildings and paths are magically lit by flaming torches and lamp and tempting scents entice guests to dinner in the traditional open-air boma.

Morning Game Drive

As dawn breaks over the Serengeti, a gentle tap on your door will wake you to the delights of a brand new day. Get ready for your morning safari before meeting your guide over a fragrant cup of tea or coffee and some delicious rusks or biscuits to decide what you hope to see and do that day. Set out in an open 4×4 safari vehicle to explore the quintessential landscapes of the Serengeti. If you are travelling in June or July, the Great Migration may be passing through the area. Your guide will attempt to predict the movements of the herds and maybe even intercept the wildebeest as they are crossing the Grumeti River.

During the other months of the year, you will set off to track the spectacular resident wildlife. Even though the Serengeti is a national park, Grumeti is situated in an area that is not easily accessible to vehicles from other camps and you will see relatively few other tourists on your game drive. This is a good time to look out for the cheetah that roam the open plains of the Western Serengeti, while you may also come across leopard or lion enjoying their prize from the night’s hunt. Your guide will break for a hot drink and a snack to refresh you.

Breakfast

Sated from a morning filled with the sights and sounds of Africa, return to the camp for a delicious breakfast, with a platter of fresh fruit, cheese, homemade preserves and freshly baked bread delivered to your table, followed by a selection of hot breakfast dishes.

Lunch

There’s time for an indulgent siesta before lunch, which is served on the open decks overlooking the river. Delight your taste buds with a mezze platter piled with delicious dishes, accompanied by healthy salads and bread still hot from the oven or build your own burger from a selection of gourmet ingredients. Some days you may be invited into the boma to choose the ingredients for your own personalised pizza, which will be cooked for you in the traditional stone oven.

Afternoon Tea

Cool off with a refreshing dip in the camp’s pool or spend the early afternoon watching the frolics of our resident family of hippo. Meeting once again over late afternoon tea, your guide will discuss the plans for the afternoon game drive.

Afternoon Game Drive

Head off in search of wildlife once again in the afternoon. Large herds of buffalo and families of elephant are likely to be found near the river at this time, drinking and splashing in the water before settling down for the night.

The immense crocodiles in the Grumeti River will be basking on the shores in the dying light of the sun, while you may get a glimpse of hippo getting ready to emerge onto dry land for their night time graze.

The area’s large lion prides are likely to be on the move as they warm up for the nights hunt and the whooping calls of hyena can be heard as immense clans of up to a hundred individuals keep in touch with one another. Stop at a scenic spot for sundowners as the sun sinks beneath the endless plains before heading back to the luxury of the camp.

Dinner

As you gather before dinner, a tempting array of healthy and delicious bite-sized snacks will be served to ward off any potential hunger pangs. Dinner begins with a homemade East African soup or a light, flavourful salad, followed by a hearty and wholesome meal enjoyed beneath the stars.

Desert provides a last decadent and irresistible treat as you relax around a blazing fire and contemplate the latest day’s adventures on your African safari before heading back to your tent and the comfort of your king-sized bed.

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.

Our Staff

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.

Our Guides

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.

Game Drives

Situated in the Western Corridor of the renowned Serengeti National Park, wildlife viewing at &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti National Park is truly exceptional throughout the year. The camp’s location on a tributary of the Grumeti River means that it is ideally positioned for sightings of dramatic river crossings when the famous Great Wildebeest Migration is in the area. However, the wildlife experience can be even more spectacular when the Migration is not nearby, with a staggering density of year-round wildlife and relatively few tourists encountered in this part of the reserve. While the camp itself is sheltered in the riverside thickets and provides beautiful views of a river bend inhabited by hippo, game drives venture out into the wide open plains, where guests can enjoy the quintessential Serengeti landscapes in open 4×4 safari vehicles with canvas canopies. With the Grumeti River providing a permanent water source, the area is particularly rich in predators, with massive lion prides and extensive clans of hyena numbering up to a hundred frequently spotted. The river also attracts large herds of buffalo and elephant, while the open plains are the ideal habitat for cheetah. Riverside drives are bound to spot the massive crocodiles that the area is renowned for, while birders will be amazed by the number of endemic species spotted throughout the area. The thickets near the camp are home to colobus monkeys, which cannot be seen anywhere else in the Serengeti, while the area also plays host to a far lesser known migration, during which large numbers of topi antelope move across the plains.

Hot Air Ballooning

A hot air balloon flight over the Serengeti is the quintessential safari experience, providing a magnificent perspective onto this vast and truly African landscape. Grumeti is the ideal area for this scenic flight, providing eagle’s eye views of the winding river, with its massive crocodiles and lounging hippos, as well as the wide open plains scattered with wildlife.

Additional costs apply

Lake Victoria Full Day Trip

Grumeti is ideally positioned to allow for a full-day tour to Lake Victoria, the largest tropical lake in the world and Africa’s largest inland body of water. Indulge in a day filled with wildlife safaris, picturesque landscapes, fishing and authentic cultural encounters. A morning drive across the Serengeti plains will take you to the park gate, from where it is only a 20-minute drive to the lakeshore. On arrival, you can choose to board traditional canoe to join in a fishing expedition that uses local angling methods, pay a visit to the traditional doctor to learn about his use of local herbs and plants, clap along to the rhythm as the villagers perform a local dance or simply admire the magnificent landscapes. Sit back and enjoy a sumptuous picnic lunch, set up on a scenic location along the lake’s shore before setting off on your return journey. A minimum of 2 guests and a one month’s notice is required.

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A family safari at &Beyond Grumeti promises unforgettable moments filled with rewarding activities, from watching the antics of the resident colobus monkeys to splashing in the swimming pool within sight of the hippo and baking your own pizzas in the wood-fired ovens.

Travelling to Africa with children can be an incredibly rewarding experience and a Tanzania safari is recommended for families with children 8 years and older. &Beyond Grumeti has a family suite that is ideal for your family holiday and can accommodate up to two adults and three children. The suite consists of two luxury tents that are connected by an enclosed walkway made of wood and canvas. For those who want their children to remain even closer, the camp is also able to accommodate a limited number of triple rooms where an additional bed is set up for parents who wish to share a room with a child aged 16 years or younger.

Subject to availability, families can also book a private safari vehicle, which allows you to tailor game drives to the attention span of younger children, leaving and coming back to the camp whenever desired.

Please note that, if a private safari vehicle is not booked, children 5 years and younger cannot participate in regular game drives. Children aged 6 to 11 are welcome on regular game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion.

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&Beyond’s WILDChild Programme

Designed especially for children visiting &Beyond’s lodges, WILDchild is a filled with fun, interactive activities that offer opportunities to learn and discover new experiences and cultures. On arrival at &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp, each child will receive a WILDchild branded bag containing a logbook, crayons, pencils and a pawprint tattoo. There is a personalised welcome note for every child, with those under three getting an African-themed soft toy as well.

Situated in an area where a wealth of resident wildlife is encountered year-round, &Beyond Grumeti provides a truly exceptional safari experience in one of the world’s most famous wildlife destinations, the Serengeti. The Serengeti’s renowned Great Migration passes through the area in June and July, providing dramatic sightings of the wildebeest crossing the Grumeti River and braving the jaws of some of Africa’s largest crocodiles. Throughout the year, the area provides exclusive sightings of large lion prides, extensive clans of hyena and vast herds of buffalo, as well as leopard, cheetah and elephant.

Grumeti is also the site of Tanzania’s secret migration, an annual movement of large numbers of topi antelope, as well as home to endemic birdlife and the charming black and white colobus monkeys, found nowhere else in the Serengeti.

One of the world’s best known safari and wildlife destinations, the Serengeti is home to an exceptional wealth of wildlife and is one of the best places to encounter Africa’s Big Five. The region is also synonymous with the famed Great Migration, an annual movement of almost two million wildebeest, zebra, eland and Thomson’s gazelle.

Moving in response to annual rains, these vast herds move through the Grumeti area around June and July of each year, creating a dramatic spectacle as they plunge through the waters of the Grumeti River, attempting to avoid the jaws of some of Africa’s largest crocodiles.

While the masses of wildebeest provide an unforgettable sight, they are only a small part of the wildlife that can be encountered in the Grumeti area throughout the year.

There is a wealth of predators in the area, with prides of lion often numbering more than twenty or thirty animals. Vying with the lions for dominance are extensive clans of hyena, which can consist of up to a hundred members, allowing for excellent daytime sightings. Leopard inhabit the thickets closer to river, while the wide open plains that stretch away from this area form the ideal habitat for cheetah.

Similar in appearance to hartebeest, topi antelope are characterised by the dark, mask-like colouring on their faces, as well as their distinctive build. Highly social, in the Grumeti area these adaptable antelope tend to congregate in herds that migrate between pastures.

Not encountered anywhere else in the Serengeti, the spectacular black and white colobus monkey is endemic to dense riverine forest that the camp is situated in. 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 small pool 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 can frequently be spotted setting off on feeding forays under cover of darkness.

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