Grumeti River Camp is situated in a remote valley in the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park, just 50 kilometres (31 miles) east of Lake Victoria – Africa’s largest lake. Flanked by two hillsides, this flamboyant camp overlooks a bywater of the Grumeti River and offers a comfortable haven from which to experience the truly wild pulse of Africa. Every year during Africa’s annual Great Migration, hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, zebra and other herbivores cross the Grumeti River, risking the jaws of some of the largest crocodiles on earth. Large pods of hippo grunt from their watery hideaway below the camp and black-and-white Colobus monkeys live in Grumeti’s bird-filled riverine trees. At night, the nocturnal orchestra of owls and bush babies is punctuated by the primeval sounds of lion and hyena.
This splendid safari camp is renowned for its stylish, vibrantly African designed tented suites set along the banks of a bywater of the Grumeti River, offering exceptional crocodile and hippo viewing. Grumeti’s 10 tents under makuti (palm frond) canopies with ceiling fans and all with ensuite bathrooms with vibrant, colourful interiors - including hand-blown Kenyan glassware, African cloth and local sculptured furnishings - bring alive the excitement of Africa. Each tented suite features a large bed made of Tanzanian cypress and comfortable deck furniture both in and outdoors.
En suite bathrooms offer separate w.c.s and alfresco showers open to the sun and stars. The lodge has a great boma where lunches and romantic dinners are served and an expansive game viewing deck. The inviting plunge pool is a lovely place just to relax or cool off from your safari.
Spacious decks are perfect for sundowners overlooking the water. Delicious Pan-African cuisine – prepared on traditional ‘jikos’ (fires) or in stone ovens – is served in the boma or open-fronted dining area. Private dinners may be arranged for any special occasion.
Things to do:
Expert guides will lead you on interpretive, twice-daily game-drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles into the game-rich Serengeti National Park, boasting the largest mass of free-ranging animals on earth. As there are only two small camps in this remote park, you almost never see other safari vehicles. Sundowners on the Kirawira Hills are a memorable way to end a day’s safari.
With over 341 species recorded, birdwatching around Grumeti is exceptional – birdwatchers almost always exceed their sighting targets.
Cultural visit (optional extra)
This full-day excursion into the neighbouring Bunda district showcases various empowerment projects providing a fascinating insight into the lives of the local communities.
Ballooning Safaris (optional extra)
At dawn we take off, rising as the sun rises and float in whichever direction the winds of the morning take us. Get a unique perspective and great photographic opportunities of the wildlife below. Enjoy the enormity and wonderful panorama of the Serengeti… Afterwards, celebrate in the traditional manner with an excellent sparkling wine before sitting down to a full English breakfast prepared and served in the bush in 'Out of Africa' style.