Famed for its vast tree-less grasslands and excellent wildlife sightings, the endless open plains of the magnificent Serengeti National Park boast 35 species of plains-dwelling game and prolific birdlife. Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge is set in the remote western reaches of the park, on a tributary of the Grumeti River, known for its wildebeest crossings and enormous Nile crocodiles. Tucked into a strip of riverine forest, guests thrill to the antics of resident hippo and spectacular black-and-white colobus monkeys (found nowhere else in the Serengeti). Every year in June and July, Africa’s annual Great Migration passes through Grumeti, and hundreds upon thousands of wildebeest, zebra and other herbivores cross the Grumeti River, risking the jaws of some of Africa’s largest crocodiles.
Getting to Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge:
A number of airlines offer daily scheduled flights from Arusha to Grumeti Airstrip, followed by a five to ten-minute drive to the lodge.
Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge located in the remote western reaches of the Serengeti National Park, expect a private Serengeti safari experience complete with resident hippo pods and remarkable lion prides.
Perfectly situated on the banks of a tributary of the Grumeti River, in the secluded western parts of the Serengeti National Park, &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge shares breathtaking views and unparalleled sightings.
Due to its far-flung location, there are very few lodges in this pristine section of the park, allowing for an intimate and exclusive Serengeti safari experience. Twice-daily game drives from the lodge often encounter large lion prides and clans of hyena, big herds of resident plains game as well as the special black-and-white colobus monkeys, found nowhere else in the Serengeti.
Using the natural bow shape of the river, and paying homage to the circular forms of a traditional Maasai manyatta, the lodge unfolds to reveal an understated sense of luxury. Adorned with Kitenge fabrics and accentuated with stone walls, the lodge also features the vibrant colours of the fishing communities surrounding Lake Victoria and the grey tones representative of hippo hide that have been beautifully woven into deeply comfortable furnishings and bespoke, hand-made fittings.
Walking into the guest area upon arrival is a real ‘wow’ moment. Spacious decks are perfect for enjoying sundowners overlooking the river and the lodge’s sparkling rim-flow swimming pool provides a view of the seasonal hippo pods below. The proximity to water draws a profusion of wildlife throughout the day and night.
Touching the earth lightly and seemingly floating across the landscape, 10 nostalgically elegant, and very spacious, guest Suites offer natural light, an enormous bed, bath, an indoor shower (with a spectacular view), and a private plunge pool. A Family Suite, with the addition of a smaller children’s bedroom, offers adventurous families the unique opportunity to explore the African bush together.
Celebrating the local culture and cuisine, become immersed in lodge’s exquisite meals, from breakfast to dinner. Much-loved and well-known breakfast trays, complete with freshly-squeezed juices and house-baked bread, are absolutely not to be missed, while the interactive kitchen creates a space for guests to work alongside chefs and plan their menus for the day. The traditional boma, a hero of night-time dining, serves a selection of artisanal pizzas, and salt-crusted, whole baked fish, which pays homage to the region’s great lakes, among many other delicious meals. Enjoy convivial afternoons and evenings around the central circular bar; a masterpiece of woven fabrics and dramatic glass ball light installations.
For those looking for an active workout, head to the gym. However, if you feel like a pamper session, surrender to an in-room African wellness treatment.
Why we love it
Situated in some of the most remote and beautiful corners of the Serengeti, this is perhaps one of its best-kept secrets. In this part of the park, with far fewer crowds and vehicles, wildlife lovers and nature enthusiasts can largely enjoy their own private Serengeti.
IMPRESSIVE LION PRIDES
This part of the Serengeti is known for its big lion prides consisting of between 20 and up to 60 lions. Not only are the opportunities for seeing lion in the western Serengeti excellent, but you will more often than not find yourself alone at a sighting.
AFRICA’S LARGEST LAKE
Visit the celebrated Lake Victoria, Africa’s biggest lake. Engage in a diverse range of experiences that expose you to the traditional fishing communities of the lake gaining an understanding of the culture of this important expanse of water.
PERFECT FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
The Serengeti is a tapestry of landscapes, dominated by vast plains. In the western corner, the verdant beauty of the Grumeti riverine valley is offset against the grandeur of the grassy plains. The legendary sunrises and sunsets are a photographer’s dream.
LEAVING OUR WORLD A BETTER PLACE
The new design will harness a variety of environmentally sustainable measures with
reagrd to solar power production, low-energy fittings, water conservation and
waste-water recycling. Solar power will account for 80% of renewable energy.