This hippo, spotted near Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp, sure looks happy.

Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp | Serengeti National Park Luxury Tanzania Safari Lodge

Set in a forest overlooking Tanzania‘s Grumeti River, which snakes through the western Serengeti National Park, you’ll find Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp. Enjoy spectacular wildlife sightings year round, or come during migration and watch scores of wildebeest evading the jaws of some of Africa’s biggest crocodile to cross the waterway.

The place

I sip at a cocktail from the bar, looking out over the Grumeti River, which swirls, eddies and flows hypnotically beneath me. My partner is similarly entranced, pointing out the black-and-white colobus monkey that are chasing each other through the evergreen forest that surrounds us, leaping off onto the thatched roofs of the tented suites at Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp.It’s a small taste of the wildlife sightings to come – situated on the banks of a tributary of the Grumeti River in the remote Western Corridor of Serengeti National Park, our camp is unfenced and within easy reach of one of the most famous crossing points of the Great Wildebeest Migration.

I sip at a cocktail from the bar, looking out over the Grumeti River, which swirls, eddies and flows hypnotically beneath me. My partner is similarly entranced, pointing out the black-and-white colobus monkey that are chasing each other through the evergreen forest that surrounds us, leaping off onto the thatched roofs of the tented suites at Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp.

It’s a small taste of the wildlife sightings to come – situated on the banks of a tributary of the Grumeti River in the remote Western Corridor of Serengeti National Park, our camp is unfenced and within easy reach of one of the most famous crossing points of the Great Wildebeest Migration.

The room

After lazing at the pool for most of the day, we’re enjoying a scrumptious afternoon tea, when our guide, Wazuri, comes to join us to discuss the afternoon’s game drive. It’s not hard to decide that we want to see the Great Wildebeest Migration in action.Wazuri is confident – we’re very near to one of the well-known fording spots on the river. Approaching our tent, which is set in a patch of riverine forest, we’re startled to see a zebra grazing next to it, one of the early migrators it seems!While my partner freshens up in the outdoor shower, I walk through the sliding doors onto our shaded private deck, where I watch the resident hippo playing in the river for a while before heading indoors to rest on the king-sized bed. It’s easy to relax here; everything in our room is in natural browns, beiges and whites with beautiful cypress-wood décor, set under a high-ceilinged, palm-frond roof.A few hours after an exciting game drive, and we’re sitting beneath a star-studded sky at Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp’s open-air boma for dinner, which is helpfully lit by numerous lanterns and candles.I can feel the heat emanating off the traditional fires (known as jikos) as we share what it felt like to see, hear and experience throngs of wildebeest attempt to cross the river as some of the largest crocodiles in the world preyed upon them.

After lazing at the pool for most of the day, we’re enjoying a scrumptious afternoon tea, when our guide, Wazuri, comes to join us to discuss the afternoon’s game drive. It’s not hard to decide that we want to see the Great Wildebeest Migration in action.

Wazuri is confident – we’re very near to one of the well-known fording spots on the river. Approaching our tent, which is set in a patch of riverine forest, we’re startled to see a zebra grazing next to it, one of the early migrators it seems!

While my partner freshens up in the outdoor shower, I walk through the sliding doors onto our shaded private deck, where I watch the resident hippo playing in the river for a while before heading indoors to rest on the king-sized bed. It’s easy to relax here; everything in our room is in natural browns, beiges and whites with beautiful cypress-wood décor, set under a high-ceilinged, palm-frond roof.

A few hours after an exciting game drive, and we’re sitting beneath a star-studded sky at Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp’s open-air boma for dinner, which is helpfully lit by numerous lanterns and candles.

I can feel the heat emanating off the traditional fires (known as jikos) as we share what it felt like to see, hear and experience throngs of wildebeest attempt to cross the river as some of the largest crocodiles in the world preyed upon them.

What sets it apart

I love how the Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp feels like an oasis in the wild – I can laze at the rim-flow swimming pool or shower in the open air, watching the resident hippo pod frolicking in the waters.Then there’s the mouth-watering food served in the open-air boma – I was even allowed to choose the ingredients for my own personalised pizza, which was cooked in a traditional wood-fired oven.Being in the middle of the Great Wildebeest Migration path along the Grumeti River means that we’re close to the crossings, but at the same time we’re sheltered from the crowds the event attracts.Our last evening was especially memorable. We were taken off road through the long grasses up to Masira Hill, where we enjoyed sundowners and snacks served with delicious dips. As we looked out over the vast Serengeti plains, watching the sun set over herds of wildebeest in perfect solitude, we raised our glasses, saluting this wonderful, magical place.

I love how the Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp feels like an oasis in the wild – I can laze at the rim-flow swimming pool or shower in the open air, watching the resident hippo pod frolicking in the waters.

Then there’s the mouth-watering food served in the open-air boma – I was even allowed to choose the ingredients for my own personalised pizza, which was cooked in a traditional wood-fired oven.

Being in the middle of the Great Wildebeest Migration path along the Grumeti River means that we’re close to the crossings, but at the same time we’re sheltered from the crowds the event attracts.

Our last evening was especially memorable. We were taken off road through the long grasses up to Masira Hill, where we enjoyed sundowners and snacks served with delicious dips. As we looked out over the vast Serengeti plains, watching the sun set over herds of wildebeest in perfect solitude, we raised our glasses, saluting this wonderful, magical place.

At a glance

  • Intimate tented camp with 10 tented suites (including one family tent), a rim-flow swimming pool, African boma and safari shop.
  • Remote location in the Western Corridor of Serengeti National Park, butler and private vehicles available (additional cost).
  • Game drives, gym in a bag, spa treatments (additional cost), hot-air ballooning (additional cost) and Lake Victoria day trip (additional cost).
  • Children welcome. One family suite, and extra beds for up to two children aged 16 years and younger sharing their parent’s tent can also be arranged. Kids aged 6–11 years can participate in game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion. Babysitting is available (additional cost).

  • Intimate tented camp with 10 tented suites (including one family tent), a rim-flow swimming pool, African boma and safari shop.
  • Remote location in the Western Corridor of Serengeti National Park, butler and private vehicles available (additional cost).
  • Game drives, gym in a bag, spa treatments (additional cost), hot-air ballooning (additional cost) and Lake Victoria day trip (additional cost).
  • Children welcome. One family suite, and extra beds for up to two children aged 16 years and younger sharing their parent’s tent can also be arranged. Kids aged 6–11 years can participate in game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion. Babysitting is available (additional cost).

Prices

  • Not only do African safari lodge prices shift with the seasons, they also change based on your length of stay, room type, travel party composition, special offers, if your trip involves stays at sister lodges – and for more reasons besides.
  • It’s worth noting that depending on your itinerary, your lodge cost will make up about 75–85% of your total safari trip cost.
  • Our safaris are tailor-made to match your personal safari dream, we’d be delighted if you’d allow us to create a bespoke proposal for you.  Simply enquire now – our quotes are complimentary and obligation-free.
  • However, to help you get an idea of safari lodge prices we’ve created three safari-lodge categories with various price ranges, to find out more click here.

  • Not only do African safari lodge prices shift with the seasons, they also change based on your length of stay, room type, travel party composition, special offers, if your trip involves stays at sister lodges – and for more reasons besides.
  • It’s worth noting that depending on your itinerary, your lodge cost will make up about 75–85% of your total safari trip cost.
  • Our safaris are tailor-made to match your personal safari dream, we’d be delighted if you’d allow us to create a bespoke proposal for you.  Simply enquire now – our quotes are complimentary and obligation-free.
  • However, to help you get an idea of safari lodge prices we’ve created three safari-lodge categories with various price ranges, to find out more click here.

When to Go

This is a wonderful time to visit northern Tanzania, with the vegetation initially lush after the rains, but then dying back, making the wildlife that much easier to see. Temperatures are cooler (although the days are warm and sunny). With the wildebeest herds assembling to make the perilous crossing of the Grumeti River, this is the busiest time of the year here. Tarangire is a great option now, with locally migrating wildlife concentrating along the Tarangire River, or take in the tree-climbing lion and beautiful seasonal waterfalls at Lake Manyara.

The long dry spell between the rains sees the vegetation cycle being repeated: lovely green grass immediately after the rains subsequently starts to wither. As food and water become scarcer, game concentrates around waterholes, making wildlife viewing particularly easy in January. Wildebeest calving in January and February on the southern Serengeti short-grass plains means a glut of kills – it’s the best time for predator action. Away from the Serengeti, this is an ideal opportunity to see resident game in the Ngorongoro Crater and at Lake Manyara, and birders will enjoy spotting migratory species.

These are perhaps not the ideal times to visit northern Tanzania as they represent the two peaks of the wet season – the long rains in April and May; the short rains in November. This does mean however that you’ll be sharing the game reserves and national parks of northern Tanzania with far fewer people, and there’s still plenty to see. During the long rains, the Great Wildebeest Migration moves north in the Serengeti, through Seronera towards the Western Corridor, while in November the herds return from the Masai Mara.

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