Rustic yet sophisticated, &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp lies right in the path of the Great Migration and is exceptionally situated for dramatic river crossings, as well as an abundance of resident wildlife.
Inspired by Tanzania’s annual Great Migration, &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp lies among tall evergreen trees on a Bywater of the Grumeti River. A wild and remote experience in the midst of ample resident game, it is ideally situated near one of the most famous fording points of the wildebeest migration. Rustic yet sophisticated, the intimate tents combine hues of wildebeest grey with accents natural stone and bone, as well as bleached cypress.
Elegant yet whimsical, the interiors provide quirky touches and tongue in- cheek surprises that emphasise the natural beauty of the spectacular 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. Stone shower towers are open to the sun and stars. Local sculptured furnishings and lively decor bring alive the excitement and romance of Africa. Two of the tents have been designed to cater for families travelling together and share an enclosed entrance lobby that can allows easy access between the tents while still maintaining complete privacy.
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 as traditional jikos (fires) and outdoor ovens produce mouth-watering aromas. 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 lagoon.
The Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly one of the world’s most celebrated wilderness areas. Famed for their vast open grasslands and excellent wildlife sightings, the endless plains of the magnificent Serengeti boast 35 species of plains-dwelling game and prolific bird life. Tanzania’s oldest game reserve, the Serengeti is best renowned for the part it plays in the annual Great Migration, when an estimated three million antelope – mostly wildebeest – migrate to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve.
&Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp is set in the remote western reaches of the park, on a bywater of the Grumeti River, known for its wildebeest crossings and enormous Nile crocodiles. Tucked into a strip of riverine forest, the area is known for its resident hippo and spectacular pied colobus monkeys, found nowhere else in the Serengeti. Every year in June and July the 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.
A number of scheduled airline services offer daily scheduled flights from Arusha Airport to Grumeti airstrip, where guests are warmly welcomed and then driven to the camp (five to ten minute drive).
Weather & climate
Generally, temperatures are pleasant, sometimes rising above 32˚C and rarely dropping below 10˚C. September, October and January are the warmest months. July is the coolest month. Rainfall predominantly takes place in April, May and November.
Summer: 13˚C to 38˚C
Winter: 3˚C to 32˚C
The currency is the Tanzanian shilling, however, most tourist destinations will require non-Tanzanian residents to pay in US dollars. It is difficult to exchange South African rand, so it is a good idea to obtain your foreign exchange in advance. Please note that dollar bills printed between 1996 and 1999 are not accepted in Kenya or Tanzania, as the illegal processing of bills was rife in East Africa during that time.
Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express are accepted by most restaurants, shops and hotels, but proof of identity may be requested.
Visas and documents
Although visa requirements change often, South Africans travelling to Tanzania currently require a visa. While it is a good idea to obtain a visa before leaving South Africa, visas can also be obtained at the airport on arrival. If you are planning to get your visa at the airport, please note that you will need to pay for this in US dollars. Make sure you have enough cash available and try to have smaller denominations, as you may not be able to obtain change at the visa counter.
Travellers to Tanzania must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months from date of travel and should have at least two blank pages available in their passport.