Where wildlife comes to play, and humans come to rest. AndBeyond’s Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge, situated on the banks of the tributary of Grumeti River in the heart of the Serengeti, has reopened after a comprehensive rebuild. The lodge has been completely refurbished and offers a refreshed look inspired by the natural surroundings.
The new design of andBeyond’s Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge
The lodge is designed to make the most of its spectacular setting and offer guests an unparalleled safari experience. The new look has redefined the traditional concept in a manner that is luxurious and contemporary while retaining the rustic and tactile nature of the original camp and following the contours of the nearby Grumeti River, creating a natural flow of sitting and dining areas with the landscape.
The new guest suites at the hotel are more than double the size of the old ones, with raised ceilings and taller doors. The canvas, banana fibre and hardwood cladding add a layer of richness. In addition to the deep baths and indoor showers, the new suites feature outdoor decks with private plunge pools — the perfect place to relax and enjoy the incredible views of the Serengeti.
“Not only has the rebuild given andBeyond Grumeti a brand new look but our team has also been hard at work developing a selection of experiences that provide guests with even more choice about how to enjoy the lodge and its magnificent setting,” says Niall Anderson, andBeyond Chief Operating Officer Africa Lodges.
What to do at andBeyond’s Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge
The lodge offers various activities for guests, including morning and afternoon game drives, all-day safari, bush walks with experienced guides, cultural visits to nearby Lukungu community, stargazing and bird watching. For the more adventurous, there is also the opportunity to go hot air ballooning over the Serengeti.
If you’re looking to get a taste of traditional African life, there’s no better place to start than Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. This vast body of water is home to many traditional communities that make their living through fishing. Visiting these communities is a great way to learn more about their way of life and see first-hand how they make a living.
The cuisine here at the lodge is designed to reflect the best of the local area. Seasonally sourced ingredients are used to create wholesome, flavoursome dishes that are colourful enough to steal the limelight of your social media feed. With its new look, AndBeyond’s Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge is the perfect place to enjoy an African safari.
The Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
World-renowned for the great migration, the Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site, is one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. Over 4000 lions, 1000 leopards, 550 cheetahs, some 500 bird species endless herds of wildebeest and zebra inhabit an area close to 15,000 square kilometres in size and roam in their own habitats freely.
Other lodges in Tanzania include Singita Faru Faru Lodge, Singita Mara River Tented Camp, Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, One Nature Nyaruswiga and Mwiba Lodge. ◼
© This article was first published online in June 2022 – World Travel Magazine.