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, especially in April and May when the great migration is moving through the area..
The lodge enjoys prime position in one of the most beautiful regions of this world-famous wildlife area. Expect a wonderfully intimate, private Serengeti safari experience complete with resident hippo pods and remarkable lion prides.
Due to its far-flung location, there are very few lodges in this pristine section of the park, allowing for far quieter safari experience than in some of the concessions that feature more camps. Twice-daily game drives from the lodge regularly encounter large lion prides and hyena clans. Extensive herds of resident plains game area feature of this area, 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 (traditional home), 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 (found just to the west) 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, one is blown away by the striking beauty of the lodge. Wide open 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, whose honking and snorting creates a wonderful background ambience during your stay. The proximity of 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.
The western sector of the Serengeti is one of its most beautiful and Serengeti River Lodge one of our favourite camps in the greater ecosystem. Although most visitors to this part of the world time their visit to coincide with the wildebeest migration, the reality is that the whole year offers spectacular game viewing.
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