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Grumeti River Camp

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
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  • Grumeti River Camp
    Summer Wilms
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    5 Oct 19, 2013

    When you think about staying in a tent, luxury and private attendants don't really come to mind but wait until you see the tents at Grumeti! You'll feel like royalty. The staff here was terrific, as well. They went out of their way to prepare a special private dining experience for my family on my mother's birthday. The regular dining area is right by the river, so you can watch the hippos playing while you drink your tea.

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  • Grumeti River Camp
    Michael Wang
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    If you're looking for an air conditioned hotel with a jacuzzi tub, satellite TV and a wake-up call on your telephone, you'd better look elsewhere.

    But if you're looking for an open air shower, the sound of hippos, monkey and lions at night as entertainment and tea and cookies brought to you in the morning as your wake-up call, this is your place.

    Not actually situated on the Grumeti River itself, the small collection of glorified "tents" (think Harry Potter) actually sits next to a small inlet that stays filled with water year round and is home to dozens, if not hundreds of hippos and the occasional croc. The tents provide the basics for middle-of-nowhere runs-on-generator accommodations: king size bed, shower, fan, flushing toilet, inclusive laundry service, patio chairs, pool and blow-horn to let the security guard at night know if you've stepped outside and accidentally bumped into a lion.

    But you're not really spending that much time in the room anyway. And when you are, you're lounging in the comfy chairs outside reading a book or taking a nap on the bed inside. Otherwise, you're being treated to the attentive, personal and altogether excellent service provided by the staff. Marcus, Steph, and Donald (the managers) really go out of their way to get to know you and make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible by chatting with you at the pre-dinner cocktail hour or checking up on you as you walk around the premises. Eron and his service staff have a total "your wish is my pleasure and command" mentality and the chefs, well, not sure your friends would believe you if you said you had some of the best Thai pork chops, personal pizza, Moroccan lamb, and ugali you've ever tasted in the middle of Serengeti National Park, but it just may be true. And let's just say that a "Bush Breakfast" is not out of the realm of possibilities. (Disclaimer: While I am a self-proclaimed foodie, my stay did follow 8 days of hiking all day on Kilimanjaro so I may have been yearning a bit for good food. Nonetheless, high quality fare).

    All in all, if you're looking for a holistic Serengeti experience that includes nice accommodations, super service and a bit of a "wilderness" appeal, give this place a shot.

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  • Grumeti River Camp
    Derek F.
    3 Jul 04, 2012

    You've probably seen the footage of wildebeest crossing the Grumeti River as they complete their migration route and head back into Kenya -- crocodiles gorging on their hapless victims. Grumeti Camp sits right near that crossing on the river. The camp lacks a bit in its standard, and it could use an upgrade of its furnishings and decor, but to be this close to one of the most amazing spectacles nature has to offer well makes up for it!

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