It might sound like the ideal safari, driving yourself through the African bush, just you and the wildlife and no crowds, only nature and beautiful animals. This is for sure the ultimate safari feeling, but it has also a “down side”. Driving yourself around in the bush comes also with hassles like black cotton soil, sand, water, no road signs, rocky terrain, rivers and more. Are you ready for that? Do you know how to behave when an elephant is coming towards you? Do you know how to drive in sand and water or on wet black cotton soil? How are your navigation skills? When you are an inexperienced African safari traveller, consider doing that safari adventure with a guide or joining a group with more vehicles. It is just so much easier when more hands help digging your car out of the sand.
For some first hand impressions of a self-drive safari in Chobe, Botswana, read Mark Unwin’s article about his self-drive adventure and learn for your own. Read what he experienced right here.
The hippos! What hippos? Grumeti Tented Camp is located on the by-water of the Grumeti river with a resident hippo population. This creates the exceptional opportunity to enjoy your lunch on the water edge with the hippos just meters away. At night they leave the water and roam between the tents and you will hear them grazing.
But the camp has more to offer. It is set in the remote western reaches of the park, where every year, in June and July, Africa’s renowned Great Migration passes through the Grumeti region and hundreds upon thousands of wildebeest, zebra and other herbivores cross the Grumeti River, risking the jaws of some of Africa’s largest crocodiles.
Besides the amazing nature experience Grumeti offers, it is a very pretty camp with comfortable and spacious tents and not to forget a pool. Grumeti is ideally included in African safari tours during June in July, but is all year round great to visit. The western corridor of the Serengeti is very beautiful and the right place for the “Out of Africa” feeling. Happy memorable safari travelling!