andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp opened its doors to guests this week in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.
With interior design by long-time andBeyond collaborator Fox Browne Creative and architectural design by Jack Alexander, the classical tented camp look is redefined in a form that will least impact the natural landscape.
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The contemporary and rustic spaces were made to bring guests closer to the surroundings, such as the nearby pool particularly popular with hippos, as well as the river drawing a constant flow of wildlife. Drawing inspiration from the natural setting, the main guest areas form a single sweeping arc following the contours of the river with a series of sitting and dining areas that flow naturally together.
The large suites are made of canvas, banana fiber and hardwood cladding with deep baths and indoor showers, with outdoor decks and private plunge pools. All buildings were made with lightweight steel frames, canvas, and sustainably sourced local hardwood, allowing them to float over the landscape without the need for heavy concrete foundations and slabs.
As with all andBeyond projects, sustainability will be key in the rebuild and the new lodge will include a 130kWh solar system, which will allow it to run on 80% renewable energy. All hot water systems will also be replaced with brand new, energy-efficient ones. Wastewater from the laundry will be recycled for other use and rainwater will be harvested for the swimming pools, while brand new technology will be installed to monitor underground water levels and ensure borehole capacity is not exceeded.
From the camp there are several new experiences including walking safaris and complimentary daily yoga classes.
Prices at andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp start at US$1,080 per person sharing, per night.
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