Luxury travel company AndBeyond has announced that its Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp in Tanzania is to undergo an extensive rebuild from which it will emerge with a new identity: AndBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge.

AndBeyond Grumeti was originally built in the early 1990s, and after the Grumeti River burst its banks and the lodge was flooded in April 2020, AndBeyond decided that it was time for a comprehensive rebuild.

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Sustainability will be key in the rebuild and the rebuilt lodge will include a 130-kilowatt-hour solar system, which will allow it to run on 80% renewable energy. All hot-water systems will also be replaced with new energy-efficient versions. Wastewater from laundry will be repurposed for other use and rainwater will be collected for the swimming pools.

An extended selection of experiences is also being developed in time for the relaunching of the lodge, which is set to rreopen June 6, 2022. These will incorporate the rich resident wildlife of this remote corner of the Serengeti as well as the lodge's ideal location for experiencing the Great Migration.

Reinventing the traditional safari tent, the new lodge will be more contemporary while retaining the rustic and tactile nature of the original camp. All buildings will be constructed from lightweight steel frames clad in canvas and sustainably-sourced local hardwood.

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