Fodor's Expert Review Faru Faru River Lodge

Grumeti Reserve, Serengeti National Park, Mara, Tanzania

Sprawling but intimate, Faru Faru is built in a contemporary style with lots of stone, wood, and sand emphasizing the natural surroundings. It's located under sycamore trees on a hill that overlooks a gorgeous pool, river, waterhole, and the bush beyond. Suites, all with outdoor showers, are made out of stone and thatch, and are glass-fronted, allowing for expansive views of the waterhole or river below. The Great Migration moves through the reserve between June and August, although there's plenty of game all year round. Bird life is prolific with more than 400 species including lots of raptors. Viewing decks and public areas jut out over the rock pool and overlook the Grumeti River, making imaginative use of local stone and wooden poles; although the effect is rustic, there is nothing rustic about the elegantly furnished tents and superb service.


  • the service and personal attention are outstanding
  • modern and earthy bush decor
  • relaxing in one of the two horizon swimming pools


  • flights to Grumeti are on the more expensive side
  • no mobile phone service
  • there can be a bit of a smell at the height of migration when, unfortunately, some animals perish in the river




Phones: 27-21-683--3424


9 tented suites
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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