andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp, Tanzania

by Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Kenneth Malcomess is Lodge Manager with andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp which lies right in the path of the Great Migration and its dramatic river crossings, in Tanzania. Twenty-eight years old and from Johannesburg, South Africa, Kenneth has been with andBeyond for six years and in his current role for under a year. Kenneth has always had a passion for the bush and so was very interested when he heard about andBeyond’s ranger training course however, he later decided that he preferred lodge management, which is where he has directed his attention. Passionate about both the bush and safari lodges, Kenneth shares with us his top tips for getting the most out of a stay at the Camp… 

Kenneth Malcomess

Most popular request from guests…
The most common request that we get from guests is for a private vehicle, closely followed by a desire to see lions making a kill, as well as other rare and infrequently spotted animals.

Favourite thing to do close by the game reserve when enjoying a day off…
I enjoy going fishing and hiking in the area.

It’s a rainy day outside but we still want to explore and go on game drives. How this will affect the animals we can see and other activities we can do…

Animals are just like humans – they tend not to like the rain and head for shelter. But I always tell guests to go out anyway because, even though it is raining, it doesn’t mean that the rhythm of the wild stops. Cats still need to hunt and other animals still need to graze. Some of my guests’ best sightings have been during wet weather. Unfortunately, it’s not great for photographic opportunities, but sometimes it’s good just to sit and enjoy the moment.

Some of the standout dishes and drinks to enjoy at the lodge…
Two standout dishes at andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp are our hippo burgers (no hippos are harmed in the making of this burger!) and our famous Grumeti pizzas. Two of our most famous drinks are our refreshing Happy Grumeti (orange juice, with lychee syrup and homemade ginger-infused vodka, topped up with ginger ale) and a Gremtini (vodka Martini with freshly juiced watermelon).

Favourite place to stop off for lunch whilst on a game drive…
There is a swing bridge that is always fun to walk across. There are hippos nearby, with an enchanted forest on the one side and open plains on the other.

An absolute must-do or must-see when staying at one of the andBeyond lodges…
I can only speak for andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp, but I would say the day trip to Lake Victoria. Not only do you get to see the biggest lake on the African continent, but you also get to interact with the community that andBeyond works closely with to try and improve the quality of life they live. If you are lucky enough to be here during the months of June to August, you must definitely experience a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti.

What he loves most about andBeyond…

It is filled with people that are not just genuinely passionate about guests but who are also here to look after each other and work as a team to achieve new heights. Every day is like working with family, even though we all live so far from our real families.

Any other tips for making the most out of a safari…
Just try to experience as much as you possibly can. Engage with the staff, learn the local language and although it might be a bit out of your comfort zone, try to experience as much local cuisine as possible.

Favourite animal to see in the wild and why…
I love watching elephants. They seem so peaceful and placid but have such intricate family structures (and don’t you dare mess with those!). We can learn a lot from them.

Favourite experience from working with andBeyond…
It’s hard to say. One that does stand out was assisting a guest in achieving his lifetime dream of seeing the Great Migration, even though it was not in the area, and watching the expressions on his face when he did see it. It was a great feeling to know that I had helped make it possible.

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