Grumeti Air is a small, personalised safari air transfer company, flying between key destinations in the world renowned Serengeti region of northern Tanzania. Founded and managed by a team that has been operating world class tourism lodges and aviation services in the area for over 20 years, Grumeti Air’s objectives are primarily safety and adopting a flight timetable that suits the traveller, thus minimising travel time so that our passengers can rather spend their time on the ground exploring the incredible beauty of the Serengeti and enjoying the many wonders that it has to offer.
Standing proudly amidst the Masai Highlands is the Ngorongoro Crater, one of the Sevens Natural Wonders of Africa and one of the most visited attractions in the world.
With its 260 square kilometres (100 square miles) Ngorongoro is the world’s largest inactive, unbroken and unfilled volcanic caldera.
This natural enclosure hosts the highest density of African wildlife, including the elusive and critically endangered black rhino, which can be regularly spotted here.
Lake Magadi, a large lake in the southwest of the crater, is often inhabited by thousands of mainly lesser flamingoes.
The Ngorongoro Crater is also referred to as ‘the Garden of Eden’ due to its dazzling beauty and being a paradise for animals.
Grumeti Air is the only shared charter operator to land right on the crater rim on a daily basis (*) on the way from Arusha and Kilimanjaro to the Serengeti.
(*) only 01/06 —> 31/10 and 15/12 —> 15/02.
Arusha is one of Tanzania’s most developed and fastest-growing towns and the country’s safari capital. Surrounded by coffee plantations, it sprawls near the foot of Mt Meru at about 1300 metre altitude and enjoys a temperate climate throughout the year.
Built by the Germans in the early 20th century, Arusha started life as a quiet town with a handful of shops located around a grassy roundabout, reputed to be the halfway point between Cape Town and Cairo.
Arusha’s location is convenient for all Northern circuit parks, game reserves and lodges. From Arusha, Grumeti Air flies to Kilimanjaro each morning and then onto Ngorongoro and Serengeti.
Mt Kilimanjaro is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent, it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breath-taking isolation from the surrounding scrubland to an imperious 5,895 metres (19,336 feet).
Kilimanjaro International Airport is one of the main international gateways into Tanzania. Grumeti Air flies between Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti on a daily basis, offering passengers a quick and comfortable way of reaching Kilimanjaro, for onward travel to Nairobi, Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar.
Sasakwa is located on the Singita Grumeti concession, a private game reserve located in the Western Corridor, adjacent to the Serengeti National Park. The reserve was created by the Tanzanian government in 1994 in order to protect the path of the annual wildebeest migration and the indigenous biodiversity of this vast area which is an integral part of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.
Spanning over 350,000 acres of untouched wilderness, the lodges at Singita Grumeti are ideally positioned on the renowned migratory route traversed annually by more than a million wildebeest.
Grumeti Air flies to Sasakwa daily, from Arusha and Kilimanjaro.
Lamai is situated in the north of the Serengeti National Park, in the rolling short grass plains adjacent to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. This is a spectacular wildlife viewing area, famous, not least for its migration crossings at the Mara River, which meanders its way through the area.
Lamai boasts one of the highest year-round concentrations of wildlife in the Serengeti National Park, thanks to its distinctive soil composition, including plains game, big cats and elephant, in addition to enormous populations of crocodile and hippo in the Mara River.
Grumeti Air flies between Sasakwa and Lamai on a daily basis, except during the wet season from mid- March to mid-May when the camps and lodges in this area are closed.
Far away from the touristy southern sections of the park, the area along the southern banks of Mara river and the border with Kenya offers a dramatic hilly scenery and unique wildlife spotting opportunities.
Know as ‘the Migration Capital of the North’, Kogatende is bustling with game activity from June to October when vast herds of wildebeests and zebras gather here during their annual migration to the Maasai Mara. Many mobile camps move here during this season.
Nevertheless the area offers incredible and intimate year-round game viewing opportunities, thanks to large resident prides of predators.
Grumeti Air flies to Kogatende every day from Arusha via the Ngorongoro rim, landing around lunch time when the airstrip is less crowded.
Grumeti Air flies between Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Kigali, Sasakwa, Lamai and other key destinations in the Serengeti area on a daily basis, offering passengers the most direct and comfortable connections for an unforgettable flying safari itinerary.
The complete schedule and price list is available for download here.
Beyond scheduled flights, Grumeti Air offers a private charter service for a maximum of 12 passengers per aircraft. Private charters give you the flexibility to customise your itinerary to your needs, planning your route and departure times exactly to your requirements, allowing you to travel at your own pace and maximise the safari time by getting to destination as efficiently as possible.
An absolute unique opportunity to witness uninhabited Rubondo Island National Park, a home to chimpanzees and other wildlife such as giraffes, elephants, hippos and sitatunga antelopes. Surrounded by Lake Victoria, the island is a haven for water safari and catch & release fishing. During full day of exploration, you will have a chance of trekking in the jungle and to spot the chimps unless they will move to the upper side of the forest. If that happens, your boat adventure awaits to take you for the water safari on a Lake Victoria – keep an eye on crocs, monitor lizards and hippos. For fishing fans, there is an option of catching plenty of Nile Perch and Tilapia.
Do you have a feeling of escaping the world? There is an island where fairytales are vivid and the magic happens on every corner… Indulge yourself in an absolute mix of tastes, well-being and sea adventure. From the “Coffee Excellence” experience in one of the oldest rooftops in Stone Town to getting to know the secrets of spice blending and creating local beauty products with ending on a luxury Dhow boat for an exquisite lunch experience while sailing around Indian Ocean. That day will pamper your senses and leave unforgettable memories.
Find your own oasis under the shade of tropical palms and cool off in the most scenic natural pool at Ngare Sero Waterfall. That truly rewarding hiking adventure, will take you to the unique landscape of Lake Natron region. Fancy a lunch with a view? Look no further as you gaze at thousands of flamingos and majestic active volcano Ol Donyio Lengai. Afternoon will take you back as far as 19 000 years ago once discovering hominid footprints, a spectacularly rare finding that you can marvel along with Maasai tribe ceremonial dances and storytelling.
Ngorongoro Crater like no other place is an example of nature’s power and life that is present inside of the volcanic rim. Experience a true wonder as you spot Big Five including endangered black rhino. Did you know that Oscar winning movie Out of Africa was partly filmed in Ngorongoro Conservation Area? Sit back and relax and let us take you on an epic safari in that magnificent Unesco World Heritage Site.
Grumeti Air proudly partners with Ruka Africa to offer you an unforgettable experience to fly over the roof of Africa and the highest free- standing mountain in the world. Marvel at majestic volcanic peaks and glaciers of Kilimanjaro as we climb at 21 000 ft during your flight. For your enjoyment, the aircraft is equipped with a commentary app highlighting all the wonders around. After the flight, upon your request, that tour can be further enhanced with half day visit of Arusha or bush safari in Ndutu region.