“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy” – Ernest Hemingway
Never has a quote better captured my thoughts and feelings about a place and a property, as I know of the happiness to which Hemingway refers. Resting in the heart of one of the most magical and diverse ecosystems on our planet, the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti is a stirring ballad to both our sacred and shared history, and to how witnessing our world’s beauty, preserves it for the future.
The Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti is located in north-central Tanzania, just south of the Tanzania-Kenya border. We flew from Dar es Salaam to the Seronera Airport, but many visitors travel from Nairobi, or from Kilimanjaro.
Here are a few pictures from our travel to the property:
Luxury awaits to deliver you to the resort; complete with refreshments, wind-swept landscapes, and Giraffes and Zebras! Welcome to the Serengeti!
After miles of breathtaking views, a structure emerges on the horizon, and we soon come upon the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti. We’ve planned this visit for over two years, and our excitement is boundless. I’ll never forget this moment.
The Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti features an impressive 77 guest rooms, suites and villas; each with intimate views and close connections to the Serengeti’s expansive and magnificent landscapes.
We enjoyed a dazzling Terrace Suite Water Hole View; a stunner of a space, awash in elegance and “I can’t believe what I’m seeing” views. Thousands of pristine acres of natural habitat stretch outward from the edge of your veranda and its infinity-edge splash pool. The highlight was watching lines of Elephants regularly strolling by our suite on their way to the Watering Hole. You simply cannot believe your eyes. Yes, that’s the view from our terrace!
Here is a video of a herd of Elephants walking by our suite toward the Watering Hole.
Here is a short tour of our exquisite suite:
Here are some images of our suite:
The property features some ultra-luxurious multi-bedroom villas, and I had the chance to take a tour and capture some images.
The Elephant Watering Hole and Infinity-Edge Pool
The resonant core of the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti is the Elephant Watering Hole and Infinity-Edge Pool, which reach out from the property’s center curvature. At various times throughout the day, Elephants slowly – yet purposefully – march toward the water for drink, to cool their skin, and to wash away the dust.
The Pool is positioned directly and dramatically in front of the Watering Hole, and if your timing is right, and you swim to the far edge, you will find yourself a scant few feet away from these majestic animals.
Here is a video to give you a sense of how close you are to the Elephants.
Here are some images of our poolside encounters:
Daily Safari Excursions offer to guests the opportunities to experience the Serengeti through the eyes of seasoned trackers, many of whom have lived in the area their entire lives. The result is a memorable viewing of the astonishing variety of wildlife and panoramic views the Serengeti has to offer. These are the memories you’ve traveled so far to make.
Here is one of many videos of our incredible safari experiences:
Click Here to read about other Experiences the property offers, such as Hot Air Balloon Rides and Bush Walks.
The Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti features a signature luxury Spa, elevated above the Serengeti. The Spa employs locally-inspired treatments that source local ingredients. We enjoyed a Couples Massage, easing effortlessly into the soothing treatment beds, facing an expansive panoramic window – our own extraordinary view of the Serengeti.
As we waited to be escorted to the treatment room, it started to rain, and it’s one of the loveliest experiences I’ve ever had. The air was light, crisp, and a slight breeze circled the Spa.
As expected, the property’s Dining options are superlative, including Kula’s Restaurant, Boma Grill, and Maji Bar and Terrace. Your days begin with a lovely brunch at Kula’s Restaurant, located on the second floor and its sumptuous views of the Elephant Watering Hole and Infiniti-Edge Pool.
Here are some images from our dining at Kula’s:
A Boma is a term in many African areas for “enclosure,” sometimes used for storage or a gathering space. At the property, Boma Grill features an open-air fire pit, flavorful locally-inspired cuisine, and traditional Maasai dancing.
The Maasai are traditional peoples inhabiting the area of the property and southern Kenya. Many Maasai work and reside on property, and interacting with them is something special as we had the opportunity to learn about their culture, history, and way of life.
Here are a few images of our evening at Boma Grill:
Maji Bar and Terrace
The Maji Bar and Terrace offers a relaxing dining option overlooking the Elephant Watering Hole and Pool. I highly recommend afternoon cocktails once you return from your daily safari excursion.
Special Dining Experiences
The property also arranges a variety of Special Dining Experiences for guests in different areas of the resort – poolside, in the bush, or the Wine Cellar. We enjoyed a sublime tasting dinner in the Library. Here are some images:
Our experience at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti was profound, and we captured some truly indelible images during our visit. Here are some of my favorites:
Visiting the Serengeti is a precious gift. Your eyes gaze upon vast lands that have remained unchanged for millennia, and those sights and sounds are irrevocably imprinted onto your mind’s eye; forever changing how you see the world – forever changing you.
So when you make a list of the places you will visit, I urge you to include the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti – a grand amphitheater that luxuriously reveals a timeless cradle of our civilization, and imparts upon the visitor a state of perpetual awe. You should visit so that you too may know Hemingway’s happiness, and the gift of knowing that your memories of the Serengeti will endure within you long after you’ve left.
The Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti – Location and Social
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti (Website)
Four Seasons Rd, 2002, Tanzania (Google Maps)
Click on the links below to further learn about and connect with Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti:
Click Here to view more of my videos of the visit on YouTube.
The heart and soul of the property are its incredible people, and I would like to thank Jacob, Sandeep, Noah, George, Veronica, Godfrey, Joel, Curtis, Mary, Putta, Upendi, Modest, Josephat, Debbie, Michael, Mallon, and most especially Martin for making our visit so memorable. I’d also like to thank Debbie for all of her work in helping to make this visit happen!
Please take note that the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti welcomed me as a special media guest, but that my opinions are, as always, entirely my own.
Thank you so very much for taking the time to read this article, and happy dining and traveling!