Tanzania : Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

After our time in Ndutu, we then made our way to the iconic Serengeti National Park. For our time here we stayed at the beautiful Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti. Being a diehard Four Seasons fan, this particular Four Seasons property was one I have been wanting to check off for the longest time and it was such a dream ! The Four Seasons Serengeti Safari Lodge is a beautiful luxe lodge that blends so seamlessly in the middle of the Serengeti, and makes you feel isolated in the wilderness yet pampered with all that luxury.

Perched on a series of elevated platforms and walkways, the Lodge sits next to an animal watering hole, where you can often watch a family of elephants stop for their morning drink as you sip your own out on your room’s private balcony or take a morning dip in their picturesque swimming pool. As much as I loved going on game drives in the park , it also felt super rejuvenating to retrieve back to a luxurious lodge such as the FS Serengeti to recoup and savor all the après safari activities. The best part of the lodge is that there you still see so much wildlife in and around the lodge, so you don’t feel like you are missing out on too much!

 

LEAD WITH CARE SAFETY PROGRAM :

And just like our other Four Seasons stays during the pandemic (FS Bora Bora and FS Bosphorus), FS Serengeti has adopted all the safety protocols and updates under the Lead with Care program, to ensure the safety of their guests. With the resort also being at a 20% capacity when we were there, we felt very safe during our entire stay. Few changes that we noticed :

  • Check in : contactless and an easy check in.
  • Safety care kits : Our rooms were equipped with safety care packages that had masks, wipes and hand sanitizers.
  • App : the Four Seasons App and Chat provides guests with real-time, contactless interactions with employees 24/7 from their own device on nine global platforms and in 100+ different languages. This reduced person to person interactions as much as possible.
  • Mask policy : All the resort staff wore masks, guests were required to wear masks at all public locations and upon entering restaurants.
  • Digital contactless menus : my favorite updates in the restaurants, spa and in room services ! So easy to scan a QR code with your phone and order food, spa services, in room services, activities, etc.
  • Contactless Housekeeping : For housekeeping and turn down services, we were given the option to call in and let them know when the staff could come into our villa, while we were either outside the room entirely or on the deck of our villa.
  • Hand Sanitizers : plenty of hand sanitizing stations throughout the property.
  • Social distancing measures embedded in all services for guest protection, including appropriately spaced tables in restaurants, fitness equipment in the gym, modified spa menu and services,etc,
  • Breakfast A la carte : for breakfast there was no buffet option; everything was on the a-la-carte menu.
  • Other measures : periodic deep cleaning with hospital-grade disinfectants at all public spaces.

 

STAY

There are many accommodation styles to choose from ; we stayed in one of their iconic Terrace Suites with a view of the watering hole. The suite was absolutely gorgeous and had the perfect mix of east African safari chic meets luxe contemporary vibes. This luxurious suite is perfect for a family or couple with its separate living area and bedroom, spacious bathroom and vanity area as well as the most stunning outdoor deck.

Terrace suite with plunge pool

The outdoor deck was my favorite part of the entire suite – it had an outdoor shower, lounge area and private plunge pool ; all with a spectacular view of the watering hole and the African bush. We could see so much wildlife right from our pool , our fave sightings – so many water buffaloes and baboons.

Outdoor deck with private plunge pool

Bush Sunset from our deck!

 

Here is a quick room tour video :

For bigger, more luxe and private options – there are also villas on the property. We also got to visit their biggest villa on property – the Presidential Villa! With 3 bedrooms, a spacious living area, dining, kitchen and more this makes the perfect luxury vacation villa for a family or group ; imagine gathering together for a meal prepared by your own private chef, spending hours lounging at this infinity-edge pool, seeing wildlife right outside your balcony at the watering hole that’s below this villa and recounting the day’s safari adventures under a vast, star-lit sky. Sounds like a dream come true , doesn’t it?!

The stunning Presidential Villa

 

ACTIVITIES

As for activities on the property there is so much to do – from a massage session at their stunning spa, an afternoon dip at the pool at the main pavillion, workout at their fitness centre, visiting the discovery centre (a mini interactive museum) and so much more.

Spa Area

 

This is hands down one of the best pools I have been to in my life; witnessing the elephants from here while we took an afternoon dip was a total pinch me moment !

Main pool (above) ; pool at our suite (below)

The lodge also arranges for safaris on their own if you are interested in that. Since we were with another safari operator for the safaris we didn’t opt to do safaris with them. If you do choose to go the entire route of doing the stay + safari with Four Seasons, you can speak with the reservations team and they will be glad to assist you. If you do the safari with them, you can even hire their in house photographer for the game drive where he will capture beautiful photos of the wildlife that you encounter + photos of you and your group. For other activities such as hot air ballooning, walking safaris, nature hikes, private bush dinners, etc the concierge will be more than happy to assist you with booking these for you during your stay here.

 

DINING

Dining wise, you are also spoilt for choice at the Four Seasons Serengeti. We were on the Full Board plan during our stay here and absolutely loved it. They have 3 restaurants on property and we tried two of them while we were there. Maji is the main restaurant located on the terrace with a stunning view of the expansive bush. We loved our daily breakfasts at Maji – especially loved their daily fresh baked pastries and tropical fruit. They also pack delicious picnic lunch boxes if you are away during the day for game drives or other safari activities.

Maji restaurant for lunch

 

We also tried Boma Grill for dinner on one of the nights. This traditional East African cuisine restaurant has a romantic setting around an open-air firepit. This was such a memorable evening with the utterly delicious local spread and culture show put up by the Maasai.

Boma restaurant for dinner

 

Overall, we absolutely loved our stay at the beautiful Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti ; it exceeded our expectations in every way and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a luxurious yet authentic safari lodge in one of the most magical locations in all of the Serengeti.

 

Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for my Tanzania travel guides over the next few weeks. xo

Jyo

 

 

Thank you to Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti for hosting us on our recent visit to Tanzania. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

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