The Four Seasons Serengeti takes the number one spot on bucket lists around the globe. If photos alone are anything to go by it’s easy to see why. What if I told you though, that the photos you see do little justice for this amazing ‘Once in a lifetime’ experience!
Imagine waking up in a marshmallow bed, kicking back the sheets then walking across the room to draw back the curtains and seeing a family of elephants drinking from the watering hole that’s just metres away from where you stand. This was my morning, on my 30th birthday. A morning that I’ll never forget.
My few days spent in The Serengeti was my first stay at a Four Seasons resort and definitely won’t be my last. There’s a few names in the hotel industry that’s reputations precede themselves but The Four Seasons is definitely one of those well known names. Famous for their luxury touches and exceptional locations, the hotel chain sits at the top of the price bracket in most destinations and in The Serengeti it’s the most expensive and lavish option for a hotel stay. As we were travelling for my 30th birthday my hubby and I decided to treat ourselves to two nights at the famous resort and I haven’t regretted a single penny spent since!
The celebrity-style star treatment starts on arrival into the National Park , from the moment we landed on The Serengeti’s Senora Airstrip we were greeted by a rep from our hotel with a full hamper of drinks and nibbles. We opted for bubbles (naturally ;)) and waited comfortably in the air conditioned airport whilst our driver, Jacob, checked us into the National Park. Once check-in was completed we were shown to our private safari jeep which would act as our sole mode of transport for the next three days. It was a fabulously kitted out truck with ample space, electricity outlets and a peekaboo roof. The vehicle was fit for 8 people but we had the entire jeep to ourselves for the duration. We headed off into the plains with champers in hand on what we thought was the drive to the hotel. It was, however, our very first game drive!
Within an hour of landing we spotted our first herd of zebras! We then continued to spot the safari’s natural and wild inhabitants for a few hours en route to the hotel and we were lucky enough to spot Lions, elephants, gazelles, giraffes, wildebeest, baboons, warthogs, hyenas and even a lazing leopard – an incredible repertoire of animals to spot on our first day!
After seeing our African friends and graciously accepting their appearances as my birthday present from Tanzania we eventually headed to The Four Seasons Lodge.
Pulling up to the resort and walking through the hotel’s vibrantly authentic reception was mind blowing. The staff were on hand to greet and talk us through the facilities of the hotel but they struggled to catch my attention as I was busy marvelling at the incredible art work and extravagant expanse of the culturally decadent architecture.
After catching a glimpse of the outside area we were shown to our room with a view and oh, what a view it was! The suite itself was large with a luxurious four poster bed, plush sofa, separate dressing area and spacious bathroom. It was a real extravagance within the depths of the African plains and one we were more than happy to indulge in, especially seeing as Mems had called ahead and ordered birthday balloons, champagne and cake!
The view outside our room was first viewed by Mems and I at sunset, making the miracle of seeing an elephant drinking from the natural watering hole even more special in the pinky purple haze. There’s a full room tour of the resort in my youtube video at the end of this post, I highly recommend a watch!
Waking up in our lush king size bed with a perfectly framed view of The Serengeti directly ahead of us was warrant to pinch ourselves. We weren’t dreaming however!
As the early bird of our couple I made myself a cup of local coffee from the machine in the room and sat outside on the balcony watching the animals one by one approach the watering hole infront of the hotel. For the extra hour that Mems spent slumbering I saw warthogs, zebras, gazelles and a huge herd of elephants. It was the arrival of Nelly and friends that encouraged my sleeping beauty out of bed 😉
We headed down to breakfast via the hotel’s large outdoor swimming pool which just so happens to act as an infinity pool over the watering hole. The herd had collected around the water to drink up their breakfast and we arrived just in time to enjoy and capture the moment. A sight that I imagine, in my many years to come I’ll find tough to beat! As we waded through the water to greet the grey giants we struggled to see the situation in front of us as anything other than a mirage!
We headed back out on safari shortly after our breakfast with our same reliable and informative driver Jacob. We were once again pleasantly surprised to see as many animals as the day before and we also spotted the rare and beautiful cheetah! I’ve written more about our three days on safari specifically here.
The Four Seasons was our homely haven after exciting days spent in the jeep. We stayed at the resort for just two nights in total but I was really happy with the three days spent there. On both mornings we were lucky enough to see elephants at the watering hole and each night a glorious sunset painted the skies. The team at the hotel are great, along with the international staff there was a team of Masai locals that were on hand to help with wild animals and protecting the guests of the hotel. One night they were steering away a wandering elephant and the other catching and slithering snake from the pool area. We were completely in the wild but yet, there was never a moment I didn’t feel safe.
The food was incredible too, a huge breakfast spread was laid out every morning from freshly made juices to freshly cooked eggs on request. The evening meals were amazing too, we dined in two different restaurants during our stay including one which had a performance from the Masai tribe. All meals were included in the room price which was a nice touch and one that we were unaware of at the time of booking. Lunch was a picnic in the wild which was amazing set up in one of the allocated picnic areas by our driver and drinks were on hand throughout our drives, again at no extra cost.
It was quite simply the dream, I couldn’t recommend this hotel more. It IS pricey but it’s worth starting the saving now if that’s what it takes! For more details on room availability and pricing click here.
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