Undisputed capital of the world’s wild things, the Serengeti embodies the Africa Hemingway had in mind when he wrote “I loved this country and I felt at home and where a man feels at home outside of where he’s born, is where he’s meant to go.”
The Four Seasons folks understand and cherish the Serengeti, and a stay in their Safari Lodge Serengeti is a hard-to-top experience of the plain and its idyllic rocky kopjes and the vast assemblage of animals large, small, fascinating, and unexpected, that inhabit it. The southern, somewhat drier, portion of the New Hampshire-sized Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem, the Serengeti has long been near-synonymous with African safari itself. Amazing in its enormity, its almost infinite skies and long, golden reaches, its million-year quiet, the Serengeti enraptures with grandeur and small moments of grace; we may well see, as Elspeth Huxley did, a “loping giraffe, like a tiger lily bending with dignity before a gusty breeze.”
The Four Seasons Serengeti’s 77 guest rooms range from simply sumptuous to the grand Presidential Villa—with suites and smaller villas to choose from. All are designed to showcase the great plain right outside, with expansive windows and large private terraces (many with their own sparkling dipping pool), and each features the highest standard of welcoming, wonderfully decorated comfort and what the English call mod cons: all the way from Wi-Fi, unobtrusive air conditioning, and flat screen televisions to hypoallergenic pillows provided cheerfully, quickly, in the Lodge’s manner.
And after a dip in the infinity pool, or a visit to the fitness (or the business) centre, dining at the Lodge is a refreshing joy, either at the Maji Bar and Terrace, the Sundowner Bar, the Boma Grill, Kula’s Restaurant, in your suite, or on a catered picnic during a game drive.
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti welcomes children, and has many programs and activities, awaiting them, including—amongst much else—membership in the Kijana Klub, which has its own extremely well-equipped space in the Lodge’s main building.
Our Micato Safari Director is affectionately at home in the Serengeti. Private game drives with him and his trusty Driver Guide are revelatory. Here is the Africa we have dreamed about, “a paradise caressed by light and air in their most special forms,” as the great lover of safari Peter Beard said.
Like Isak Dinesen, we’ll see elephants “pace along as if they had an appointment at the end of the world.” Early morning game drives in the cool of the equatorial day give us the chance to observe lions as they limber up for their work day; it’s amazing to be so close to such supremely strong beasts, and to watch them search for game, gazing, eyes afire, right through our vehicles–as if we were a harmless cloud. Hippos galumph in muddy pools, mile-long streams of wildebeest pace along migratory paths, “and over everything,” John Gunther wrote, “is the high bright sky…foaming with enormous pink, cream-colored, and slate-blue clouds, so incandescent that they look as if they have fires inside.” (Ernest Hemingway, who loved a good meal, on safari and anywhere else, said those immense and dramatic African clouds “looked like you could have scooped them up with a spoon.”)
The Four Seasons prides itself on displaying the Serengeti in full—culturally with respectful and hearty visits and walks with local Maasai, soul-enrichingly with expansive game drives and explorations— and in partnership with our Micato Safari Director—and your inspirations, inclinations, and enthusiasm—will go all out to provide a comprehensive visit to the ever-wondrous Serengeti.
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