If you’ve been following me or this blog for a while, you know I am a huge fan of Four Seasons. So when, after having been on the #FSJet in the Spring, I was invited to visit Tanzania as a guest of their Serengeti Safari Lodge, it was a no brainer to accept. My only sadness, was in not being able to bring Danté with me.
My trip to Tanzania with Four Seasons was complimentary however, all opinions are my own. I choose to continue to promote Four Seasons because I love the brand. All images were captured with my Samsung NX1 or NX500 and the 16-50mm or 50-150mm zoom lenses. Samsung sponsors me by sending me free camera equipment but I do not have a financial relationship with them.
Maybe you’ve already seen my post about my obsession with Zebra that came about as a result of this trip to Tanzania. But it wasn’t the only thing I became obsessed with.
Activities on Safari in Tanzania with Four Seasons
After a ride in a hot air balloon during the trip, I think I am officially hooked. That made hot air balloon ride number three for me and now there’s hardly anything that compares to that in terms of my overall travel experiences, except for being on safari. In my opinion it is one of the most magical and enjoyable things you can spend money on anywhere on this planet. But especially at sunrise in Tanzania during the Great Migration.
The Discovery Centre at the Safari Lodge also impressed me immensely. So often luxury travel seems geared more towards simply experiencing things, and not learning about the places you visit, and this is a factor that really bums me out even as much as I adore sleeping in five star hotels…
But I digress, because what I wanted to say is that this was yet another example I found of Four Seasons making a commitment to their staff and guests, that no one leaves a destination without having truly gotten to know it on as deep a level as possible, no matter how long or short a stay.
I feel, and maybe this is just me, but I feel that Four Seasons has a commendable level of commitment to to the destinations in which they choose to do business.
Staff at Four Seasons Serengeti Tanzania
Whenever I wanted, I could visit with Discovery Centre employees like manager Oliver Dreike and learn about what I’d seen on our safari drive, or what I might see on my next drive. I could also practically assist with active research by showing them the photos I took of animals out in the Serengeti which then could be part of a database that helped to identify and keep track of animals; like cheetah, which each have individual spots, no two being exactly identical. The Discovery Centre also has a gorgeous gallery of images taken in Tanzania, that are for sale, an extensive library and a collection of very large touch screen computers that are amazing for kids but which I enjoyed using as well.
Apart from the Discovery Centre, I also liked that the lodge is staffed by Maasai who were very informational and engaging on their own; always eager to help me better understand their ancestral home. They dress traditionally both because that is still how they dress as a people and because it helps lend an air of authenticity to the experience. This, I was told by one of the Maasai.
What Safari is Like in Tanzania
Lastly, game drives are run in a way that I really admired. Four Seasons staff respect the rules of Serengeti National Park and they do not allow guests on night drives. Every time you go out into the park, you arrive back at the lodge before dark. Additionally, the jeeps are not open as they are in other African countries, instead, they have windows and a raised roof with a slot that allows you to peek your head out for viewing and for photo ops, but which keeps you safe from animal attack (or simply the curiosity of an animal as happened just after I went on this trip). This adds a measure of safety that was lacking on the first safari I ever went on and which I greatly appreciated.
BUT — how is the experience at the Safari Lodge itself?? In one word: AMAZING.
The food was delicious. My room was luxurious. The Spa was divine and so was the sunset yoga experience. The staff all knew, and used, my first name from the moment I arrived.
There’s even a large watering hole visible from the restaurant and pool, that allows you to view animals who migrate through the Serengeti without having to leave the lodge itself. It’s now in the top favorite places I’ve ever stayed in the world. But I hope you can see why, for yourself, with the collection of photos below.