Seven Days in the Serengeti
To allow you to rest from your long international journey, tailor the day to your own pace. Opt for a slightly later departure and a morning game drive at 8:00 am, or take the morning to rest and head out on your first game drive in the mid-afternoon.
During your relaxed morning or afternoon at the Lodge, take time to explore the property and laze by the pool, visit the Discovery Centre to learn more about the region's wildlife or head to the Spa to rejuvenate.
For dinner, sample a taste of Tanzania in a locally inspired menu at Boma Grill, where you will be treated to a live Maasai performance, or opt for a selection of international specialties at Kula's Restaurant or Maji Bar and Terrace (restaurant openings vary from week to week and the exact dining programme will be advised on arrival).
Prepare for a day of safari sightings as you embark on your first full-day game drive. Depending on the time of the year, your guide will recommend the region most likely to offer the best animal encounters. From late December to April, the southern Serengeti and Ndutu are home to the wildebeest migration. During this period, it is the birthing season for the wildebeest, meaning predators are never far away. From May to early July, the wildebeest are found spending their mating season in the Western Corridor, where dense, hilly woodland provides a very different backdrop to the Serengeti Plains and the herds must cross the tree-lined Grumeti River, which is reputedly home to some of the largest crocodiles in Africa. In other seasons, the rich grasses of the Togoro Plains, to the north of the Lodge, can become a hotspot for big cats and is an area that is lesser known to many.
Once back to the Lodge, share your highlights from the day across the dinner table in any of the available outlets.
Awaken early for a 4:30 am departure to the launch site of your hot air balloon safari. Glide across the tranquil Serengeti skies, looking down on the majestic landscape and wildlife below. Upon landing, you will be transferred to your breakfast location – in the heart of the wilderness. After finishing your champagne breakfast, continue on your morning with a Four Seasons game drive to explore the nearby kopjes, on the lookout for big cats amongst the tall grasses and rock formations.
Return to the Lodge by lunch time and unwind with a signature massage at the Spa, before embarking on a five-minute drive to arrive at in your perfect savannah setting just in time for a spectacular African sunset. After your Sundowner cocktail, enjoy a bush dinner under the stars lit by the soft glow of lanterns and a warming bonfire.
Enjoy a morning at ease in the Lodge, watching out for the elephants visiting the watering hole over an elongated breakfast. In the afternoon, take a closer look at the savannah on a guided walking safari, where you can discover the thrill of nature step by step, returning in time for sunset and an evening's dinner in your chosen restaurant.
Depart early for a full day game drive to the Ngorongoro Crater – the world's largest inactive, volcanic caldera. With a picnic packed for you, look forward to lunching at a scenic viewpoint to fully take in your surroundings. Return to the Lodge and relax with a dinner at Maji Bar and Terrace.
After your trip to the Ngorongoro Crater the previous day, take some time to catch up on sleep or relax on your room's private balcony. Watch over the animal watering hole during lunch and if you desire a taste of adventure in the afternoon, opt for a short game drive to the Retima Hippo Pool, where you have the chance to view the large pod of hippos resting, playing and fighting in the river's shallow waters. On your journey, be sure to keep an eye out for a number of animals, with giraffes, elephants and buffalo amongst many regular faces in this region.
By evening, celebrate your time in the Serengeti with a magical pool island dinner, where our chefs will prepare a set four course menu with wine pairings.
For your final day, schedule your itinerary exactly as you wish. For those craving further game drive adventure, take a three-quarter day drive to the southwest Moru Kopjes-area of the Serengeti, where you may have the chance to spot one of the elusive Black Rhinos that inhabit this area and can learn about the history and cultural significance of Gong Rock and the Rock Paintings. Or, for a full day excursion, head south to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and start to pass colourful Maasai, grazing their cattle while having an opportunity to visit one of the Maasai Bomas (villages). Proceed on to the famous archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge, where you can visit the museum and learn more about the fossil discoveries made famous by the Leakey family, before ending the day with a visit to the dunes of the “Shifting Sands,” en route back to the Serengeti.
Alternatively, should you find that you wish to enjoy a day at leisure before departure, relax poolside, stretch out your muscles in a private yoga session or revitalise in a signature spa ritual. In the evening, toast to your final evening with a sundowner cocktail at Maji Bar and Terrace before dinner in your preferred restaurant.