Safari means “journey” in Swahili, and Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti offers a once-in-a-lifetime journey for those who wish to see Africa’s stunning wildlife in its natural habitat. You can experience wildlife safaris at Four Seasons by vehicle, on foot and even from the air – just don’t forget your camera and binoculars to record your adventure.
- Serengeti Balloon Safari
What better way to take in the stunning Serengeti landscape than from the air? Wake up early (we’ll have a quick breakfast ready for you) for an hour-long, sunrise, hot-air balloon flight over the savannah, followed by a Champagne breakfast in the bush.
- Retima Hippo Pool
Perfect for a short morning or afternoon drive, Retima Hippo Pool is located about a one-hour drive from the Lodge and is home to a large pod of hippos. Watch one of the Serengeti’s biggest mammals rest, play and fight in the shallow waters of a bend in the river.
Into the Wild
- Half-Day Game Drive
- Join one of our expert driver-guides on a morning or afternoon safari. Your guide will take you in search of the many fascinating creatures that inhabit the Serengeti.
- Full-Day Game Drive
- Go on an unforgettable full-day safari around the Serengeti. Depending on the time of year and the wildlife movements, your guide may take you in search of the Great Migration, or to look for the many other fascinating inhabitants living in the Serengeti. To allow you to spend the whole day away from the Lodge, you will be provided a delicious picnic lunch.
- Full-Day Ngorongoro Crater Safari
- An expert driver-guide will take you on a full-day adventure to the world’s largest inactive, volcanic caldera. The Crater offers some of the best game-viewing in Africa and the chance to spot an elusive Black Rhino. You’ll drive across the Serengeti Plains, past Maasai villages and Olduvai Gorge. To allow you to spend the whole day away from the Lodge, you will be provided a delicious picnic lunch. This safari requires an early departure from the Lodge and involves a full day of driving from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. It is also possible to arrange a safari to the Ngorongoro Crater that combines flying and driving, cutting down on travel time – please inquire for details.
- Moru Kopjes, Gong Rock and Maasai Rock-Painting Safari
- Join one of our expert driver-guides and one of the Discovery Centre’s Maasai on a three-quarter day safari to the southwest Moru Kopjes-area of the Serengeti. In addition to showing you beautiful scenery, and perhaps the chance to spot one of the elusive Black Rhinos that inhabit this area, your guide and Maasai escort will explain the history and cultural significance of Gong Rock and the Rock Paintings. This activity is seasonal, as the area may not be accessible during parts of the green seasons – please check to confirm.
- Maasai Village, Olduvai Gorge and Shifting Sands Safari
- Embark on a full-day adventure to learn more about local culture; both past and present. Your expert driver-guide will lead you south, across the Serengeti Plains, where upon entering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area you will start to pass colourful Maasai, grazing their cattle, while also having an opportunity to visit one of the Maasai Bomas (villages). Proceed 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. To allow you to spend the whole day away from the Lodge, you will be provided a delicious picnic lunch.
- Seronera and the Central Serengeti
- Explore the region of the Park where the northern woodlands meet the southern plains and where the Seronera River attracts wildlife year round. Look up to the Sausage Trees that line the banks of the river in search of a leopard, or seek out shaded patches for lions in search of a place to rest. Your expert driver-guide can tailor your game drive to suit you, with both half- and full-day game drives available in this region. Head slightly farther south to explore the Maasai Kopjes, where between April and November, you may have the chance to spot a cheetah – if the grasses are not too long.
- Southern Serengeti and Ndutu
- A seasonal region for wildlife activity, this area is best visited from late December to early April when it is possible to see the Great Migration, but your expert driver-guide can advise on exact timings depending on the year’s rainfall. February is also birthing season for wildebeest and during this green season, thousands of wildebeest feed on the lush green grass of southern Serengeti – and with so many wildebeest, the predators are never far away. This is a full-day game drive, and additional NCAA fees are likely.
- The Western Corridor
- A region with seasonality that is directly linked to the movements of the Great Migration, the Western Corridor is typically where the wildebeest are found from late May to early July, although your expert driver-guide can advise on a more precise location at the time of your visit. When the wildebeest are in the Western Corridor, a full-day game drive can allow you to view the Migration scattered in the woodland against a hilly backdrop. This region is also where the wildebeest rut (mating season) takes place and where the herds must cross the tree-lined Grumeti River, which is reputedly home to some of the largest crocodiles in Africa.
- Professional Wildlife-Photography Services
- Consider booking a Professional Wildlife Photographer to accompany your safari and offer advice and photo tips. Back at the Discovery Centre, the pro can critique your work and offer editing and post-production tips, as well as one-on-one workshops and, if desired, a private slide show. This activity must be booked a minimum of 48 hours in advance and is subject to availability as the Photographer is flown in from outside. Please inquire at the Discovery Centre for prices.
Meet the Team
Hailing from Arusha, which is the closest city to the Lodge, Isack is responsible for not only leading game drives around the Serengeti National Park, but also in leading the walking safaris from the Lodge, which allows more time for conversation and the chance to get to know people from all around the world, something he says is one of his favourite aspects of the job.
“Each day is a new discovery. Nowhere is this more true than in Serengeti."
Rick CollinsWildlife Photographer in-Residence
Although Rick was born in the United States, he has spent more than 40 years living, travelling and photographing abroad, capturing everything from grizzly bears in Alaska to tigers in India to the herds of wildebeest that roam here in Tanzania. As our photographer in-residence, he leads dedicated photo-safari workshops, during which shares his tips on lighting, technique and focus, as well as how to create the best photo compositions.