Ultimate Safari Adventures
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. And don’t forget your cameras and binoculars to record your adventure!
“There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of Champagne – bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.” –Karen Blixen, Out of Africa
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
Join one of our expert driver-guides on a 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 with a delicious picnic lunch.
Full-Day Ngorongoro Crater Safari
Join one of our expert driver-guides 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 will drive across the Serengeti Plains, and past Maasai villages and Olduvai Gorge. To allow you to spend the whole day away from the Lodge, you will be provided with 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 enquire for details.
Moru Kopjes, Gong Rock & 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 & Maasai escort will also explain about 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.
Serengeti Balloon Safari
What better way to take in the stunning Serengeti landscape than from the air? A sunrise Hot Air Balloon flight over the Serengeti is sure to be one of the highlights from your safari. Flights last approximately 1 hour, are followed by a champagne bush breakfast and require an early departure from the Lodge at 4:45 am – a quick breakfast to go is provided. The Balloon Company will meet you at the Lodge the evening prior to go over details for the following day and will drive you to the balloon location the next morning. For safety reasons, this activity is limited to children of seven years and older.
Maasai Village, Olduvai Gorge and ‘Shifting Sands' Safari
Join one of our expert driver-guides on a full-day adventure to learn more about local culture; both past and present. You will game-drive south, cross the Serengeti Plains, where upon entering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area you will 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. To allow you to spend the whole day away from the Lodge, you will be provided with 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 further 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 Migration, but your expert driver guide can advise on exact timings depending on the year's rain fall. 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.
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. At this dedicated area, you may also can get out of your safari vehicle to take photos. The drive to the Hippo Pool often boasts many game sightings.
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 will be able to advise on their 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 widlebeest rut (mating season) takes place and where the herds have to cross the tree-lined Grumeti River, which is reputedly home to some of the largest crocodiles in Africa.
Professional Wildlife Photography Services
Why not book a Professional Wildlife Photographer to accompany your safari and offer advice and photo tips? Back at the Discovery Centre they can critique your work, offer editing and post-production tips, as well as one-on-one workshops and, if desired, can even give 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.
*Note: Prices and the list of safari options are subject to change without notice.