Arriving at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge, located deep within East Africa’s world-famous wildlife sanctuary, the Serengeti National Park, is a once in a lifetime experience. You are greeted with “Jambo!” which means “Hello!” in Swahili, big smiles, and a cool, damp cloth to wipe away the dust from the 45-minute 4X4 drive from the Seronera Airstrip. Stepping inside, you instantly feel the magic of this beautiful place, designed to blend into nature while still exuding upscale, African style sophistication. A grinning member of the hotel staff, dressed in traditional garb, leads us along an elevated wood walkway to one of the 77 secluded guest rooms. We see klipspringers grazing below us, and hyrax, rodents that look like giant guinea pigs, scurrying along our path. Our room is gorgeous, and upon entering, we are overwhelmed with excitement to see that our balcony overlooks the Serengeti plains, stretching out as far as the eye can see. Zebras, impalas, and pumbas (wild boar) are grazing and playing right in front of our room, as if to welcome us after our long journey.
We drop our bags off and head to an exquisite welcome brunch in the main restaurant, that overlooks a water hole, perfectly positioned in front of the infinity pool. The hotel is situated around this main focal point, and I quickly realize why. When we arrive there is not one, but a dozen elephants at the water hole, including several babies! I grab my camera and begin snapping away!
I am in Africa for my first time for my dear friends Sophie & Lyndon Lea’s wedding, and I could not be more excited and honored to be a part of such a special celebration. They have graciously organized our entire 5 day trip – our flight from London to Kilimanjaro, our hopper plane to the Seronera Airstrip, and four days of exquisite brunches, game drives, and parties. The highlight of the trip for me was Sophie & Lyndon’s beautiful ceremony, overlooking the water hole and Serengeti plains, and their first dance. Nothing is more beautiful and powerful than true love! And I will never forget my first safari and the array of wild animals I was lucky enough to see (The hippos were my favorite!). This has been, without a doubt, one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and I cannot wait to return to Africa for my next safari!
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A baboon taking advantage of the lax peeing-in-public laws in the Serengeti.
And the winner of the best selfie award goes to… fellow guest, Vanessa Hudgens, and her boyfriend Austin Butler. This lion selfie is too good not to share!
The largest of the “Small 5”- the Leopard Tortoise
My husband Steve, all smiles on our way to see the hippos!
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