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Follow in Vanessa Hudgen’s footsteps during Four Seasons Serengeti Lodge in Tanzania

January 11th, 2016 by admin | Filed under Blog.

London to Nairobi. Nairobi to Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro to a Seronera Airstrip. Two jets and one propellor craft later, we had finally arrived in a heart of Tanzania’s monumental Serengeti National Park.

And a best approach to be greeted following a scarcely 24-hour-long journey? By a Four Seasons-emblazoned jeep carrying canapes and champagne on ice, of course.

After a rejuvenating snack, we were fast whisked divided for a hour-long expostulate from a airstrip to a fantastic Four Seasons Safari Lodge.

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Following a scarcely 24-hour journey, we arrived during a Four Seasons Serengeti Lodge in a heart of Tanzania's Serengeti National Park

Following a scarcely 24-hour journey, we arrived during a Four Seasons Serengeti Lodge in a heart of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park

And notwithstanding a fact that a float wasn’t even a scheduled diversion drive, we still managed to mark a few giraffes shading themselves in a boiling afternoon sun. 

My initial impressions of a Lodge were as stately as one would expect.  I was led to my room – around an towering wooden corridor – by a Maasai warrior, who was discerning to indicate out a vast forever pool off a run where elephants are famous to come for a splash of water.

Not that we indispensable to try to a review pool if we didn’t wish to. we had my possess thrust pool, unaware a plains, on my room’s private terrace. 

By this point, it should come as no warn that a hotel is dear by Hollywood A-listers, such as Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler, as good as Brit stars, like Made in Chelsea’s Amber Atherton.

Hollywood singer Vanessa Hudgens (pictured left) is a fan of a resort, carrying holidayed there final summer with friends

Hollywood singer Vanessa Hudgens (pictured left) is a fan of a resort, carrying holidayed there final summer with friends

Vanessa Hudgens visited a Lodge with her boyfriend, actor Austin Butler. The span took advantage of a hotel's diversion drives, on that Vanessa snapped a sketch with a giraffe.

While in a Serengeti, a High School Musical singer and her boyfriend, Austin Butler, also took advantage of a hotel’s diversion drives

The lush five-star skill has many fantastic bedrooms to book - and all of them offer unrestricted views of a African plains

The lush five-star skill has many fantastic bedrooms to book – and all of them offer unrestricted views of a African plains

MailOnline Travel's Katie also visited a Moru Kopjes area

MailOnline Travel’s Katie also visited a Moru Kopjes area

Before nightfall cocktails by a categorical pool, we attempted to adjust my inner time with a discerning nap in my room – however, a many baboons who call a review drift home had other skeleton for me.

I was awoken to a sound of someone – or something – banging on my patio window. we non-stop a fate and came to face with 3 unequivocally vast primates, one of that was attempting to open my patio door.

After double (and triple) checking to safeguard that a doorway was locked, and incompetent to go behind to sleep, we watched a monkeys suffer a drop in my thrust pool and lay about on my sunlounger.

Lodge staff after told me that a baboon’s intrepid poise is utterly commonplace. They tend to visit guests’ bedrooms in hopes that someone will have incorrectly left their patio doorway unbarred and some honeyed treats out on a tables inside.

Our initial full day in Tanzania featured a morning diversion expostulate with a beam for a week, Priscus, whose believe of all things Serengeti was clearly unparalleled.

Eager for sightings of a Big Five, Priscus immediately led us toward a partial of a National Park that is famous for being primary lion-spotting ground.

Within moments, we had speckled a womanlike lion sunning on a rock, yet it was after that afternoon that things unequivocally got interesting.

One utterly accessible masculine lion, laying usually feet from a Jeep, motionless to make himself famous to another debate organisation parked alongside us – many to both a pleasure and theirs.

After that, we were spoilt for choice, and on a approach behind to a house celebrated a profound womanlike lion lounging high above a belligerent on a tree branch.

And those weren’t a usually once-in-a-lifetime viewings we were arcane to during this holiday.

The following morning, we set a alarms for 4am to set out on what would breeze adult being one of a many noted excursions: a morning prohibited atmosphere balloon float above a Serengeti, pleasantness of Serengeti Balloon Safaris, following by a normal English breakfast in a center of a bush. 

Some of a suites even offer an outside bathtub, while others have private terraces with thrust pools that demeanour on to a Serengeti

Some of a suites even offer an outside bathtub, while others have private terraces with thrust pools that demeanour on to a Serengeti

Although we won't spend many time in your room, all are given with high peculiarity taste desirous by a area's Maasai culture

Although we won’t spend many time in your room, all are given with high peculiarity taste desirous by a area’s Maasai culture

Animals, such as elephants, openly ramble along a property, mostly interlude for a mid-day splash during a hotel's on-site watering hole

Animals, such as elephants, openly ramble along a property, mostly interlude for a mid-day splash during a hotel’s on-site watering hole

Guests will expected be fervent to take advantage of a hotel-offered diversion drives, where animals like lions, cheetahs and jaguars might be seen

Guests will expected be fervent to take advantage of a hotel-offered diversion drives, where animals like lions, cheetahs and jaguars might be seen

During one of a many safari drives, we got adult tighten and personal with an elephant, We also saw a profound lion evading a boiling object  in a tree.

During one of a many safari drives, we got adult tighten and personal with an elephant (left) and also saw a profound lion evading a boiling object in a tree (right)

The environmentally-friendly skill (pictured) also offers many other excursions for guests, such as a day-trip to a Moru in a south western partial of a park or a morning prohibited atmosphere balloon ride

The environmentally-friendly skill (pictured) also offers many other excursions for guests, such as a day-trip to a Moru in a south western partial of a park or a morning prohibited atmosphere balloon ride

As good as a vast lobby, there's also a Discovery Centre in a categorical lodge, where guest can learn some-more about a Serengeti ecosystem

As good as a vast lobby, there’s also a Discovery Centre in a categorical lodge, where guest can learn some-more about a Serengeti ecosystem

All of a property's buildings are connected around towering walkways - and in a evening, a Maasai soldier will chaperon we to your room

All of a property’s buildings are connected around towering walkways – and in a evening, a Maasai soldier will chaperon we to your room

Considerably cooler during this time of day, we bundled adult for a morning moody above a plains.

Take-off valid to be a bit of a nerve-wracking ordeal, as we lay down to be strapped in laterally before a commander pulled a balloon into an honest position.

During a ride, we were brought in as low as several metres off a belligerent to offer us improved views of a hippos cooling off in a rivers below.

Although we never managed to mark a lion or cheetah prowling along, we did see several zebra and warthogs, before alighting – utterly literally – in a center of a National Park – for a normal prohibited English breakfast finish with champagne. 

Back during a Lodge, we opted for a some-more low-key day lounging by a forever pool. And notwithstanding staying circuitously a hotel, we still managed to take in several stellar elephant sightings as they sauntered adult to their waterhole for a mid-day drink.

Later that afternoon, and with a assistance of a hotel’s chef, we schooled how to make ‘Zanzibar pizza,’ a crepe-like break that contains conjunction cheese nor tomato sauce.

We also schooled how to set adult monitoring cameras along a fringe of a property, in hopes of capturing a predator that we might differently not see during a night alongside Discovery Centre staff. For some-more information about any of a animals we see on your diversion drives, a Great Migration or a sundry informative story of Tanzania, a hotel’s Discovery Centre is a fanciful resource.

The space, situated usually off a lobby, is partial museum and partial harangue theatre, and boasts a extensive interactive map of a Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.

The Maji Bar and Terrace (pictured) serves breakfast - try a banana pancakes! - and dinner. There is also an alfresco restaurant, called Boma Grill, for those looking to representation Tanzanian specialities

The Maji Bar and Terrace (pictured) serves breakfast – try a banana pancakes! – and dinner. There is also an alfresco restaurant, called Boma Grill, for those looking to representation Tanzanian specialities

From your (very comfortable) bed, we can take in views of a brush and a many animals that might strut past your room

From your (very comfortable) bed, we can take in views of a brush and a many animals that might strut past your room

One of a many formidable animals to find is a cheetah, yet several propitious guest have speckled a predator lounging in a tree

One of a many formidable animals to find is a cheetah, yet several propitious guest have speckled a predator lounging in a tree

One morning, we woke adult during 4am for a morning prohibited atmosphere balloon safari, followed by a normal English breakfast in a center of a park

One morning, we woke adult during 4am for a morning prohibited atmosphere balloon safari, followed by a normal English breakfast in a center of a park

As good as an considerable spa, featuring many special signature African treatments, we can also take partial in morning or nightfall yoga

As good as an considerable spa, featuring many special signature African treatments, we can also take partial in morning or nightfall yoga

In a evenings, a hotel can even arrange a special 'bush dinner' where we and your guest can sup underneath a stars - usually a few mins expostulate from a property

In a evenings, a hotel can even arrange a special ‘bush dinner’ where we and your guest can sup underneath a stars – usually a few mins expostulate from a property

In a spa, a hotel’s signature Kifaa massage is not to be missed. Using a Maasai wooden rod called a rungu, a full-body, low vigour massage is total with a moisturising energy of Tanzanian baobab oil for a holistic, full-body treatment.

And for a bit some-more authentic African culture, book into a Boma Grill to watch or take partial in normal Maasai dancing and indulge in internal specialities around an alfresco firepit. 

But for those who truly wish to get adult tighten and personal with a Maasai history, it’s value a (several hour) outing out to a Moru Kopjes area of a south western Serengeti.

It’s one of a usually areas where tourists might mark a fugitive Black Rhino (unfortunately, we didn’t), however, a Maasai chaperon was a resources of believe about a region, including a informative stress of Gong Rock and a Rock Paintings. And he also supposing glorious confidence in gripping a cruise lunch divided from several extraordinary baboons.

The subsequent morning was a final possibility to suffer a Maji Bar and Terrace’s stellar banana pancakes, following a discerning yoga class, before we were on a approach behind to a airport.

Unsurprisingly, a debate home to stormy London felt distant longer than a retreat journey usually days earlier.

TRAVEL FACTS 

Prices for a 4 night stay during Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti start from 5,840 USD (approx. £3,740) on a full house basis, thorough of turn outing transfers to Seronera Airstrip and daily diversion drives. www.fourseasons.com/serengeti

Serengeti Balloon Safaris offer prohibited atmosphere balloon safaris: info@balloonsafaris.com UK phone series +44 (0)1225 773756

Kenya Airways operates daily flights from Terminal 4 London-Heathrow to Nairobi with daily connectors to Kilimanjaro. Prices for economy lapse sheet from £759.76 including taxes. www.kenya-airways.com 

 

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