Witnessing some of the planet’s most magical animals in their natural habitat is an experience for anyone to treasure, yet perhaps none more so than young safari adventurers, whose thirst for knowledge about nature heightens to a new level after up-close wildlife encounters. To make the most of a visit to the Serengeti, Discovery Centre Manager Oli Dreike, shares his top 10 activities for a family safari at Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti.
A private game drive – Game drives are the foundation of a safari holiday, as you gaze across the savannah in search of animal sightings at any turn. With most safari vehicles seating six passengers, allow the kids more space to move around by booking a vehicle on exclusive use. Your young safari spotters will learn no end of fun animal facts from your dedicated driver guide and will soon be the ones spying wildlife movements.
Family bush dinner – Head out into the savannah, just a five minute drive from the Lodge, to arrive at a torchlit table, BBQ and bonfire, solely for you. Watched over by a park ranger for your peace of mind, dine beneath the stars in an al fresco dinner like no other.
Pool time – The infinity pool at Four Seasons Safari Lodge overlooks the animal watering hole, famous for its regular wildlife visitors, such as a herd of more than 30 elephants, buffalo, zebras and many more. Whether soaking in the view from a poolside sunlounger, enjoying a leisurely lunch at the nearby Maji Terrace or making a splash in the pool, be sure not to miss out on this signature experience at the Lodge.
Caught on camera – Without even needing to leave the Lodge, learn more about how wildlife researchers study animals as part of a Kids’ Discovery Safari. Follow your expert guide, and as a family, learn how to set up a camera trap to photograph images of passing wildlife during your stay, seeing how this technology can contribute first-hand to larger conservation projects in this field.
Hot air balloon safari – Soar over the Serengeti Plains at the break of dawn and witness the beauty of the savannah from the air. On the lookout for animal movements below, the hot air balloon will glide through the sky for the hour-long flight before you land for a cooked breakfast in the heart of nature. (Hot air balloon safaris are available for children aged seven and above).
The Villas at Four Seasons – Stay in one of our five free-standing villas to enjoy unrivalled space and boundless views across the Serengeti. With a choice of One and Two Bedroom Villas, plus the Two Bedroom Presidential Villa with a further sofa bed, families have full flexibility, with all villa guests able to benefit from butler service, a BBQ dinner on their private pool deck and two spa treatments as part of their stay.
Kijana Club – Offering everything from learning how to be a Maasai warrior to arts and crafts with local beading, games, movie nights and much more, the Kijana Club is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily, with “kidsitting” also available upon request.
Family Yoga Class – Following the excitement of hot, dusty game drives, why not take the chance to stretch out your muscles in the serenity of the yoga pavilion at the Spa? Kids’ yoga is offered for younger guests, allowing families to share in activity that everyone can take part in.
A Maasai Performance – For an immersive destination experience, be sure not to miss the live Maasai performance during dinner at Boma Grill. The tribal chanting leads into the performance, where a jumping contest ensues – the higher Maasai can jump, the more senior their social status. The kids can even put their newly learnt Maasai skills to the test by joining in!
Discovery Centre – As a treasure trove of wildlife artifacts and interactive displays, the part-museum, part-lecture theatre Discovery Centre has something to keep all ages engaged. Whether submitting your game drive photos to wildlife conservation projects or learning about the movements of the Great Migration, there is always a new safari finding to be uncovered.More posts from January 2017