It all started when the actress snapped the iconic selfie with an elephant in the background. She posted: “This is not a Zoom background, I promise!” The star narrated the hit show Serengeti, which follows several creatures in the park, including Bakari, a baboon who is trying to figure out how to win back a female baboon’s heart, and Kali, a lioness who is struggling to raise her cubs alone, exiled from her pride. Although she hadn’t visited the Serengeti at the time of the show’s production, it did entice her to book a trip to the bucket list attraction. Besides going in search of the Big 5 in the park, Nyong’o took some much-needed relaxation time when she checked into Singita Faru Faru Lodge, set in front of a busy waterhole alongside the Grumeti River in the heart of the Serengeti. Set within Singita’s 141 640-hectare private reserve in northern Tanzania, Faru Faru “ushers in a new era of luxury wilderness safaris”.