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Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

First Look - Out of Africa: Four Seasons Serengeti
September 19, 2012
By , Galavante Contributor
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

From the days of We Want Our MTV: Africa, we’ve longed for you since 1982. Thank you, Toto. And it’s not just us. The Four Seasons is setting up camp in Tanzania this fall with the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti. This unique property is about location, location, location. You couldn’t do better unless you set up house in a zebra. 

Four Seasons acquired and upgraded the existing Bilila Lodge, which has reemerged like a desert butterfly. With Kilimanjaro as the backdrop, this luxury lodge is the only one to pass the velvet rope of the Serengeti National Park gates. Outside, you’re surrounded by one of Africa’s most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries, while inside, it’s signature Four Seasons, all the way. The 60 rooms, 12 suites, and 5 villas, which all feature vast views of the Serengeti, are designed in contemporary African architecture that blends effortlessly with the surrounding landscape.

A boutique property with the amenities of a large hotel, this is the stuff that Toto dreams are made of. Unlike Toto, though, you won’t be missing the rain in Africa. For that, there’s the infinity-edge pool. It overlooks an active watering hole, so if you’re lucky, you’ll spot animals taking a drink while you’re taking a dip.

At the resort’s center is a two-story great house, a prime spot to share your daily wildlife encounter, like that wildebeest that almost ran you over. But you don’t even have to leave the resort, or your bed for that matter, to see Africa’s famed game. The Serengeti has the largest concentration of plains animals on the continent, and the property just happens to be a favorite haunt of a 30-plus herd of elephants, best viewed from the safety of your private patio. But, if you want to get up close to that wildebeest again, there’s no shortage of game drives on offer.

After a long day of animal-tracking, unwind in the spa complex. You may not get a massage from a rhinoceros, or personal butler service from a tiger, but you’ll still be spoiled in the unspoiled wilderness. And we do mean wilderness. That knock on the door isn’t Mister Rogers. It’s the friendly neighborhood elephants. For location alone, you’d stay here if it were a no-tell, Motel 6. But with the arrival of the Four Seasons, you won’t have to.

Revamping an already established lodge was a smart way for the Four Seasons to get their feet wet, but this first foray into Sub-Saharan Africa won’t be their last – two new properties are in the works. Stay tuned – we’ll bring you updates here on Galavante.

(Photos: Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, courtesy of Four Seasons)