Being privileged to enjoy a location in the heart of the Serengeti, it is Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti’s aim to engage the Lodge – guests and employees – in environmentally, socially and economically sustainable practices that conserve natural resources, reduce the Lodge’s environmental impact, and help protect the Serengeti National Park and the communities within and surrounding it.
Throughout 2017, the Lodge took further strides to develop our existing community and environmental projects, and here, we review some of our highlight achievements, which, with the invaluable support of our guests, we look forward to continuing in 2018.
- Achieving Sapling Certification from Responsible Tourism Tanzania – Through careful and structured management of all energy, water and waste, along with integration of sustainable practices in the property’s operations, 2017 saw Four Seasons become certified as the first responsible tourism lodge in the Serengeti.
Being a founding member of Frankfurt Zoological Society’s Serengeti De-Snaring Project – Through the Lodge’s Discovery Centre Fund, Four Seasonscommitted to annual donations to the project to ensure the removal of snares from the National Park to help protect and preserve the region’s wildlife.
- Supporting local enterprises – Whether this relates to the purchasing of supplies or retail items for our boutique, local and social enterprises remain a priority for us, with more than 50% of our suppliers now being social enterprises.
- Donations made from all game drives – In 2017, all game drives were reviewed to allow for a 2 USD – 5 USD per person donation to be made for every game drive booked. Donations are all contributed to our Discovery Centre Fund.
- Developing future leaders of Tanzania’s hospitality industry – Four Seasons provides global career opportunities to all employees and by the end of 2017, four Tanzanian employees had transferred to sister properties around the world, with more than 10 having experienced a short term placement for cross exposure. We are also very proud to continue to support the local hotel schools and lodges and currently work with five f these institutions in the region to offer internships and career experience to their students, with no less than 15 students having been hired into permanent positions at the Lodge.
- Conservation Education – Since 2016 we have been working with Serengeti National Park’s (SENAPA) Community Outreach Services Department to invite local school children to the Lodge to take park in Conservation Education Programs. In April 2017, in partnership with Abercrombie & Kent Tanzania, we welcomed 36 local students for two nights at the Lodge and to experience game drives in the Serengeti.