Here at Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, since our opening in 2012, we have been actively increasing our involvement with conservation projects, local NGOs and Tanzanian Tourism Schools and Colleges, to ensure that we play our part in protecting and preserving the future of the Serengeti National Park and all those connected to it.
We are blessed to be located in one of the planet’s most incredible and precious habitats and in addition to continually reviewing our responsibilities as a sustainable tourism operator, we hope to engage our guests in the ongoing support for the region through our Discovery Centre Fund and A Sustainable Future for Serengeti.
Discovery Centre Fund
Through our Discovery Centre, guests may learn about the many wildlife conservation projects supported by Four Seasons. In 2017, Four Seasons became a founding member of Frankfurt Zoological Society’s Serengeti De-Snaring Project, which now has two mobile teams in place across the National Park to track and remove snares placed by poachers seeking to capture animals for the bush meat trade. Four Seasons has made a long-term commitment to contribute $10,000 a year to this programme, further to our support for initiatives such as the Serengeti Lion Project, the Serengeti Cheetah Project and the Serengeti Wild Dog Conservation Project.
In addition to wildlife, the towns surrounding the Serengeti are also home to children from vulnerable circumstances who are in need of our assistance. The Discovery Centre Fund provides ongoing support for two orphanages in Arusha and a Safe House in Mugumu, which provides shelter to 60 girls at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). To date, Four Seasons has constructed a brand new kitchen for the Safe House and supplies equipment and food for those at the shelter.
In support of these projects, guests are able to make voluntary donations to the Discovery Centre Fund, while further contributions are secured from every Four Seasons game drive, walking safari and select boutique items.
A Sustainable Future for Serengeti
In 2017, in recognition of our efforts towards sustainability, the Lodge was certified at Sapling Level by Responsible Tourism Tanzania; becoming the first safari lodge in the Serengeti to achieve this status. However, it is not only through being a responsible tourism operator that Four Seasons looks to protect and preserve the long-term future of the Serengeti, but also through trade with local suppliers and ensuring training and tourism education is available to the talented youth of the local communities.
75% of our overall suppliers are from Tanzania and within the Lodge’s Boutique, 90% of items are from Africa, with 65% being specifically from Tanzania. Our nearby town of Arusha is home to talented craftsmen and women, with a number of unique, locally inspired design pieces available in the form of jewellery, home furnishings and artwork. Throughout the Lodge, Four Seasons is proud to showcase products from Shanga Shangaa – a socially conscious for-profit enterprise that employs local people with disabilities to create unique artistic pieces from recycled glass and other recycled materials. In our Lodge’s boutique, there are a number of products from other Arusha-based social enterprises, including handmade beaded jewellery and accessories from Sidai Designs and Maasai Womens Development Organisation, who employ the talents of Maasai women to assist them to support and sustain their families.
To develop and empower the future leaders of Tanzania tourism, the Lodge offers visits and internships to students from local colleges, including the National College of Tourism, Serengeti Tourism College (SETCO), IBES, The Vocational Educational and Training Authority and the College of African Wildlife Management. These placements and workshops are offered several times a year to educate students on the important role of responsible tourism and to provide training and equal opportunities to all looking to grow in the hospitality industry. As of January 2017, Four Seasons also began sponsoring a number of students from SETCO, which is now a total of three; Irene Williamson, Shaban Nyakiriga and Joyce Albert from Mugumu town, to help her work towards her dream of becoming a safari guide.
To find out more about any of our commitments to the community or conservation, or to find out how you can support, please contact our onsite reservation specialists: firstname.lastname@example.org.More posts from June 2018