Above: Four Seasons is planning new properties in theÂ Ngorongoro, Tanzania and on the island of Zanzibar.
Four Seasons has roared new life into one of Africaâ€™s leading safari lodges in the Serengeti, Tanzania (Central Serengeti, Serengeti National Park; 255-7/7888-8888), which begins welcoming guests in the new year. In addition to 60 guest rooms, the lodge features 12 suites with plunge pools and a further five villas with private swimming pools. Each of the rooms includes an open-air sundeck with views out over the park’s endless plains. The lodge has been designed around a central two-story house, where Kulaâ€™s offers an African-style buffet, Maji Bar an Ă la carte restaurant, and Boma Grill serves more traditional fare.
Complementing its remarkable sunset views, The Sundowner Bar calls on a cellar replete with wines from across the continent, while the outdoor infinity pool commands views over another active watering holeâ€”look, or listen, for the elephants. Arterial timber walkways allow access to different parts of the property, including the lodgeâ€™s spa complex and fitness center, outdoor infinity pool, and a DiscoveryÂ Centerâ€”which in addition to housing museum-quality exhibits, contains a lecture hall for guests to learn about the local environment and history. The Four Seasons Safari Lodge is accepting reservations now for stays from January 1â€”the lodge welcomes children from age eight.