Here's a cool new reason to visit Tanzania, especially for families: In June, a new Discovery Centre will open at Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti. Part museum exhibit, part lecture theatre, the Discovery Centre will be the first lodge-based conservation research and education platform in the Serengeti.
Visitors will be guided through the Serengeti’s key attributes by the Lodge’s experts, drawing on a series of displays, exhibition boards and interactive presentations, complemented by periodic focus talks by guest speakers.
In addition to the Discovery Centre, the team of experts will be closely involved with a number of the Serengeti’s wildlife research and conservation projects, and interested guests will be invited to participate in specialist research projects.
The research will include using the latest photographic techniques to track and identify animals, allowing guests to personally monitor the behavior and movements of wildlife around the Lodge during their stay.
Oli Dreike, the Discovery Centre Manager adds, "By getting guests involved in current research projects such as Snapshot Serengeti and Cheetah Watch, we hope that they will gain a deeper understanding of the park's wildlife, while also being able to carry on their safari experience once they are back at home."
The 77-room Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti opened in December 2012 and includes 12 suites with plunge pools, five free-standing villas with private swimming pools, a Spa with six treatment pavilions, three restaurants, a Kijana Klub for kids and teens and meeting facilities. Two active watering holes on the property let guests watch wildlife at peak times of day and every room has an elevated open-air sundeck providing direct views over the Serengeti.
The Lodge is the first of three Four Seasons projects to open in Tanzania, with the future development of a luxury tented safari camp in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and an exclusive beach resort on the island of Zanzibar to follow.