The very large, luxury Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti is located in the centre of the Serengeti National Park, backing onto an extensive low kopje and with a waterhole adjacent to the lodge. It lies 25km north of the productive wildlife area around Seronera, which has excellent permanent game. This area also hosts the migration in season, although it is usually one of the busier areas of the park.
Formerly the Bilila Lodge Kempinski, this hotel was taken over in 2012 by the Four Seasons group, and renovated to their high standards. The hotel sits on rocky kopjes, with raised wooden walkways linking the various parts of the property. With the lodge seemingly floating a few metres above the hillside, the wildlife can and does enter the premises from time to time: buffalo and various antelopes are often seen here.
With 72 rooms and 5 villas, a maximum occupancy of 180 guests, and some 250 staff, the Four Seasons Safari Lodge is the largest property in the Serengeti – and certainly the smartest of the park’s large, hotel-style lodges. The furniture and fittings are well suited to the spacious, airy rooms and carefully chosen for their luxurious feel and contemporary safari style. These elements are enhanced by modern comforts and top facilities such as air conditioning, internet access, a spa and a well kitted-out gym.
All the rooms have been built to a very high level of comfort, complete with top-quality linens, down pillows (hypoallergenic pillows are supplied on request), and luxurious bathrobes. Each room also has a TV channel which transmits a live feed from the floodlit water hole. The rooms are paired, so that a room with a kingsize bed and a room with twin beds share a private front door, enabling parents and children to interconnect.