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Featured Journeys: Luxury Safaris

Lions, tigers, and oh, the big five! In this edition of Featured Journeys, we're highlighting some of our favorite luxury safari lodges in Kenya, Tanzania, and Botswana. Providing ideal locations for seeing the big five (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, and buffalo) in their natural habitat, these safari lodges also provide high-end settings and amenities for guests. From tented rooms to hot-air balloon safaris, infinity pools with views of hippos or elephants, al fresco dining overlooking the Serengeti, luxe safaris in custom vehicles, family safaris, or vow renewals on the savannah, these properties offer an ideal mix of adventure, pampering, and service. 

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Kenya Safari Lodges

Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

Situated amidst more than 100 acres of landscaped gardens, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club has 120 luxurious guest rooms, suites, and cottages with modern amenities such as . Originally the retreat of film star and club owner William Holden, the property offers a blend of comfort, relaxation, and adventure. Welcoming guests with two canine ambassadors, Grammy and Tusker, the property has an array of activities including croquet, bowling green, golf, swimming, horseback riding, swimming, and an animal orphanage. Adjacent to Mount Kenya National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the resort has two restaurants, pool bar, Duma's Corner Lounge, and a spa. 

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Fairmont Mara Safari Club

Fairmont Mara Safari Club

Set on the edge of the Masai Mara, the "New" Seventh Wonder of the World, the Fairmont Mara Safari Club is surrounded by the Mara River on three sides. Offering the epitome of tented luxury, the property's 50 tents have four poster, pillowtop beds, private three-piece bathrooms, including many with outdoor showers, and verandas overlooking the hippo and crocodile-filled river. In the main lodge there's an indoor restaurant, bar, and library with internet access, and a spacious deck with a swimming pool and massage tents. Plus, there are big game drives, champagne breakfasts on the savannah, and balloon safaris. 

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Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Perched on a bush-cloaked hill overlooking the savannah, Mara Serena Safari Lodge is located in the center of the Masai Mara National Reserve. Providing guests with a front row seat to the wildebeest migration, the property's guest rooms are set in stand-alone modular units with private balconies, sitting areas, and furnishings that blend raw African beauty with international sophistication. There are two daily game drives in custom-built safari vehicles, balloon safaris, dinners in the bush, breakfast by the hippo pool, and lunches in the wilderness. 

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Tanzania Safari Lodges

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Located in the heart of Africa's finest game reserve, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti provides guests with an intimate setting for viewing lions, leopards, and elephants, while feeling safe and pampered. For families there are Family Safari Packages, as well as the Kijana Kids Club with organized activities. Guests can also schedule hot-air baloon safaris, renewal of vow ceremonies, go on guided walks through the Serengeti on raised, protected walkways with Maasi warriors, or relax in the infinity pool. There's also a spa with Serengeti-inspired signature treatments, facials, massages, and yoga. While dining options include Kula's Restaurant with theater-style cooking of international and African dishes paired with South African wine varietals. 

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Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Providing the ultimate fusion of world-class style with traditional African architecture, Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge sits atop a tree-clad ridge with panoramic Serengeti views. Adjacent to the Western Corridor and Grumeti River, the lodge blends into the landscape. Accommodations are set within traditional domed rondavels, which are shaded by the acacia trees. There's a vanishing horizon pool overlooking the endless plains, a traditionally-carved domed dining room, timbered terrace safari bar, daily game drives, and a private bush camp overlooking the annual migration route. 

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Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Perched on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge was designed to blend in with the landscape, and is built from indigenous local river stones and camouflaged with local vines. Within the crater, 25,000 large mammals like bull elephants, rhinos, and lions wander plains, lakes, and forests. Strung around the cratered rim, the 75 guest rooms are linked by stone passages and timbered decks, and furnished with decorative cave paintings, private balconies, power outlets, and WiFi. There's also a lodge with a central fire, rock-built dining room and bar, tented conference center, TV room with satellite access, and daily game drives into the crater. 

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Botswana Safari Lodges

Belmond Safaris

Belmond Safaris offers three luxury camps in Botswana: Savute Elephant Lodge, Eagle Island Lodge, and Belmond Khwai River Lodge. Read more below about each of the three lodges.

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Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge is located within Chobe National Park. The property has 12 luxury rooms set on wooden platforms with thatched roofs. Furnished with four-poster beds equipped with mosquito netting, rooms have luxe bathrooms, minibars, discreet air conditioning, and private decks with easy chairs and hammocks.  The lodge also has a traditional Boma for private dinners and local performances, exclusive access to bushmen painting and baobab tree excursions, 20-meter swimming pool, curio shop with locally crafted goods, and private airstrip. 

Belmond Eagle Island Lodge

Belmond Eagle Island Lodge

Recently reopened after a revitalization, the Belmond Eagle Island Lodge is located in Botswana's Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Situated on one of the world's largest inland water systems, the surrounding area supports a variety of animal, plant, fish, and birdlife. Helicopter safaris provide guests with a birds-eye view of the landscape, and each of the lodge's reimagined deluxe tented rooms have oversized beds with handmade copper-finish headboards and private plunge pools. There's also deep day beds, discreet airconditioning, minibars, and bathrooms with walled outdoor showers, as well as indoor bathtubs and walk-in wardrobes. 

Belmond Khwai River Lodge

Belmond Khwai River Lodge

Located within the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Belmond Khwai River Lodge has 14 luxury rooms and one private suite. Situated on raised wooden platforms with traditional African thatch roofs, each of the rooms has a netted four-poster bed, luxe bathroom, discreet air conditioning, stocked minibars, and private decks with easy chairs and hammocks. There's also the private suite with a secluded setting and heated splash pool. Plus, there's  a spa, 20-meter swimming pool, curio shop, reference library, private airstrip, al fresco dining, and a traditional Boma for dinners and performances. 

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Set in the midst of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti provides a luxurious space for exploring the world's best-known wildlife sanctuary. There are 77 secluded guest rooms, along with a spa, and infinity pool overlooking the surrounding Serengeti wilderness. The property has announced new activities and events for the upcoming Green Season. Learn more about what's new at the resort in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor

What's New at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti

With the dry season in full swing, and the animals awaiting the rainy season for water, now is the time to head to the Serengeti to see the animals seek water from the Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti’s watering hole. As the resort prepares for the Green Season, Four Seasons has announced a variety of upcoming activities and events to make your journey to the safari even better. Read more below the photo. 

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

The Four Seasons Safari Lodge has got you covered in terms of celebrating holidays abroad. The resort is offering a variety of options for you and your family to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Easter this spring. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, the team of Maji Bar and Terrace will be spending their February 14 waiting to welcome guests with a glass of sparkling wine, while the chefs prepare a special menu for the evening. Following dinner, guests will snuggle up poolside to watch a movie at the pop-up cinema on Maji Terrace, served with popcorn and s’mores for your sweet tooth.  The lodge has got more about celebrating romantic getaways on its website.

This April, Four Seasons recommends visiting the Serengeti around Easter (April 16) to see the park once its lush and green from the rainfalls of March and early April. The early herds of the Migration will also be traveling northwards towards the Central Serengeti, increasing your chances of seeing the animals in the wild. The calendar at the Lodge has a lot coming up in April, including spotting big cats on game drive adventures, taking dips in the pools surrounded by elephants, poolside movie nights, wildlife treasure hunts and a spear throwing Massai Olympics for the kids. For adults, learn how to make cocktails or mocktails in a mixology class or a get in the kitchen at Kula’s Restaurant to learn the secrets of African cuisine. Continue reading below the photo.

Dining at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Also recommended for the upcoming Green Season is heading to Rwanda to trek with mountain gorillas. Through a partnership with Terra Incognita Ecotours, Four Seasons is offering guests the chance to escape East Africa to adventure through Volcanoes National Park on a two, three or four day itinerary to trek with the 800 remaining mountain gorillas. Flight connections between Kigali (Rwanda’s capital) and the Serengeti make it simple for travelers to experience both locations in one trip.

A sample of the four day itinerary includes an early evening arrival in Kigali to allow for a good nights rest, before spending day two on a drive out to the mountains after a leisurely breakfast and your choice of lodge for lunch. Day three includes a full day of gorilla trekking, as you and your group leave the lodge with an expert tracker. By late afternoon, guests will return to the lodge for an overnight stay. The fourth and final day brings a descent from the mountains and a return transfer to Kigali. Depending on the time of your flight, we suggest taking a trip to the Genocide Memorial for an eye opening reminder of history.

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Singita Sasakwa Lodge is built in the style of an Edwardian manor house. Singita Grumeti Reservers is located in Northern Tanzania and forms part of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, bordering on the Serengeti National Park. 

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Five Star Alliance is often asked "What's the world's nicest hotel?"  Obviously, this is a question that sparks a lot of debate!  With more than 3,000 Four and Five Star properties on our site, asking us that is a bit like asking us which child is our favorite. 

So, here's a few of  the properties some industry insiders consider to be the nicest.

Singita Grumeti Reserves in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania was voted the World's Best Hotel 2012 by Travel + Leisure.

Conde Nast Traveler breaks down its Gold List 2012 winners by category.  So, if you are looking for tops in service, head to Alvear Palace Hotel (pictured) in Buenos Aires. Tops in food? South Africa's Bushmans Kloof. For those into ambience and design, head to Alila Villas Uluwatu. in Bali. 

The people have spoken. Trip Advisor's Traveler's Choice Awards 2012 named Waldorf Astoria Chicago as the best hotel in the U.S.  They also named Dan Diego's Grand Del Mar the #1 luxury hotel.
 

So there you have it!
 

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