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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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Fairmont Mara Safari Club Outdoor dining on the Masai Mara reserve is enhanced with the creation of a boma, a structure influenced by traditional homesteads, where guests can enjoy a cultural dinner reflecting not only African cuisine but also rich musical accompaniment. 

Fairmont Mara Safari Club

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Fairmont Mara Safari Club offers guests a free-form swimming pool. Sun-beds and mattresses are available and towels are provided. Changing rooms, both male and female, are available adjacent the pool and there is an outdoor shower.

Fairmont Mara Safari Club

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Fairmont Mara Safari Club lies in the north west of the Masai Mara, at the foot of the Aitong Hills. The luxury Masai Mara accommodations at Fairmont Mara Safari Club offer a traditional safari experience with the comfort and amenities of a luxury resort hotel. The well-appointed Mara Safari Club is set by the Mara River at the foot of the Aitong Hills in the Ol-Choro Oiroua Conservation Area that borders the Masai Mara Game Reserve. All the 51 luxury tents have their own private viewing deck from where hippo and crocodile are regularly seen. Each room has four-poster beds with pillow-top mattresses and fine linens, 3-piece en-suite facilities with solar-heated hot and cold running water, a refreshment center. in-room safe, and wireless telephone that allows you to set up dining on your deck or ensures no request is left unfulfilled.

Fairmont Mara Safari Club

The main lodge houses a warm reception area, retail shop, library equipped with Internet access, a beautifully decorated lounge area, and a lovely dining room. A large deck is cantilevered over the river so guests can watch the hippos play or gaze up at the stars after a day of wonder is unmatched. Dining at The Mara Safari Club is a safari in itself, made from the abundance of fresh Kenyan produce. At the Club, the pool, al fresco buffet lunches, and nightly activities of Maasai dancing, presentations, and discussion on the Mara's ecosystem and Maasai culture, all add up to create a truly unique experience.

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Breakfast at Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club means magnificent views of majestic Mount Kenya. The club's 115 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, set in over 100 acres of landscaped gardens, offer a unique blend of comfort, relaxation and adventure. Originally the retreat of movie star and Club founder, William Holden, the Club's illustrious former members have included Winston Churchill and Bing Crosby.

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I've been to some crazy dinner parties, but I don't think I've ever had anything quite so incredible as a giraffe in attendance before. At Giraffe Manor in Nairobi boasts its very own herd of Rothschild giraffes, and they're liable to stop by your dinner party just to say hello. You might be munching on a breakfast scone when the world's tallest land mammal decides to pop its head to join your tea party. Ever the gentleman, it is much too polite to ever ask that you pour it a glass. Giraffes aren't the only animal to call the Manor its home. You can spot over 180 different species of bird and may even befriend the appropriately hilariously named dik dik.  

With all the attention focused on the hotel's resident animals, don't worry that those of us with two legs and exorbitant texting plans have been forgotten. The hotel's six guest rooms are styled after an original 1930s manor house, and meals are served either indoors in striking wood-panelled dining room or outdoors on the patio. Be sure to check out both the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Karen Blixen Museum while you're there. The latter is the former home, from 1917 to 1931, of the author of Out of Africa. Nairobi's Giraffe Manor may be a little bit off the beaten path, but nowhere else can you stay as close to some of the most incredible animals found in the Serengeti.

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Fairmont Celebrates TeaFairmont has declared November 12, 2011 an official "tea day"-- celebrating all things tea-- and being tea fans ourselves, we're thrilled about the "tea-rrific" events they have planned at hotels and resorts around the world. From tastings with a tea sommelier at The Fairmont Empress in Victoria to tours of a neighboring tea estate at Kenya's historic Fairmont The Norfolk, the festive events celebrate Fairmont's historic connection to the traditional afternoon ritual. Other fun, noteworthy celebrations: get discounts for wearing fancy hats at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise; imbibe signature "Tea-quila" cocktails at The Fairmont Dallas; try Swiss-style tea at the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace featuring finger sandwiches made with local Gruyère cheese; partake in a multi-cultural tea celebration at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui. For the full run-down of activities, check out the official website. And if you're in need of a little Tea Etiquette, the experts at The Fairmont Empress have some top tips.

Pssst. You can also try some tea-infused cocktails from the hotel brand's top mixologists.

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