Discovery Centre Fund
- Our Goal
Through contributions from every Four Seasons game drive, walking safari, select boutique items and guest donations, the Lodge is able to support a number of community and wildlife projects in and around the Serengeti. For your chance to find out more, or to get involved, join the team at the on-site Discovery Centre during your stay.
- Protecting Wildlife
Four Seasons supports a number of wildlife conservation projects to help protect the magnificent animals that call the Serengeti home. Projects supported include long-term commitments to both the Rhino Conservation Project and Frankfurt Zoological Society’s Serengeti De-Snaring Project. In 2020, $14,000 was donated to these wildlife conservation projects to ensure the critical work continued at a time where funding was under threat from a severe reduction in travel.
- Care for our Community
To support children from vulnerable circumstances in the surroundings of the Serengeti, the Discovery Centre Fund provides aid and assistance to a Safe House in Mugumu, which provides shelter to girls at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). In 2020, the Lodge donated $9,000 throughout the year that benefited more than 700 girls who sought refuge in the shelter.
A Sustainable Future for SerengetiIt is not only through being a responsible tourism operator that Four Seasons looks to protect and preserve the long-term future of the Serengeti, but also through trade with local suppliers and ensuring training and tourism education is available to the talented youth of the local communities.
- Sourcing Locally
- Nearly 75 percent of our overall suppliers are from Tanzania and within the Lodge’s Boutique, 90 percent of items are from Africa, with 60 percent being specifically from Tanzania. Throughout the Lodge, Four Seasons is proud to showcase products from Shanga Shangaa – a socially conscious for-profit enterprise that employs local people with disabilities to create unique artistic pieces from recycled glass and other recycled materials. In our Lodge's boutique, there are a number of products from other Arusha-based social enterprises, including handmade beaded jewellery and accessories from Sidai Designs and Maasai Womens Development Organisation, who employ the talents of Maasai women to assist them to support and sustain their families.
- Developing Local Talent
- To develop and empower the future leaders of Tanzania tourism, the Lodge offers visits and internships to students from local colleges, including the National College of Tourism, Serengeti Tourism College (SETCO), IBES, The Vocational Educational and Training Authority, and the College of African Wildlife Management. As from 2020, the Lodge is also providing full scholarships for three local students at SETCO for the completion of two-year training courses.