Permanent tented camp
Understated luxury and high levels of personal service in a splendid tented camp nestling between rocky outcrops (kopjes) in a remote part of the southern Serengeti. Wildlife is simply stunning – it’s the perfect place to witness the migration at calving season. You can also enjoy other unforgettable experiences like cheetah monitoring.
Camp owner Sanctuary Retreats promises ‘Adventure, enchantment and luxury – naturally’ and Sanctuary Kusini delivers on all points. The only permanent camp in this part of Serengeti, it’s luxurious and elegant but in an understated way, blending in with rather than intruding into the landscape. Because there are no other camps around you have a great feeling of privacy as you enjoy an authentic safari experience.
Wildlife is great all year round, and there is some wonderful birdlife, but stay here from January to March and you’ll witness hundreds of thousands of migrating wildebeest gathering to calve, and the predators circling to prey on the newborn animals. This is a ‘big five’ destination, and is particularly rich in big cats, with large numbers of lion and cheetah, while leopards are often found on the huge granite rocks (kopjes) close to camp. The camp participates in a cheetah monitoring project and you can be a part of it, travelling with a guide to find and photograph these beautiful creatures.
Ascend to the top of the main kopje, recline on comfortable pillows and feel a million miles from anywhere as you enjoy a sundowner and an unparalleled view of the sunset, and, later, enjoy some wonderful star gazing on a ‘cosmic safari’ with a green laser pointer showing your route. Days often end with guests sitting round the campfire, chatting over sightings and encounters.
Sanctuary Kusini prides itself on a high level of personal service, and each tent has its own butler. Food is excellent and, after a day’s thrilling game viewing, you can’t beat a fine, three-course dinner as you swap stories of your adventures.
Times to Go
December to March are generally the warmest months, and around January to March you will be able to witness the calving season of the migrating wildebeest and other plains game. June to August are relatively cool, and things then start to warm up again from September to November, with short sessions of rain in November. Wildlife is good throughout the year, though obviously January to March, when the migration passes through, is fantastic. The camp is closed during the rainy months April and May.
Sanctuary Kusini highlights
- Beautiful and luxurious permanent camp
- Magnificent, private position by spectacular rocky outcrops
- On the path of migration at calving season (January-March)
- Fantastic predator sightings, including cheetah and leopard
- Take part in unique cheetah monitoring project
- Cosmic safaris – ‘walk’ through the night sky
- Personal butler for each tent
Sanctuary Kusini location
- 12 spacious en-suite tents
- Open June-March
- Children aged 6 + are welcome
- Personal butler for each tent
- Dining tent, lounge and library
- Wi-Fi in public areas
- Viewing deck
- Laundry service
- Private safari vehicle and guide (optional)
- Morning and afternoon game drives
- Full day game drives with picnic lunch into central Serengeti
- Cosmic, star gazing safaris
- Cheetah monitoring
Sanctuary Kusini rooms
Each of the spacious tents has polished wooden floors, colourful rugs, pale soft furnishings, a large comfortable, canopied double bed, writing desk, comfy chair, plenty of storage, in-room safe and hairdryer.
En-suite bathrooms have showers and twin basins, with a separate flush toilet. Toweling bathrobes are provided.
Large elevated private decks with comfortable furnishings in front of each tent have terrific views of the bush and its resident wildlife.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“Sanctuary Kusini supports the Serengeti Cheetah Project, which monitors the population of cheetah in the area, one of the last remaining natural ecosystems with a healthy population of these big cats. Guests can actively support the project, photographing cheetah they encounter and submitting the results to be identified thus adding valuable information to the project’s records.”
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.