- Away from the tourist trail
- Stylish lodge with private feel
- Game drives, guided star gazing
- Serengeti Cheetah Project
Sanctuary Kusini is a small, peaceful safari camp set high amongst granite kopjes and acacia forest in the southern corner of the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Buffalo, elephant, zebra, giraffe, cheetah and lion can all be seen close to the camp and the wildebeest congregate on the surrounding grassy plains for the calving season from mid-December to March every year, providing superb predator versus prey action. Accessible via road or light aircraft to the private Sanctuary Kusini airstrip, the camp is hidden away in a remote and private location.
The camp’s communal areas include a dining area, lounge and library, as well as a campfire where drinks are served. The food is very good and delicious picnic baskets are provided for off-site activities. As with all properties in the Sanctuary Retreats portfolio, there is an emphasis on providing modern conveniences, such as WiFi, whilst also conserving the local environment.
The accommodation comprises 12 stylish and open-plan guest tents with private verandas and fabulous views across the plains. A personal attendant is assigned to every tent to ensure that guests are well looked after during their stay.
Although the potential for inclement weather during the main migratory season does exist, this remote corner of the Serengeti never disappoints. Activities include game drives with highly experienced guides in customised safari vehicles. The camp does have a quiet, exclusive feel, but it’s worth noting that it is open to outside visitors so vehicle safaris may not be private. On the plus side, there is minimal vehicle traffic in the Kusini area and game drives have a peaceful, secluded feel away from the main tourist trail. In addition, anyone with an interest in astronomy can enjoy the star-gazing ‘cosmic safaris’ led by the Camp Manager from the seated comfort of the camp’s fire-pit (weather permitting). Guests are also invited to participate in the Serengeti Cheetah conservation project by submitting information on any cheetah sightings during their visit.
Children aged 6 and above are welcome, with children aged 6-15 paying a child-reduced rate when staying with 2 paying adults. Children aged 15 and younger are required to share accommodation with their parents. Note that the camp is unfenced and, although there is no extreme risk, children must remain under constant parental supervision. Friendly and attentive staff will do all they can to be accommodating to the needs of families.
Sanctuary Kusini Camp provides a comfortable and intimate retreat away from the busy safari trail. The service is superb, the facilities pristine and the location unbeatable with superb wildlife on tap.
The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!
William Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018
The Namibia trip was fantastic!
Self-driving was brilliant, and the chronology of the itinerary was perfect (against the flow/direction most other travelers took).
As for specifics:
This place was the best!
Best service, best staff, best food, best experiences, best facilities.
We saw a cheetah kill, leopards, and white rhino (which we were not expecting).
If you’ve never been you should go...If I ever go back to Namibia I will revisit.
The only (slight) disappointment.
Maybe because it was right after Okonjima, but the service was lacking, the facilities were a bit run down, it was the only place with mosquitoes in the room with no net and no spray. Food was marginal. Not sure if there are better options in the area, though.
Etosha Park was amazing. There was so much wildlife with so little crowds.
The Okaukeujo Camp had the best watering hole with animals coming in at all times of the night. A great experience exclusive to the camp.
Beautiful place. Very private. Food and service excellent.
A nice stopping point on the drive.
An amazing place...How they laid out and built it.
Enjoyed exploring the grounds and the local area/sights.
The staff was on par with Okonjima.
2 days were perfect.
Ivin provided us with good advice/information/recommendations along the route, along with a cell phone and cooler for the trip. The car was perfect.
They represent Tourdust well!
Again, another great trip you put together...Thank you!
Earl Wong reviewing Northern Namibia Highlights - Self Drive on 17 October 2018
We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.
Jonathan Bailey reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018