- 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.
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019
We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.
Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.
Zoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019