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Sanctuary Kusini Camp

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8/10

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Highlights

- Away from the tourist trail
- Stylish lodge with private feel
- Game drives, guided star gazing
- Serengeti Cheetah Project

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Overview

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.

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  • Hello Lisa. We came back from our trip two weeks ago now so I am sending this email much later than I wanted to. Nevertheless, what I wanted to say was thank you very much for helping us organise an amazing trip. Our days in Mafia Island to celebrate my 50th birthday were exactly what I wanted them to be: a fantastic time with the family doing activities that we all love and enjoy in a relaxing, unusual, beautiful place full of sun, surrounded by water, wildlife and friendly people. We swam with whale sharks, did a lot of snorkeling, had two picnics on a beautiful sand bank, watched the sunset over the sea, did a bird watching excursion and tried scuba diving.
    All merit to you because Pole Pole in Mafia Island was your recommendation. I never heard of Mafia Island before and didn't consider Tanzania to start with. It was an amazing place to stay: friendly, relaxed, beautiful, comfortable, with great food and fantastic service. Thanks not only for finding the place but also for your patience as we prepared the trip and I explored options and decided what I wanted. All went incredibly well (places, transfers, flights) and we had a very memorable time together that we will all remember forever - as we still do the safari trip to South Africa you organised for us 5 years ago.
    I cannot wait to plan another trip! I am already thinking about where and when. Hopefully no pandemic will get in the way this time. And I will come to you as my favourite travel agent.
    I copy in this message the Tourdust office because I want them to know how good you are and how much I appreciated the different trips you organised for us (including the trip to India for my parents that was cancelled due to Covid). I cannot thank you enough :o)
    Kind regards, Carol

    MissingCarolina O reviewing Relaxed Bush & Beach Family Holiday in Tanzania on 25 November 2022

  • Hi Lisa
    It was a fantastic experience, thanks very much. All the arrangements were seamless and our guiding/support team were excellent, if there is a way for you to formally commend the team to your ground operators then I would be grateful if you could do that, they really were brilliant.
    Many thanks for your help in arranging the trip, and for your patience during the multiple re-arrangements over the past couple of years.
    Kind regards, John

    MissingJohn B reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 14 November 2022

  • Can't praise tour dust enough, they helped us to create a holiday of a lifetime that has given us family memories we will treasure forever. From start to finish the whole experience was exactly what we wanted and more. Due to covid we waited 2 and a half years for this trip but worth the wait.
    Carly

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