Sanctuary Kusini

distinctive Camp | Serengeti Nat'l Park, Tanzania

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Situated in a wild and remote corner of the Serengeti Plains, Sanctuary Kusini sits on the very doorstep of Tanzania’s Great Migration route. Sanctuary Kusini is the only permanent tented camp in the southern Serengeti and provides extraordinary views of the plains on which the annual drama unfolds. Set on a kopje, or rocky outcropping, this bush camp is so remote that it needs its own airstrip!

Photo of Megan Bryant

Our Expert Says

With no other camps in the near vicinity, Kusini offers exceptional and essentially private game viewing in a remote sector of the Serengeti. Kusini’s permanent tented camp blends seamlessly into the predator-rich plains, creating a sense of being at one with the wilderness.

– Megan Bryant

Photo: The Camp

The Camp

Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Number of Tents: 12

Because Sanctuary Kusini sits alone in a remote corner of Tanzania’s southern Serengeti, it offers guests an exclusive vantage point from which to witness the drama of the Great Migration that thunders past the camp each year. Twelve deluxe tents are shaded by acacia trees and positioned carefully to maximize views of the surrounding plains. Sleeping under canvas beneath the starry African skies is an unforgettable experience. Each tent has en suite facilities to maximize comfort and privacy, as well an individual personal attendant to look after guests during their stay. The private wooden verandas are the ideal place to relax with a cocktail after an exciting day on safari in the bush. Dinner is served under the stars or in the central dining tent. Enjoy bush breakfasts and sundowners on the giant boulders of the kopje overlooking the endless expanse of the Serengeti.

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Photo: Facilities & Amenities

Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Shampoo, conditioner and soap
  • Hair dryer
  • 220v charging outlets in room
  • In-room safe
  • Wi-Fi in main area
  • Laundry included
  • Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
  • No air conditioning, telephone or cellular coverage

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Photo: Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Nestled in a cluster of kopjes (rocky outcroppings), Sanctuary Kusini sits in the heart of Tanzania’s summer wildebeest migration route on the southern plains of the vast Serengeti. This is where the drama unfolds between December and April, when masses of wildebeest congregate to feast on fresh grass shoots that sprout with the seasonal rains. In the wake of thousands of moving wildebeest and their zebra companions are a host of predators, including lion, cheetah and hyena, scanning the herds for their weakest members as they wait for the perfect moment to strike. The camp itself is built on a raised kopje surrounded by woodland, providing stunning views of the plains below from the main deck. Zebra, buffalo, lion and cheetah are a common sight year-round. Activities at Kusini Camp include daily nature drives to observe the abundant wildlife. Hikes to the tops of the nearby kopjes afford a bird’s-eye view of the Seregeti’s vast savanna and sky.

During the famous Great Migration, the wildebeest can be found dropping their young in the southern Serengeti between December and March, and are typically found attempting to cross the Mara River in the northern Serengeti between July and October. The resident wildlife in the park is found year-round. Other typical sightings may include jackal, warthogs and a number of other mammals, birds and reptiles. Exact sightings will depend on rain patterns and wildlife movements.

Click here to view our Great Migration Map

Country Park/Reserve
Black Rhino
Gemsbok / Oryx
Tanzania Serengeti Nat'l Park

Usually viewed
Frequently viewed
Occasionally viewed
Sporadically viewed
Rarely to never viewed

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Month Max Min Rainfall
January 81° F 64° F 2.2 in
27° C 17° C 56 mm
February 82° F 64° F 2.28 in
27° C 17° C 58 mm
March 82° F 68° F 4.49 in
27° C 20° C 114 mm
April 81° F 64° F 6.81 in
27° C 17° C 173 mm
May 81° F 64° F 4.21 in
27° C 17° C 107 mm
June 81° F 63° F 0.98 in
27° C 17° C 25 mm
July 81° F 63° F 0.79 in
27° C 17° C 20 mm
August 81° F 54° F 0.79 in
27° C 12° C 20 mm
September 82° F 68° F 0.98 in
27° C 20° C 25 mm
October 82° F 64° F 1.42 in
27° C 17° C 36 mm
November 82° F 64° F 2.72 in
27° C 17° C 69 mm
December 81° F 64° F 2.6 in
27° C 17° C 66 mm

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Photo: Conservation


Sanctuary Kusini is a proud supporter of the Serengeti Cheetah Project, a research project that monitors the demographics of cheetah in one of its last few remaining natural ecosystems. The camp is well situated for cheetah observation, sitting directly in the path of the seasonal cheetah movement from the central to the southern Serengeti. Guests at Kusini have the opportunity to contribute to this valuable project by venturing out on special "cheetah watch" game drives with an expert guide. Guests are introduced to the cheetahs’ habitat and educated on how to correctly identify and photograph cheetah, before recording their behavior and location. Since the program was developed in late 2009, guests at Kusini Camp have submitted 50 sightings usable by the research project. This constitutes 32% of all recorded cheetah sightings monitored by the Serengeti Cheetah Project, which means guests here are playing a critical role in helping scientists to understand and protect these agile, athletic felines.

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