This superb property is operated by Abercrombie and Kent, but available to other providers and to independent travellers. Although it's classified as a "Permanent Tented Camp", it was the most luxurious and attractive place we stayed on our A&K "Wings over the Migration" trip. Chris and Debbie are savvy managers who get the best out of their staff, providing a superb experience for guests. I can't overstate how wise and charming they are at the same time. The food was the best of our trip, as well as were the dining room ambiance and operations. The beds and bathrooms (dual sinks, massive stone shower) were near-Hyatt quality. The insect-mesh tent "windows" are covered by the staff with canvas flaps at night, providing privacy and draft-prevention. The bathroom section is permanent masonry construction with beautiful stones and tiles. It is very cool here on August nights.
Note that safari "hotels" are out in the middle of nowhere. Most have scheduled hours for electricity and (charcoal heated) hot water. But you have electric light in your tent at ALL times here. Like everywhere we stayed, parts of the dirt track from the South Serengeti airstrip to the hotel were very rough.
But although there are no structures except the windsock at the airstrip, there was a table with coffee, tea and juices to greet us. And there were always moist eucalyptus-scented towels to wipe your face when you returned from a game drive. Our Land Cruiser driver/guide Jesse was excellent. The kopje (rock) adjacent to the lodge provide beautiful views, although our game drives went so long (no fault of the Sanctuary ... ) that we never got up top at sunset cocktail time. (Wouldn't you rather see lions ... er ... making little lions ... twice in two days?) We had our drinks inside, or at the bonfire.
A Belgian couple we saw in the dining room on an indpendent self-drive were stuck waiting for parts for their rental 4WD. Whatever you think of "group tours", I'm glad we didn't have to worry about transportation!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Part of Sanctuary Kusini's charm is its remote and private location within the park, offering exceptional and essentially private game viewing. Built around a spectacular rocky outcrop, or kopje, the camp's communal areas include a dining area, lounge and library, as well as a campfire. The views from the kopje are simply sensational - the perfect spot for sundowners and stargazing. The library is stocked with reference books to read up on the day's discoveries, and of course, our experienced guides are always on hand to fill in about local knowledge where books cannot. Like all Sanctuary properties, Sanctuary Kusini is designed to have minimal environmental impact, in fact the camp can be packed up and removed without leaving a trace. The open-plan ensuite twelve tents at Sanctuary Kusini are shaded from the sun by acacia trees and all are positioned carefully with thought out views of the surrounding plains and extremely spacious at 48 square metres. Each tent has its own personal attendant to look after guests during their stay and feature mosquito netting, hairdryers and in-room safe. A large private wooden veranda with comfortable furnishings extends in front of each tent, with many having views of the plains below where zebra, buffalo and lion are a common sight year-round, the ideal spot to relax for a sundowner after a hot restorative shower. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sanctuary Kusini, Serengeti Hotel Serengeti National Park