Introducing Sanctuary Kusini's New Camp Managers

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We spoke to the new Camp Managers at Sanctuary Kusini, Esmeralde & Van Heerden, to find out how they're enjoying life in their new home, the Southern Serengeti.

How are you settling into life at Sanctuary Kusini?

To be very honest, the Serengeti National Park has exceeded our expectations completely. We fell in love with Sanctuary Kusini right away; the staff have been welcoming and very helpful. The resident game is just amazing, and we are looking forward to the migration time. 

Sanctuary Kusini Esmeralde Van Heerden First Day

What first attracted you to the safari industry?

We have been working in the hospitality industry since we both completed school. Taking care of guests’ needs has been part of our lives as long as we can remember. We both love the bush, animals and to conserve where we can. What better way to be spending our time in an environment that we love rather than watching it on T.V.?

Do you have any special memories from your time in the safari industry?

There is too many to count but if we have to single one out, it would be canoeing on the Zambezi River. Ahead of us was a herd of elephants crossing, a pod of hippo to the left, a 3 metre-long crocodile to our right, and a myriad of bird life overhead. To top the day off we also spotted a leopard drinking form the river just before we reached camp.

Sanctuary Kusini Esmeralde Van Heerden Zambezi River Cruise

Why would you recommend visiting Sanctuary Kusini?

Quality time with amazing game sightings and professional guides to ensure you have a great time in the bush. The Serengeti plains are also home to cheetah and, as Kusini is the only permanent camp in the South Serengeti, guests get to enjoy intimate moments with game thanks to the fact that there are no other vehicles around.

Additionally, guest care is the aim of the game and that is what we and our team are here for. We think it’s the hospitality of the Tanzanian people and purity of the wildlife in the bush that surprises guests most. We love people and it is a pleasure if we can contribute to a dream safari holiday. 

Sanctuary Kusini Esmeralde Van Heerden Kopje

What can guests expect to see during the annual migration?

The Serengeti hosts the largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world, this makes it one of the seven Natural Wonders of Africa. Big lion prides make this their home during the migration and wildebeest, zebra, gazelles and buffalos are some of the most commonly found animals in the area.

But we would say expect the unexpected! 

When is the best time to visit Sanctuary Kusini?

Anytime – depending on individual needs. The bush is unpredictable and amazing things don't wait to happen. 

Sanctuary Kusini Esmeralde Van Heerden Migration

Stay for two or more nights at Sanctuary Kusini as part of our Stay Longer, Pay Less offer, and enjoy one night free. Speak to our reservations team today to find out more.