Introducing Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp - 2 November 2017

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Sanctuary Retreats unveils new camp in the Serengeti. Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp launches in December 2017.

In December 2017 Sanctuary Retreats will launch the exclusive new Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp in Tanzania. This extraordinary new escape, based in three set locations across the Serengeti, invites guests to intimately experience the movement of a million-plus wildebeest and zebra as they follow the fresh grasses across the Serengeti plains during the annual migration cycle. The launch is the latest in an extensive investment programme taking place across the Sanctuary portfolio.

Safari for modern-day tastes

Being a part of Kichakani — translating from Swahili as ‘in the bush’ — means staying in remarkable luxury tents which can be packed up and moved along in a style evocative of the pioneering explorers of the 19th century, yet with all the modern comforts. Handcrafted luggage, easy chairs with an air of mid-century modern, and characterful cabinets and desks, have all been designed to be perfectly portable. This considered modern collection of first-class furniture brings the charm of centuries-ago safari living bang up to date.

Classic campaign tents

An elegant contemporary take on the classic campaign look, Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp will offer accommodation under canvas with 10 new five-star tents, all of which have been styled with distinction. Each tent has a wooden deck perfect for pausing for a just-brewed cup of Tanzania’s finest coffee, and ensuite bathrooms feature authentic bucket showers. A personal tent attendant is available around the clock to fill each bucket shower to the perfect temperature. Thanks to the on-the-go nature of the whole sand-coloured canvas-constructed camp, there is little impact on the environment, casting a lighter ecological shadow.

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Classic safari tents  

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Ensuite bathrooms

 Canopy community, contemporary style

In addition to the new sophisticated private tents, the camp will also feature a grand central canopied area where the main tent flows into lounges and dining wings. Promising soul-stirring panoramas, the tents can be open on the sides to reveal the soul-stirring landscape. Savour international flavours alongside kachumbari (traditional Tanzanian salsa), coconut beans, paprika, cinnamon, chilli from nearby Zanzibar, conjured up by the Chef and his team. Evenings can be spent gathered by the traditional fire pit and exchanging stories under starry skies and listening to tales of wildlife encounters and historical derring-do from the passionate guides.

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Grand central canopied area, lounge  

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Grand central canopied area, dining area


Key features:

- 10 new classic safari tents raised on wooden platforms, each with private deck and ensuite bathroom

- New grand central tent, with lounge and dining wings

- Traditional fire pit with seating area

- Gym and yoga kits in all rooms to allow guests to be energised during their stay

- Three set locations throughout the year, based on the annual migration path


A wild safari and a trip of a lifetime

Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp’s three set locations throughout the year are based on the natural migration path offering wildlife viewing from open plains, sweeping grasslands and rocky kopjes. The stars of this seasonal path are wildebeest, zebra, Thomson’s gazelles, and the predators that this migratory journey attracts. The Serengeti is known for having the Big Five; cheetahs are a highlight, along with wild dog, giraffe, waterbuck and impala.


Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp will open on 2 December 2017 in the Southern Serengeti and will replace Sanctuary Retreats’ current Sanctuary Migration Camp offering. The camp will be located in Southern Serengeti (2 December 2017 – 31 March 2018), Central Serengeti (1 June 2018 – 15 July 2018), and Northern Serengeti (29 July 2018 – 15 November 2018). For more information, or to book, please contact us.