Tanzania Kusini 2
 

The Serengeti is of the best places to see large predators and at Sanctuary Kusini cheetah, lion and leopard lie languidly in the nearby kopjes by day. This remote corner of the Serengeti never disappoints, where buffalo, elephant and giraffe can be seen close to camp.

The cheetah population here averages between fifty and eighty adults. Every year the Serengeti, a World Heritage site, plays host to the epic wildebeest migration. One of the highlights is the calving season, usually January to March, where one sees the arrival of newborn zebra and wildebeest take place in the plains surrounding Sanctuary Kusini. Key wildlife here include: Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra, Brown, Striped and Spotted Hyena, Kudu, Wildebeest, Reed Buck, Impala.


Caracal KUSINI Nov 14

SIGHTINGS - NOVEMBER 2014

Migration update: The wildebeests have been going back and forth between us and Moru, following the rain. The numbers are very high on the plains and in the valleys. 

Lions have been very active and entertaining! Our resident pride (8 youngsters and three females) has been joined again with two lionesses and their young. They had previously moved toward Simiyu, probably to raise their tiny cubs away from the madness of the resident naughty teenagers… Around the Simba Kopje we can now see 20 lions all together including three different age group of cubs: from tiny to teenager. The cubs are always up to something: from chasing the vehicle to chasing each other… About 14 different individual cheetahs were seen this month. The females and their cubs have been very present and the interaction among themselves is very heart warming. 

Elephants:A herd of 20 individuals is now very close to our camp and do sometimes come to visit our camp. The abundance of water and food has allowed the gentle giants to take ownership of the woodland surrounding the camp. Hyenas:We have two active dens which both host very cute hyena cubs. Caracal: A pretty (strangely very relaxed) female has been seen twice around the small forest. We were lucky to witness her on patrol of her territory. 


Kusini Lions

SIGHTINGS - AUGUST 2014

Lions and hyenas were spotted often this month in the Serengeti. Other predators seen were leopards and cheetahs. Elephants and buffaloes were viewed a few times.

Wild dogs were sighted once during the month - a total of 15 dogs.

The wildlife is easier to spot as they gather around waterholes and rivers and the vegetation is not as thick as in the wet season.


Kusini March Cheetah

Sightings - MARCH 2014

The migration was around for a brief period at the beginning of March, but was not seen again in the Kusini area. On one particular day early in the month, a brilliant sighting occurred over 200 elephants were seen at Sikum Springs.

Wild dogs remained a scarce sight, and the elusive creatures were seen just once this month at the Moru kopjes. A big treat for guests was spotting a solitary honey badger and also two Caracals (also known as the Desert Linx.) Predators were seen regularly - including lion and hyena. Cheetahs were also seen a few times during March.


Kusini - Feb 2014

Sightings - February 2014

For the first time in quite some time, guests saw wild dogs in the Serengeti! They spotted ten of them close to Moru kopjes. The migration is currently making its way back towards Sanctuary Kusini. At the moment, the migration is very widespread and the rains will still determine where they will be headed to next. As always, the migration brings with it vast numbers of predators including lion, leopard, hyena and cheetah which were seen almost every day this past month, including a few kills made on the wildebeest.

 

 


Kusini - Jan 2014

Sightings - January 2014

The migration is still in the area in and around Sanctuary Kusini and with them, come plenty of predators in search of their next meal. Our guides and guests had some fantastic sightings this month, including seeing a cheetah killing a Grant's gazelle and another cheetah killing a young Thomson's gazelle. Leopards were seen and most of the lion sightings were in the Ndutu area east of Kusini - that includes the tree climbing pride.


Kusini - Dec 2013

Sightings - December 2013

The first of the wildebeest migration have appeared near Sanctuary Kusini. A week of heavy rains meant the end of the drought and with the rain, came the first herds of wildebeest. The migration then started heading south after being stalled in the Western corridor north of central Serengeti. More rains will ensure they they stay in the area, and soon after that, we should start seeing plenty of babies! Guests also spotted lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, cheetah and hyena.


Kusini - Nov 2013

Sightings - November 2013

This time of the year, our guests prefer to be out for a full day game drive in search of the wildlife that make this part of the Serengeti their home. One one of these full day game drives to Moro kopjes and the central area, guests were able to encounter five different sightings of leopard! Other sightings include spotting cheetah,hyena, plains game, buffalo and elephant. We were also lucky to see the local tree-climbing lion pride.


Kusini - Oct 2013

sightings - October 2013

The migration is currently at the western corridor and Grumeti area, slowly making its way down towards the Serengeti. This means sightings of predators like lion and leopard in the area will also increase. There are still plenty of cheetahs, some with cubs as well as hyena and buffalo. Guests were also lucky to spot a serval as these small predators are hardly ever seen. Bird watching has been great as more and more European and North African migratory birds come back to the park. The Serengeti is home to more than 500 bird species and definitely won't disappoint bird enthusiasts.


Kusini - Sept 2013

Sightings - September 2013

This month, our sightings of the Big Five and cheetahs increased from August. Guests were very lucky when they spotted a very brave or very fortunate baby striped pole cat during an early morning game drive. It was spotted walking about just outside its den, quite happily moving around while a Tawny eagle was watching it closely. Luckily it didn't get attacked and returned safely to its den. A few other highlights include a male cheetah seen killing a Thomson's gazzelle. A day out to Seronera saw sightings of a leopard killing a gazelle and lions having warthog for lunch.


Kusini - Aug 2013

SIGHTINGS  - AUGUST 2013

Game viewing in the Serengeti remains good with most sightings either seen around Sanctuary Kusini or near the central Serengeti area. Guest highlights this month were witnessing the birth of a baby giraffe - guests watched it struggle for 30 minutes before being able to stand up. A leopard in a tree with a pride of lions lying in the shade of the same tree and two cheetahs hunting and killing a Thomson's gazelle.