“Get closer to the Great Migration at this luxury camp in the less-visted northern part of the Serengeti”
Sayari has 15 wonderfully spacious and luxurious tents, plus a special tent for honeymooners; this is a peaceful camp with an intimate feel. Kingsize beds are encased in crisp linen, there are beautiful woven rugs on wooden floors, attractive Balinese hangings on the walls, cool canvas Roman blinds and textured touches that wouldn't look out of place in a funky hotel. The walls are made from thick canvas but this is where the similarity with a tent ends; the permanent structures have beautiful stained wooden floors, generous storage space and even power points for charging your camera after a day on safari. Outside, under the canopy, is a furnished veranda with a sofa and wicker table, perfectly placed for watching the sunsets.
Each raised tent has its own contemporary bathroom with two stone basins, a flushing loo, a vast rain shower and a free-standing bath for 2. You get a range of toiletries, robes, piles of snowy white towels and lots of storage space.
The tents are split into 2 'wings', with the honeymoon suite standing discreetly apart. Each wing has its own stylish dining and lounging area. In addition are a couple of under-canvas chill-out areas, for birdwatching and books.
Meals are taken in the dining tents, or out in the open air, romantically à deux, should you prefer. The former are tastefully decorated with heavy wooden tables, an impressive bar cabinet and plush sofas for realxing after dinner. The chefs prepare 3 courses each evening and the food is simple, plentiful and unexpectedly delicious. Expect soups, pasta, roasted vegetables, chicken curries, potato gratins and daily-baked bread.
Breakfast is a buffet in-camp (plates of fresh fruit, lovely cereals, home-baked croissants), or a picnic out on an early game drive. We had the latter and it was very good - hot bacon rolls, boiled eggs, cereal and yoghurt, carton juices and steaming hot coffee from a thermos. Our driver set it up on a log, and we sat and watched zebras while we ate; very special.
Similarly, picnic lunches will be prepared for you if you're out during the day - staff go out of their way to please - and alcohol is available at the camp, including champagne. Note some find the wines more rough and ready than fine, but we enjoyed them!