Sayari Camp

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Get closer to the Great Migration at this luxury camp in the less-visted northern part of the Serengeti
The Northern section of the Serengeti is wildly beautiful and refreshingly green with rolling hills undulating towards Kenya. Sayari Camp is located next to the Mara River, which each year sees millions of zebra and wildebeest taking their chances by crossing it on their way north through the open plains of the Serengeti. From July to November, a stay here will put you in the best position for witnessing this, though it has a high density of big cats, elephants, crocodiles and hippos all year round.

The camp is also unique in that it offers access to what is one of the best game-viewing secrets in Northern Tanzania - the superb Mara Triangle, a wedge of of sloping grassland that divides the Mara River from the Kenyan border packed with grazers, the Big Five and endless varieties of birds. Sayari's remote location means game drives without meeting other vehicles and there's a genuine wilderness atmosphere here. Rather than tearing around with a ticklist of animals, you're encouraged to just sit and watch the river with its constant parade of animals.

But of equal draw is the camp itself; genuinely luxurious, and more like a boutique hotel than remote campsite. The 15 spacious guest tents are split into 2 wings, and are thoroughly decadent inside - polished wood floors, kingsize beds, free-standing baths for 2, vast rain showers and private terraces. Depending on your safari itinerary you can transfer here by road, or there is an airstrip 20 minutes away.

Highs

  • Fantastic migration viewing and an unparalleled game experience
  • Luxurious accommodation in a beautifully remote region
  • Personalised service from exceptional staff
  • Delicious gourmet food from the bush kitchen
  • Hearing lions roar in the night, waking to zebras grazing outside, watching the sun set over the Mara river
  • Asilia are dedicated to community support and conservation awareness

Lows

  • The remote location means longer transfers
  • Sayari is a cut above the rest in terms of luxury so we recommend ending your stay here for some true indulgence

Best time to go

This area is amazing at any time of year but the camp is closed during the heavy rains of April and May. There's a second bout of wet weather, the 'Short Rains', between October and early December. July and August are the best months to see the zebra and wildebeest taking their chances crossing the Mara River on their way north through the open plains of the Serengeti.

Our top tips

Go on a walking safari. Ours was amazing - we learnt heaps about the landscape, saw exciting things like rhino tracks and leopard claw marks right outside the camp, and our tracker was lovely.

Great for...

Eco
Foodie
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Safari Camp
  • 15
  • All meals included
  • 5+ year olds welcome
  • Closed: 1 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
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Rooms

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.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Extra beds
  • Internet access
  • Mosquito net
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries

Eating

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!

Features include:

  • All meals included
  • Bar
  • Communal dining
  • Vegetarian menu
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Activities

  • There are 2 game drives a day included in your tarif. (If you have booked for shared drives, these usually take place in the morning and afternoon, and you return to camp for lunch. If you have booked private drives, or if your shared group agrees, you can ask for your drives to be back-to-back, so you go out from 8-4pm, with a picnic lunch en route - the advantage of this is that you can go further afield.) If you have a private driver, he'll act as your guide too; if you're part of a group drive, there may be a driver and separate tracker. Either way you'll be in expert hands. There's superb lion, cheetah and plains-game viewing all year round, but especially from July to November during the Great Migration

  • Walking safaris are offered early morning and late afternoon; tracking wildlife on foot with an expert guide is utterly thrilling

  • Dip in and out of the pool shaped from the rocks, its organic contours in keeping with the unaffected ethos of the camp; rest in the shade of a stylish parasol

  • Reading, dreaming, drawing, painting, writing and contemplating come blissfully free of charge

  • Cultural visits to Meruga Village to learn about the Masai culture, tradition and way of living

  • If you're into yoga, ask about their dedicated 5-night yoga retreats at certain times of year

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Hiking
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Safaris
  • Traditional cultures
  • Walking safaris
  • Wildlife
  • Yoga

Kids

Children under 5 are only allowed if the camp is booked exclusively. Children aged 5-18 years are welcome, and charged 50% of the adult rate for an extra bed in parents' tent

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Extra Beds Available

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