Permanent tented camp
This is definitely high on our list of favourite top end Serengeti camps. Asilia does safari camps well, and this one is particularly special. The views, the remote location, the gorgeous and spacious tented rooms, the food, the service … Sayari is indulgent.
Remarkable in design and location, Sayari (meaning planet) is well thought out and blends into the northern Serengeti’s undulating bush landscape. The camp is split into two sections ensuring plenty of space and an uncluttered feel for its guests – it feels private, and smaller than it actually is. Watching the morning sun rise whilst sitting with coffee in hand on the generous terrace is one of the simple joys of the camp.
Sayari is a permanent camp and offers many qualities not offered in the mobile camps; it feels more like a boutique hotel in the bush. There are two lounges at Sayari offering quiet privacy, and between the two, a beautiful swimming pool has been created within existing rocks and stones of a kopje.
Sayari Camp is about half an hour from the various crossing points on the Mara River. Most guests stay at Sayari during the migration crossing time (around July to October), and indeed this is a stunning time to come. But we like to look out of the box and we’d also suggest a three or more night stay here when the migration is not around. It can offer top class game viewing to the best safari aficionados; full days out and no other vehicles. Also this area of Serengeti is a walking wonder as game walks are permitted here – a rare treat and a fabulous way to get a feel for Africa.
The Kuria tribe used to roam these plains and poaching was rife. The long-term conservation which Asilia has invested in in this area means there is now an alternative to poaching. Visits to villages can also be included in your stay to learn more about the tribe and how conservation has grown.
Through the excellent accommodation and service, to the chances of seeing the migration, the option of walking through the bush, and even the rock swimming pool, Sayari offers a privileged stay in the Serengeti.
Times to Go
You can come here at any time of the year, and the excellent guides will give you a good chance of seeing some great wildlife. However you should be aware that April and May bring the long rains (many avoid these months), and the short rains are usually around mid-November (though rarely have a huge impact on visitors).
The migration is in this region from about July to October, and of course this means it is peak season, both in terms of the amount of variety you’ll see, but also in terms of price and numbers of visitors.
Sayari Camp highlights
- Top end camp in northern Serengeti
- Stunning views
- A remote and private feeling
- Excellent wildlife viewing, especially
- Chances of migration river crossings
- Walking safaris
Sayari Camp location
- 15 en-suite tented rooms
- Open all year
- Children 5+ are welcome
- Swimming pool
- Laundry service
- Morning and afternoon game drives
- Waking safaris
- Community, conservation and cultural visits
- In room spa treatments
Sayari Camp rooms
There are 15 sleeping tents at Sayari Camp set at either side of the two main lounges.
Each tent has a large shaded veranda area to the front, the interior has an oriental feel with in the décor.
All the rooms are cream canvas walls and sited on large polished mahogany floors.
Beyond the sleeping area an en-suite bathroom and large walk-in shower and free-standing bath complete the spacious room at Sayari.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“Asilia Africa is the company that owns the camp, and they have a strong environmental and social responsibility record, believing in using tourism to support conservation and community development. The lodge itself uses solar power for hot water and electricity, only rarely needing their backup generator. They are committed to recycling, and they support various local community programmes such as orphanages and schools.”
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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