Reviews of Sayari Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Stunning Sayari and great staff
We were so pleased that Expert Africa recommended us to stay at this camp in the Northern Serengeti as a fitting conclusion to our 10 night Tanzanian safari under canvas. It was indeed the highlight of the trip.
The camp is stunning, in a great wilderness location and the five star tents with running hot water and glass windows and front doors added to the luxurious experience. Julie, the new manager, was an excellent hostess and the camp staff could not be faulted in any way - always friendly, smiling and anxious to help us to have a great time. The food was superb and the outdoor dining experience on the grassy area in front of the main reception area a real delight. A dip into the infinity pool to cool off in the heat of the day, with wonderful expansive views was a real treat.
The grass was getting quite long at this time of year and made our quest to locate leopard and rhino rather challenging. Nevertheless, sightings of cheetah, lion, bat eared fox and klipspringer were not infrequent. The game is quite different in this extreme Northern part of the Serengeti compared to that in the South, with plenty of elephant and topi as well as grazing antelope and zebra. Precious few wildebeest at this time of year, as the migration is occurring in the Southern Serengeti. This meant that we very rarely saw other safari vehicles which contributed to the exclusive feel of the area. Abundant rocky terrain, plains and forest habitats made for a safari of contrasts and the visit to the Kenyan international border in a very remote and beautiful area was a memorable experience.
Kivuyo, our guide for 3 days, was excellent, and sharing our open safari vehicle with two other guests a welcome change from the open-topped Landcruiser we had used for the previous week.
Sayari Camp review
We had a great stay at Sayari. Obviously it was more luxurious than Oliver's Camp and Dunia Camp.
The facilities and food were very good. Katherine and Ross the camp mangers were excellent hosts and very helpful.
All the staff were very friendly.
The camp guides and vehicles were excellent and we had very good companions in our camp vehicle for our safari drives. The camp were able to rustle up and deliver a very impressive lunch at short notice whist we were able to stay in position to watch a crossing.
We weren't met at the airstrip! Our guide was still with previous clients. One room wasn't ready when we arrived. However, after a disconcerting start, the next few days on safari were excellent.
Our new guide/driver, Albert, was excellent. He knew just where the best viewing spots were. We saw many, many animals, as well as the wildebeests crossing the river.
We have already discussed the initial problems with Expert Africa and they are being addressed.
At first things did not go so well... but after our initial mess up with our driver and room mix up... it turned out to be an incredible and memorable experienceRead more about the whole safari
Sayari provided us with a wonderful few days of luxurious living, personalised care and outstanding wildlife-watching. We really liked our guide Oredi, and it was great that he was made available to us for the whole stay - he really got to know our personal interests and responded accordingly. It felt to us a great time to visit Sayari; although the migration is elsewhere, the richness of the wildlife is hugely impressive, and we saw hardly any other vehicles. It was also a great benefit to be there in the breeding season (which we have never experienced before, on August trips to Africa). This meant that not only did we see, amongst many other things, the Big 5 (in a single day) but we saw all of them them with young, which was amazing - and the displaying birds were spectacular, including widow birds, black-bellied bustards, etc. doing dramatic display flights.
The level of service at the camp was quite outstanding, and Alex in particular went beyond the call of duty in delivering our recovered sick member of the party to us in the middle of the day, as well as finding us rhinos and helping with eagle identification - a wide range of skills, and an exceptional level of care. In fact the whole staff were the most cheerfully friendly and kind one could ask for.
It was also a great bonus to be able to have a walking safari as part of the visit - that gave a sense of closeness to the nature in a quite different way.
(The only slight surprise was the lack of good and relevant wildlife postcards in the otherwise pleasing shop.)
Sayari Camp review
Really wonderful camp. Our guide (Albert) was knowledgeable, a lovely man, and just made everything perfect.
This was the highlight place in the Serengeti!
Sayari Mara Camp review
We felt Sayari and Unbutu were too close together and the game areas overlapped.
Had we known this I believe we would have booke one camp in the Tarangire area and the other at Sayari as Sayari is over the moon and quite an exceptional camp.
Fantastic experience at Sayari!
Staying at Sayari was the highlight of our honeymoon! We had a fantastic 3 days here, and were so lucky to see so many animals including all of the big 5!
The staff are super friendly, the food was always great and the place couldn't be more picturesque. This is the perfect place to stay to be surrounded by animals in luxurious accommodations - there was an elephant drinking from the pool one morning, and animals around our tent every night. Since it was my first trip on Safari, I did wish that on arrival we were given a better talk on safety and how to act around the animals (just to feel more prepared) as I was rather worried whenever I needed to walk to my tent from the dining areas (around 5mins).
The camp offers daily laundry service, however I don't recommend it If you have good clothes, as I was extremely disappointed when all of my white clothes were returned with blue patches that don't come out!
Overall however, this was a fantastic experience all round, that I would recommend to anyone!
A very special place
This was a great camp to finish at. Yes, it was a tented camp, but that's putting it mildly. The rooms did have canvas walls and roofs, but the wooden floors oozed class and we loved the sliding walls that made up the bathroom and wardrobe area. We also had the luxury of a bath and 200 litres of water instead of the 20 litre bucket showers! We just loved it here!
The staff here were incredible and special mention must go to Clare, the camp manager who really was an excellent host. We were treated to a memorable lunch set out under a shady tree once day and then had our own private bar for the 3 of us set up by the Mara river on our last night to watch the sun go down whilst listening to the hippos grunting. I'll never forget it as it was very special.
The pool area too was just jaw dropping simply because it was so cleverly landscaped into the surrounding rocks. I'd love one of those at home!
One day we crossed the river to the plains bordering Kenya and that was when we really felt the Serengeti get into our blood. The sheer volume and variety of wildlife was amazing, and we were lucky enough to see cheetah here as well for the last time on this trip. We had some great encounters with elephant here as well, when we had to just stop and wait for them to feed and cross the road. What a hardship!
Out of season Sayari
A beautiful, peaceful camp. John and Carol were the perfect hosts, welcoming and great company.
The wildlife out of the wildebeest season was superb, we saw plenty of big cats, zebra, elephants and even rhino and had the perfect sundowner watching a leopard in a tree with a kill then moving on to a lioness with cubs playing on a boulder.
We really didn't want to leave this place!