Reviews of Sayari Camp
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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!
This was the highlight of our trip to Tanzania. Four nights here so plenty of time to relax and unwind at the wonderful Sayari Mara Camp.
Its a big camp but certainly didn't feel like it. We had asked for - and got - a tent near the main reception areas, but it was still quiet and peaceful and not overlooked. The scenery may not have the drama of the Ngorongoro Crater but it is still beautiful and surprisingly varied. We hardly ever saw any other vehicles.
Tents are huge, and very stylish, with plenty of storage, and also have huge bathrooms with a bathtub (one of the reasons we had picked this camp - we do like a bath - & we never used the shower, although getting enough hot water to fill it proved quite a challenge!). Extra socket near the writing desk for charging things. Big private verandas with sofa and chairs.
A wonderful open, light & airy main area with bar and plenty of seating, coffee table books. At times maybe a bit too open, as during a thunderstorm, John (the manager) was left hanging on to one of the guy ropes to try to stop it getting blown away - had to do a few repairs the following morning. Separate dining tent. Swimming pool. Shop. Only a short drive from Kogatende airstrip.
Phil's request for no carrots, and mine for no cheese were well catered for and separate meals prepared as necessary! Lunch was a buffet arrangements - good idea - and served at separate tables. Dining was communal but separate tables were available if asked for.
Again, our dining companions made for entertaining evenings. On the last day we were on our own - the migration had recently left the area so the camp was quieter We were asked where we would like our lunch & dinner .. and it was served at a table specially laid for us, with a Maasai cloth at the edge of the lovely open and airy lounge area, as they thought we would be rattling round in the dining room on our own. A lovely way to end our stay.
The managers are fairly new to this camp (John and Clare) and looked after us very well - nothing was too much trouble.
Our young guide ('JB' - another John) was not in Alfred's league (but a good friend of his, he said!), but was still very good. We had another couple with us to begin with, but were then on our own in the safari vehicle. This made it easier for Phil, as he could then pick the best place to sit to accommodate his long legs (he is 6'6" tall), as one outing sitting at the back was uncomfortable.
Highly recommended for a longer stay.
Sayari Mara Camp
Sayari was a lovely lodge, modern and very open.
The manager was lovely, both helpful and attentive. We loved the dinners, which were varied and sitting at a long table, where we were able to move around, was a wonderful way to meet other guests. As we were ground level in our cabin, which was closest to the main cabin, we could see the animals on the plains during the day and early morning from our bed. The facilities were very good. It was a beautiful open camp.
We loved our guide and saw much of the Serengeti, especially "The Crossing" and our first Cheeta and Leopard. We so enjoyed this lodge and our guide.
Sayari Mara Camp review
Guides excellent, the best we had on our trip (although they were all excellent at every location we stayed at). The camp’s location is perfect for seeing a large crossing (which we did after 3 days – worth the wait).
Smart and chic, but perhaps a little too much “style” versus substance. The food, although good, was trying to be too fancy and not as good as Oliver’s Camp or Serengeti Safari Camp. You need to make it clear in advance that the walking activity is an additional charge (currently $50 pp).
Sayari Mara Camp review
We were very impressed with Sayari - it is a beautiful, luxurious camp in a remote location by the Mara River where hippos roam the camp at night. Tanja, Eric and the team made us feel very welcome, the service and food were excellent, and our tent was beautiful with stunning views over the valley and into Kenya.
Given its proximity to the Mara River, Sayari is a great location for seeing crocodiles and hippos and we saw plenty. Our guide Malaki also spotted rare black rhino and we observed them from very close which was fascinating.
We liked Sayari but early June was not the ideal time to visit the camp - after the long rains the roads were very bad, and we got stuck once as did a number of other vehicles from the camp. Also the tse tse flies were in abundance and long sleeves and insect repellent did little to deter them, plus the game viewing was very quiet compared to Dunia as the migration was still further south. A great camp but probably better visited in July/August.