Reviews of Sayari Mara Camp
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It would be good but may not be technically feasible, but it would have been useful to have a map of the immediate area. Saw two lots of crossings of the Mara River!!!
Titus our driver at Sayari was an excellent safe driver and very well informed about and a good spotter of wild life. Very pleasant tmature young man.
Great migration experience at Sayari
Fantastic new permanent camp ideally located to see the migration and Mara river crossings. The very large tents are superb with fantastic views of the bush.
Esto was a great guide and managed to find the 4 Cheetah cubs that had not been seen for 2 weeks. We witnessed a river crossing within an hour of landing at the airstrip. Day 3 produced 5 river crossings and we were the only vehicle to witness one of the largest deep water crossings.
Excellent food and the service from Philip and Wangish in the dining room deserves a special mention. We took a packed breakfast on our morning game drives starting at 6.30am and came back for lunch at 1pm. However, if we found something special, they were very flexible and we could return at any time for lunch.
Deisgner camp in the wilderness
Our final safari camp was Sayari, open for only 5 weeks when we went there. It certainly looks stunning and in particular we loved the view from our tent, the pool built into the rock, the big sofa on our veranda and the big stone bath in our tent.
The managers were really solicitous and our guide Frank was great and eager to show us as many sights as possible. He was well rewarded when we got us to the right place at the right time to see one of the earliest wildebeest crossings of the Mara for the season. It was a phenomenal experience. The northern Serengeti is so beautiful that we enjoyed the landscapes as much as the wildlife.
The food was good but they were trying very hard to make it a fine dining experience. This meant that even at breakfast the food was presented with little bits of garnish which were unnecessary and made it take ages to arrive when we just wanted to be up and out.
We went on a walking safari here as well as at Oliver's but I think that one during a holiday would be enough as while it is interesting to see your surroundings at close quarters most things, big and small, scuttle away when they see you coming so it is not a rewarding way to study the local wildlife.
The main downside of Sayari for me was that I got bitten to pieces. The Tsetse flies were pretty bad here which was annoying for everyone but I am one of those people who gets insect bites however much deet I use. My husband didn't get one bite. The camp supplied room spray and we sprayed the tent every evening but because of the design with patio doors instead of zipping flaps we could not make the tent insect proof and they just kept finding me which made the end of our safari rather miserable for me. I would really have appreciated a mosquito net here but this wasn't an option.
Like Suyan, superb in all aspects. Food, staff, facilities and activities were top class.
And of course we saw the Mara crossing and much more.
Also like Suyan could do with cake for the morning break and iron the laundry.
Sayari Camp review
Fantastic - sums up our experience at Sayari. In comparison with Suyan, the service was far superior, whether from the waiters, the Manager, tent attendants or the guides. We liked the individual tables for meals - it is nice when on holiday, not to have to make conversation over dinner etc.
The staff were friendly and did their upmost to make sure everything went well.
As for the 2 guides - Lucas and Emmanuel - they couldn't have been more helpful. Their knowledge and enthusiasm were infectious. Although they didn't find us a Leopard, they did their upmost to locate one.
Kenneth, I believe the manager, was helpful, and kind enough to wait sometime with us at the airfield, when the plane was delayed.
Sayari Camp was out of this world!
This was the most amazing experience. We had some fab guides who collected us from the airstrip - Lucas and Emmanuel and we saw lots of wildlife on the way back to camp including a leopard.
The camp was amazing, tents were very luxurious and the food was beautiful. All the staff were lovely and helped us along with our very basic swahili.
Our main guides for the bulk of our safaris were Prim and Petana who I think have xray vision as they could spot lions miles away! We were very lucky to see wildebeest crossing the Mara River 3 times, which was great a truly awesome experience.
Was excellent for our honeymoon, expensive but really worth it, would love to go back but don't think we would be able to afford it, working out a way in, maybe I can wash the ladies underwear!
Such a fantstic place beautiful sunsets and great guides and staff to share it with, thank you. x
See the migration from Sayari
The wilderbeast were massing to cross the mara river and saw many actually crossing.
Sighted several different species of wildlife compared to Selous and Ruaha
Expert Africa comments
By email, these travellers elaborated that they had seen several additional species during their time at Sayari Camp that had not been present, or had not seen, when they had visited Ruaha and the Selous earlier in their trip. eg Thomson's gazelle, oribi plus a number of different birds.
Sayari Camp review
This was our first visit to Africa and our first safari. From the moment we arrived we were quite delighted by the warm and friendly welcome from Joe and our guide Prim. This set the tone for our stay there.
All of the staff were helpful and we can't give enough praise for our guide who was with us for all of stay there. We enjoyed the freedom to be driven off road in the open vehicles and the absence of other camps etc enabled us to obtainl a great wild feel to our safaris.
Thanks must be expressed to the large herd of elephants that visited the camp after breakfast as well as the zebra and hippos that fed close by.
Sayari Camp review
We went to Sayari for the Wildebeest crossings and saw two so we must consider our objective achieved! We weren't quite sure what to expect of a semi- permanent camp but were very impressed. Tents were very comfy, food good and staff friendly and helpful. Bucket showers proved better than some we've had in 4* hotels!
Water was usable though not what you might consider clean.
On 2 afternoons we had major rain - if this is likely to continue the camp needs to provide rain ponchos given that vehicles are open to the elements.
However, we have been told that the permit for the existing Sayari camp has been revoked and a new permananent camp is under construction. This is 15k upstream and will have 15 tents on wooden platforms
Great location, guides need to improve
Great location in the far north of the Serengeti near the Mara river means you see very few other vehicles. Very close to one of the Mara river crossing sites so fantastic to see a crossing. Good levels of game. Location means you can drive off road & get out of vehicle for picnic breakfast / sundowners - a real bonus for the Serengeti. In short well worth the trip up.
As with Suyan just didn't ask about our level of experience / what we we looking for - we generally got what we wanted but had to push for it (e.g. only agreed to picnic breakfast once we made a fuss despite knowing what we wanted & having no good reason for not doing so).
Driver seemed inexperienced & guide came from the school of giving every fact he knew despite the fact that us & others already knew it. Once pointed this out he did adapt.
Expert Africa comments
The owners of Sayari Camp have promised us that they are looking into the experiences of this client, to make sure that similar niggles do not occur again, or detract from the experiences of future travellers who stay here.