Reviews of Sayari Camp
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Heaven on Earth
i have said we did'nt think we could better Plantation Lodge. That was until we got to Sayari Camp. The tents are out of this world both in comfort and beauty. Looking out onto the Serengeti from our terrace is exceptional especially when you find a Zebra just outside your door.
The safari was amazing, and again our guide Nicholas was excellent. He made sure we saw all the animals we wanted to and patiently answered all our questions. The highlight being Mating Lions.
What a Delight!
We spent five nights at Sayari (in September) and had an excellent experience in every way. The well-designed tents and common spaces are spacious and clean. The food was generally delicious. Breakfasts and lunches in camp are lovely buffets and the daily dinner menu offered three nice main dish options. Our "bush" picnics were tasty - and typically included more food than we could have possibly eaten.
The staff was very friendly and helpful. It is a well-managed property, you get the feeling that every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. Our guide, supplied by Asilia, (owner of the lodge) was amazing. We were impressed by his knowledge and professionalism. It is difficult to think of any suggestions to offer, but in a perfect world each tent would have a fan - useful during the afternoon rest time between game drives.
The location (Northern Serengeti) offered us incredible wildlife watching. We saw 8 crossings, plus an amazing array of mammals and birds. Truly unforgettable in every way.
A little bit of heaven on earth
Lovely room with free standing granite bath in front of the bathroom doors. Separate loo & shower, double hand basins. Elephants walking past the room.
Food was good though not exceptional.
The local area was beautiful, just beautiful. Rocks, plains, the river, further plains with the wildebeest herds starting to grow, great game viewing. Leopards, lions, cheetahs, a few elephants and other game. Sadly the rhino kept themselves hidden from our view although had been seen a day or two before.
Roger & Annabel run a tight ship and are delightful company. Annabel pours a mean G&T :-)
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!
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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.