Reviews of Sayari Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Great Camp and Great Game Viewing
Sayari camp in the northern Serengeti was a fourth and final camp on our northern Tanzania safari, organised by Expert Africa. Our 3 nights here was a fantastic finale to an amazing trip.
We arrived at Kogatende airstrip after a short flight from Seronera in the central Serengeti. We were met at the airstrip by our guide Lucas. On the drive to the camp as well as seeing elephant and giraffe we witnessed our first wildebeest crossing of the Mara River. The wildebeest were returning south to the Serengeti from the Maasai Mara, unfortunately one became lunch for a waiting crocodile.
On arrival at the camp we were warmly welcomed by Jen, the manager. Sayari camp has 15 ‘tents’ but is in fact run as two separate entities one of nine tents and the second with six tents. We stayed in the larger camp which was managed by Jen and her husband Richard assisted by Germana. Each camp has its own dining facility and lounge but a pool is shared by both camps. Service at the camp was impeccable and both management and staff were extremely friendly and accommodating, nothing was too much trouble.
The tents are luxuriously appointed with sliding glass doors leading to a large verandah with views towards the Mara River and Kenya. They are well spread out in the camp and hence very private but quite a long way from the camp facilities. This is not a problem as the guide will pick you up from the tent in the morning and there is a ‘taxi service’ in the evening to take you to and from the dining room.
The food at all the meals was excellent with a good choice and was always served with a smile.
Our guide, Lucas, was brilliant; it was very enjoyable spending the day with him. We did four game drives with Lucas and had some wonderful sightings including three more wildebeest crossings. On one game drive we crossed the Mara River and drove to the Kenyan border and stood one foot in Tanzania and one in Kenya. Although we did not find the elusive rhino we saw plenty of all three of the big cats, including one pride of 17 lions, plus buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, elephant, warthog, hyaena, jackal, topi, hartebeest, eland, klipspringer, impala, oribi, dik dik, baboon, mongoose, steinbok, gazelle, hyrax, Nile monitor lizard, crocodile and hippo.
The northern Serengeti is a fantastic place to see lots of different wildlife, although it is busy (many other vehicles) at the migration crossing places it is much quieter away from the river. A great luxurious camp set in a wonderful location.
Sayari Camp review
If during migration season don't let television clips of crossing during migration create expectations of instant viewing. Often luck and patience are rewarded. We saw 4 in two days while some saw minor or none. Guise cant control crossing times
Great Location, Great Food
The Camp was good and Olivia, John and Lucas were great. The guide we had (Lucas) was first class and whilst the viewing was perhaps disappointing (no Rhino! no river crossing!) we really enjoyed the game drives with him.
Some hot water would have been nice and the tetse fies were the worst we have experienced in seven safari holidays.
The food was really good.
Luxury safari at its best!
Sayari is a really special place.
It's extremely luxurious, but without being garish or over-the-top. The tents are amazing, the pool area is fantastic and the map room is a really cool addition. The food was lovely and Annabel packed us a cheese box every day, which was much appreciated!
We would definitely recommend this camp.
Luxury at Sayari Camp
Roger and Annabelle were extremely welcoming and made us feel at home straight away. This was a great camp to end our safari, with a beautifully equipped tent and wonderful lounge and dining areas.
We were there too short a time to make use of the inviting swimming pool, although the Rock Hyraxes were relaxing on the loungers! All of the staff were particularly attentive and it was great to see the work being done by the camp, to help local children to understand the benefits of protecting the wildlife in the park.
Food was of a very high quality and was plentiful. We had a lovely bush breakfast on our second day. We had a young but very knowledgeable guide, who interacted particularly well with us and joined us for meals, which was a change from the other Serengeti camp that we had used.
The camp had a well stocked library, with many books to learn about Africa.
Sayari Camp is in an excellent location, but it is not my style. There are glass sliding doors and windows and they offer manicures, pedicures, and massage. Really? On safari?
In spite of that, I loved the staff, the guide, and everything else.
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.