Reviews of Sayari Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
58 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Sayari Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
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." See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania; 3n in Rwanda
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.)" See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania
"Sayari Camp review"
This was the highlight place in the Serengeti!" See all these reviews: 10n in Tanzania; 4n in Rwanda; 1n in South Africa
"Sayari Mara Camp review"
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." See all these reviews: 7n in Tanzania; 6n in South Africa
"Fantastic experience at Sayari!"
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!" See all these reviews: 6n in Tanzania
"A very special place"
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!" See all these reviews: 10n in Tanzania
"Out of season Sayari"
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!" See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania
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.
" See all these reviews: 10n in Tanzania
"Sayari Mara Camp"
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." See all these reviews: 34n in Tanzania; 5n in Zanzibar
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