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Sayari Camp-Serengeti



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Sayari Camp, owned by Asilia Africa, is remotely located in the Northern Serengeti, with easy access to the Mara River for viewing The Great Migration and this is the reason we chose this camp. In add

Sayari Camp-Serengeti Description

Sayari Camp, owned by Asilia Africa, is remotely located in the Northern Serengeti, with easy access to the Mara River for viewing The Great Migration and this is the reason we chose this camp. In addition, it is very luxurious and made the perfect place to treat ourselves and spend the last 4 nights of our safari, before heading home.

The camp comprises of two individual camps, each with their own main areas. One larger camp has 9 tents and the smaller camp has 6 tents. While the two camps are positioned closely, they are quite separate and during our time there we did not see guests from the larger camp.

We had engaged a private guide from the camp, Albert, who collected us from the Kogatende airstrip on arrival. On reaching the lodge, we were ushered into a beautiful, open lounge area, offered cool drinks and towels and briefed about the camp, by the manager Eric, before being shown to our tent.

We had tent #1, which is the furthest from the main areas and was outstandingly beautiful, with 180 degree views. Outside was a small deck with a lounge. The inside of the tent was open, light and clean, with a large bed, wardrobe, desk, chairs, bathroom, toilet and shower. The water for the shower is solar heated. There is also a very large bathtub, positioned so that you can bathe, whilst looking out at any passing wildlife! The tent was well appointed and very comfortable.

In front of our tent, was a large open area, with trees to one side. On our first evening, we awoke at 2.30am to the noise of animals and something banging against our outside deck. We peered out into the darkness and saw the most amazing sight of wildebeest surrounding our tent as they grazed. The banging noise was their horns coming into contact with the deck. We went back to bed and drifted to sleep, with the lovely sound of wildebeest calling to each other. What an introduction to the wildlife here!

Each morning we took breakfast while out on safari and there was a huge selection of beautiful things to eat, as our guide Albert set up a table and poured our tea for us and we sat watching and waiting for the wildebeest to mass for an eventual crossing. Each day we took lunch back at camp – and it was always outstanding. The meals were always fresh and very healthy. We consistently arrived back late from the morning safari, but the camp staff always ensured that we had our meal to the same standard as those who had eaten earlier – and they are to be congratulated for this, because they understood fully that the focus of our visit was wildlife. On one occasion, while we were waiting for a crossing which extended beyond lunch, the camp contacted our driver to ask if we would like our lunch brought out to us, which was some considerable distance from camp – we politely declined but were impressed by the genuine offer and obvious care for their guests.

At dinner the delicious food was equally good and was much appreciated after a long day out. One evening we had a Swahili menu, which comprised beans in coconut milk, rice with potatoes, chicken skewers in peanut sauce, cabbage, polenta, salad etc. It was a great meal and a good opportunity to try the local dishes. Special mention should be made of Alice who provided excellent service in the dining room and makes a terrific Gin Tonic and Campari Soda! You are escorted to your tent each evening after dinner. Your escort is part of a program that the camp runs, where they employ locals from the community.

Albert our driver/guide was exceptional and is passionate regarding his work and the wildlife. For us, it’s always about the safari and Albert made our stay at Sayari outstanding. He has a very lovely nature and is a very kind man with a wonderfully broad knowledge of all topics, not just wildlife….. and we enjoyed talking with and learning from him.

His guiding is fantastic. His knowledge of wildlife is extensive and his ability to spot an animal in the distance is amazing. He ensured that we arrived at every sighting before others and we were always in the best position to view and take photographs. He always drove safely, even when we were going very fast across the short grass plains to get to the next wildebeest crossing (we had lots of fun doing this & we still think of the incredible wide open plains of the Northern Serengeti in the fresh early morning air). His skill in being able to read the behaviour of the Wildebeest while they massed for a crossing, ensured that he always moved the vehicle into position at the right time and we were always right where the crossing action occurred. We noticed that other guides often got into position too early and the animals changed their behaviour and moved to mass elsewhere. He was also very patient and quite happy for us to wait for the wildebeest to mass in order to cross and he worked hard to enable us to see many crossings, as well as the many, many other wonderful creatures we saw, due to his knowledge of the area and knowing exactly where to take us.

We also appreciated the small things that often go unnoticed – such as the pride Albert took in his vehicle – always well presented and very clean. We had the best time being out on safari with him each day. If you are serious about safari – then Albert is highly recommended.

In summary, Sayari was a super end to our safari and is highly recommended if you want somewhere special to stay, with outstanding guides and good proximity to see one of the most amazing wildlife events on the planet – The Great Migration.

Property Location

You’ll be in Serengeti National Park (Kogatende) with a stay at Sayari Camp.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 15 guestrooms. Rooms have private furnished patios. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature deep soaking bathtubs and rainfall showerheads. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities Pamper yourself with onsite massages or enjoy recreation amenities such as an outdoor pool. Additional amenities at this Art Deco tentalow include gift shops/newsstands and wedding services.

Dining

Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.

Business, Other Amenities

Featured amenities include laundry facilities and a library. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available on request).


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