Sayari is one of the best camps in the north of the Serengeti. It is a beautifully stylish and well furnished camp that combines luxury with a fantastic point for game viewing. The food is impressive and the all round service is of a very high standard. The north of the Serengeti offers a very private experience. It’s a once in a life time opportunity to see the great migration without huge numbers of other vehicles ruining your picture!
Sayari Camp - The Facts
The recently refurbished Sayari camp is located in the Kogatende area in the north of the Serengeti
. It’s about a 10 minute drive from the airstrip to camp and a 2 hour flight from Arusha. The Kogatende area is spectacularly beautiful. You really do get the feeling that it must have been the region that inspired Disney’s Lion King! The landscape is occasionally interrupted by a group of towering boulders or tree that gives shade to the big cats or anything else escaping the African sun. It is an incredible landscape and you can only imagine what the first explorers thought as they reached this land of such beauty and magnitude.
The camp itself offers a splendidly luxurious retirement from this golden landscape, which makes it very popular with honeymooners
. It is a permanent tented camp and is close to the banks of the river Mara, making it a gem for access to the the river crossings. It's an old school Serengeti safari
The 15 tents are particularly large and well furnished. They are raised up on wooden platforms giving them a real sense of security. They are sleek and stylish in design with the bathroom offering guests the choice between a scented bath or a walk in shower – not many tents can boast both!
The main area comprises of two lounge and dining areas, a beautiful pool that overlooks the surrounding Serengeti eco-system, a newly added library and a spa where treatments can be enjoyed throughout the day in between game viewing activities.
As with every Asilia property, the service and hospitality is as good as it comes. From warm smiles upon arrival to your favourite drinks during sundowner, you can be sure of an unforgettable experience.
Game drives are often full of great sightings and Asilia's guides are among the best in Tanzania. During July through to the end of October, the Wildebeest migration is located in the Kogatende region which gives guests the chance to witness some spectacular river crossings, yet there is plenty of resident game throughout the year. From over 500 bird species to a booming population of big cats, visiting Sayari when the migration is not present is certainly no bad thing. Escaping the crowds that often follow the migration, heading to the North of the Serengeti for a tranquil and oppulent stay is very undertsated.
A typical Northern Tanzania itinerary would see you visit the Ngorongoro Crater where Asilia's The Highlands
offers a brilliant base to explore the surrounding area, the Crater itself and the local Maasia villages. Two nights is probably enough here, but is certainly a great way to start your Tanzania safari.
If spending an extended period in the Serengeti is what you have always dreamed, then heading South from Sayari to Asilia's Namiri Plains
makes for a great combination. Just like Sayari, Namiri is a permanent tented camp and it offers access to areas of the Serengeti that has only just opened up to tourists. With an amazing cheetah population, it is big cat heaven here so make sure you take your camera and a memory card with lots of space!