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Sayari Camp, Asilia Africa
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Reviewed 26 December 2011

A purrfect location for seeing wonderful sights. Lions mating; leopards with young, lioness with cubs. And all this in amazing comfort and the ever smiling face of Tanya leading a great team.
One of the best experiences ever and great for the whole family.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 December 2011

Amazing camp in northern Serengeti. We had a great experience with viewing wildlife and scenery offroading with our very informative guide. Saw wildebeast and zebra crossing Mara River. Lions, cheetah, elephants, giraffe, etc all easily found and observed. Guide (Malaki) was wonderful in going the distance (literally) to try to locate a black rhino (we were successful!) and meeting other requests.
Meals were excellent with meeting people from all over at dinner. Breakfast or lunch could be eaten at camp or packed to take out for the day..
Accommodations and hospitality were amazing by all, from meeting us at the air strip with tea and cookies to taking the time to take us out on one last safari before our plane took us away again.

Room Tip: All tents are great!
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 December 2011

I have been to Serengeti four times and this was the first time that I stayed at Sayari and the first time that I was in the northern part of the Serengeti. My husband and I had a wonderful time at Sayari, the service was excellent, the staff were extremely friendly and the food was delicious. I had been slightly worried because a few people had written slightly negative comments about the food and I am very picky when it comes to food, but in the end I had absolutely nothing to worry about because the food was splendid all three days that we were there.

The rooms were gorgeous, spacious, and very clean. The only setback is that there is a limited amount of hot water each day but it didn't put a damper on our experience.

The location of Sayari is also excellent, the northern part of Serengeti is completely different from the central and southern parts and I would definitely come back to the north rather than going to another part of Serengeti.

Our guide during the safari was a gentleman called Frank and he was very friendly and knowledgeable. During the last day of our trip we were scheduled to leave for the airport early in the morning and Frank contacted the hotel to let us know that he had seen a cheetah close to the airstrip so we made a slight detour and were able to see the cheetah in close proximity.

I would definitely recommend Sayari to anyone who wants to visit the Serengeti.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 December 2011

This lovely camp was a highlight of our trip.

Game: The best game viewing we had. Get out early as that's when you'll see the best. The guides (ours was Malaki) are friendly, knowledgeable and make a great gin & tonic for sundowners.

Food: Wow. I had not been expecting such fabulous food. The nightly dinner selection could rival nice restaurants in any city.

Rooms: Spectacular. Great views and amazing amenities. We stayed in the honeymoon suite which didn't seem much better than any of the other rooms. I don't think I'd do that again.

This is a wonderful resort. The staff takes care of everything and you worry about nothing. Don't stay for less than 3 days or you'll be sad to leave (longer and you'll have seen the game the area has to offer).

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 December 2011

Arriving Sayari on small charter planes was an adventure in itself. We've been able to see Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Wildebeest herds, parts of the Rift Valley from above. It was wonderful. The company running the flights are surprisingly well organised. Although they don't use computers and most of the handling is done manually; nobody was lost or left behind considering the amount of people and places they are servicing.

I am also very happy with the safari company and the organisation they have provided in this remote part of the world with limited organised resources and many hops and stops. Credit where credit's due.

There is only one thing that summarizes our stay at Sayari: We felt like we are staying at a very dear friend's place. The personalized attention to detail, the genuine warmth of people and the beauty of our surroundings will remain with us forever.

Tanya is a very special host. She is the great friend you never knew you had. Her team will make you feel looked after like never before. Maggie is also very helpful and the entire team is always very friendly and attentive and treat everyone like VIP guests.

Everything from our arrival until our departure was so well organised. And it never felt like we were on a schedule; it was flowing naturally at all times. Everything was top quality and the attention to detail in everything was very well executed. I don't have enough space here to list all the great details but amongst many things, I particularly liked to find plug adapters in the tents, a Warm water bottle in the bed at night, the morning wake-up tray before breakfast, incredible breakfast and sundowner picnic setup and Ice cold face towels waiting at the end of a game drive.

The tents are on raised wooden floors, big, spacious rooms with a massive bathroom section. Cleverly positioned to give you privacy. Subtle and suitable for the surroundings. The home comforts are perfectly integrated into this beautiful place without being into your face. When you wake up and the sun is rising above Masaai Mara with wild animals grazing outside of your tent; there is nowhere else you want to be in the world..

Food: Fresh, delicious, innovative, great choice of food and very good wine selection. It is amazing how they produce all this in the middle of nowhere, with no mains electricity or water. Dinner/Lunch: Either communal or private; up to you. We had great time coming together with other guests for dinner and lunch.

We preferred to take our breakfast on the road. So it was possible to have breakfast at the edge of the River Mara; watching crocs, hippos, birds.

Our game driver had a wealth of information and also so great in observing the little things (birds, plants, little animals), as well as the obvious big ones. His love to the park and its creatures was obvious and genuine. He has the greatest office in the world, as far as I'm concerned.

The location gave me a new mental picture of what open space means. Nothing man-made as far as your eyes can see.

My stay at Sayari provided my body and soul a lot more than a luxury Safari holiday. They genuinely try to make this the best time of your life, and it shows. I wish it continues like this and gets better. Cannot wait to go back for more.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 December 2011

An intimate home in the midst of gracing antelopes, marauding elephants, and wildebeest stampede.

The management gives the personality of the lodge. At Sayari, this couldn’t be truer. Warmth, sparkling, wonderment, comfort, excitement.

We were at Sayari for three days and after spending one night at a neighboring lodge, our agent was able to arrange us to move back to Sayari. The welcome home that we received made us realized that during our first stay, we were really at home. We absolutely adore the people working at this place. They take care of our every need. When planning our days, there were two options: Everything our hearts desire, and everything our hearts desire. And our hearts were not for want.

The layout: Fifteen tents. Comparing to Sanctuary Kusini’s 12 and &Beyond Klein’s 10, it may sound many. But Sayari is run as if it is two lodges. Each wing has its own manager, dinning room, and lounge. And in my own heaven, I didn’t even know another world existed.

Meals: Sayari offers both banquet dining and private dining. Sit with other travelers if you wish. Intimate private table if you desire. Either way, you will not miss the sparkling conversation with the hostess. Lunch is buffet style. Dinner is presented plated. Continental cuisine. Ice cream in 33C heat. From Arusha. How do they manage!
Location: A twenty-minute drive from Kogatendo Airstrip. An hour drive to migration cross points in the east, by the Lemala tents, which is the old Sayari site.

Expectation: Warmest welcome. Excellent staff committed to make the stay the best experience in Serengeti. World class international cuisine. Among the Asilia’s lodges, Sayari is the castle in the sky.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

This camp is simply amazing, rooms are spacious, clean, and separated enough from other tents to give you privacy. They are so well structured, though, that you don't really get the feeling that you are in a camp, rather a resort of some sort. The wildlife, at least in our case, made up for that: we spent one of our afternoons drinking some Kilimanjaro beers watching the elephants graze, literally 15 meters from our tent.

The rooms have hot water tubs, a veranda to relax on, and a great shower (though the hot water ends eventually! Careful!). It is quite an oasis in the middle of the Serengeti. The only negative point we noticed was that the bed had two single mattresses rather than one king-sized one (which may be a bit uncomfortable for some couples).

The guests' ages range, mostly, from 30's to 60's, and dinner conversations aren't as intimate as in smaller camps such as Ubuntu, but the food was good, and the wine was great!

This is the kind of place to really relax in style after a long game drive.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sayari Camp, Asilia Africa

Address: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 127 Speciality Lodging in Serengeti National Park
Price Range: £271 - £372 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sayari Camp, Asilia Africa 5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The award-winning Sayari Camp is renowned for extraordinary wildlife sightings and supreme comfort. Set on the unspoilt plains of the Northern Serengeti, close to the famous Lamai Wedge, Sayari gives you easy access to the Mara River and multiple river crossing points. Sayari Camp offers some of the world's finest game viewing - and it does so in remarkable style. Relax in your extra-comfortable hillside suite after a day on safari, or take a dip in the glorious rim-flow swimming pool with dramatic views over the northern plains. Intimate, contemporary and elegant, it is no surprise that this permanent camp is regularly voted one of the top safari escapes on the planet. ... more   less 
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