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Sayari Camp, Asilia Africa
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Windermere, Florida
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75 reviews
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“Wonderful stay”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

We spent a lovely 4 nights at Sayari camp Aug. 10-13. Ross and Katharine were gracious host, and Ross was especially accommodating to my son. Victor, the assistant GM was friendly,as well as helpful. He was very interesting to speak with, and we enjoyed our time with him immensely.

The tents are luxurious and large. If it weren't for the canvas walls it would be easy to believe you were in a high-end city apartment. There is even a single electrical outlet in the room which is great for charging cameras and electronics. Each tent has a lovely porch, and animals can often be seen early or late in the day. At night you are serenaded to sleep by hyenas, zebras, wildebeest and the occasional lion. One morning while taking a shower I had the feeling I was being watched. I looked out the window only to find 5 giraffe browsing the treetops, a few feet away. LOL, I guess its not exactly like a city apartment!

The food was delicious and far more than we could possibly eat. Breakfast and lunch was buffet style, but eggs and omelets could be cooked to order. Our dinners were served with all guest sitting at one long table. Conversation was lively with everyone sharing stories of their adventures of the day. We want to send a special thank-you out to JB and Elice, who spoiled us rotten during mealtime.

The purpose of our visit was for a chance to view a crossing of the great migration. Earlier on our safari, I had been told the wildebeest had began their crossing very early this year. I had prepared myself for the possibility we may not get to see it, but.....how wrong I was. There has been a lot of rain in the area lately (we had thunderstorms every night). Apparently what happened was, when the the grasses greened back up, the herds headed back south and what a sight it was to see. The lucky part was, if they had been headed North as expected, we would have had the rear-end view, as the migration crossed. With the animals heading south, they came head-on to us, the perfect view! We witnessed a migration each of the 3 full days we were there. The second day was total mayhem, as we watched for over 5 hours, as confused animals would cross only to reach the other side and cross back again. We had a private guide and he said in his 9 years he had not seen anything like it.....total chaos and confusion.

For those lucky enough to view this scene, it was a time for cheers, tears, and prayers. We rooted for the many that struggled, cheered when they made it, and shed a tear for those who didn't. The spectacle was as awesome as it was heartbreaking.

The good news for Sayari guest this year is, early season guest got to view the crossing, peak season guest got their crossing, and with the huge number of animals back on the south side of the river again, chances are good late season guest may get a viewing too. If your one of these these guest yet to come, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

If you are looking for luxury accommodations, in a very prime location, with attentive staff, in the African bush....then Sayari camp is the place for you! To all the staff...thanks for the memories!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 18 August 2014 via mobile

This tented camp in the northern Serengeti was a magnificent way to wrap up our safari experience. The accommodations were comfortable and luxurious, the food was excellent and the staff was pleasant and attentive. The proprietress, Katherine and Ross, were friendly and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed our time here!

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

Thanks for such an amazing visit! Shatri knew a lot about all the animals and wildlife I hope he gets the 'Guide of the year' award!! He deserves it for all his effort on trying to find us the migrations to watch, which he did get once. He is also a great bartender. After our walking safari he set up a table with drinks on, some chairs to watch the hippos and he even brought a case of flowers!! Victor was extremely kind he would do anything you asked him and made everything so much more special. Victor must be one of the kindest men in East Africa!! Thanks so much!! The chef was extraordinary, he made chips one night just for me and my brother. The stay was amazing and I will never forget it also the rest of the staff were really nice and helpful and the Maasai archery lesson was so fun. The pool was very refreshing.
Thank you!!
This has been the best holiday I've ever been on, I recommend it

Zack Jones

Stayed August 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Our guide, Shatri, made our game drives magical. His knowledge of the animals was extraordinary and he was most courteous and thoughtful. Meal times out and about he would set up a picnic table with an array of drinks and snacks. All the staff were happy to help at all times and we could not have asked for a lovelier few days. We were sad to leave. Barbi Jones

  • Stayed August 2014
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Melbourne
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Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

We have just spent 6 days on safari on the Great Plains of the Serengeti with Asilia - 3 days at Sayari and then onto Kimondo Camp.
A holiday of a lifetime.
A wildebeest crossing of 2 million animals that went on for 5 hours!
Sightings of the Big 5 - rhino, lion, elephant, water buffalo and (finally) the elusive leopard.
And the Ugly 5! Warthog, hippo, vulture, crane and hyena.
Superb guides, great food and the most wonderful smiles.
We couldn't have asked for more.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Eugene, Oregon
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

Loved this camp from the minute we were picked up at the airport. Friendly staff and wonderful animal viewing which started on the way into the camp! Lovely food, accommodations and service. Troy Smith of True Africa did a great job of making our reservations and this was the best! He made last minute changes for us when our flight out of Tanzania was cancelled. Thank you Troy!

Room Tip: We were in tent #1 on the edge of camp where animal often grazed near by!
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

Stayed here for 2 nights. Great location and tent suites look great with running water, solar hot water showers, flush toilets. Food quality variable - BBQ was overcooked, good lite lunches and staff really try to give a good experience. We had minor service glitches. One of the few camps with WiFi but this didn't work well. Slept serenaded by 100s of wildebeest and hippos, with hyena scratching around tent.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Property: 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 #8 of 115 Speciality Lodging in Serengeti National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
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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