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!
- 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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