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Sayari Camp

The Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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Good game viewing (July to Oct), limited walking

Guide Price: From: $490 To: $645

Sayari Camp is a 30 bed permanent camp in the Northern Serengeti, located close to the Mara River in the Kogatende area, where the wildebeest spend much of their time between late July and late October.

This is currently the only permanent camp in the area, although there are some excellent seasonal ones, including {Nomad's Serengeti Mara} camp which, whilst simpler by design, is much smaller at 12 beds and guarantees private cars & guides. Having itself been seasonal for its first two years of operation, Sayari has just undergone a major renovation and is now a properly established presence in the area. Strung along a fairly open ridge, the 15 huge tents all have long views towards the Mara river about a kilometre to the north. 

The sleeping tents are all stylish and contemporary in design, perched on wooden platforms and all with king sized beds and small private balconies. The en suite bathrooms have flush toilets, power showers, double stone hand basins and even free standing baths so one assumes there's a huge and reliable water supply somewhere close by.

The central areas consist of a large comfortable lounge area with 'all day bar', a large dining area where people can eat seperately or join up with others as they please, a rock swimming pool, fire place area and two seperate chill out areas, set a little way away from the main hubbub. In an effort to retain a small camp feel, the camp is split into two wings (of 9 and 6 tents) each able to take over one of the chill out areas as a bar cum dining area and each bookable privately by small groups.

This area still has relatively little traffic and remains largely unspoilt. It changes character quite dramatically from the increasingly hectic dry season, when the wildebeest herds are almost certainly going to be within reach of the camp. With luck there will be a good chance of seeing them crossing the Mara river, with the attendant croc and vulture action that follows on from that.

Once the migratory herds move away, from late October through to mid / late June, the area becomes a lot quieter, in terms of both game and visitor activity, but there is quite enough resident game to ensure a fantastic 'exclusive' safari experience and the months of November to February should definitely NOT be ruled out. As well as the hippo and croc activity along the river, there are good numbers of elephant and buffalo as well as year round populations of predators in the area. Accessibility becomes a real problem between February and early May, and the long grass can impede easy game viewing a little in May and June, but this area pays back in other ways.  

As well as game drives, there is the opportunity for fairly low key early morning or late afternoon walks in the area. One possible downside to be aware of is that, unless you drive in with your private car & guide, or pay a premium for one of Sayari's own private vehicles, you're likely to be sharing with others on vaguely regimented activities. This area also has a few tsetse hot spots but in most months its easy enough to avoid the major concentrations.

 

We have now returned from our wonderful holiday in Tanzania and would like to thank Natural High Safaris for the excellent organization of this safari. Everything worked like a treat, there were always people to meet us on arrival in each stop and everything that we had read and been told about at each place, was as described.

C & L H Feb 2010

Just a note to let you know that our trip to Tanzania was spectacular. We had the best guide who was most knowledgeable and great fun to be with. The tents and yurts were wonderful and the food was delicious. We were blessed with excellent weather and saw every animal possible and plenty of action among the big cats. It was unforgettable and I miss it already.

C S and family March 2010

We had a terrific time. Observing animals all day is really, really fun. The guides were fantastic and we met great people all around.

ATL Aug 2008

Accommodation:

comfortable camp with 15 tents

Guide Price:

From: 490 To: 645

Experience:

Good game viewing (July to Oct), limited walking

Inclusions / Exclusions:

price includes accommodation, food, drinks, laundry, activities. Excludes imported spirits and wines and champagne.

Age Restrictions:
all ages welcome - up to 2yrs free, up to 12 years sharing 50% - 75%, any child alone in room full rate
Electricity:
generator and lamps
Laundry:
yes
Rooms:
8
Bathroom:
all ensuite with hot showers connected to an outside bucketing system and flushing loos
Open/Closed
closed April and May

About The Serengeti National Park and Tanzania

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1/5 Wildebeest charge headlong into the Mara River, northern Serengeti
Wildebeest charge headlong into the Mara River, northern Serengeti
2/5 Lion in the long grass
Lion in the long grass
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4/5 Cheetah in the Serengeti using a termite mound to survey the area for prey
Cheetah in the Serengeti using a termite mound to survey the area for prey
5/5 Prodding a dead thing. Something that small boys never tire of.
Prodding a dead thing.  Something that small boys never tire of.

The Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti is the best known safari destination in the world with good reason. Even if you exclude the Wildebeest Migration with its 1.5 million odd animals, the proliferation of animal life in the Serengeti defies belief.   In the company of a good guide, this can be like stepping into a wildlife documentary.  We’d advocate building your safari in northern Tanzania around the greater Serengeti, but you do need to be aware that being in the right place at the right time is everything in this neck of the woods. Find out when the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration happens. Read more?

1/5 Wildebeest charge headlong into the Mara River, northern Serengeti
Wildebeest charge headlong into the Mara River, northern Serengeti
2/5 Pared down simplicity and comfort in a light mobile camp.
Pared down simplicity and comfort in a light mobile camp.
3/5 Approaching elephant on foot is one of the most rewarding game experiences there is
Approaching elephant on foot is one of the most rewarding game experiences there is
4/5 Chada's stylish simplicity in the heart of Katavi National Park, one of Tanzania's wildest places
Chada's stylish simplicity in the heart of Katavi National Park, one of Tanzania's wildest places
5/5 Where the wild things are - Riverine woodland along the banks of the Rufiji River
Where the wild things are - Riverine woodland along the banks of the Rufiji River

Tanzania

Discover formidable landscapes, breath-taking wildlife and unforgettable experiences. A safaris in Tanzania is a match for any other country in Africa. See for yourself. The Tanzania experts at Natural High have travelled all over the country and worked in some of its best safari camps. Anything you need to know about Tanzania before you travel, we'll help. Read more?

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