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Sayari Camp Serengeti

This award-winning, luxury tented camp is located close to the famed Lamai Wedge, in the remote northern Serengeti in Tanzania. Sayari Camp delivers the perfect combination of contemporary style, luxurious facilities, spectacular scenery and unrivalled game viewing. It's also in a prime spot for watching the Mara River wildebeest migration crossings, which take place between July and October.

The camp has recently undergone a fabulous new upgrade, taking inspiration from the colourful culture of the Kuria people who call the northern Serengeti home. The 15 spacious tents (including a family tent sleeping up to two adults and three children) all have views of the rolling plains ahead. Each one reflects the iconic flat topped hill, Turner Hill, in their design, with the colour palette reflecting the patterns in the rocks that stud the grass plain landscape. Spacious decks wrap around each room and the bathroom includes a freestanding, extra-large bath as well as both an indoor and outdoor shower. Each tent has a private veranda overlooking the grassy plains  – the perfect spot to relax after a day of adventures.

The focus at Sayari Camp is on game drives where you’ll get a glimpse of the incredible variety of wildlife. There are plenty of other activities to keep you busy including walking safaris, bush picnics and visiting local tribal communities and villages. A magical flight in a hot air balloon can also be arranged.

The camp is closed 5 April to 30 May.

 

Sayari Camp Information

 

Location & Getting There

Sayari Camp is located in Kogatende in northern Serengeti, Tanzania. It's a two hour light aircraft flight from Arusha followed by a 10-minute drive to the camp.

Accommodation

The 15 spacious tents (including a family tent sleeping up to two adults and three children) all have views of the rolling plains ahead. Inside, the colour palette has been inspired by the patterns in the rocks that stud the grass plain landscape, with a rich copper being the key accent colour. In homage to the Maasai culture of beading, cushions will be decorated with delicate beading sewn by local women. Spacious decks wrap around each room and the bathroom comes complete with views of the open plains. The bathroom includes a freestanding, extra-large bath with a view, as well as both an indoor and outdoor shower.

Activities

The northern Serengeti is famous for the wildebeest migration that thunders through from July to October each year. Over one million wildebeest cross the Mara River close to Sayari Camp to reach the green grass in the Masai Mara on the other side. But this area actually comes into its own outside of the frenetic migration season, when the herds of wildebeest (and safari cars of tourists!) move south for the calving in the new year. Home to the Big Five year round and herds of resident plains game, European migrant birds swell the resident bird population to over 500 specie sfrom January, making this a truly spectacular time to visit.

As well as morning and evening game drives, enjoy walking safaris, visit local communities, relax with a massage or spend an afternoon by the pool. Hot air balloon flights can also be arranged.

Children

Sayari Camp welcomes families with children aged five and over, however as there are no specific facilities for them and the camp is unfenced, it is more suited to those with older children. 

 

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Why we recommend Sayari Camp

Sayari Camp, Tanzania, Africa

Commanding a prime hillside location, Sayari Camp is a luxurious permanent camp in Tanzania, and something of a safari pioneer. The camp began life as a traditional mobile camp, moving north to south through Africa's Serengeti, following the journey of the Great Migration. In 2009 it became the first permanent camp to put down roots in the northern Serengeti, and has been carbon neutral since its conception. We love how Sayari Camp continues to develop practical ways to further reduce its eco footprint, and how it's entirely Tanzanian-run with 80 percent of the staff being from local communities.

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