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Sayari Camp

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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The award-winning Sayari Camp is based in the north of Serengeti National Park, with a prime location to witness thousands of wildebeest crash across the Mara River as part of their Great Migration.

About Sayari Camp

The award-winning Sayari camp is based in the north of  Serengeti National Park, with a prime location to witness thousands of wildebeest crash across the Mara River as part of their Great Migration.

  • Calendar

    Open: June to March
    Closed: April to May

  • Airplane

    Closest airstrip: Kogatende, 20-minutes drive from camp

  • 1 Families

    Families: children aged five and older

  • 43 Migration Season

    June to October

12. Sayari Camp Serengeti Walking With Wildebeest
9. Sayari Swimming Pool Watching Elephants Landscape

Accommodation AT Sayari Camp

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  • Sayari Tent Exterior With Bedroom Pano

    Sayari Camp - Welcome to your home away from home at Sayari

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    Sayari Camp - Enjoy a private bubble bath with views of the Serengeti

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    Sayari Camp - Enjoy stunning views of the Serengeti from your bedroom

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    Sayari Camp - The kids' bedroom within the spacious family tent

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    Sayari Camp - The lounge area at Sayari is the ideal spot to unwind and relax

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    Sayari Camp - Relax at the bar and enjoy a fresh beer from the solar-powered microbrewery

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    Sayari Camp - Cool off in our gorgeous pool or enjoy dinner outside with views of the region surrounding you

  • 9. Sayari Swimming Pool Watching Elephants Landscape

    Sayari Camp - Take a dip in the pool and watch as wildlife stroll past camp

  • 10. Sayari In Room Spa Service

    Sayari Camp - Enjoy an indulgent massage and treatment in our spa or by your room

  • 6. Sayari Lounge Balloons And Breakfast

    Sayari Camp - Enjoy breakfast indoors or outdoors and take full advantage of the Serengeti views surrounding you

  • 7. Sayari Serengeti Sundowners By The River

    Sayari Camp - A magical sundowner setup in the Serengeti National Park

  • 12. Sayari Camp Serengeti Walking With Wildebeest

    Sayari Camp - A walking safari brings you closer to wildlife and provides a deeper understanding of the ways of the land

  • 18. Sayari Camp Bush Dining

    Sayari Camp - Guests enjoying lunch in the Serengeti

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    Sayari Camp - Witness the epic Great Migration with us

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    Sayari Camp - A huge Nile crocodile tried to grab a wildebeest during a river crossing

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    Sayari Camp - A lioness looks for an easy opportunity during the Great Migration

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    Sayari Camp - A leopard watches for prey from a high vantage point

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    Sayari Camp - The Serengeti is home to an extraordinary number of wildlife and species

  • 13. Sayari Game Viewing, Male Lion Spot

    Sayari Camp - Game drives through the Serengeti guarantee extraordinary sightings

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Accommodation

Accommodation & Amenities

Overlooking the golden plains, our 15 bright and spacious suites have walk-in showers, al fresco tubs and verandas on which you can laze away the afternoon with a book. Sayari’s rim-flow pool is set between natural rock formations for guests to cool off in while watching elephants or zebras ambling past camp. After a dip, treat yourself to a calming massage or a beer at the Serengeti’s first solar-powered microbrewery before an afternoon game drive and sundowners around the campfire.

  • Tents

    15 tents (including 1 family tent)

  • 3 En Suite Bathrooms

    En-suite bathrooms

  • 13 Shower 2

    Hot-water showers and bath

  • 24 Flushing Toilets

    Flushing toilets

  • Private Decked Verandas1

    Private decked verandas

  • 71 Private Swimming Rooftop

    Swimming pool

  • Suitable For Disabled Guests

    Suitable for disabled guests – please contact us

  • 6 In Room Safe

    In-room lockable box

  • Complimentary Laundry Service

    Complimentary laundry service

  • 26 Solar&Generatorpower 2

    Solar and generator power

  • Battery Charging Facilities

    Battery-charging facilities

  • 7 Wifi 2

    WiFi

  • 59 Spa

    Spa

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    Microbrewery

accommodation

Rooms

Spacious and bright, the 15 tented suites at Sayari have mahogany floors and king or twin beds with fine linens and colourful cushions. 

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LOCATION

Location of Sayari Camp

The northern Serengeti is one of the most popular safari destinations in Africa, and for good reason. This is where the world-famous river crossings take place, as huge herds of migrating wildebeest cross into Kenya between July and September before heading back into Tanzaniaaround October. Crossing the Mara River is one of the most dangerous parts of their journey, with crocodiles and hippos in the water and lions and other predators waiting on land. As the Mara River is just a few minutes from camp, guests can see all the action right from our doorstep. 

Once the migrating herds have travelled back to the southern Serengeti in December, guests can experience much more privacy with fewer tourists and vehicles around the national park. This is the period of time when safari veterans like to visit and enjoy having these vast plains to themselves. There is still have plenty of wildlife around, including lions and cheetahs. You might see elephants and rhinos and even leopards lurking in the riverine forests. Birders can spot some of the European migrants that arrive over this season, too.  

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Experiences

Blending seamlessly with the outdoors

Sayari has been carefully designed to include two lounge and dining areas. Both blend seamlessly with the outdoors with large glass sliding doors that allow for uninterrupted views of the rolling Serengeti plains. Both of the lounge and dining areas provide a spot for you to unwind outside of your bedroom and to enjoy a delicious meal shared with other guests. You can choose to dine indoors or al fresco, depending on the kind of scenic setting you prefer. Framed by natural rock formations, the camp’s beautiful infinity pool boasts impressive views of the Serengeti and is the ideal spot to escape the heat and spend a lazy afternoon gazing at the game-filled plains.

12. Sayari Camp Serengeti Walking With Wildebeest
9. Sayari Swimming Pool Watching Elephants Landscape

Experiences

A typical day on safari at Sayari Camp

We take advantage of the cooler conditions and head out on game drives in the early morning and late afternoon. This is when animals, especially predators, are more active. If you have booked a private vehicle, you can plan your day with your guide. 

Start the day bright and early with a wake-up call and tea or coffee delivered to your tent. Enjoy breakfast before you depart for a morning game drive (or have it packed as a picnic to take with you). You'll arrive back at camp mid-morning, with a chance to freshen up before lunch. 

After a leisurely lunch, enjoy siesta time. Take a dip in the pool, unwind with a massage or enjoy some retail therapy in our safari shop. Refuel with afternoon tea, then depart for an afternoon/evening game drive with sundowners. You'll be back in time for drinks at the bar and dinner under the stars. 

7. Sayari Serengeti Sundowners By The River
14. Sayari Camp River Crossing

Experiences

Game drives

Game drives leave early in the morning and again in the late afternoon, when the temperatures are cooler and animals are most active. We have closed and open-sided game vehicles specially fitted with charging points for your phone or camera, and fridges for refreshing drinks on the go. 

13. Sayari Game Viewing, Male Lion Spot
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Experiences

Walking safaris

One of the best ways to experience the Serengeti is on foot. Learn about the ecosystem, how to identify prints and dung and discover all the little things you miss from a vehicle, from ants to butterflies.  

12. Sayari Camp Serengeti Walking With Wildebeest
Sayari Serengeti Walking Safari Landscape

Experiences

Photographic safaris

Sayari is home to one of our specially modified photographic vehicles. The open vehicle allows keen amateurs and professional photographers alike to shoot at eye level with wildlife. It is equipped with all the gear to ensure award-winning shots — from beanbags and camera rests to 360° swivel seats. You can read more about the vehicle here. Please enquire to ensure availability of the vehicle and confirm any additional fees. 

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Experiences

Cultural and community visits

If you’re keen to learn more about local Kuria culture, we can take you to the nearby Merenga village. Stop off at the community vegetable gardens — part of a sustainable development programme managed by Asilia — and collect fresh produce for your dinner. 

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Experiences

Hot-air balloon rides

A hot-air balloon safari sees you soaring above the Serengeti plains as the sun rises in the early morning. During migration season, this is a great way to appreciate the full scope of the herds. Hot-air balloon trips are at extra cost and are weather dependent. 

Sayari Camp Hot Air Ballooning
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Experiences

Asilia Spa

Our wellness offerings are specially developed to enhance the well-being of both your body and mind, including massages and treatments that are based on the natural healing methods of local traditions. Join us for a rejuvenating experience at the Asilia Spa at Sayari. A little bit of extra indulgence and pampering compliments any safari trip. Please note that spa treatments are charged at an additional cost.

10. Sayari In Room Spa Service
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Experiences

Microbrewery

Join us for a drink at the Serengeti’s first solar-powered microbrewery. The brewery produces four unique beers for Asilia – perfect for safari sundowners! It also has the ability to produce soft drinks, as well as purify water and produce sparkling water using solar power. Our brand-new brewery also means that there is no longer a need to bring plastic bottles and aluminium cans into camp, ultimately reducing our plastic waste as well as our transport impact on the environment.

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Experiences

Library and information centre

Sayari features a library and information centre with a cultural focus on the Kuria tribe. Music is integral to Kuria culture, playing a key role not just in ceremonies and celebrations but also in daily life. There will also be plenty of interesting facts about The Great Migration to be found in our new information centre. The migration passes by Sayari during the months of June through to October, and the camp is in a prime location for witnessing thousands of wildebeest crash across the Mara River as part of their Great Migration.

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Sayari Lounge Area With Information About The Great Migration And Local Kuria Tribe

Experiences

Family safaris

We welcome families with children over 5 years old. We can make exceptions for younger children, depending on camp occupancy. Please get in touch and we will try our best to accommodate. Sayari has three triple tents that sleep up to three family members each and one family tent that sleeps up to five. Sayari does not have a specific programme for children. For information about booking a private vehicle, please speak to your agent

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Experience

Meals and refreshments

Breakfast can be taken in camp or out in the bush, with a choice between a continental or a full English option. For lunch, we prepare a light buffet with a main course, salads and fresh bread. If you want to stay out on a game drive all day, we can prepare a picnic. Dinner is a three-course meal with a choice of dishes.  

Join us for a drink at the Serengeti’s first solar-powered microbrewery. The brewery will produce four unique beers for Asilia – perfect for safari sundowners! It also has the ability to produce soft drinks, as well as purify water and produce sparkling water using solar power. Our brand-new brewery also means that there is no longer a need to bring plastic bottles and aluminium cans into camp, ultimately reducing our plastic waste as well as our transport impact on the environment.

We can cater for most dietary needs. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions prior to arrival. 

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18. Sayari Camp Bush Dining

When to go

What to expect during the year

The Serengeti is a year-round destination, with great wildlife-viewing opportunities during both the dry and wet seasons. Most tourists arrive in July and August for the famous wildebeest migration herds in the northern Serengeti that can usually be seen until October. With relatively dry conditions and less crowds, January, February, September and October are great months to travel.

  • January - March

    Why travel at this time

    There’s a break in the rains over January and February, before the long rains begin in March. The migratory birds are in the region and photographic conditions are perfect, with lush grasses and clear skies. There are fewer tourists in the north at this time.

     

    Climate

    The average high temperature is 27°C/81°F and the average low is around 15°C/59°F. Expect some showers in January and February. The long rains begin in March.

    • Min Temp Range

      Low temp: 15°C / 59°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High temp: 27°C / 81°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 135mm / 5.3in

  • April - June

    Why travel at this time

    Sayari is closed throughout April and May. June is dry and a good time to travel, just before peak season. This is when the wildebeest herds begin moving into the north.

     

    Climate

    June is the start of the dry season. The average high is 25°C/77°F and the low is 14°C/57°F.

    • Min Temp Range

      Low temp: 14°C / 57°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 25°C / 77°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 30mm / 1.2in

  • July - September

    Why travel at this time

    This is peak season for travellers who want to see the wildebeest herds gathering around the Mara River, which they must cross to reach Kenya’s Masai Mara. The river crossings take place throughout this period, though seeing one is not guaranteed. The dry season is a wonderful time to travel and the conditions are perfect for spotting wildlife.

     

    Climate

    The high temperatures of the dry season ranges from 24°C/75°F in July to 26°C/79°F in September. The low dip to around 13°C/55°F.

    • Min Temp Range

      Low temp: 13°C / 55°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High temp: 25°C / 77°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 23mm / 0.9in

  • October - December

    Why travel at this time

    The Serengeti crowds thin out from late September as the wildebeest herds make their way southward. There’s a chance of seeing the final river crossings in October, as the herds travel back to the Serengeti from the Mara. The short rains replenish the landscape and the migratory birds begin to arrive from Europe and Asia.

     

    Climate

    The short rains start around late October or November and last for roughly a month. The most rainfall usually occurs in December. The maximum temperature is around 27°C/81°F and the average low is 15°C/59°F.

    • Min Temp Range

      Low temp: 15°C / 59°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High temp: 27°C / 81°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 43mm / 1.7in

Guest reviews

The food was delicious with so much choice, the safari experience was unbelievable, from the huge heard of the wildebeest crossing the river to watching the lion and leopard get their kill as well as so many other special moments. Returning after each safari to a warm welcome back from the staff. We have stayed in many 5* hotels, as well as a 5* safari in South Africa but nowhere as good as here, just spectacular from start to finish and can’t recommend Sayari Camp highly enough.
Catherine I
Tripadvisor 1
We've travelled in Africa a lot and stayed in many beautiful places but Sayari is definitely one of the best. It's a lovely camp with very comfortable accommodation, good wifi and delicious food but what makes Sayari so special is the staff. They are always there ready to attend to anything you might need and are incredibly warm, friendly and knowledgeable.
Jo K
Tripadvisor 1
We thoroughly enjoyed staying in Asilia safari camps on our recent trip to Tanzania. Sayari was so comfortable with excellent staff, food and accommodations. We were amazed at the things we saw with our guide, Festo. He was engaging and knowledgeable about the animals and their habitats.
Donandrj
Tripadvisor 1

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Rates

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Estimated accommodation cost per person sharing*

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Additional information

  • Rate includes

    Full-board accommodation, house drinks, limited laundry service, game drives, short nature walks, transfer to/from nearest airstrip.

  • Rate excludes

    Park and concession fees, transfers other than to/from nearest airstrip, flights and airport taxes, gratuities and items of a personal nature, private vehicles

  • Budget factors

    Special offers may apply. Contact us for the best available rates. Last minute offers and long-stay rates may apply.

Rates and Seasonality

  • Low season: 01 Nov 2022 - 19 Dec 2022 Rate: US$837

    What to expect

    • Few vehicles around

    • Great game viewing

    • Plentiful big cat sightings

    • Good time for walking

    • Good chance to see black rhino

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 15°C / 59°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 27°C / 81°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 43mm / 1.7in

  • High season: 20 Dec 2022 - 05 Jan 2023 Rate: US$1392

    What to expect

    • Great game viewing with fewer crowds

      Good for walking

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 15°C / 59°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 26°C / 79°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 109mm / 4.3in

  • Green season: 06 Jan 2023 - 31 Mar 2023 Rate: US$758

    What to expect

    • Lower visitor numbers
    • Good resident wildlife
    • Increasing chance of afternoon showers
    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 15°C / 59°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 27°C / 81°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 135mm / 5.3in

  • Closed: 01 Apr 2024 - 31 May 2024 Rate: US$0

    Seasonal camp closure.

  • Low season: 01 Jun 2023 - 30 Jun 2023 Rate: US$962

    What to expect

    • Possible first crossings of the season in late June

    • Few vehicles around, and great resident wildlife

    • Plentiful cat sightings

    • Good chances for black rhino sightings

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 14°C / 57°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 25°C / 77°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 30mm / 1.2in

  • Peak season: 01 Jul 2023 - 30 Sep 2023 Rate: US$1690

    What to expect

    • Best viewing of the Migration and river crossings

    • Good for predators

    • Higher tourist volumes

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 13°C / 55°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 25°C / 77°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 23mm / 0.9in

  • High season: 01 Oct 2023 - 31 Oct 2023 Rate: US$1600

    What to expect

    • Last crossings of wildebeest moving south

    • Great game viewing with fewer crowds

    • Increased chance for black rhino sightings

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 15°C / 59°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 27°C / 81°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 43mm / 1.7in

  • Low season: 01 Nov 2023 - 19 Dec 2023 Rate: US$962

    What to expect

    • Few vehicles around

    • Great game viewing

    • Plentiful big cat sightings

    • Good time for walking

    • Good chance to see black rhino

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 15°C / 59°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 27°C / 81°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 43mm / 1.7in

  • High season: 20 Dec 2023 - 05 Jan 2024 Rate: US$1600

    What to expect

    • Great game viewing with fewer crowds

      Good for walking

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 15°C / 59°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 26°C / 79°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 109mm / 4.3in

  • Green season: 06 Jan 2024 - 31 Mar 2024 Rate: US$871

    What to expect

    • Lower visitor numbers
    • Good resident wildlife
    • Increasing chance of afternoon showers
    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 15°C / 59°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 27°C / 81°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 135mm / 5.3in

  • Closed: 01 Apr 2024 - 31 May 2024 Rate: US$0

    Seasonal camp closure.

WILDLIFE

Serengeti National Park wildlife

Besides the herds, there’s a healthy population of predators, including lions and leopards. When the European migrant birds arrive, the number of bird species swells to 500, many of which can be spotted on game drives or walking safaris. 

  • Lion

    Ruaha National Park Lioness With Cub Down Eric Frank MR
  • Cheetah

    Cheetah In The Grass Serengeti Paul Joynson Hicks HR
  • Leopard

    George Turner Ruaha 22
  • Zebra

    Zebra
  • Klipspringer

    Klipspringers Serengeti Eric Frank MR
  • Nile Crocodile

    Nile Crocodile
  • Oribi

    Oribi
  • Elephant

    Ruaha 24
  • Spotted Hyena

    Spotted Hyena

eBook Guide to the Great Migration

Learn everything you need to know about planning the ultimate Great Migration Safari in our eBook guide.  Inside the guide you'll find: a month-by-month summary; a detailed map of how the migration moves; a selection of the best places to stay on safari; and expert tips for an unforgettable safari.

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RUAHA ITINERARY

10 Day Exclusive Tanzania

Enhanced by the incredible beauty of the East African landscape, our Reserve Camps featured in this itinerary exude character and meticulous attention to detail. Every desire is beautifully met; from large, designer rooms, to libraries, plumbed raindance showers, and swimming pools with uninterrupted views. These camps also offer a spa service, a premium collection of wine and spirits, and food to tantalize the palate after a day out enjoying exceptional game viewing.

Most importantly they benefit from being situated in the most exclusive, sought-after destinations in Tanzania. On this journey you will travel from the exclusive predator paradise of the Serengeti’s eastern corridor where lion rule the plains and the cheetah pose on kopjes; through to the glorious northern Serengeti, onthe banks of the Mara river which offers year-round Big 5 viewing as well as providing the backdrop to the famous migration crossings from July – October; and lastly the jewel of the south, Ruaha National Park, offering superlative game viewing from our open-sided game vehicles or on a thrilling walking safari with our expert guides.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Sayari Camp suited for families?

    Sayari has three triple tents that sleep up to three family members each and one family tent that sleeps up to five.

    There camp does not offer a specific programme for children.

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