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Sayari Camp

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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Set on the untouched plains of northern Serengeti, this stylish, award-winning camp is perfectly located near the famous Great Migration route and several crossing points along the Mara River, where sightings of herds plunging into the water are frequent and spectacular.

About Sayari Camp

Renowned for its exquisite safari experiences, prime camp location, exciting game viewing, and impressive views of the Serengeti. Sayari is a place where you can feel closer to nature and unwind. Enjoy the luxurious camp facilities such as the Asilia spa, natural rock infinity pool and the first-ever solar-powered microbrewery in the Serengeti.
  • 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

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Accommodation

Accommodation & Amenities

15 bright and spacious permanent structure suites, with king-size beds, walk-in showers, luxurious tub and a veranda overlooking the golden plains of the Serengeti, provide the perfect space to unwind.

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 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

  • Noun Beer 3516854 (1)

    Microbrewery

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Rooms

The beautifully furnished interiors are spacious and comfortable, with mahogany flooring and sliding doors running the width of the room, opening onto an expansive private viewing deck.

The suite interiors are decorated in traditional colour pallets and have large comfortable beds with fine linen and draped netting. Each bathroom enjoys a view over the plains and has a standalone tub and a large walk-in indoor and outdoor shower.

Sayari Tent Exterior And Decking1

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Sayari Retreats

The Retreats deliver an elevated level of exclusivity and flexibility, creating a personal space for a family or group of friends, complete with a private guide and vehicle, Retreat host, and dedicated chef.

The two individual Retreats share a separate pool and lounge, with an additional dining room for larger groups occupying both Retreats.

 

Sayari Retreat

LOCATION

Location of Sayari Camp

The northern Serengeti is one of Africa's most popular safari destinations, and for good reason. From mid-June to November, the great herds of wildebeest gather on the banks of the Mara River in the northern Serengeti, ready to brave the crocodile-infested waters and hungry predators on the other side. Dramatic and exciting game viewing awaits as the wildebeest thunder across in their millions and the northern Serengeti is transformed into a pulsing hub of activity. Sayari, situated near the Tanzanian side of the Mara River, is a great choice for accommodation at this time of year.

Once the migrating herds have travelled back south, experience having these vast plains to yourself, where wildlife is abundant and sightings of lion and cheetah are frequent. You might see elephant, rhino and even leopards lurking in the riverine forests. Birders can spot some of the European migrants that arrive over this season, too.

 

Asilia Africa Sayari Location

Experiences

Blending seamlessly with the outdoors

Sayari has been carefully designed to include two lounges 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 the lounge and dining areas provide a place for you to unwind in nature and enjoy a delicious meal shared with fellow guests. Choose to dine indoors or al fresco, depending on the 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.

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 mornings and late afternoons. This is when the wildlife, especially predators, are more active. Start the day bright and early with a wake-up call where tea or coffee is delivered to your suite. 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 late 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 followed by sundowners around a campfire. You'll be back in time for drinks at the bar and dinner under the stars.

If you have booked a private vehicle, your guide will quickly get to know you and your preferences, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of exclusivity and flexibility.

7. Sayari Serengeti Sundowners By The River

Experiences

Game drives

Game drives are typically enjoyed twice per day: in the early morning and late afternoon. Our robust, custom-modified 4×4s and highly trained driver-guides cover rough terrain to discover incredible new slices of nature, crossing low rivers and overcoming steep gullies to cruising over vast, open plains. 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.

Game Drives

Experiences

Walking safaris

Experience the thrill of observing Africa's magnificent wildlife on foot while walking through its breathtaking landscapes on a walking safari.

A walking safari offers a unique opportunity to observe and learn about the behaviours of animals in their natural habitat. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, you'll have the chance to get close to smaller animals and birds and even discover fascinating insects along the way.

12. Sayari Camp Serengeti Walking With Wildebeest

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 images — from beanbags and camera rests to 360° swivel seats.

Please enquire to ensure the availability of the vehicle and confirm any additional fees.

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Experiences

Cultural and community visits

If you'd like 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 safaris

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

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

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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Experiences

Family safaris

We welcome families with children over 5 years old.

Sayari has three triple tents that sleep up to three family members each and one family tent that sleeps up to five. Should you require suits for large families please see our Sayari Retreats.

Sayari does not have a specific programme for children. For information about booking a private vehicle, please speak to your safari consultant.

16. Family Safari Walking Safari

Experience

Meals and refreshments

We pride ourselves on having a dedicated and innovative team of chefs who enjoy creating interesting and healthy menus of the highest standard.

Breakfast can be received in camp or packed as a bush picnic, with a choice between a continental or a full English. Lunch is prepared as a light buffet with a main course, salads and fresh bread while dinner is a three-course meal with a choice of starters, mains and dessert.

Meals are served as opt-in communal dining and can be enjoyed in the dining areas or al fresco. If you would like some privacy or to dine separately, individual dining can be arranged.

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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 staff is phenomenal. Our butler, Hans, went above and beyond to make our stay special. He made us unique craft cocktails every night, did wine pairing during each dinner, and even arranged for a private candlelit dinner on our last night. The game drives were awesome and we loved our guide, Nelson, who led us to so many great animal sightings. Thank you Sayari for an unforgettable trip
Liz M
Tripadvisor 1
Charles and George made sure we felt safe and cared for during our stay. The grounds are so beautiful. The pool overlooks the Serengeti, and we could see and view animals while sitting on our porch or while enjoying the outdoor shower. The food was exceptional and pleasing to both the eye and mouth. I only wish that we couldve stayed longer. Thank you to all staff at Sayari for making us feel warm, welcomed and at home.
Shannon C
Tripadvisor 1
This place is incredible!! We had such a great time here, they made us feel like royalty from arrival to departure. I would highly recommend this place! Our tent was clean, food was amazing. Also a massive shout out to our driver Octavian. He was amazing, got us up close to all the animals. Made sure we saw as many animals as possible. Even gave us some amazing camera shot techniques!!
Emma L
Tripadvisor 1

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Rates

When would you like to go?

Below, choose your travel dates for an estimated accommodation cost per person sharing, or scroll down for a table of high and low season rates.

Additional information

  • Rate includes

    Full-board accommodation, house drinks (except premium wines and champagne), limited laundry service, game drives, short walking safaris (1 hour 30 min - 2 hours), transfer to/from nearest airstrip.

  • Rate excludes

    Park and concession fees, Asiilia conservation charge, spa treatments, transfers other than to/from nearest airstrip, flights and airport taxes, gratuities and items of a personal nature

  • 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 Jun 2024 - 30 Jun 2024 Rate: US$937

    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

  • High season: 01 Jul 2024 - 31 Oct 2024 Rate: US$1890

    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 2024 - 19 Dec 2024 Rate: US$937

    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 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 Rate: US$1890

    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 2025 - 31 Mar 2025 Rate: US$937

    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 2025 - 31 May 2025 Rate: US$0

    Seasonal camp closure.

  • Low season: 01 Jun 2025 - 30 Jun 2025 Rate: US$980

    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

  • High season: 01 Jul 2025 - 31 Oct 2025 Rate: US$2060

    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 2025 - 19 Dec 2025 Rate: US$980

    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 2025 - 05 Jan 2026 Rate: US$2060

    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

  • Low season: 06 Jan 2026 - 31 Mar 2026 Rate: US$980

    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 2026 - 31 May 2026 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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