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Review of Sayari Camp, Asilia Africa

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Sayari Camp, Asilia Africa
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London
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“OMG, WOW, MESMERISING”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2010

I don't think the are enough superlatives in the English language to describe this place. I was on my honeymoon with my lady, and it was the perfect getaway location, which has made me change my opinion on traditional beach honeymoons. Everything about this place oozed beauty and adventure... The staff were amazing and never overbearing, the rooms were out of this world, with ensuite bathroom and heated water(by a solar panelled tank). The food and service were excellent... I have no idea how a place so secluded can make food which tastes so great.

I can categorically say that one of of the greatest things about this camp were/are the hosts... The attention they give to their guests are amazing.... We spent hours tapping into their knowledge and listening to their many stories, while drinking red wine overlooking the Serengeti. There is no better way to spend the evening after game viewing. They also made our honeymoon very special by providing us with a private area to dine... every other hotel should use these two as a standard...

If you are looking for a place to stay look no further. Did I say that we also saw a few wildebeast migrating from our room...

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2010

Julie (Camp Manager) and all the staff were great. The camp has VERY NICE permanent tents just recently completed. There are no gates around the camp so animals roam around freely – especially at night. The first night we we saw a hippo right behind our tent. When we stopped & surprised it with our flashlight, it ran off & we saw a second one behind the first! I guess that's why they make us take a guide with us after the sun goes down.... The second night we heard hippos eating overnight, “chomp, chomp” on grass behind our heads on the other side of the tent. The camp staff brought coffee to the tent in the AM for our wake up call and we woke to see elephants and wildebeests outside the front porch of our tent. We had happy hour by the campfire each night & another happy hour(s) again after dinner in the main lodge each night.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2010

We stayed at Sayari Camp this Christmas, the location is truely spectacular, the tents (if you can call them that) are magnificent, large bedrooms sliding wardrobes, large bath with two patio doors that look out over the serengeti, watching the wildlife while you have a bath was a whole new experience. There is a large swiming pool built into the rock and food to die for. The game viewing was great and having wine as the sun goes down overlooking the Mara river is breathtaking. Although you don't go on safari for the nightlife evenings were wonderful meeting at the bar for drinks then sitting by the fire and then into the restaurant for a superb meal. All of the staff are fantastic and your hosts babs and Joe make it a time to remember nothing is too much trouble. This was my third safari and this location ranks as one of the best.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2010

We spent four nights of our honeymoon at Sayari camp in December, and genuinely cannot imagine how it could have been bettered without spending £thousands more on a bespoke tour. The location of the camp is breathtaking, and ideal for excellent game-spotting without another soul in sight.

The camp itself is as luxurious as you could hope for. We had the honeymoon suite, so could not see another tent from ours - only the zebras and giraffes trotting past as we drank coffee on the deck before the morning game-drives (and the occasional hippo wandering past the tent at night!). Each of the guides were local, professional, enthusiastic and expert - a surprisingly uncommon combination in other camps.

The hosts, Barbara and Joe, went well out of their way to make our stay as comfortable as possible; bespoke personal service, arranging romantic private dining, and even lighting fires and chilling champagne so we could enjoy our outdoor bath overlooking the Serengeti plains!

I've no idea how they produce such a high standard of food despite being so isolated. Every single meal was excellent.

If you are a couple wanting a romantic first-time safari, or a seasoned wildlife spotter, I cannot recommend Sayari camp highly enough. We'll be back.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2010

Each place you stay while on safari will be different by design.
Sayari is a luxury-style permanent tented camp in Serengeti. The Serengeti is very open and the area where Sayari is located is fairly treeless and exposed so you can easily see other tents from your tents and vice-versa. The main lodge, dining "tent" and suites were all very immaculate and felt luxurious. The suites aren't really tents but have mahogany floors, sliding glass doors, deck with couch, and steel frames that are canvas covered. The shower room was great as was the two person bathtub with an outdoor view. You will hear the animals around your suite at night, however this is not a rustic out-in-the-bush experience. I didn't use the pool because it had a lot of very small living creatures swimming in it (bugs?). The food was fantastic though eating at separate tables felt isolating. I'd rather they have private safari tours and communal dining rather than the other way around. In particular we were in a car with a noisy and constantly moving child that made watching animals difficult. We heard stories from other guests who also had problems with sharing the car/guide. We ended up finding another couple who had similar interests and asked the manager to pair us together which worked out well. Camp manager, Barbara, was very nice. We were lucky to have Prim as a guide. His passion for his work and Tanzania was delightful.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Joopiter
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rhode island
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49 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2009

the camp was lovely, very large tents and japanese style sliding doors.......our hosts were gracious and accomodating, as well as our guide/driver; food was interesting and delicious; a few improvements.........when our host said they would pack us a lunch for our travel...they should have; if our hosts sits and eats with some guests, they should sit and eat with all of the guests; and lastly, if the game drives are with other people, they should make sure all of the people are happy with the plans....not just the most vocal;

  • Stayed July 2009
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank cleonardo
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London, United Kingdom
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211 reviews
92 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2009

we had a great 3 night stay at sayari. It is a luxury camp and whilst billed as a tented camp, in reality its more like a lodge - each tent is huge and has a hardwood floor and deck and sliding "asian-style" entrance doors and screene between the bathroom area and bedroom. each tent has a bath as well as a huge walk in shower and separate loo - the loo is flusing and the bath looks straight out onto the plains. the hot water is suppiled by a solar heated tank to each flat - so a word or watning, if you have a bath at night there will be no hot water for the shower in the morning! the bed is huge and comfortable - but sprung mattress rather than memory foam which has become more of the norm. you hear wildlife every night from your tent - lions roaring in the distance and wildebeast and other animals close by. apparently whilst the pool was being built one of the hippos had to be "trained" that the pool was not for its use - these days various obstacles are put in the way to stop any hippo getting in the pool!

as others have mentioned the food is fabulous and all the staff attentive. having a pool in the bush is a bonus. guides are all good - we had harry - one night our binonculars fell our of the car as we went over a bump - they next morning our guide drove us around until we found them - amazing. we witnessed a fantastic wildebeast crossing of 4000 animals and watched a croc plan its attach, attach and catch a wildebeast - and then for the wildebeast to escpae after a 5-10 mins fight. all in all great game viewing and a luxury experience

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Sayari Camp, Asilia Africa
Address: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 115 Specialty Lodging in Serengeti National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sayari Camp, Asilia Africa 5*
Number of rooms: 15
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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