When Sayari Camp opened in 2005 it blazed a trail in Tanzania, allowing safari travellers to access one of the most dramatic and under-explored corners of the northern Serengeti. Today, this upmarket Serengeti lodge is one of the finest in Africa, offering luxurious lodgings in some of the best Big Five country on the continent.

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Despite lying just across the border from Kenya’s Masai Mara, and a stone’s throw from the famed Mara River that the migratory herds must cross to reach the grasslands of the south, it wasn’t until 2005 – when Asilia Africa worked at establishing the region as a sustainable conservation area – that this corner of the northern Serengeti became known among discerning safari travellers.
But today it’s heralded as one of the prime game-viewing areas in East Africa, with Sayari Camp offering undisturbed views towards the Mara River as well as the famed Lamai Wedge where the herds gather at the start of the migration. As the migration begins, hundreds of thousands of wildebeest brave the crocodile-infested waters of the Mara River to reach safety; a dramatic game-viewing experience that is all but on the doorstep of Sayari Camp.
But some would say it’s the months outside of the migration that are the best in this corner of the Serengeti. The plains around Sayari have large herds of plains game throughout the year, with lion and cheetah forever lurking in the grasslands; ever vigilant for easy prey. In the lush woodland that thrives alongside the Mara River you’ll find herds of elephant and shy leopard, as well as astounding birdlife: over 500 species can found here throughout the year.
Far from the well-trodden tourist tracks to the south, Sayari Camp specialises in offering that rare pleasure in the Serengeti: Africa’s finest wilderness, all to yourself.

The connoisseur's season: Dec-March

The Northern Serengeti: December to March is the safari connoisseur's season.

For many ‘safari veterans’, the calm that descends once the migratory herds have moved south makes this the best time of year to visit this corner of the northern Serengeti; a wonderfully uncrowded stretch of Tanzanian wilderness. MORE >

Positive impact

Sayari Camp has played a pivotal role in the long-term conservation of the northwestern Serengeti. The arrival of the camp has secured the long-term conservation of this area of the park and employment for the communities living on the boundary of the park.

Read more about the positive impact at Sayari Camp. More >

Accommodation + Facilities

Accommodation and Facilities
The remote and starkly beautiful landscape forms the inspiration for Sayari, with the turret-shaped roofs on each of the 15 expansive tented suites mirroring the iconic Turner Hill to the north. Indoors, rich mahogany floors and delicate tones of sand, stone and acacia reflect the views washing in through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

En-suite bathrooms, with spacious showers and egg-shaped baths large enough for two, offer similarly impressive Serengeti views. Fine linens and safari-chic décor offset the wilderness that lies just beyond the canvas walls, with king-size beds and private verandas to complete the world-class experience.

At the main camp a peaceful lounge and romantic dining room opens up onto a generous deck where natural rock frames the rim-flow pool overlooking game-rich plains and the distant Mara River. With such superb luxury in the world’s premier wilderness reserve, we wouldn’t blame you for spending your entire safari in camp.


  • Number of suites: 15 (6 + 9) includes 1 honeymoon suite
  • Children: above 5 years  
  • Triples: 3 
  • Suitable for disabled guests: please contact us
  • Distance between tents: 20-25 meters
  • En suite bathrooms
  • Flush toilets
  • In-room lockable box  
  • Laundry service
  • Power: solar and generator  
  • Battery charging facilities
  • Wifi available (in guest tent only)


  • Game drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Bush breakfasts, - picnics & - dinners
  • Cultural visits


  • Kogatende: 20 minutes from the camp


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