Sayari Camp Serengeti Ecosystem

Sayari is Kiswahili for universe/planet, capturing the vast plains and endless skies in which the camp is immersed.

Exceptional views in two dramatic locations.

No other wildlife area supports such numbers of large wild animals, but to do so this complex ecosystem has to be large, very large. Whole areas of rich grassland can be eaten down and made almost bare by over two million hungry and migrating animals. Some predators and scavengers have had to evolve a migrating way of life to remain viable. Other predators like cheetahs and wild dogs have enormous home ranges of over 1500 sq. kms. Some, like the spotted hyenas must commute to and from the migrating herds. It is a fascinating system and takes some understanding, but put simply, erratic rainfall patterns dictate movements and the herds need grass and water.

No one location in this vast wildlife area can support all these animals all year round. No safari lodge or camp can state that the migration is at its doorstep all year round.

So what do you do if the wildlife moves? If you are a lodge you cannot move! If you are a permanent camp, you cannot move either ! So best to site your facility in 2 or more locations. Sayari Camp has found two extraordinary sites from which to operate and, as I`ve known the Serengeti Area and operated in it for over 20 years, I feel that I can endorse their choice of sites.

[sayari/3.jpg]Looking into your Sayari tent

[sayari/4.jpg]Sayari Camp at dawn

Please see the Asilia Camps page for a map of the location of the camp.

Sayari Camp
Mara River Area
From June to December 9 tents
Sayari Camp
Mara River Area
From December to March 5 tents
Sayari South Camp
Moru Kopjes
From December to March 4 tents

[sayari/2.jpg]A Sayari tent bathroom

[sayari/5.jpg]Sayari comfort with a view of the Northern Serengeti

The two locations that Sayari Camp uses are very different but both offer wonderful wildlife experiences. The Northern location is near the Mara River and is a rewarding area all year round, so Asilia have decided to operate there out of the normal migration season, the months of December-March. The large herds are moving south at that time towards Sayari's southern site at Moru and towards Olakira at Ndutu and Suyan Camp at Piaya. The 9 Sayari tents are split into two camps for this period. This is a smart move. I led a birding safari to the northern site in February 07 and it was not only excellent bird viewing. We saw a diverse selection of wild mammals as well. The resident predators, buffalo and elephants combined with Topi, zebra, Klipspringer, oribi, waterbuck, eland and some non migratory wildebeest to make our viewing varied and most pleasurable of all private. There was just no one else around. We enjoyed most of the Northern Serengeti to ourselves. Often these out of season months for a particular area are well worth visiting. The hippos and crocodile don't migrate either!

Whatever time of year and in either of the two areas that this camp operates, Sayari is a high quality and comfortable experience.

[sayari/1.jpg]A Mara River elephant family

[sayari/6.jpg]Some Serengeti males are beautiful animals