In the northern reaches of the Serengeti, set back from the banks of the Mara River and overlooking the undulating plains of the Lamai Wedge, there is a tiny village of travelers. Just 15 tented suites tucked into the hillside make up Sayari Camp, one of the few permanent safari lodges permitted in this remote wilderness. Those that come to stay are treated to an incomparable wildlife experience, including the legendary migration of the wildebeests, which fills the Lamai Wedge with more than a million creatures every year.
Whether or not you dwell here during the migration, Sayari presents an intimate and breathtaking encounter with East Africa’s iconic animals, inviting guests to explore on bushwalks and open-vehicle safaris with seasoned naturalists. In between excursions, relax on your private veranda, take a dip in the rock pool, or retire to your spacious tented suite, where elegant safari-chic décor and floor-to-ceiling windows contribute to your immersion in this spectacular East African wilderness.
“Believe in better,” is the mantra at Asilia Africa, the travel company behind Sayari Camp. It sets the tone for their meticulous attention to personal service and the authentic, top-notch wildlife experience they provide. But it also refers to their overall mission to make a positive impact on local communities and protect the wonders that surround them.
As one of the first safari camps built in the remote northwestern Serengeti, Sayari helped create a standard of sustainable tourism for the area and solidify long-term conservation goals. What “better” means for you is a convivial, attentive staff; excellent local guides that accompany you on game drives and walking safaris; and a stunning, sustainable home in the wilds of Tanzania where lions, giraffes, and thousands of wildebeests count among your neighbors.
Guests who book their stay through National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World will be treated to an exclusive game drive and breakfast in the bush. Just after sunrise, set out on a short game drive to a spot in the northern Serengeti with a sweeping vista of the southern valley and the mountains to the east. Here, a fully set table awaits, and lodge staff will serve a delightful breakfast with hot or cold options as well as champagne and orange juice. Enjoy your breakfast with a view, and then continue on your game drive.
Sayari’s parent company, Asilia Africa, has set the noble goal of leveraging high-end tourism to anchor local economies and secure Africa’s wild places for the future. Sayari Camp was established as part of this approach, and a decade later, sustainable tourism principles still define its day-to-day operations.
Sayari Camp taps into the abundant African sun to power its operations, using solar panels for electricity and a solar water heater, and only occasionally relying on a backup generator. As the lodge is in an ecologically sensitive area where water is sometimes scarce, its consumption is closely monitored by a staff “Eco-Warrior,” who also manages the recycling program. Through Asilia, the lodge also contributes to the well-being of the local communities by supporting schools, orphanages, and training programs for guides, and creating conservation-based employment opportunities.
World Travel Awards Tanzania’s Leading Tented Safari Camp, 2012
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