Alex Walker's Serian - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Safaris of character and substance
Alex Walker’s Serian is an iconic safari outfit with camps in both Kenya and Tanzania which perfectly blends the rugged heritage of safari with effortless style, unobtrusive luxury and fantastic guiding. The camps and lodges in Kenya all blend seamlessly into the bush and beautifully complement the mobile safari operation in the Serengeti, Tanzania.
With the exception of Nkorombo, which sits in the world famous Maasai Mara, all the Serian Camps are situated within the 1,500 acres of the Mara North Conservancy – an exclusive conservation area where few visitors are permitted to tread or drive. Here you can soak up the quietude of the bush and enjoy peaceful solitude. If you ever dreamed of having your own slice of Africa – this is it. Here you can explore with freedom and night drives, walking safaris and fishing in the river are all possible . Furthermore, each group at Serian has their own private open-top safari vehicle and their own dedicated guide and spotter giving you privacy, exclusivity and the freedom to spend the day as you wish with an experience fully optimised and tailored to you.
The Original Serian - Mara North Conservancy
Serian is the original camp and it perfectly captures the essence of its name which means ‘peaceful, calm, serene’ in the Maasai language. Enjoying the privacy of the Mara north Conservancy, you’ll have a little pocket of Africa virtually to yourself.
The five vast tents are all set on hardwood decking, above the Mara River with views over the Olooloo Escarpment. Each enjoys elegant furnishing and an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet, shower and custom-made bathtub with gorgeous views over the landscape. The openness simulates the delicious sensation of bathing outdoors. The thatched mess area has a stunning view over the Mara River and the Siria escarpment, and is the perfect spot to share a sundowner, partake in animated dinners and tell stories around a dwindling fire. The ambiance is one of easy hospitality – a place where you can kick off your shoes and relax in a real home in the bush.
Game-drives tend to be the principal means of spotting the area’s abundant wildlife and with exclusive use of a 4wd safari vehicle and dedicated guide and spotter at your disposal, days may be spent as you wish on full expeditions from dawn until dusk, or taken at a more leisurely pace with time for sundowners, lazy picnics and quiet siestas.
Ngare is a snug little camp that transports the serenity of the original Serian camp to the water’s edge, hugging the banks of the Mara River. It can only be reached on foot over a narrow rope bridge and is a cosy, intimate place to detach yourself from the modern world.
Ngare Serian consists of only 4 tents, and this makes it perfect for hosting a family holiday, or gathering a group of friends. The tents are dotted along the riverbank, decked out in style with Zanzibar four-poster beds and open bathrooms overlooking pods of hippo – the perfect spot for lounging languidly, soaking up the sights and sounds of the bush from the bathtub built into your veranda decking.
As with Serian, the Mara North Conservancy location means you are free to spend the days as you wish walking, fishing and game driving with your dedicated guide and spotter. The Nest is just a gentle stroll away from camp and makes for an ideal picnic perch or romantic sleep out spot.
The Nest is the treehouse of childhood adventure, built 12ft into a Warburgia tree in a secret spot on the western side of the Mara River in an area thick with trees. Just fifty metres from the water, it looks along a stretch filled by a raucous pod of hippo where a salt lick attracts impalas from miles around and a single Warburgia shows the scars of a scratching post for a resident male leopard.
With two double nest-shaped beds, plus space for a couple more bedrolls, it can work either as a secluded hideaway for starry eyed romantics or as a real family adventure. It is all-weather and rain-proof, lit by candlelight and even has a flush toilet up the tree! A bucket shower can be provided on request. An infra-red spotlight and night-vision camera set you up perfectly for watching nocturnal creatures as the night awakens a whole new world of animal interplay.
A mere meander away from Serian and Ngare, it is also the perfect picnic spot after a trek through the bushes for those not wishing to spend the night.
We can’t promise you will have a full night’s sleep in the Nest but immersing yourself into the bush at night time is an experience unlike any other. The invigoration of drifting off to the whoop of a hyena or leopard's bark through the still darkness will stay with you for a lifetime.
Nkorombo – Mobile in the Maasai Mara
Nkorombo is Serian’s tented mobile camp, set on a private riverside site in the iconic Maasai Mara Reserve.
More traditional in style, this camp is thoroughly canvas and designed to blend seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Five spacious ‘Selous style’ tents are decked out in weathered wood, warm leather and elegant cotton drapes, defining heritage luxury. En suite bathrooms blend the modernity of full flush toilets with bush bucket showers reminiscent of the original are of exploration.
The camp is right next to a lively salt lick that regularly features black rhino, lion and leopard. The abundance of prey in this area makes it the perfect spot for some adrenaline-filled sightings. As is customary for Serian, here too you will benefit from your own dedicated vehicle, guide and spotter who can tailor your game viewing experience to your every whim.
The Serian experience is one of quiet exclusivity and character. Every camp exudes an ambience of warm familiarity inviting you to unpack, relax and simply be at home in the bush. With phenomenal guiding tailored to your every need and a small collection of luxurious camps with all the charm and old world character of the classic safari era, Serian’s safari experience is simply outstanding.
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Why we like it
Heart-in-mouth predator sightings
Private use vehicle and dedicated spotter and guide
Easy, relaxed comfort in exquisite style