From the moment we exited the small plane to a welcoming committee of Dominick (our guide), Dennis (our driver), and a rather large group of giraffes, we knew we were in a special place with terrific people.
We started the first game drive immediately-and the love affair began-each and every drive (two a day) brought something new and exciting. Just when you really thought you had seen it all, something unique happened and you once again experienced the awe that is Africa.
Adrian, Roshin and their staff met us at the end of the suspension bridge with a warm welcome and beverages. As they brought us to our 'tents' (really gorgeous rooms!), we were once again given a natures greeting with a large pod (maybe 30+) if hippos that seemed equally pleased to see us. Thoroughly enjoyed seeing and hearing them every day-what a wake up call! It could have been difficult to leave the comfort of the huge bed (complete with a wonderfully warm hot water bottle), but the excitement of the days possibilities had us up early and ready to go.
We were treated like family (actually royalty) and the meals could be considered fine dining-lots of variety, very tasty and the presentation impressive.
As a first time traveler to Africa I must admit I was a little concerned from a safety standpoint-my family fairly accuses me of being a worrier. All fears were allayed immediately as we could clearly see this team knows what they are doing and have tremendous respect for the surroundings.
Dominick and Dennis are extremely knowledgeable and freely shared information and patiently answered each and every question-and there were loads of those! They made it so fun and quite the learning experience as well. Our group included my daughter, son-in-law and myself. We traveled in a great vehicle with an open top that allowed for spotting and observing game with very close proximity. We spotted-at last count- 30 different mammals and 70 different birds.
Also enjoyed the mobile camp- Craig and his team were also extremely welcoming and provided at atmosphere of fun and safety. Meals once again shared the feel of a fine dining experience. Can't imagine how they do this, but they do!
If you have ever considered an African vacation-DO IT! Alex Walker's Serian Camp far exceeded my expectations and wildest dreams! If you have not considered an African vacation, I would encourage it-definitely the experience of a lifetiime and I'm so very grateful for having enjoyed the people and critters of Kenya.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A traditional bush camp most suited to adventurous outdoors characters in search of a real experience. "Serian" means peaceful, calm or serene in the Maa language. An artists haven and one of the most picturesque sites in the Mara. Located in the heart of the Mara North Conservancy "Serian" operates throughout the year. A traditional tented camp focusing on quality game viewing and providing clients access to some of the very best game viewing in Africa. The migration of wildebeest occurs from June through October and sometimes November, quickly followed by the birthing season from October to March. April May & June offer opportunities for ornithologists and those who enjoy the solitude of the quiet season. Serian guarantees exclusive use of vehicle at no extra cost. This is the key to a quality experience and not a shared compromise. The Nest is a tree house perfect for a picnic after a bush walk in the private conservancy, where guests can also spend the night in the two oval double beds and watch nocturnal game on the infra-red cameras! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Serian Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Serian Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve