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Alex Walker's Serian
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London
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“This is the way to do safari!”
Reviewed September 29, 2011

Where to start with this amazing camp?? Firstly i am glad that we had our last 3 nights there as had we been at the begining of our trip nothing else would have been able to compare, this place is the way to do safari. So lets start with the basics. The camp is pure luxuary, where else would you see a dining table in a tent with a chandelier over it or 2 of the most comfortable sofas I have ever sat on. Also as they only have a maximum of 12 guests at any time it gives the place and exclusive and intimate feel. The tents are of a similar standard with acres of space, great views and fantastic fittings. Hot water is avalible whenever you want it for a shower (and as much as you want rather than a standard 20l). The food and the service are also second to none.

The camp is located in a remote spot of the mara triangle and you are surrounded by game. Each group gets their own car with a driver and spotter. Ours (Madebe and Sadala) were fantastic finding us all the game we asked for and putting us in prime position for 5 river cossings. The crossings cannot be described they are a true wonder of the natural world (even when you have spent 9 hours doing nothing but waiting for the very stupid wildebeast to decide to cross!). You are able to take both a breakfast and lunch out as a picnic (which i recomend) to get the most from your day. Having lunch under a tree looking at the mara river is wonderful!

Evenings at the camp are also very special with pre dinner drinks around the campfire followed by a fantastic dinner around the communal table. Chatting with the other guests and Alex and Gerard was great, even if we did clear out slightly more of the alcohol than we meant to.

All in all a wonderful way to end our honeymoon, now I just have to save up to go again!!

Room Tip: Bring ear plugs, the wildlife is noisey and very close to the tents (an added bonus!)
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed August 25, 2011

We stayed at Alex Walker's Northern Serengeti Camp for 3 nights. The guides were fantastic - our guide/driver was able to drive and spot animals from a far distance which spoiled us! We saw a wildebeest crossing literally 2 hours after we arrived!

Tents were amazing - we felt like we were back in British colonial times. Spacious bedroom and bathroom/dressing area. They would prepare the hot water for you when you needed it (bucket showers) but had flush toilets (VERY important!). They were also very generous with the bottled water as there are no other sources of drinking water nearby. Laundry was included which was great! Food was delicious and fresh. We did both safari breakfast/lunch as well as eating at the tent - both were great. The safari lunches were much better than the normal box lunch that people get. The guide/driver took the time to cut fresh vegetables for us each day (delicious!) and we were quite spoiled.

There are 7 tents total which makes for a cozy environment - everyone eats dinner together (they have 2 mess tents). Note that when the camp is full, they are a bit short staffed so you end up waiting longer for meals. Also note that Alex himself is rarely at the camp so the changes of meeting him are slim. Since we were in Northern Serengeti, we were not able to do walking safari's or any of the extra items that you can do when the camp is in Southern Serengeti.

This is clearly not a cheap place but all in all we enjoyed our time here and would recommend to all.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 17, 2011

We stayed here for four nights at the end of our safari trip. It is a first class camp with excellent guiding. We saw a river crossing the day we arrived so 4 nights was too much for us as we had done a lot of game veiwing else where. The tents are great & food very good. It was the closest we got to nature on our trip & Alex is really knowledge about Africa which in itself adds to the whole experience.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 9, 2011

Alex Walker's Serian camp in the southern Serengeti had been recommended to us by our travel agent as one of the best and most reliable operators in the region, and our experience lived up to all our expectations. My partner & I stayed with Alex and his team for 6 nights in late January 2011 and managed to see pretty much every animal possible, with the sole exception of the elusive leopard. But plenty of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, hyenas etc. made up for that.

The Serian camp is located approx. 2 hours drive from Ndutu so, unlike the camps in the Ndutu area where we saw up to 5 jeeps surrounding any big cats, at Serian we were miles from any other tourists and had all the wildlife to ourselves. In fact the only other people nearby were the local Maasai tribes, all of whom were very friendly. Alex's description of a barely visible dirt track as their 'main road' illustrated how remote the camp was.

The camp comprised 8 'posh' tents, each with an en suite flushing toilet and hot shower. The giant beds were super comfortable and the tent was far bigger than our bedroom at home. All the furnishings, including a really soft rug and writing desk, made the tent feel very homely and it was easy to keep the netting over the entrance and windows zipped up to keep out bugs and mosquitos (although there didn't seem to be many flying bugs around).

Evening meals were taken with all the other guests around the large dining table in the main lounge tent. Despite my initial reservations this provided some very interesting and diverse conversations, perhaps reflecting the cultural background of people who are interested in (and can afford) an exclusive safari experience. During our 6 day stay the number of other guests varied from just 1-3 other couples, creating a very friendly and intimate camp. Despite the remote location, the food and drink (all inclusive in the price) were excellent and the alcohol was always freely available (often in quite large quantities).

As a gay couple we weren't sure how the local Tanzanian staff would react to us, but Alex and all his 25 staff at the camp made us feel extremely welcome and the service was excellent from everyone. Alex's assistant, Alexandra, in particular made the stay extremely enjoyable through her friendly chatter and willingness to help. Each day's itinerary was entirely customisable with guests choosing whether to drive or have a walking tour, with delicious picnic breakfasts and/or lunches available for those going on longer drives.

As with any safari, the amount of wildlife you see is largely dependent upon your driver & tracker. Our one negative comment on our week was that our tracker didn't seem as good a spotter as those assigned to other guests, who seemed to find it easier to spot wildlife and learnt much more about all the animals from their tracker & driver than we did. Nevertheless we did see all the wildlife we had expected and took some amazing photos (minimum 300mm lens is essential).

Overall, we can highly recommend Serian. It is expensive but our holiday was a wonderful experience and we are so glad we didn't go with one of the cheaper options.

  • Stayed January 2011
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Reviewed January 27, 2011

We spent a fantastic 3 days at Alex's Serengeti camp in its southern location (its December-April site) at the end of the safari week of our honeymoon. It was a wonderful 3 days in an amazing location.
he tents are super comfortable and I was amazed that we got running water and flush toilets in such a remote location. (Having said that, you need to order your hot water to be delivered to you, so if this is a problem you're probably looking at the wrong place). There is a lot to do if you're up for some exploring, equally it was very relaxing sitting on the super-comfortable couches in one of the two relaxation/dining tents with drinks and soft tunes coming from the Ipod dock. For our more energetic moments we were offered (and tried most of) a complement of driving safaris, walking safaris, walks with Maasai trackers, a drive/hike up to a local ridgeline for a sundowner or a night of fly camping and a visit to the local Maasai village (complete with a visit inside one of the homes) which was wonderful.
The best part however was the truly personal service and guiding from Alex and his staff, capped off by some amazing food (even more amazing considering it was all cooked outdoors). We had such a wonderful time - capped off by sitting under the stars in front of our tent in a copper bathtub with our own private campfire on our last evening in camp. Truly magical and we were sorry to leave.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed November 5, 2010

My wife and I recently returned from a two week trip in Tanzania that concluded with 3 nights at Alex Walker's Serian Serengeti North Camp. My only regret is that we did not spend more time at Alex's place. It had better wildlife viewing, better guides, better accommodations, better food, and a better ambiance than any of the other camps we stayed at on safari (we spent our other time on Mt. Kilimanjaro and in the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park).

Wildlife: The camp was situated near the Mara River. There were wildebeast everywhere, including all around the camp and on every game drive we did. We were fortunate to see three different crossings of the River. The wildebeasts were only the tip of the iceberg, however. We saw plenty of lion, leopards, mating leopards, a black rhino and her baby, buffalo, seemingly hundreds of elephants, and so much more. We easily saw more wildlife on each day that we were there than on the previous safari days in the crater and Lake Manyara N.P. combined. There were fewer other tourist vehicles around as well.

Camp: I can't possibly give the camp enough praise. The atmosphere is warm and inviting from the moment you arrive. Our guides (Ombeni and Michael) greeted us at the airstrip and immediately took us on a short game drive. After that, once we arrived at the camp, we were offered drinks and/or tea and shown to our tent. The tent is extremely large with very high ceilings and an incredibly comfortable bed. The bathroom had a wash basin, a flush toilet, and a bucket shower with hot water. It seemed that every detail was accounted for.

Perhaps the best part about the camp was its size. There were only two other client couples with us when we were there (and I think there is space for a few more only). This ensured that we each would have our own truck and guides for each day. We all ate dinner together every night, swapping stories about what we had seen during the day and about our lives. Alex was there too, which added so much to the experience. Dinner always was preceded by drinks and snacks around the campfire -- a great way to unwind.

I could go on and on about Serian Serengeti North, but the essential point is this: Stay here. You'll never forget it.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Surrey, Canada
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Reviewed October 12, 2010

Our family was there in August of this year and had the most amazing experiences! Our "back yard" was literally the open vastness of the Serengeti! From seeing a hyena loping past our camp at dusk to a herd of 31 elephants leisurely walking through at will... and sitting at the campfire at night and listening to the bull hippos fighting over a girl.... the only sadness i experienced was leaving after 3 short nights. I am currently planning a trip back to the very same camp with three girlfriends, but this time staying for two weeks.... I am already buying my journals that I will write all my feelings down in... it was a life changing experience that you simply can't put into words and i simply can't wait to share it with my friends!! Worth every penny!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Alex Walker's Serian
Address: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #24 of 117 Specialty Lodging in Serengeti National Park
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A seasonal camp located close to the "great migration" best suited to those with an adventurous spirit who seek out raw and real experience.Alex Walker’s Serian - Serengeti flaunts a sense of spirited style. An authentic and intimate East African bush camp; that allows you to flee the bustle of contemporary life & experience a blend of untamed Africa in traditional tented splendour! Tanzania’s celebrated Serengeti hosts the last great concentration of mixed wildlife in Africa, best known for its migration of nearly two million Wildebeest. "Simply put, the very best game viewing in the world today." ... more   less 
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