The animals are awesome, the lodging is excellent fun, but it's the people that pushed this adventure over the top! Our extended family, including young adult kids and 90 year-old parents, just returned from 4 wonderful days on the Serengeti. Our guides were top flight, and Robyn and the campsite team were soliticious to our every need, making sure hot showers were on tap, coffees was delivered in the dawn, and no glass was empty during fireside evening cocktails. We spent 3 days in 3 tricked out land cruisers, and saw every animal we had hoped for and more.
Day 1 we left before dawn and droves miles across the plains to catch the wildebeest migration and the accompanying lions, cheetahs, and various hangers-on. On the way we ran across animals at every turn including a honey badger, a den of hyenas, zebras, gazelle, and more birds than can be remembered. What an awesome introduction. Day 2 we left early again, this time targetting more family of lions, a cheetah and her cubs, ostriches, and herds of curious giraffes. We returned to camp for a delicious late lunch, and an afternoon scenic drive. Day 3 the guides delivered on the pack of wiley wild dogs and a beautiful family of elephants. Every animal we saw was accompanied by a note of interest (e.g. dik-diks mate for life) by our guides (the "dream team," commanded by "never-stuck Eric!") We were never lacking for a cold beer or glass of wine, on the road or in the tent! Evening meals were a romantic affair, gathered under a candlelit chandelier with circling waiters passing delicious 3 course meals prepared in the kitchen tent!
Besides the camp crew, we really enjoyed getting to know our fellow guests (from all corners of the globe - a really enjoyable crowd but, what else would you expect)? Also, we were entranced by our neighbors the Masai (who were about to move pending the approach of the migration); these colorful friendly people herded their goats, cattle and donkeys across the horizon, and came out to meet us when did a brief nature walk past their boma. Our weather (late Dec - early Jan) was excellent; cool at night, warm during the day, no bugs. We had a few showers which rendered the roads "challanging" in our book, but nothing that can't be handled by gunning the motor and steering into the skid, adding an element of excitement to several of our drives!
The tents were as promoted: comfortable real beds, complete "en suite" bathrooms, sheep skin rugs and lovely covered "porches." The one area we probably did not calculate right was the footwear; because we are in the cars most of the day, you can get by with sneakers and shoes that can be easily taken off/on are best for traipsing around camp; something for wet weather/mud is also a good idea, but heavy hiking boots are not necessary. Also, bring tons of sunscreen and of course a good hat.
Robyn, Eric, Michael and Mandabe: thank you for everything and we'll always remember the wonderful time you shared with us! Please keep it going so that we can share it with out grandkids one day!!!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Alex Walker`s Serian - Serengeti Hotel Serengeti National Park