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Alex Walker's Serian
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Reviewed October 1, 2010

Our family of seven (yes, 5 teenage kids!) visited Alex Walker’s Serian Serengeti camp in August 2010 and next time we stay it will be for a full week at least. The whole experience was just the best possible in terms of comfort, excitement, learning and the warmth of their welcome. Alex Walker is an expert on the wildlife of the Serengeti who is passionate about the subject, a charming host and engaging teacher. He leads a supporting team who guided, fed, served and protected us to perfection.

The camp is in the northern Serengeti and near to the Mara river in an area that offered plenty of wildlife and was not over-run with visitors. In fact on the first day we were lucky enough to see all the “big five” and in the whole day only one other party. Compared to other places we have visited this was fantastic. It felt as if the whole park was there just for us, and we had all the time in the World.

The camp was very comfortable. Large tents with lovely beds, flushing toilets and bucket showers that they would refill as and when you wanted. Laundry was done for next morning. Woken in the morning with tea, coffee or chocolate as you wished. Fantastic fresh picnic meals for breakfast and lunch during the day. Evening sundowners at the camp fire. The evening meals were a tasty mixture of local and western recipes with good quality wines included, great conversation and a very relaxed atmosphere.

We were there to see the wildlife, and were not to be disappointed. This year the wildebeest had travelled north to Kenya in early July, but came back across the river while we were there in late August. One time we could see, we estimated, 80,000 animals from the hillside we were sitting on. We watched thousands in a herd coming to the river and backing off, each waiting to the first to take the plunge. Another day we drove through a woodland and counted 250 elephants in family groups from age about 4 weeks to 80 years, all on the move to some destination they had in mind. We saw two different Rhinos, several buffalo, many lions, a lone leopard and a family of cheetahs contributed to the excitement. Lots of Hippo and of course hundreds of zebras, giraffes and antelopes of various species. We watched vultures trying but unable to take off due to being too stuffed, and eagles soaring as only they can. We even watched an episode between a lion and a honey badger which the lion did not win.

Add to all of this that Alex got our 13 and 15 year old sons driving the 4x4s across the savannah, he spent much energy giving our older children valuable teaching in how to photograph in Africa (Alex really is a great photographer) and his Maasai camp guards taught our children bow hunting skills in the few spare hours we had in camp and you will understand why, next time, we will be back for much, much more.

This is not an inexpensive camp. But it is the best value for money that I’ve ever had in Africa.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 27, 2010

In July 2010 we stayed at this bush camp for four days (much too short!!). It's situated (between June and October) in a wonderful part of the Serengeti North. So quiet, you felt part of nature. We saw, I think, hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, but also elephants coming to the camp as if they're paying you a visit and say 'hello - good morning; how-are-you'.
We had wonderful game drives and nothing is too much, our driver and spotter were searching continuously trying to find as much different species as possible (and there are a lot..).
The cook and his team did a fantastic job, noticing the circumstances they had to work in. Gordon Ramsey could learn something here, how to cook a wonderful meal in the middle of nowhere in the bush.
The team were all very polite and friendly and trying hard to keep everything on the go.
Alex is a wonderful host and in the evening by the campfire he can tell all kinds of facts and exciting stories of wildlife as he has spent his whole life wandering and exploring the bush.
The tents were all very cozy and clean, even your laundry is done for free!
What more is there to say.. We had an unforgettable experience and won't forget those lovely days in Serengeti North. We will certainly go back there or in one of the other camps of Alex Walker's Serian.
So when you're planning a trip to the Serengeti this is the place to be for everyone.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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  • Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Serengeti National Park | Close to Seketeti Escarpment, 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 118 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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Alex Walker`s Serian - Serengeti Hotel Serengeti National Park

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