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.
- 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