For Short Lets - Luxury Camp
Serian was the first of Alex’s camps, and it perfectly captures the essence of its name: meaning ‘peaceful, calm, serene’ in the Masai language, it was designed to be a retreat from the bustle of contemporary life, and a chance to experience untamed Africa in traditional tented splendour.
It lies in the private Mara North Conservancy, and the beauty of this location is that only 10 other camps have access to it – so the feeling of having your own personal piece of Africa is a luxury that we have in spades.
- OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND.
- One of just 11 member camps in the private and exclusive Mara North Conservancy.
- 5 vast, spacious tents, of which one is a family unit.
- All tents set on hardwood decking, above the Mara River with views over the Olooloo Escarpment.
- Each has an adjoining bush bathroom with hot and cold running water, flush toilet, and a shower and custom-made bathtub with gorgeous views over the landscape.
- 24hr electricity on a combination of solar and generator.
- Hosted dining en famille, in our cosy dining room or under dappled sunlight on our wooden deck.
- Exclusive use of 4WD Safari vehicle and dedicated guide and spotter.
- No Wi-Fi available.
Camps tend to be a manifestation of the personalities behind them, and ours are no exception. If you’re part of these spaces for long enough, they seep into your pores, and a slow, gentle osmosis attunes your rhythm to the cadence of sunrises and seasons – and this permeates the atmosphere of our peaceful abodes.
Accordingly, tents blend into their surrounds, and are designed to afford the most minimal separation between you and the outside – there’s no cut and dried division where the wilderness ends. To truly immerse somewhere, you should be touched, reached, accessed by it… And much like in nature, our furnishings are simplistic and functional, but unobtrusively beautiful.
After a day out in the silence, solitude and indescribable immensity of the bush, the ancestral ritual of coming together to enjoy fire and food caters to our innate appreciation for sharing. We are social animals, and part of what makes things vivid and real to us is this capacity to share: the pleasure of dissecting your day, raking over the delicious details and unwrapping the delights over and again as you enjoy a meal, is what renders the evening perfect for digesting and processing the day.
Camp life is something unpretentious that unfolds according to the ingredients at hand – simple tasty food, solace from the unending bustle of contemporary life with no sacrifice of all the creature comforts that make it feel like home… The perfect setting for unforgettable adventure and a trove of memories to take away and treasure.
WE CALL IT HOME
There’s a whole world of exciting things to do and beautiful places to see, and of chief importance is making sure you have enough time to indulge in a good range of the sublime experiences on offer. We’ve designed a collection of sample itineraries to lend some inspiration on how to put the ultimate trip together.
You’ll see we’re big fans of combining our camps, and this is because each location proffers a different experience. Our camps are scattered across two countries, and a diverse range of wildlife zones – Mara North Conservancy, Masai Mara Reserve, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area – and on top of that, each camp has its own unique character too.
We also love mixing up traditional game drives with other fun activities: balloon rides, bush dinners, exploring at night, getting out on foot, river fishing, learning traditional cultures… There are so many ways to enrich your safari experience.
Of course, we are all about flexibility, so if you’d like to pick and mix and concoct your own safari, that’s an option too – all the ingredients are there for the taking.
The wildebeest are still launching themselves across the Mara River, and in fact as the short rains start in the end of October, the herds start heading south – which means big-volume crossings. The tail end is still coming through even in November (albeit on a smaller scale) when the short rains draw them to central Serengeti. Come December, they are heading all the way down to southern Serengeti, their primordial birthing grounds – the females heavily pregnant by this stage.
The herds start to head south over the border in October, following the northern Tanzanian storms. Come November, they are being drawn by the rain to central Serengeti, and all the way down to Serengeti South in December for their birthing season. Although empty of wildebeest, Ngare Serian in November is a wonderful place to be: because it’s’ a higher rainfall area, it stays greener than everywhere else, and it keeps the game close by.