Serian

Reviews of Serian

Excellent(98%) From 10 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 10 of our travellers who have visited Serian, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Ms. N from Montana
Arrived on: 4-Dec-2019 Stayed for: 5 nights
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George and Francis - Maasai Friends

Frances and George were my day long guides at Serian and were full of energy and enthusiasm. They could spot all sorts of animals and birds with clarity. They took their time in correctly identifying the birds and pointed out the tiny details among similar birds. They both shared their bird books with me and discussed the details with me. The two guides shared their family life and were interested in learning about mine. We took breaks during our day long trips to eat and practice yoga. They were so enthusiastic and participated with graciousness. What a fun time we all had. Francis and George and I shared laughter all day long and became good partners in our quest to locate the animals I wished to see. They were respectful of the animals in keeping their distances. The guides and I stayed out from 6:30am until 9:30pm: as you can see, they had unparreled energy and enthusiasm for their love of the land and the animals. We tracked different animals in order to witness kills and chases. We heard lions roaring right next to the car: and cats eating their kills.
George would write down the birds for me in my booklet, while I wrote down the dates and the areas in my bird book. They would stop the car to listen to the crickets and the frogs in the dark of the evenings. They stopped the car to watch the fireflies flit about in the evenings. These guides took the time to enjoy the quietness and the beauty of the environment and made sure that I had time to experience it myself. I am so grateful that I had these two guides sharing their love of their country with me. What a treat. I shall return again: I know because this was already my second time in one year. Thank you everyone at Serian.

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Mr & Mrs G from Kent
Arrived on: 3-Feb-2019 Stayed for: 6 nights
Overall:
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Excellent safari at Serian Camp

We spent 6 nights at the Serian Original camp. We started with an excellent game drive from the Mara North airstrip to the camp, seeing Cheetah on the way to lunch and our wonderful tent, which was close to the Mara river, with constant views and sounds of hippos. For the remainder of our stay our very experienced guide, Steve, was able to take us to the four corners of the Mara North Conservancy, ensuring we saw a wide variety of animals and many different birds. We had good views of lion, leopard and / or cheetah on most drives.

Our key reason for chosing the Serian camp was the private guide and vehicle, which as keen birdwatchers means we can stop to identify the small brown birds too. This also gives complete freedom about when and how long you spend on the game drives. We also spent a morning walking on the other side of the river in the camp's vehicle free area.

All staff were very helpful. The food was very good and varied. We usually ate breakfast on our morning drive, returning in time for lunch, with a couple of hours to relax before tea and cake, sundowners on our evening drive and back for dinner. Our tent was very spacious, with an adjacent bathroom.

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Ms F & co from Sacramento
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Wonderful home in the bush

Serian was as comfortable and homey as any camp could possibly be. Our hosts, including their baby daughter Charlotte, were delightful; the staff friendly and attentive (and very willing to share thoughts on Kenya's political and social situation); our guide, Judy, and driver excellent; the food scrumptious; and the animal viewing outstanding.

Our tent overlooked the Mara River, with a dozen or so hippo lolling in the water so we could watch them while having coffee on the porch. We had hoped to get a glimpse of the Great Migration but it had not yet started in earnest; we did see the herds of wildebeest gathering in the savanna prior to their fording the river.

And, we saw plenty of other animals, often with time to actually stop and observe their behavior: elephant, buffalo, several types of antelope (including topi, eland, waterbuck and dik-dik), giraffe, lions, hyenas, jackals, mongoose, and, of course, many, many wildebeest, zebras, giraffes and hippos.

Serian was a wonderful experience for all of us, including our 14-year old grandson and his dad who enjoyed an exciting overnight in the tree house, complete with a delivery of home-made pizza! That was just one example of the kind of wonderful hospitality and personal attention we found at Serian.

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Peter LeVine from USA
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Exceptional - The Very Best

Serian Maasai Mara Camp has everything imaginable and more. We stayed at this camp in September, 2017 - our third Serian Camp. The guides are the very best - friendly, extremely well educated, knowledgeable, and accommodating. As with all Serian Camps, we had own guides and vehicle and had complete freedom to see whatever we wanted to see whenever we wanted to do so. Management is extremely generous and allows its guests to travel any distance and for as many hours as you wish each day and night. And, there is the extra bonus of staying in real luxury. This camp is magnificent - beautiful guest tents/rooms, great good, and a brilliant management team. Very importantly, the camp atmosphere is relaxed and non commercial. Not surprisingly, Serian consistently attracts independent, well traveled individuals who want a real sense of freedom and adventure. With over forty years of travel throughout Africa, Serian Camps are my favorite places to stay.

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Mr W & Ms W from NL
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Serian review

Driving up to Serian from Nkorombo you pass quite a few Maasai villages and cattle, but we found the wildlife in this area to be at least as good as at Nkorombo. The only difference is that there are no river crossings in Mara North, but on the other side there are far fewer other vehicles as well.

One of the great things at Serian is that when you transfer between their camps you take your guide with you. This allowed us to really get to know Shadrack and Mark quite well, and they also knew very well what we were interested in by the time we reached this camp.

The camp itself has a great atmosphere. We really got the feeling that the staff enjoy working there and have a passion for wildlife. While we were there a baby elephant got trapped by the river and separated from it's mother. The staff went out of it's way to save this elephant and eventually made arrangements to have it transferred to David Shedricks (this was after many attempts to locate the mother).

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Mr & Mrs M from Ascot
Arrived on: 3-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Mara North Conservancy

Very good game viewing plus the freedom to fish/walk/go off road to follow game,

Only a few vehicles on each sighting which was particularly good for Leopard/Lion. We also had in James an expert guide who knew how the animals would behave.The Masai staff were particularly good.

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Mr W & Ms W from NL
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Great time at Serian

The camp is very beautifully situated next to the river. The area directly next to the camp is a bit bushy/rocky and was usually not the area were we found our best sightings (we did see lion and leopard close to camp however).

Driving 15-20 minutes from camp we usually entered an area were anything could happen in terms of sightings. Many lions, a cheeta with cubs that hunted regularly (we saw 2 kills, another couple that was there for 4 nights also managed to see 4 kills) and lots of other exciting stuff. A night drive in this area produced an aardvark.

The standard of guiding (both here and at Nkorombo - same guides) was very high and comparable to the best guiding we've experienced in Zambia and Botswana.

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Mr & Mrs R from USA
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Rooms:
Average
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Food:
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Serian review

After spending our first two nights in the Mara at Serian Nkorombo we moved to Serian Main for three nights. Our guide Francis and spotter Ciparo from Serian Nkorombo stayed with us which was a good thing because it really gave us a chance to get to know both of them in greater detail than our other drivers and spotters since we spent more time with them.

Serian Main sits farther up the Mara River than Serian Nkorombo and was hosted by Sophie who seemed to have a handle on everything.

Our game viewing was exceptional, the tent camp fully functional and the staff professional. Food service was good throughout.

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Mr BG from Newport Coast
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Serian in the concessions

Great facilities, surprisingly luxurious and large tent/room. We tied this with Nkorombo to have two differnt areas, here you can go off road and have night drives. We enjoyed a great night drive and even saw an Aardwolf for the first time.

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Mr & Mrs B from Bath
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Good
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Good
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Food:
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Serian, Original

We stayed here 1 night. The tent was spacious and comfortable. We had read on previous reviews that the bathroom is outside the main tent. This is the case and a loo break during the night can be a bit un-nerving.

The camp management were friendly and helpful. We changed guide because he was a novice and spoke poor English. It is worth making sure that you are happy with the guide because they are assigned to you for your whole stay even if you move camp.

Our second guide was one of the few female Masai guides in Kenya. The guides were flexible and happy to do full day drives as well as walking safaris. However, I am not sure that they lived up to the expectation created by the Alex Walker web site. We were expecting a higher quality of guide and experience and it turned out to be good but not great.
One of the big plus points is the private vehicle.

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