Reviews of Serian
Wildlife sightings and reviews
11 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Serian and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
Excellent and varied vegetarian food (which is not always the case in camps). Friendly efficient staff.
We felt Serian would benefit from a bit of maintenance/refreshing in places and found having to tip 2 guides (our driver was also a qualified guide) unexpected and awkward, particularly as we were unable to use a $50 note that they said was too old to bank. (But we were able to use an online system despite the info saying they don't accept credit cards)" See all these reviews: 9n in Kenya
"George and Francis - Maasai Friends"
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." See all these reviews: 9n in Kenya
"Excellent safari at Serian Camp"
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." See all these reviews: 7n in Kenya
"Wonderful home in the bush"
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." See all these reviews: 10n in Kenya
"Exceptional - The Very Best "
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)." See all these reviews: 7n in Kenya
"Mara North Conservancy"
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." See all these reviews: 7n in Kenya
"Great time at Serian"
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." See all these reviews: 10n in Kenya
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." See all these reviews: 12n in Kenya
"Serian in the concessions"
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