Serian Nkorombo

Reviews of Serian Nkorombo

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Below are independent comments from 6 of our travellers who have visited Serian Nkorombo, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Tony from Bangkok
Arrived on: 31-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Classy secluded camp in riverine setting

Exceeded our expectations in every way. We were prepared for a very simple and 'rustic' experience, but this small and intimate camp really did exude class.

Décor of the central camp area is gorgeous, luxurious safari-chic if you were, and the entirely local front of house team are extremely hospitable and welcoming. Tents are relatively small by high end camp standards, but perfectly adequate, and décor is tasteful and new. Located at a bend in the Mara river, the sound of the flowing water adds to the 'close to nature' feel and ensures a good night's sleep. All groups have private vehicles, but meals are communal - we had a great time with the other guests at this camp, all of whom were on a similar wavelength which made for a great atmosphere in camp. Food was wholesome, varied, and of great quality, accompanied by various homemade condiments, including a few different varieties of chili oil which was a great hit.

Despite being in a generally busy area of the reserve, we barely saw another vehicle on our drives to and from camp, other than at the river crossing points and around certain sightings. Unfortunately this can't be avoided as the main crossing points are located in the main reserve and do attract quite a number of vehicles - fortunately our expert guide Jonathan (who appeared to be something of a river crossing expert) was able to secure us the best spots - and seemed to command enough respect that he was also able to ensure that other vehicles followed the rules.

We chose to stay in the main reserve specifically to look for river crossings and we were spectacularly rewarded. But for other sightings, the game viewing in the reserve is a long way behind the surrounding conservancies, owing to the large number of vehicles that congregate around predators, often following them at unreasonably close distance. This is a well known problem in the Mara, but needs to be put into perspective - even at the most crowded sightings, there are seldom more than 10-15 vehicles - compare this to Yala National Park in Sri Lanka, where there are often 50+ vehicles surrounding a single leopard. Also the open nature of the landscape means that despite the vehicle density, it rarely feels overcrowded. Vehicles are great for viewing, fully open top and sides, but can get very hot during the day when the roof is open (which is recommended for best viewing) - so be sure to take a hat and high factor sunscreen. Only other tip would be to take a head torch - the tents can be a little on the dark side at a little extra light did help at times.

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Peter LeVine from USA
Arrived on: 22-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Exceptional Guides/Extraordinary Experience

Serian Nkorombo has a tremendous location and, as with all Serian Camps, truly exceptional guides - the best in Africa. Serian Maasai Mara is pure luxury with great food and exceptional management. We stayed at each camp for two nights. This is the second year in a row I have stayed at Serian. Last year I stayed at the Serian Camp in Tanzania. There is an extraordinary quality about all Serian Camps I have stayed at that is real but difficult to describe - the ambiance. Unlike other places I have stayed at in Africa, there is a free spirit non-commercial quality about these camps and yet the highest levels of professionalism. At Serian, you have complete freedom to do whatever you want to see and do whenever you wish. We always found interesting, independent, and well traveled individuals at Serian camps who felt the same way. I have been traveling to Africa for nearly forty years - Serian Camps are unique and exceptional offering real adventure and independence with exceptional management, guides, staff, and facilities. If you want the very best wildlife experience with complete freedom - stay at Serian!

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Mr W & Ms W from NL
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Serian Nkorombo review

We really enjoyed being back here. The focus of this camp is really where we think it should be: enjoying the great wildlife of the area in the company of great guides. We also really enjoyed the flexibilty. One day we went out for a gamedrive at 6 in the morning and only returned at 7 in the evening.

The camp is ideally located for the wildebeest migration, but when we were there most of the wildebeest had already left. Despite this we did witness several crossings. The area can be a bit busy. At one sighting of a coalition of 5 cheeta's there were at least 20 cars present. Our guides were quick to suggest we should just have a quick look and then go look for something else, with which we agreed wholeheartedly.

The camp itself is perhaps a little more basic than the main Serian camp in Mara North, but to us this only adds to the charm. And really for us it's more than luxurious enough.

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Mr & Mrs M from Ascot
Arrived on: 6-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mara reserve

A small very well run camp by an all Masai crew who were friendly/considerate and very professional.

The downside is the reserve regulations which prevent any off road or late evening driving. You have to be back in camp by dusk

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Mr W & Ms W from NL
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nkorombo - excellent in every way

Our stay here felt like the highlight of our trip. The camp location is excellent and allows you to go many different directions to find interesting things to see. We certainly had our share of luck here, with countless lion and cheeta sightings. Several crossings, a lion kill, a crocodile kill, a leopard, etc.

Despite being inside the reserve the number of cars at sightings was never a problem. The behaviour of the other vehicles was also much better than what we expected based on what we read/heard beforehand.

The camp itself is very small and intimate. We really felt at home here, rather than just guests.

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Mr & Mrs R from USA
Arrived on: 12-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Serian Nkorombo review

After spending six days on safari at two other locations in more permanent facilities we finally made it to the Mara and our first true tent camp experience.

Serian Nkorombo has a great location on the Mara river with very functional basic type tents. We planned our entire trip with the hope of catching the Great Migration in full force and seeing all the wonderful animals we'd heard about. Our time here did not disappoint as we witnessed a spectacular river crossing complete with crocodiles, hippos and the insanity of 700 wildebeest in a frenzied rush across the Mara River.

Our guide Francis and spotter Ciparo were outstanding, engaging and enthusiastic from beginning to end. Fred was our camp host and did a great job with dealing each and every guest. Food and service were very good.

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