Serian Serengeti is a mobile tented camp...
Alex Walker's Serian Serengeti: Our full report
A stylish tented camp - Alex Walker's Serian Serengeti is a mobile tented operation situated in one of two locations in or around the Serengeti depending on the time of year. Aiming to give guests a simple, authentic bush experience, it's a relaxed and friendly camp which retains a luxurious edge.
We haven't had a chance to visit these camps ourselves yet - however, we've met with Alex and learnt a little about what each camp offers.
From July until mid-November the camp - is referred to as “Serian's Serengeti North". It's located up in the Kogatende area of the Serengeti - close to the Mara River, which means at the time of year you should be able to witness some great game sightings as the wildebeest migration crosses the Mara River. You can read more about the wildebeest migration here…
From December through until May the camp moves down to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, bordering the short grass plains of the southern Serengeti - within fairly easy reach of both the Serengeti itself, as well as the Ngorongoro Crater (a two-hour drive away).
The camp consists of 6 luxurious meru-style tents decorated in a traditional safari style. Expect plush comfortable beds, velvet sofas, and rugs covering the floor. All have en-suite plumbed bathrooms with flushing loos, and a basin with a jug of water by the sink. To get a real feeling of being out in the wilderness take advantage of their fly camp (which is included in the price) - a simple dome tent set up in the middle of the bush, with short-drop toilet and bucket shower.
The communal mess tent is where guests will gather for a drink and dine together in the evenings. Although we expect the service will be of a very high quality, Alex tells us the camp has a very relaxed feel to it - guests are welcome to help themselves to drinks from the bar, and make themselves at home.
Our viewWe're confident that Serian Serengeti will be a professional and well run camp, with great guides, luxurious tents, and a great bush experience. We're hoping to get out to visit this property soon so ask us for the latest details.
Ideal length of stay: Stay here for 3 - 4 nights, or more if you want to do some fly-camping too.
Directions: Reach the north camp by flying to Kogatende airstrip - the camp is then just 20 minutes drive away. Reach the south camp by flying to Ndutu and then transferring.
Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Alex Walker
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: Serian Serengeti describes its food as “farmhouse fresh" cuisine - we'd expect it to be of a high standard and well prepared.
Dining style: Group Meals
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: All drinks are included.
Further dining info: If a couple particularly wanted to dine privately in their tent it could be arranged.
Attitude towards children: The camp doesn't impose and age restrictions and welcomes children.
Special activities & services: The camp doesn't provide any special activities as such, however, because a private vehicle is included in the cost you can plan your activities to suit your family's needs. There is also the chance for some cultural interaction, which children may enjoy.
Equipment: Serian Serengeti has cots available but no high chairs – but they do have low tables & cushions for younger children to sit on.
Generally recommended for children: The relaxed atmosphere at Serian Serengeti would make it a good option for families with children; however, as with all bush camps - we'd recommend this only for mature children over the age of 8, as game is free to wander through throughout the camp.
Notes: Parents must note that children are always their responsibility.
Communications: There is no internet or TV here - it's the middle of the bush! That said they do have an ipod dock in the mess-tent which guests can use if they really wanted!
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: All guides and managers are first aid trained.
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Security measures: There is a small team of night watchmen on duty.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in the central area.
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Included
Accepted payment on location: You shouldn't need to pay for any extras while you're here - everything is included.