- Alex Walker’s Serian – a collection of charismatic, exclusive and intimate bush camps in the prime wildernesses of East Africa. Amongst the most authentic in East Africa, they flaunt a sense of spirited style & character.
- We operate and outfit safaris, and our focus is on offering you access to the magic of the bush in a rich variety of ways.
- Our clients have exclusive use of their safari vehicle for day and night game drives at no extra cost, and on top of that, bush walks, bush picnics, flycamping, photography, ballooning with champagne breakfast – the list goes on.
- Serian Camp is a traditional tented bush camp with five tents in the Mara North conservancy just outside the Maasai Mara Reserve. One of just 11 member camps in the private and exclusive Mara North Conservancy.
- The camp enjoys beautiful, expansive views of the Mara river and the Olololo escarpment.
- Resident photographers visit throughout the year and are on hand to pass on great tips and pointers.
- 5 vast, spacious tents, of which one is a family unit. 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.
- The area opposite the camp boasts 4,000 acres of walking concession that is exclusively for the use of Serian guests.
- The main mess area at Serian Original is elevated above the river and catches a glorious breeze through the trees – the views are stunning.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
The cornerstone of a safari experience at Serian is that each group has their own open-top safari vehicle, and their own dedicated guide and spotter. The freedom this grants you is key to getting the most out of your stay: go where the day takes you, without the limitations of fixed schedules, or fitting in with other peoples’ plans. Nothing but personal desire need dictate what you do. Our vehicles are specially customised to be a climbing frame, and a photographer’s extra tool. They are comfortable, able to handle the terrain, and cover the distance…. And were designed for sun, rain, wind, and above all, the feeling of having as little as possible separating you from what’s out there.
Although ‘Walker’ really is Alex’s surname, being born to such an identity turns out to have been a self-fulfilling prophecy. Spending his childhood days out on foot with his father’s trackers, then turning this into a full-time career as soon as he possibly could, Alex’s passion is walking, and it is without a doubt his preferred method of accessing the bush. Walking safaris epitomise the golden chance to get away from the trails and beaten tracks, and immerse in the environment in a way that the noise and speed of vehicles don’t permit. Once you slow down, there’s a whole world that you never noticed before. The beauty of walking is that it engenders an appreciation of an ecosystem’s sheer perfection: every tiny element has its place, and plays its role.
First off, a disclaimer: flycamping has nothing to do with flying. Rather, it takes its name from sleeping in the bush under nothing more than a flysheet, as was the camping tradition before the luxury-laden era of ‘glamping’ arrived. The premise is that you spend the days walking, and the nights sleeping out in light weight tents, in a makeshift camp that moves each day – the end of each day’s walk brings you to your new site for the night.
For so many, the definition of a night drive has come to be a quick scan around with spotlights en route back to camp after sundowners. For us though, it’s an exploration of the enigmatic nightlife that we are oblivious to as we sit around the dinner table and proceed to bed. Nocturnal creatures emerge, the heavens are festooned with stars, and the landscape mutates into a whole other world by the light of the moon.
An early morning departure from Serian will see you at your launchpad. Suspended in a basket beneath the balloon’s canopy, you float over the plains and above the forest alongside the Mara River, checking out hippos, crocodile and elephant from high above. The flight time is generally in the region of one hour and ends with a champagne breakfast in the open grassland within the reserve. An unbeatable start to the day!
Serian Original was the first of Alex Walker’s camps, and it perfectly captures the essence of its name, meaning ‘peaceful, calm, serene’ in the Maasai language. The camp was designed to be a retreat from the bustle of contemporary life, and a chance to experience untamed Africa in traditional tented fashion. The camp lies in the private Mara North Conservancy, with its five tents and mess strung out along the river. The tents are very private with each one is set on hardwood decking, concealed by the bush, high above the Mara River with views over the Olooloo Escarpment beyond. Malindi fabrics and lovely accessories ensure a shabby chic African feel throughout. All guest tents have their own characterful bathrooms with running hot and cold water, flush loo, shower and fantastic custom bathtub.
The main mess area at Serian Original is elevated above the river and catches a glorious breeze through the trees – the views are stunning. There are lots of comfortable shady places to sit and relax and the main boma with its thatch roof, large dining table, comfy sofas and log fire is completely lit by candles at night ensuring a very atmospheric and convivial space. Off this central mess area is also a Research room with additional charging facilities, books and information about the conservancy and wildlife. You can read up about various projects like the Mara Lion, Mara Cheetah and Mara Elephant projects.
Five private tented rooms including one family suite are available at Serian Camp. Each tent is unique in its own way, furnished with large double beds, flanked by bedside tables and writing desks. The adjoining “bush bathrooms” include a shower, twin basins, large bush bathtub and flush toilet. Hanging swathes of cotton and canvas walls provide complete privacy.
Serian consists of four vast marquees perched on beautiful hardwood decking. Each is unique in its own way, but all are furnished with elegant simplicity, complemented by countless thoughtful little personal touches that make it feel like home. The beautiful bush bathrooms offer views over the river valley as you soak in your tub, and this openness simulates the delicious sensation of being outdoors. Airy and spacious, they include a shower as well as an enormous bath, twin basins, and a flushing toilet.
Serian’s family suite consists of two separate sleeping tents, joined by a communal living area. The beds can be configured to doubles or twins, and each tent has its own bathroom, ensuring both proximity and privacy. The beautiful bush bathrooms offer views over the river valley as you soak in your tub, and this openness simulates the delicious sensation of being outdoors. Airy and spacious, they include a shower as well as an enormous bath, twin basins, and a flushing toilet.
Serian Camp is a traditional bush camp with a very home away from home feel with its expansive mess deck overlooking the Mara River. In the main area there is a cosy indoor fireplace, and lots of chairs to curl up in and the outdoors deck area is the perfect spot for wining and dining whilst enjoying the views. The main mess area at Serian Original is elevated above the river and catches a glorious breeze through the trees – the views are stunning. There are lots of comfortable shady places to sit and relax and the main boma with its thatch roof, large dining table, comfy sofas and log fire is completely lit by candles at night ensuring a very atmospheric and convivial space.
Serian Our Dining Table
Roisin & Adrian, our wondrous Mara managers, make for a fabulous foodie duo. Adrian, whose choice de-stress activity was mowing his lawn, decided to stretch his repertoire to an organic garden. Sourcing manure from local Masai, and rigging up beehives to dissuade peckish elephants, his herbs, fruit, veggies and honey began to thrive in the lush Mara climate. Enter Roisin: culinary genius with a knack for all things fresh and tasty. The morning’s leafy bounty is transformed into lunchtime deliciousness with casual ease and flair. Aside enchanting tastebuds, Adrian’s garden dodges the environmental unfriendliness of importing, and spreads goodness into the community through employment, vitamins and income for manure. Power to the plants!
This is a place to disconnect from daily life and reconnect with nature: there are few technology trappings and the only Wi-Fi in camp is the dog.