- 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’s Serengeti North Camp is a seasonal mobile camp operating between July and November in the far north of Tanzania’s Serengeti. Set a short distance from the Mara River, Serian is a great camp to catch the dramatic wildebeest river crossings.
- Set in Serengeti National Park, a ten-minute drive from the Mara River and all the major wildebeest crossing points.
- 6 spacious and comfortable tents with a view over the plains. Each has an en-suite bathroom with a flushing toilet and bucket shower. 24hr electricity powered by generator.
- Ideally located for watching the Great Migration’s river crossings, but also for accessing incredible game-viewing around the Lamai Wedge and Wogakuria Kopjes.
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.
Wildlife viewing and bird watching game drives are offered twice per day. Experienced guides encourage guests to see and experience the Serengeti through their eyes, sharing a world of small and large wonders that only they truly know and understand. Guests can arrange full days in the bush with picnic lunches or shorter excursions returning to enjoy the tranquility of camp.
Enhance your skills and join one of the world’s esteemed Wildlife Photographers on safari.
Paul Joyson-Hicks, a professional fine art wildlife photographer, often steps in as specialist photographer guide working in residence during the season.
Penny Robartes of Oryx, has emerged as one of Africa’s great nature photographers. Her stunning creations breathe life into
natural encounters with the deftness of an artist’s brushstrokes and the enthralling narrative of the best storytellers. Penny Robartes, professional fine art wildlife photographer, will join the Alex Walker’s Serian team as photographer in residence for our 2019 high season. Penny will be available to all clients in camp to provide mentoring on how to capture high quality wildlife images during their stay at Serian. She has emerged as one of Africa’s great nature photographers. Her stunning creations breathe life into natural encounters with the deftness of an artist’s brushstrokes and the enthralling narrative of the best storytellers. The textures, shapes, colours and movement engrained in all her pictures bring them to life. Penny is also available to guide photographic workshops with individuals or groups at any time (if pre booked and paid for as a specialist guide).
Soar over the Serengeti’s savannah plains in a hot air balloon at dawn, watching wildlife beneath you & finishing with a champagne bush breakfast.
Only a select group of safari operators are able to operate in this amazing area: the Lamai Wedge. Serian are one of the very best at helping you explore an exclusive, beautiful area of big game and unbelievable wildlife experiences away from the masses! North of the Mara River lies the Lamai Wedge, rolling savannah contrasts with rock-strewn hillsides and giant fig-tree groves. Serian’s Serengeti North lies in a hidden valley of the Wogakuria. Where the swaying seas of grass are open to the lake basin skies, framed in the north by a range of distinctive inselbergs.
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. Stripping away the layers between you and an untamed setting beckons forth your primal instincts: your hearing, sight and smell all sharpen in response – and your appreciation of what you perceive is heightened as a result.
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.
Serian’s Serengeti North Camp is a seasonal mobile camp operating between July and November in the far north of Tanzania’s Serengeti. Set a short distance from the Mara River, Serian is a great camp to catch the dramatic wildebeest river crossings. Serian’s Serengeti North Camp is found on the northern bank of Mara River, in the hard to reach Lamai Wedge, in a hidden valley known as the Wogakuria. This exclusive safari area offers exactly the location you’d want from a mobile seasonal safari camp. You benefit from the epic game viewing of this most dramatic of seasons, and escape the frustrating crowds which can build up in other areas of the ecosystem.
This secluded and peaceful location is rich in year round resident wildlife, but is truly brought to life each year between June and November when the migration passes by in what is one of the world’s most dramatic and thrilling spectacles. The Mara River swarms with voracious crocodiles trying to take a passing wildebeest as they plunge off steep banks into swirling muddy water. Up on the banks, among the riverine forest and waiting in the granite kopjes you’ll find prides of lions, elusive leopards and cheetah on the plains waiting for their moment.
The camp has six authentic Meru tents, including a two-bedroom tented suite which has two ensuite bedrooms linked with a shared lounge area. Each is decorated in classic safari style with large beds and opulent rugs. Swathes of cotton soften the campaign furniture, whilst plush velvet curtains lead to en-suite bathrooms complete with wild flower filled vases, conjuring up idyllic Africa. There are power points in each tent for charging camera batteries
Traditional Safari Tents
Five large en-suite tents, decorated in classic safari style with large beds and opulent rugs. Swathes of cotton soften the luxuriant bedroom furniture whilst the bathroom houses flush toilets, safari showers and vases of wild flowers conjure up idyllic East Africa. The custom made tents have two skins with shade cloth softening the heat of the noonday sun. All tents are positioned to take advantage of the camps immense views north over the Lamai Wedge. The bathrooms offer organic toiletries made in Kenya by Cinnabar Green and each tent has its own dedicated 240-volt power outlets so that you can charge your batteries and devices at any time of day.
A suite comprises two separate tents joined by a communal living space – and we’ve found that families especially value this balance of proximity and privacy. With parents in one half and kids in the other, each has their own en suite bathroom – and if needs be, a third child can sleep in the living room. By day, the living room is ideal for lounging and reading, lazy snoozing, playing board games or sorting through the day’s photos… In short, anything that entails spreading out and relaxing in a comfortable space. While couples travelling together might find the arrangement a little too cosy, single friends on safari can enjoy the luxury of having their own space, but being close enough together not to fear those night noises that always seem louder when alone
Breakfast is served with both hot and cold options with eggs, bacon, sausage, and vegetables cooked to order as well as a buffet of cereals, breads, fruits, and yoghurt. Most guests, including ourselves, spend the day on game drive in the park, so the camp prepares a box lunch consisting of something simple, such as roast chicken, fruits, and bread roll in addition to preferred drinks, which are arranged in advance. Dinner is a special occasion every night at Serian Serengeti, and guests can expect a festive atmosphere when dining along with the highly engaging guides and camp managers.
The staff serves ‘family style’ dishes on large, silver plates where guests select the portion that is just right for them for each course. We enjoyed delicious warm tomato and basil soup for a starter, rosemary lamb shank for a main course, and a rich, savoury chocolate cake for dessert. If Alex Walker is in camp himself, he dines with the guests and makes for excellent and entertaining conversation and reflection on the day’s game viewing experiences.
After a day out in the silence, solitude and indescribable immensity of the bush, the ancestral ritual of coming together to enjoy fire and food caters to our innate appreciation for sharing. We are social animals, and part of what makes things vivid and real to us is this capacity to share: the pleasure of dissecting your day, raking over the delicious details and unwrapping the delights over and again as you enjoy a meal, is what renders the evening perfect for digesting and processing the day.
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.