This was a mobile tent. Far nicer than we expected. Staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Food was very good. A great experience. Could easily have stayed longer.
We went on safari in Tanzania last February and thanks to some sound advice and planning from Tanzania Odyssey we chose to spend a full week with Alex Walker and his team at Serian Maswa in the southern Serengetti. It was the best thing we could possibly have done. Alex encourages people to come and stay for as long as possible so that they can really immerse themselves into the full experience and we wholeheartedly endorse that approach. There is such a variety of things to do that it is impossible to fit them all in during a 2-3 day visit. More importantly, the longer stay allows you to learn so much more about the surroundings and the people as well. We had a brilliant crew looking after us - Alex himself, always enthusiastic and informative, our guide Marsha, the young Masai Sadala, old Singi the hunter. Altogether a wealth of experience and knowledge to tap into and they were all really enthusiastic.
Half way through our stay we went for a full day's walk toward the south, past all the Masai bomas and finishing up with a BBQ and fly-tenting right on the edge of the Rift valley overlooking Lake Eyasi - just spectacular. The next day combined driving into a new area and walking up a river gorge following leopard tracks, then meeting Munyati tribesmen searching for their lost cattle after a hyena raid on their boma.
Other highlights.... Amazing comfort and luxury for a mobile camp but much more besides - - Dinner round a big table every evening with Alex and some very interesting fellow guests all swapping stories - the surprise 'bush bath' (whoops - sorry - shouldn't have mentioned it. a secret), the sundowner on the top of an amazing rock in the middle of the bush with the mountains in the distance. We never saw another safari operator while staying with Alex so you really felt special and immersed into the bush.
Yes it had all the big animals as well but if you really want to get into the experience & away from just the standard bush drives then this is the place to go
Alex Walker's Serian was amazing. I wasn't sure what to expect of a tented camp literally in the middle of the Serenghetti, but we were definitely more than pleased with Serian. The tent's were spacious and beautifully decorated. The service at the camp was beyond exceptional, coffee or tea when you wake up in your tent along with hot water for a shower whenever you liked. The staff at Serian worked hard to prepare exceptional meals including picnic lunch and breakfast while on Safari. Our guide was Alex Walker himself who took us on a great safari and made sure we saw what we wanted in terms of animals. Alex was very knowledgeable and friendly. One of the best parts about Serian was dinner. It was a community dinner where all guest sit at a large round table and can share their stories from the day while on Safari. This truly creates a friendly atmosphere where great stories are shared. As it was our honeymoon, Alex and his staff set-up a private outdoor bath for us so we could enjoy a warm bath under the stars of which there were plenty. Would definitely visit again and recommended to friends and family.
We were slightly dubious about the Serengeti before went, as we’ve become terrible safari snobs and were concerned about the number of people likely to be in the park – queueing up to see a leopard isn’t quite our thing. We decided, however, to overlook the crowds in order to see the migration and, happily, either we were lucky or there just aren’t as many visitors as we had imagined, because other than at a couple of river crossings, we saw few other vehicles. The landscape was stunning, the game more abundant than anywhere we have been before, the guiding, again, personal, friendly and expert, and Alex Walker’s a charming camp with a lovely relaxed atmosphere. We would thoroughly recommend this experience for first-timers and even more experienced visitors who haven’t seen the migration. A slightly odd note is that no one in camp mentioned that walking and fly-camping was available until our last day. Had they mentioned it we most certainly would have taken them up, as this is our favourite safari activity, so they missed out on some extra revenue there. A final point about Alex Walker’s – the food was really, really good. The best we have eaten in camp anywhere in Africa.
a different vibe from Oliver's but we were so glad we had the contrast and were able to experience both. Comfortable accommodation with as much hot water for showers as you needed. The staff at the camp were extremely helpful and the food was delicious and so much of it - we certainly didn't go hungry. We did have a minor issue will our safari guide - he would bring us back to camp for lunch earlier than all the other guests so we felt we weren't maximising our game experience. However we spoke to the camp manager and it was quickly resolved - I think there was an element of poor communication on our part here.
Serian’s hosts Alex Walker, Ainsley, and the host of a sister camp across the river were delightful, flexible, attentive. I didn’t think I’d be up for a late dinner after a long day, but the table at Serian each night was a highlight - easy and delightful conversation among remarkably interesting people. All meals were notably delicious and healthy.
I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to have a bushman as my spotter. Who else could you ask what baboon tastes like?
It did take me a couple of days to get used to no running water in my tent —- someone should make sure guests know that beforehand? —- but once I did I fully appreciated the elegance in the way that camp is run.
Another amazing experience. And incredible wildlife everywhere.
Serian North Serengeti was everything we have come to expect from a classic safari camp - the policy of a vehicle & guide per reservation is a real plus point & enabled us to avoid some of the mass vehicles at the Mara crossing points. We saw 2 crossings (& followed many others) and were the only vehicle at one, & were joined by the other Serian vehicle at the other (which involved a very dramatic & poignant croc killing).
We had a wonderful close sighting of leopard with 2 cubs (1/2 months old & very active) & again only 1 other vehicle nearby.
Our guide & spotter were great; camp managers Ainsley & Gerrard were everything you could expect; camp staff, food, ambience all first class.