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A camp that moves with the migration, Alex Walker - the brains behind Serian - knows the quietest spots at the busiest times of the year, so guests can enjoy a safari in solitude.
Camps in both the north and the south are stunning, simple as that. Persian rugs line the floors, black and white photographs adorn the walls and moreover attention to detail is evident throughout. The eight Meru-style tents have adjoining bathrooms - which are fantastic with large mirrors and painted wardrobes - flush loos and safari showers. Guests have exclusive use of vehicles and private guides, and other activities include Fly Camping, walking safaris and photographic workshops.
The mess area is homely and perfect for relaxing post safari, while the dining area has a certain grandeur to it with a huge table covered in a white table cloth. Food is delicious and beautifully presented, for example Moroccan style glass jars and Kitangela glasses are often used.
From July to November Serian is based in the northern Serengeti, and the focus is on the remarkable river crossings where huge herds (we're talking one and a half million) of wildebeest are on their annual migration to the Mara. Settle down with a picnic lunch and wait for the spectacle, with camera at the ready to capture the animals as they explode across the river. There is a variety of game away from the river including leopard and lion.
In December, the wildebeest head south to the vast open plains of the Serengeti as they seek out rich grassland to support their calves, about 400,000 of which are born between mid January to late February. The camp is set up on the edge of the southern plains overlooking Lake Eyasi, and the main draw is the incredible sightings of huge herds of wildebeest that are scattered along the vast plains. Aside from safari, guests can spend time with the Masai, Mangati and Hadzabe Bushmen, and the Ngorongoro Crater is also only two hours away.
Whether guests go to Serian in its southern surroundings or head up north, so to speak, Alex Walker has the positions and timings nailed so fantastic sightings are almost a given.
There will always be a host at Serian. Be it Alex - who was brought up in Tanzania - or one of his family/friends who are equally knowledgeable and have fascinating backgrounds.
Isabel, Original Traveller