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Serian's Serengeti North Camp

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- 8 tents, great for groups
- Private game drives
- Walking safari, fly-camping
- Alex Walker's Serian portfolio

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Overview

Serian’s Serengeti North is a traditional, mobile camp situated in the immense, rolling plains of the far-northern Serengeti, Tanzania. Accessed via light aircraft from the nearby Kogatende airstrip, the camp’s remote location offers a superb abundance of wildlife under wide open skies. The camp is open from June to November, with the attraction being the intense drama of the wildebeests’ river crossings, along with incredible game-viewing opportunities around the Lamai Wedge and Wogakuria Kopjes.

The mess tent houses an elegant central dining table where delicious food is served. The facilities are equally impressive and the accommodation comprises eight spacious tents, each with an en-suite bathroom including bucket shower, flushing toilet and 24 hour generator-powered electricity. Tented suites for groups or families consist of two tents joined by a communal living space. Parents can sleep in one tent and children in the other, with the option for a third child to sleep comfortably in the living room. Children of all ages are welcome, although note that animals are free to roam through the camp and whilst they’re unlikely to approach humans or tents, children should remain under the watchful eye of their parents at all times.

Activities here are naturally centred on the phenomenal river crossings which are thrilling to watch as animals fall and crocodiles claim their prey. The camp is part of the ‘Alex Walker’s Serian’ portfolio which has a strong focus on private game drives in exclusive 4WD safari vehicles, each with their own dedicated private guide and spotter, affording guests and families the freedom to tailor itineraries to suit their needs. Early-morning walking safaris are also possible, offering guests the chance to get closer to the wildlife and experience nature from a more intimate perspective. At times, adventure fly-camping can also be incorporated into the stay, providing the unique opportunity to sleep out in the bush and experience the wilderness in a completely different way.

Serian’s Serengeti North is a delightful place to stay, offering a traditional safari experience combined with stylish modern convenience in a truly remote location. The camp is at the higher end of the price spectrum but the comfortable accommodation, attentive staff and highly professional guiding combined with spectacular wildlife-on-tap make for a wonderful stay.

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