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Serian Camps Masai Mara Kenya

Ngare Serian

About Ngare Serian

“The ancestral ritual of communal fireplace and dining – the essence of sharing… we are social animals, and part of what makes things vivid and real to us is our capacity to share: the joy is dissecting your day, raking over the delicious details and unwrapping the delights over and again, over the fundamentally communal experience of breaking bread. It’s also part of absorbing and storing memories – the re-telling and re-living makes it more vivid, and sets the place of the experience in our minds. The evening is for digesting and processing the day.”


Ngare Serian’s intimacy makes it perfect for a group of friends, or family… Don’t forget to book a night in ‘The Nest’, our tree house.


‘Ngare’ translates to ‘by the river’ in the Masai language, and the idea behind this snug little camp was to transport the serenity of the original Serian camp to the water’s edge. Hugging the banks of the Mara, Ngare Serian is cosy and intimate. It can only be reached on foot, over a narrow rope bridge – and in a way the crossover is symbolic: a call to step out of touch and out of time, and give yourself over to the natural charm of the place. There’s something special about being on the water’s edge – the water slipping and sloshing over the stones sets a soothing soundtrack, but at the same time its energy and movement lends lightness and life – green shoots, verdant growth and glossy rocks that metamorphose into hippos.

Accommodation

Ngare Serian consists of only 4 tents, and this intimacy makes it perfect for hosting a family holiday, or gathering a group of friends.The tents are dotted along the riverbank, decked out in style with Zanzibar four-poster beds and open bathrooms overlooking pods of hippo.Take a leaf out the hippos’ book: lounge languidly, soaking up the sights and sounds of the bush from the bathtub built into your veranda decking. 

The Nest

  • Open all year round.
  • Set in our own 1,500-acre private and exclusive Conservation area, not far upriver from Ngare Serian.
  • 2 cosy nest-shaped double beds, plus plenty of space for additional bedrolls for kids.
  • Built 12ft up into a Warburgia tree, out on a limb overlooking the Mara River.
  • Book a romantic night in The Nest in the middle of your stay at Serian or Ngare Serian.

What You Do At Ngare Serian

As everyone is automatically allocated their own private vehicle when they stay with us, it only makes sense to complement this with a top-class guiding team.To optimise your experience, our guides work together with a spotter: an invaluable extra pair of eyes to ceaselessly scan the landscape while your guide focuses on navigating the terrain, and translating the inner workings of the wilderness to you.In this way, ‘book-knowledge’ plus an ancient system acquired over an age of living the wild life interweaves seamlessly to form a rich tapestry of knowledge to share

The Wild Bunch

Because everyone is automatically allocated their own private vehicle when they stay with us, it only makes sense to complement this with a top-class guiding team that can truly unlock the magic for you. To optimise your experience, our guides work together with a spotter: an invaluable extra pair of eyes to ceaselessly scan the landscape while your guide focuses on navigating the terrain, and translating the inner workings of the wilderness to you. The dynamic of this duo perfectly encapsulates the holistic approach we take toward bush knowledge.

Exclusive use f game drive vehicle

While the guides have studied, completed courses, read books and learned scientific names, our spotters are specially selected from local tribes for their ancient, inherited knowledge passed down and absorbed osmotically from centuries of their ancestors. In this way, ‘book-knowledge’ plus an ancient system acquired over an age of living the wild life interweaves seamlessly to form a rich tapestry of knowledge to share. Testament to the success of this approach is borne by our very proud wins in the annual Good Safari Guide Awards: In 2014, we won Runner Up Best Safari Guiding Team in Africa In 2015 we won Best Safari Guiding Team in Africa

Follow “The Great Migration”

THE GREAT MIGRATION

One common misperception is that ‘the migration’ connotes the renowned wildebeest river crossings. This, however, is only a small part of their annual migratory cycle. There is also the birthing season, the rut, and of course their movement up the length of the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem, and back.

Follow the migration

Their reach spans Kenya’s Masai Mara at its northernmost tip, the full stretch of the Serengeti, and all the way down to the limits of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the south. Our camps are situated to make the most of the two main spectacles: the river crossings, and the birthing season.

Photography Workshop

There is nowhere quite like the middle of nowhere to succumb to a serious case of lens-envy. Safari goes hand-in-hand with photography, and being in such a stunning and surreal environment naturally stirs our instinct to capture it all and take it home with us.

From the beginner to the professional, being out in the bush is a great place to let your creativity loose through the medium of your camera: the landscapes, the wildlife, the people, the light… the sheer range of photographic potential is staggering.

photography worshop

Walking Safaris

WALKING SAFARIS

The key is in the gradual nature of your exploration: a progressive immersion where time is marked not by a ticking watch but by the sun’s lazy arc across the sky takes you to a more immediate connection with your surrounds. Your senses thrum to life, widening your perceptive capacities to their fullest function, accentuated by the deep peace and silence of wide open spaces.

walking safaris

For those concerned that hiking sounds like hard work, the pace is set by you, and is punctuated by plenty of stops along the way to discover, learn and marvel at the infinite fascinations you will chance upon. And at the day’s end, creature comforts await: cosy beds, warm bucket showers, and a hearty meal around the campfire as you gaze up at the stars.

From the beginner to the professional, being out in the bush is a great place to let your creativity loose through the medium of your camera: the landscapes, the wildlife, the people, the light… the sheer range of photographic potential is staggering.

Exploration & Adventure

EXPLORATION & ADVENTURE

There’s a whole world of exciting things to do and beautiful places to see, and of chief importance is making sure you have enough time to indulge in a good range of the sublime experiences on offer. We’ve designed a collection of sample itineraries to lend some inspiration on how to put the ultimate trip together.

Sunset

You’ll see we’re big fans of combining our camps, and this is because each location proffers a different experience. Our camps are scattered across two countries, and a diverse range of wildlife zones – Mara North Conservancy, Masai Mara Reserve, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area – and on top of that, each camp has its own unique character too.

We also love mixing up traditional game drives with other fun activities: balloon rides, bush dinners, exploring at night, getting out on foot, river fishing, learning traditional cultures… There are so many ways to enrich your safari experience.

Of course, we are all about flexibility, so if you’d like to pick and mix and concoct your own safari, that’s an option too – all the ingredients are there for the taking.

Ngare Serian Rates 2023

Non Resident rates per Person per Night
Rates
RegularGreen
Per Adult Sharing1,4101,060
Single2,1001,720
Child(5-15 Years695525

Mara North Conservancy Fee: $150 Adult & $75 Per Child(Children under 5 Years are Fee)

Season

  • Green Season:-Jan 6 – June 30  October 1 – Dec 15th
  • Regular Season:Rest of the year

Rates Includes:

  • Full board accommodation and all drinks
  • Walking, sundowners, picnic and bush meals
  • Exclusive use of 4WD vehicle, private guide and spotter, unlimited game drives and airstrip transfers.
  • Daily laundry services
  • Photographer in residence (Seasonal)
  • A night in the Nest (Our Treehouses – Subject to availability)

Rates Excludes

  • All conservancy fees (per 24 hrs). Add extra for MMNR, alternatively add a couple nights at Nkorombo.
  • Internal flights
  • Gratuities
  • Items of personal interest

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