In the language of the Maasai, Ngare means ‘on the river’. In addition to the more elevated location of the Serian Main Camp, Walker’s idea was to have a second camp down by the water. Exuding an air of charm, Ngare Serian is comfortable and intimate, and can only be reached on foot by crossing a hanging bridge. It comprises four tents spread out along the length of the riverbank, each boasting a Zanzibar four-poster bed and open bathroom.
For those looking to experience sleeping outdoors in the wilderness, we recommend the Nest Treehouse, which is situated slightly north of the camp. A night in the treehouse requires advance booking.
The variety of wildlife in the Mara North is fantastic and exciting game drives are guaranteed. The number of vehicles is naturally much lower than the publically accessible Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
The camp is reached by air from Nairobi Wilson via the Mara North Airstrip; flight time from Nairobi Wilson is approximately 45 minutes.
Additionally, July sees the arrival of the first ca. two million wildebeest, zebra and Thompson’s gazelle that migrate from the Serengeti to feast on the fresh green grass of the Maasai Mara. They remain until September, when they make their way south again towards the Serengeti. The animals traverse the Mara River, where hungry crocodiles lie in wait for their prey, a spectacle known as ‘river crossings’.
The camps offer game drives during the day and night and bush walks. Guides are allowed to leave the tracks in the Mara North Conservancy, which means very close animal encounters are possible.
Game drives take place in the Mara North Conservancy, but also cross into the actual Maasai Mara Game Reserve, which is particularly popular during the Great Migration. It is not unusual for guides to pack breakfast and lunch and spend the whole day out with guests to witness one fo the River Crossings. Night drives are allowed in the private conservancy, but not in the game reserve.