The original – as its name suggests – of the three superb Serian camps, this retreat aptly captures the essence of its name: “serian” translates as “serene” in the Maasai language.

Designed to be an escape from the rapid bustle of contemporary life, it provides a chance to experience untamed Africa in traditional tented splendour, yet with ample luxury on tap. ‘The Original’ occupies the private, 75,000-acre Mara North Conservancy, a wilderness to which only 10 other camps have access to – so the feeling of having your own personal piece of Africa will be constant. No horrible convoys here!

The lodge overlooks the famous Mara River, with views extending on to the craggy Oloololo Escarpment. Featuring cream sofas and dark-wood furniture, a thatched main building houses the lounge and dining area, while daybeds dot river-facing terraces. Look out for gentle Wi-Fi, the resident (Labrador/Rhodesian Ridgeback) dog.

Unusually, you’ll enjoy a dedicated Maasai guide and private vehicle throughout your stay.

An oasis of calm amid a fairytale setting. Its offers both a fantastic recharge of batteries and a reminder of why Africa is quite so special

  • Set in Serian’s own 1,500-acre private conservation area within the wider Mara North Conservancy.
Five vast, spacious tents, of which one is a family unit. All tents are set on hardwood decking above the Mara River
Each has an adjoining bush bathroom with hot and cold running water, a flush toilet, a shower and a custom-made bathtub with more gorgeous views
Hosted dining en famille in that cosy dining area or on the deck
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Families, single travellers and small groups



  • Game drives in the Mara North Conservancy and Maasai Mara National Reserve with a private vehicle and guide
  • Night drives in the Mara North Conservancy
  • Hot-air balloon flights (additional cost)
  • Bushwalks
  • Fly-camping 
  • Fishing
  • Every March, guests can join the award-winning team on an annual refresher training course called Pyramids of Life, offering an insight into both guiding skills and the natural world.