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.