Alex Walker’s Serian is a charismatic collection of exclusive and intimate safari camps in the prime wildernesses of Kenya and Tanzania. We operate and outfit safaris, and our focus is on offering you access to the magic of the bush in a rich variety of ways. All of our clients have exclusive use of their safari vehicle at no extra cost, and on top of that, walking adventures, flycamping, night game drives, photography, ballooning… The list goes on.
Our objective is to show you there’s more to safari than driving around ticking big animals off a list… It’s about being open to falling under the spell of this enchanting landscape. The word ‘serian’ comes from the Masai language, meaning ‘serene… calm… tranquil’ and there is an element of this that is particular to the bush.
Partly it has to do with silence. At night, you can feel a lion’s roar resonate in your chest cavity because the air is not clogged with distractive sound. Its clarity lets you see straight to the sparkling heavens.
It is also to do with distance from the rest of the world – not just a physical distance, but a deliberate distance in the way we decide to live. It’s about choosing to disconnect, in favour of what these spaces have to offer you if you allow them.
There is also an indescribable purity to being immersed in a wholly natural setting. Clean air, unspoilt and untamed, and animals that are truly wild: it’s an unconditional environment that we are lucky to touch, and yet is untainted by our fingerprints.
If you immerse yourself in it, osmosis begins to take effect, and the quietude and the beauty quietly infuse your being. In the company of our guides, you are among people innate to the place, who can unveil this way of life to you. They are attuned to its essence and can translate it by showing you to see through their eyes.
0530 hrs; the steam had barely risen from my early morning coffee, when distant Lion roars punctuate the dense morning air. A brief discussion with Mike Dexter – Serian’s current “Photographer in Residence”, and we… Read More
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.
"An oasis of calm in a fairy-tale setting. A fantastic recharge of batteries and a reminder of why Africa is so special"
Tom & Faith Martin
"Africa! Miles and Miles of Bloody Africa! How wonderful to be here, surrounded by life rejuvenating itself perpetually. Hopefully we will be able to teach the world how delicate this balance is and preserve it for as long as possible..Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. All our love"
Ela, Serra, and Stefano.
"Dear Alex, we awoke this morning in a cocoon of a room floating on a cloud of bliss. Thank you for a sanctuary – exactly the tonic required!"
Saba Douglas-Hamilton, BBC presenter, Big Cat Diary