Get under the skin of Kenya
If the thought of camping brings back memories of cold toast and mosquito-ravaged ankles then think again - Ngare Serian is camping with a difference. And by that we mean perfectly understated and totally chic tents, views to die for and not a bucket shower in sight. Meaning ‘by the river’ in the local language, Ngare’s four tents hug the banks of the magnificent Mara River in a cosy and intimate setting, made all the more enchanting by a 250ft rope walkway at the entrance. Step off the bridge and into another world of adventure, authenticity and charm…
At the lodge
Effortlessly authentic, the mess tent is a tranquil canvas sanctuary perched on the edge of the Mara River, where dark wooden flooring, shimmering hurricane lanterns and swathes of dreamy drapes abound. Cosy up on a sofa and listen to the water tumbling languidly over the rocks and watch the hippo lazing in the sun. Just like a true bush camp, tasty farmhouse cuisine is served up family-style at the grand dining table by easy-going and super-friendly waiters.
Linked to the mess by a patchwork of trails along the riverbank, the four tents are cavernous and cool and complemented by a pretty palette of creams and khakis. Raised on polished hard-wood platforms, all tents face the river; ask for the canvas to be lowered on three sides to really make the most of view! And the outside bathroom isn’t just a bucket shower – this is the real deal with hot running water, sunken bathtubs and designer His’n’Hers sinks.
Game drives in the Mara North Conservancy are spectacular; spend all day exploring with your private guide or hop out for a couple of hours here and there. A walk in Serian’s private 16 km sq concession is also not to be missed, especially if followed with a night in the nearby Treehouse, sleeping under the stars, or in a traditional mobile camp. Fly camping is one of owner Alex Walker’s passions, so take advantage – this is probably one of the best places in Africa to try it out.