The deck at Serian The Nest affords spectacular views over the Mara River.

Serian The Nest | The Masai Mara One Of Kenya’s Best Safari Lodges

Experience a true African adventure by sleeping under the stars at Serian The Nest, one of Kenya’s best safari lodges, in a treehouse in next to the Mara River. Whether a family adventure or a romantic getaway for two, you’ll truly feel at one with the wilderness.

The place

I can look across the open plains of the Masai Mara or into the gushing Mara River a mere 50m away from me. It’s home to crocodile and hippo, but I’m safely tucked away in a treehouse perched on top of a lone warburgia tree. Set in the Pusinkariak Conservancy, about 600ha of exclusive conservation area sharing a border with the Mara North Conservancy, and accessible only by foot, Serian The Nest offers the ideal place to watch wildlife undetected. It’s a photographer’s dream.

I can look across the open plains of the Masai Mara or into the gushing Mara River a mere 50m away from me. It’s home to crocodile and hippo, but I’m safely tucked away in a treehouse perched on top of a lone warburgia tree. Set in the Pusinkariak Conservancy, about 600ha of exclusive conservation area sharing a border with the Mara North Conservancy, and accessible only by foot, Serian The Nest offers the ideal place to watch wildlife undetected. It’s a photographer’s dream.

The room

I wake up with first light, instantly poised for action as I hear the sound of hippo harrumphing. Though it’s hard to leave our cosy double bed, I’m keen to get some photos that can capture the beauty of what I’ve been experiencing. I let my partner continue sleeping; hours of watching the live feed from the night-vision camera and playing with the infrared spotlight have worn out my better half.I move aside the mosquito net, feeling a slight chill in the air as I wrap myself into a blanket. I creep to the edge of the platform in near silence, careful not to disturb any animals that may be about. I cast my gaze around me, spotting impala drinking at the river’s edge and what looks to be a herd of elephant in the distance.Binoculars have been thoughtfully provided for me, but I have my camera’s zoom lens. It’s a whole family of elephant heading to the river bank! I wait patiently, observing the hippo at play while the elephant approach, calves in tow. I feel a mounting excitement. As the vast African sky turns sunrise-shades of pink and orange, the elephant walk into the river, filling their trunks and sending plumes of water cascading over their bodies. This is the shot I’ve been waiting for.My partner finds me grinning from ear to ear, delighted with my morning’s sightings. It’s time to have a bucket shower down below, an adventure all on its own that many guests probably choose to avoid in favour of the more luxurious options back at camp.

I wake up with first light, instantly poised for action as I hear the sound of hippo harrumphing. Though it’s hard to leave our cosy double bed, I’m keen to get some photos that can capture the beauty of what I’ve been experiencing. I let my partner continue sleeping; hours of watching the live feed from the night-vision camera and playing with the infrared spotlight have worn out my better half.

I move aside the mosquito net, feeling a slight chill in the air as I wrap myself into a blanket. I creep to the edge of the platform in near silence, careful not to disturb any animals that may be about. I cast my gaze around me, spotting impala drinking at the river’s edge and what looks to be a herd of elephant in the distance.

Binoculars have been thoughtfully provided for me, but I have my camera’s zoom lens. It’s a whole family of elephant heading to the river bank! I wait patiently, observing the hippo at play while the elephant approach, calves in tow. I feel a mounting excitement. As the vast African sky turns sunrise-shades of pink and orange, the elephant walk into the river, filling their trunks and sending plumes of water cascading over their bodies. This is the shot I’ve been waiting for.

My partner finds me grinning from ear to ear, delighted with my morning’s sightings. It’s time to have a bucket shower down below, an adventure all on its own that many guests probably choose to avoid in favour of the more luxurious options back at camp.

What sets it apart

I love the romance of sleeping under the stars, with just the two of us under the big African sky, but it also makes me feel like a little kid on an adventure. In fact, we could even bring our kids next time, as Serian The Nest can sleep six. Getting dinner delivered to our treehouse hideaway was a real treat, as was lying on the deck afterwards, seeing the thick clusters of stars in all their brilliance, unfettered by any kind of pollution.Apart from the stars, the wildlife sightings were incredible! It doesn’t feel like you’re merely observing the wildlife, but that you’re part of the natural landscape. In fact, I’m pretty sure that much of the wildlife was observing us!Finally, what makes the experience even more special is the knowledge that by staying at Serian The Nest, we’re supporting the eco-friendly practices that form part of Serian’s responsible tourism policy. The local Masai community benefits through jobs, student bursaries, guide training and anti-poaching education.

I love the romance of sleeping under the stars, with just the two of us under the big African sky, but it also makes me feel like a little kid on an adventure. In fact, we could even bring our kids next time, as Serian The Nest can sleep six. Getting dinner delivered to our treehouse hideaway was a real treat, as was lying on the deck afterwards, seeing the thick clusters of stars in all their brilliance, unfettered by any kind of pollution.

Apart from the stars, the wildlife sightings were incredible! It doesn’t feel like you’re merely observing the wildlife, but that you’re part of the natural landscape. In fact, I’m pretty sure that much of the wildlife was observing us!

Finally, what makes the experience even more special is the knowledge that by staying at Serian The Nest, we’re supporting the eco-friendly practices that form part of Serian’s responsible tourism policy. The local Masai community benefits through jobs, student bursaries, guide training and anti-poaching education.

At a glance

  • Luxury safari treehouse overlooking the Mara River in Kenya’s game-rich Masai Mara. Wonderfully romantic retreat for a couple, but it can sleep up to  four adults and two children. Includes flushing toilet, bucket shower, meal service, infrared spotlight and night-vision camera.
  • Private concession, completely in the wild, no vehicles permitted and zero noise or light pollution.
  • Access to all activities at Serian The Original and Ngare Serian.
  • Children welcome with parents.

  • Luxury safari treehouse overlooking the Mara River in Kenya’s game-rich Masai Mara. Wonderfully romantic retreat for a couple, but it can sleep up to  four adults and two children. Includes flushing toilet, bucket shower, meal service, infrared spotlight and night-vision camera.
  • Private concession, completely in the wild, no vehicles permitted and zero noise or light pollution.
  • Access to all activities at Serian The Original and Ngare Serian.
  • Children welcome with parents.

Prices

  • Not only do African safari lodge prices shift with the seasons, they also change based on your length of stay, room type, travel party composition, special offers, if your trip involves stays at sister lodges – and for more reasons besides.
  • It’s worth noting that depending on your itinerary, your lodge cost will make up about 75–85% of your total safari trip cost.
  • Our safaris are tailor-made to match your personal safari dream, we’d be delighted if you’d allow us to create a bespoke proposal for you.  Simply enquire now – our quotes are complimentary and obligation-free.
  • However, to help you get an idea of safari lodge prices we’ve created three safari-lodge categories with various price ranges, to find out more click here.

  • Not only do African safari lodge prices shift with the seasons, they also change based on your length of stay, room type, travel party composition, special offers, if your trip involves stays at sister lodges – and for more reasons besides.
  • It’s worth noting that depending on your itinerary, your lodge cost will make up about 75–85% of your total safari trip cost.
  • Our safaris are tailor-made to match your personal safari dream, we’d be delighted if you’d allow us to create a bespoke proposal for you.  Simply enquire now – our quotes are complimentary and obligation-free.
  • However, to help you get an idea of safari lodge prices we’ve created three safari-lodge categories with various price ranges, to find out more click here.

When to Go

This is the most popular time to visit the Masai Mara, and for good reason. The Great Wildebeest Migration returns from the Serengeti from July to September, and at its peak the plains of the Masai Mara are covered with the animals as far as the eye can see. You’ll also get to witness a Mara River crossing at this time – an awe-inspiring experience. While it can get somewhat crowded, there are many amazing properties in private conservancies that offer greater exclusivity. The weather also plays along now, being dry and cool, perfect for game drives.

As it dries out after the short rains in November, large herds of resident game and predators congregate closer to the Mara River and other water sources during these months. This, combined with thinning vegetation and fewer visitors, makes for exceptional game viewing, comparing favorably with safari experiences across Africa – despite that the Great Wildebeest Migration has moved on by now. To combine exclusivity with the migration, merge a Masai Mara safari now with a visit to the Serengeti, where the migrating herds will be.

The Masai Mara’s long rains, which fall steadily throughout April and May, are followed by short rains in November – generally quick afternoon bursts. While muddy roads can make getting around an adventure, as it’s a quiet time for tourism wildlife experiences are highly exclusive. As the vegetation is in a growth period, the game is easy to see too. All in all visitors get good-value holidays during this time, provided they pack their sense of humour (and their gum boots!).

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