Serian Camp - 2012 rates?

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Mar 7th, 2012, 08:16 AM
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Serian Camp - 2012 rates?

Does anyone know the 2012 rates for Serian Camp? The rates are not given on their website.
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Mar 7th, 2012, 09:23 AM
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CR - Many camps do not list their prices, so that's not unusual and if they do, it's the 'rack rates.'

I do have the Serian Camp/Kenya 'rack rates.'

Serian Main
- High Season, $630/ppnt + $100/ppnt pk fee
- Green Season (Jan-Jun & Nov), $430/ppnt + $100/ppnt pk fee

Serian Ngare
- Single Season year-round, $$805/ppnt + $100/ppnt pk fee

Hope this helps.
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Mar 7th, 2012, 09:42 AM
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A great help - thanks Sandi! Just trying to budget out our next trip to Kenya and Tanzania! CR
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Mar 7th, 2012, 10:19 AM
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If in Tanzania, know the Serian camp moves depending on season. Being in the Ndutu area for the 'calving' between Dec-Mar, then heading to the Northern Serengeti from June-Oct.

While I don't have the Tanzanian rates, best guess they're much the same as those in Kenya (maybe a bit higher), though believe they offer 'extended stay' discount as 'free' day/s, depending on length of time with them.

Still best to contact them direct or your outfitter.
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Mar 7th, 2012, 09:10 PM
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It is Serian in the Mara North Conservancy where we will be staying. Safari Drive stores their Land Rovers at the camp (and in Arusha), so we will begin our journey in Arusha and end at Serian in the Mara North. Thanks again!
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Mar 8th, 2012, 08:43 AM
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Robin -

Mara North Conservancy MMNC is in Kenya (Serian Main and Ngare Camps)! Serian North Camp is in the Northern Serengeti.

Are you planning to drive from Arusha thru Tanzania, into Kenya, thru the Mara Reserve to the Mara North Conservancy?

Visiting both their Serengeti and Mara Camps? If so and the drive between Serengeti to the Mara is brutal, consider flying from (believe is't on Coastal) Kogatende airstrip via Tarime airstrip, short road transfer to Isebania border for Immigration, short road transfer to Migori airstrip (Kenya side) for Safarilink flight into the Mara, where Serian will meet for transfer to their camp. Arrival time in the Mara is around late-lunch... fare is maybe $400-450/person and sure saves sitting hours on your bottom.

Know you did driving last trip and familiar with the roads, but this flight transfer is rather new... something to consider.
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Mar 8th, 2012, 10:01 AM
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Sandi, the Tanganyika Flying Co. does a combo with Safarilink from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara. From their website:

"The Masai Mara flights are operated in conjunction with Safarilink. They operate from Keekorok, Olkiombo, Musiara or Kichwa Tembo. The choice of whether Musiara or Kichwa Tembo will be dependent on the daily load. You must inform us at the time of booking, where the passenger is staying; with this information, Safarilink can inform the lodges and camps accordingly.

These flights are a combination of a TFC flight from the Serengeti to Tarime, a bus ride across the Tanzania/Kenya Border at Izebenia from Tarime to Migori and then a Safarilink flight from Migori to The Masai Mara. Passengers must be in possession of their passports and the necessary travel documentation."

If traveling between the two parks, it would definitely be worth it to consider using these flights, rather than wasting a safari day going through Nairobi.
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Mar 8th, 2012, 12:11 PM
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I don't know why I thought Coastal, but that's the route. The tour operator can certainly arrange this transfer via Isebania vs the long, long, almost full day driving.

For Serian Camp believe it would be the Kichwa Tembo airstrip, though Musiara is possible. Whichever it would be on a particular day, the camp will be notified to collect their guests. And, if at least minimum 2/paxs... should be good; few routes require more than that.

If already in the Serengeti especially if in West or as far as the North, and next stop is the Mara, much prefer this route than via NBO.

As many visitors conclude safari in the Serengeti and have their homebound out of NBO, then in that instance... you fly east to Nairobi.
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Mar 8th, 2012, 09:31 PM
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Thanks for the (flight) suggestion but we will have the Land Rover with the roof-top tent, which we will be responsible for driving from Arusha to the Mara. We will begin in at the Coffee Lodge in Arusha and then head to Serian in the North Mara via Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Lemala at Ngorongoro, Olduvai Camp, the Serengeti (Seronera and Lobo - avoiding the Western Corridor where we encountered the poachers on our previous trip), Speke Bay Lodge on Lake Victoria and then Serian Camp. We overnight at Serian (2 nts actually) and then head into the Triangle for 5 nts of camping on the Maji Ya Ngege special campsite before returning to Serian for a final 2 nts. From Serian, we fly back to Nairobi Wilson via the Musiara airstrip - about 5wks in total. The drive between Speke Bay Lodge and Serian took us about 8 hrs in 2009 (even though it is only 271km), and crossing the border at Isebania/Sirari, while chaotic, was much easier than crossing into Zambia. Robin
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Mar 9th, 2012, 01:53 PM
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Oh, so the 'adventurous ones' again. Good for you. Go girl!
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Mar 9th, 2012, 09:20 PM
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I am not certain that we earn the description "adventurous ones" when we pitch up at places like the Coffee Lodge and Lemala Camp between camping!
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Mar 10th, 2012, 11:52 AM
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Well, somewhere along the way, you're allowed the splurge for a descent shower
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