I'm planning a trip to the Mara - I've never been - and I wanted to stay one night in Sarova and two nights in Serena, but my travel agent told me Serena is unavailable for the dates I want. I'm thinking of changing the dates, because I see from the maps that Serena is in the Mara Triangle, which I've heard excellent things about, and where the river crossings of the Wildebeest most likley would take place. I also heard that this area of the Mara is less crowded since the Serena is really the only place in the triangle in terms of affordable lodging. I also heard night drives are offered in this area, which they are not in other areas of the reserve.
Second question, if I do stay at Sarova for all three nights, is this place driving distance (like during the game drives) to the Mara Triangle? Or is it too far to ever end up there during the drives?
Any feedback on this matter would be greatly appreciated as I am really stressing myself out over this (I've been saving for this trip for a long time and I want to pick the right thing!) and I'm supposed to hear from my agent tomorrow if Serena has availability during nearby dates. Also I am less concerned about the luxury, food, etc. of the place and more interested in the surroundings and the better wildlife sightings.