About Offbeat Safaris
The Offbeat Safaris Team:
Tristan has led safaris in Africa since the early 1980's - it is no surprise that he has been recognised by The Times as one of the top safari guides in Africa. His knowledge and experience of Africa and its wildlife has led to him being chosen as one Kenya's honorary Game Wardens. Tristan has a deep understanding of the interaction between wildlife and man on horseback. After a glorious day on safari and around a bush fire at night there are few better story tellers in Africa.
Cindy is one of Africa's top ranked women polo players. There isn't much she doesn't know about rearing, stabling, managing and riding horses in Kenya. At Deloraine she looks after over 80 horses in stables and paddocks around the farm, preparing them for Offbeat's mobile riding safaris. Guests staying at Deloraine are always made to feel 'at home' by Cindy and her family.
Piers came out to Kenya to help Tristan and Cindy in early 2002 for a three month working holiday. He immediately fell in love with Africa and quickly the three months turned into nearly three years! In early 2005 he decided to 'get a bit more serious' and expanded Offbeat Safaris to cater for non-riding guests. As such he built Offbeat Mara Camp and Offbeat Meru Camp simultaneously and helped create the Offbeat Circuit of his two camps, plus Sosian and Deloraine. Piers lives full time in Kenya and spends his time split between his two 'homes in the bush'.
Jakob von Plessen
Born and raised in Argentina, Jakob is a highly proficient horseman. On any riding safari with Jakob you quickly appreciate he is an inspirational source of knowledge for Kenya's wildlife as well as being the perfect host. Jakob is fluent in German, Spanish, English and French. He spends most of the year in Kenya but when the rains come he heads back to Argentina to run his own riding safari company. He is rarely seen not wearing his traditional Argentinian 'boyna' hat.
Sean and Charlotte Outram
Born and bred in Kenya, Sean has always had a natural affinity with Laikipia. As the Sosian Ranch manager he has the difficult but fascinating task of balancing the various land management schemes at Sosian – cattle farming, wildlife, tourism, and cultural experiences.
His wife Charlotte has a passion for horses and runs the stables and riding safaris based at Sosian. Charlotte’s team provide the ultimate riding experience for both experienced riders or enthusiastic learners. In addition, Charlotte and her reservations team also run the Offbeat Safaris central reservations office - taking care of all bookings and ground handling queries.
Simon was born and brought up on his family farm in Laikipia, not far from Sosian. His knowledge of the bush, history and culture of Laikipia, and Kenya, is extensive. Having studied Zoology in the UK and travelled through South America, Simon returned to Kenya in 2012, spending his days guiding our guests the length and breadth of Sosian and beyond, creating adventure at every turn! Not only an excellent guide but also a proficient horseman, Simon will get you walking, riding, fishing, camping or tubing the river, and make every experience more memorable than the last!
Having been a part of Sosian since 2001 Rosie's role has grown into full time manageress of the lodge. Her genuine passion and enthusiasm is infectious and she understands the standards that are required to make every guest feel special and to take incredible memories home with them. Rosie is also a master in the kitchen and with a professional cookery course under her belt, guests will be utterly spoilt!
Having been born and brought up on a farm in Kenya, Craig then headed to South Africa for secondary school. Knowing that he wanted a life in the bush he undertook guiding courses in South Africa and then into Zimbabwe, were he completed a hunting, guiding and lodge management course.
Having lived in Africa his whole life Craig feels most comfortable in the bush with wildlife being a big part of his life. He has traveled around Eastern and most of Southern Africa in pursuit of this.
Returning to Kenya and to Meru is an exciting move for Craig, especially as his older brother, Adrian was the one who built Offbeat Meru Camp with Piers and managed it for the first 5 years....so Craig certainly knows Meru and the camp well!
Kyle Ray & Lara Simpkin
Kyle and Lara joined the Offbeat team this month. After managing lodges in Laikipia they wanted a change of scenery and have landed in the Mara.
Kyle was born and brought up in Kenya. He has done various bush-training courses in Botswana and also holds bronze KPSGA. From a young age Kyle was passionate about the bush and spent a lot of time in Tanzania with his Grandfather and the Maassi, who taught him a great deal about life outdoors. Kyle loves to lead nature walks and share his knowledge and passions. His biggest love is snakes, he gives talks and encourages people to understand the importance of these fascinating creatures.
After finishing University studying Arts and Events Management, Lara came back to Kenya where she also grew up. She spent a lot of her childhood on her fathers camel safaris exploring Kenya. Her biggest interests are art, painting, design, cooking and wildlife. With an events background she is great at creating unique experiences for every guest.