A year in the life of Offbeat Riding Safaris, March 2017 to 2018

Although the last 12 months were marked by some challenging changes in dynamics I am incredibly proud of how our Offbeat team have pulled off another incredible year.

We completed 19 safaris since March 2017 with Simon Kenyon and Joss Craig as our intrepid guides, beautifully backed up and hosted by Imo and Megan, and we have shown 155 guests the Mara at its best from horseback………

From Sheila and the team at Mugie House

We kicked off the month experiencing extremely high temperatures. It is as if the sun has moved down a notch or two..... It’s officially dry season in Laikipia! Fortunately as we are perched on a hill we do enjoy quite a breeze which helps keep us cool. It is getting quite windy in the evening at the moment which makes for a good excuse to have the fireplaces lit, unfortunately not so much for the elephants who get quite a fright from the howling wind - we must say it is hilarious watching them scurry into the bushes.................

An update from Mugie

The Moyo Foundation is the charitable limb of Mugie, focusing on healthcare, education, and conservation.

With a mind to further engagement with our neighbors and our own community at Mugie, and to promote sustainable development, we have developed a number of programs that will broaden the reach, and fine-tune, the existing services that Mugie offers, and introduce new programs and projects that will ‘fill the gaps’..............

From the Offbeat Pride Den

It has been an extraordinary start to 2018 in the Offbeat Pride Den.  In the last six months the pride gone through some drastic changes; as many of you may know - Jesse and Frank (male lions), have been pushed out of the Offbeat Pride by four other male lions. Along with Jesse and Frank, a lioness and eight cubs were also pushed out. This lioness is mothering three of her own cubs, two cubs from another lioness and the three cubs from our well known Napono.......

An exceptional March Mara Ride 2017

It’s been six weeks since Tristan passed away and we continue to miss him everyday.  Somehow, he is still very much present in all our lives, and no decision is made without thinking, what would Tristan say...his legacy will live on in exactly the way he would have wanted, and the safari that ran last month is testament to that…we know how delighted he’d have been to read the following…


At Offbeat Mara Camp we offer a traditional tented safari experience that conjures up all the romance of yesteryear.  Huge luxurious canvas tents with king size beds and en suite bathrooms are carefully positioned throughout the bush to offer breath taking views and the perfect amount of privacy.  Wildlife roams freely and from your veranda alone, you will feel entirely immersed into safari life.

Living with Lions at Sosian

Until recently scientists believed that there were 100-200,000 lions living in Africa, but current information suggests that the number has dropped dramatically to approximately 30,000.  Most of these are in protected National Parks or managed hunting areas, but elsewhere lions are being killed at an alarming rate.  Unless urgent action is taken, they may be completely wiped out from the unprotected areas lying between parks.

When is the best time of year to visit the Masai Mara?

The Mara-Serengeti ecosystem is unique for many reasons.  It supports the last great wild herds of large herbivores left on the planet.  Figures and estimates vary but there are well over 1 million wildebeest and maybe 300,000 zebra that migrate in two distinct areas and 200,000 other large herbivores add to the variety.  Cape buffalo, giraffe, eland, topi, hartebeest, Impala, waterbuck, warthog, and two types of gazelle are very prevalent in the Mara and migrate much less if not completely sedentary, especially in the Mara ecosystem.

June riding in the Mara with Tristan

I am just back from 19 days of safari ably assisted by Daisy Soames who is back for her 4th summer of safaris.

June is often slow to get going on the riding safari front but this year we had two tidy groups with a core of six, plus a few extras for a few days on each.

The first safari went out from 13th-20th June. A jolly hand over lunch where the new group met the old took place at Olare Lamun on 20th June.

The rains have come to Mara North Conservancy...

In March we left a very dusty, dry camp. The Olare Orok River had come to a complete stand still with only a few pools of water big enough for the hippos to wallow in. They had all moved into the smaller rivers and streams due to the pressure and overcrowding in the Mara River. The noises of hippos battling for their stretch of river every evening was remarkable.  One evening, whilst having a sundowner by the fire we had to take cover as two male hippos ran out through the bushes, and in to the river behind the shop tent!