We chose to stay at Sosian Lodge because we’d heard about their excellent horses and riding safaris, but not all our family are riders. Sosian also have loads to do for non-riders, so it seemed like the perfect fit for us.
Our season is going brilliantly so far! We are now getting stuck into the thick of high season with the migration just around the corner. The wildebeest have started to make an appearance and are slowly trickling in.
It’s such a wonderful time to visit the camp, when everything is fresh and green and playful. The endless plains of swaying red oat grass have never been experienced in such profusion on Mugie and we cant get enough of it.
Trying to compose a descriptive illustration of this safari in writing is simply immeasurable to the true feelings and emotions felt on what was undoubtedly one cracking adventure. In short I would recount its as being utterly breathtaking, amusing, educational and unpredictable leaving everyone fully satisfied at the end by having both seen and done the unexpected.
Last month Simon and Rosy put together a lodge to lodge ride in Laikipia using the Offbeat Horses. Offbeat in fact always include a Laikipia ride in our set departures, however the popularity of the Mara means that we do not always run them. This was the first time that I have done the Laikipia ride and I must say it was absolutely fantastic. The landscape and wildlife varies so much from the Mara that it makes a wonderful change. We had a fantastic group, some return clients from New Zealand who had done our Mara ride last year and were keen to experience something different.
Since the last ride in March the horses (and staff) have enjoyed a great break before the season started again in the beginning of June.
Along with our annual visit to England for Badminton Horse Trials in May, we had another huge fixture in the diary.
Every river, stream, and water whole is brimming; and the animals are looking fat and happy.
We closed for the month of May to work on camp maintenance. This saw the good old sewing machine back in action as the tents came down and the canvas was patched up and replaced where it needed to be. Camp is looking lovely, and we are all ready for the high season.
We are so excited to start the new season on such a good note. Offbeat Mara Camp has had a face lift! Only this time not to our front of house but behind the scenes!
After the recent flood, and consequential damage that we incurred; in April and May, rather than being closed, we have been very busy working away and rebuilding our entire back of house.
Mugie conservancy is incredibly proactive in supporting eco-friendly and sustainable living. The world at the moment is desperately trying to address the issues of global warming and the general mismanagement of our environment.
At Mugie the hands-on efforts in; education, improving the standards of living, supporting the idea of a cohesive community and giving the community at large the opportunity to get involved and learn how to develop is really admirable.
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………
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.................
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’..............
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.......
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.
We are currently half way through our high season, which certainly kicked off with a bang, as the herds of wildebeest made their way North from the Mara River and our little camp welcomed the first of the lucky guests who got to see it, in all its glory.
I have ridden all my life. I grew up on a farm in England, and from a racing and eventing family, I had no other choice. When my own (very) amateur eventing career came to end, prior to university, I wasn’t sure what my ‘horsey’ future would entail. So ending up running a yard of 30 safari horses at Sosian in Kenya was an unexpected dream come true.
The Dagoretti Horse of the Year Show was a huge success for the Offbeat Safaris’ horses. On Wednesday the 17th February 6 Deloraine horses, 4 syces, Cindy and myself made our way to Nairobi.
After having had some lovely rain on Sosian Ranch following a long dry season, Sean Outram, the General Manager, came across this big bull elephant determined to make the most of the water and mud that was now around.
Horses have faithfully served man for millennia. Great empires have been built from horseback, they helped to win wars and were the forerunners of modern mechanized agriculture.