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.
The game viewing has been spectacular with most groups seeing cheetah, and 4 out of the big 5 from the saddle which is unusual. Along with some incredible leopard encounters on game drives, we could not have hoped for better results.
Our horses have continued to shine not only on safari but also on the Polo field, and in the eventing circuit with some great wins all round.
They are all home bred and a real credit to our breeding program. We had a fabulous crop of 9 foals in the last year to add to the string, and we are training up some promising youngsters who will be doing their first safaris in the coming months.
Our most recent trip in March was an accumulation of mixed emotion, but as a Memorial ride for Tristan, it epitomized the true spirit of an Offbeat safari in every sense of the word.
With Archie as our guide we set off with a group totaling 16 people, 18 horses, 4 lorries, 3 cars and our cozy and comfortable mobile camp as our home for 8 days. We were beautifully looked after by a crew of 28.
Moving camp in such wet conditions was no mean feat and huge credit and thanks must go to all our staff for their efficiency and professionalism.
It was a real treat for me to be back out on safari with my family........
and some wonderful repeat clients, who over the years have become close friends, sharing the wonders of the Mara with every day providing another remarkable adventure. It was hard to beat, and riding with several different prides of lion was one of the main highlights.
Heavy rain was affecting much of the country with many roads being washed away, and Piers’ Offbeat Mara camp had been hit by a flash flood only the week before.
Needless to say, we set off with a certain amount of trepidation but I need not have worried. As if by magic we were able to dodge the clouds and still cross the Mara River. The stormy skies provided the most stunning backdrop for the photographs taken by Garth Thompson along the way.
The safari was a true tribute to Tristan and a great testament to the dedication of all of the Offbeat Crew over the year; and without doubt he is very much still apart of the team and was watching over us.
With plenty of safaris already booked for the coming months, and new plans and improvements in place, we are looking forward to and are excited about the coming season.
I hope that you will be able to join us again soon.
Offbeat Riding Safaris will be at Badminton Horse Trials, again on the African Horse Safari Association Stand No 27, from 2nd to the 6th May.
We would love to see you! If you would like to book an appointment to discuss a future safari please contact Cindy via email or send a text to: +254 722 870 161.
You are more than welcome to just pop in for a drink and a catch up too.