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Kenya - Big Game & Migration Herds

Duration: 8 nights

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*Special offer based on Kenya Airways Special Offer, one free night on safari and early booking discount saving £850.00 per person*

 

Day 1 
Kenya Airways - London Heathrow to Nairobi   1 night

Depart London Heathrow (Terminal Four) on the evening Kenya Airways flight to Nairobi, Kenya. Overnight in flight.

 

Day 2 
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Offbeat Mara Camp, Mara North Conservancy, Masai Mara   6 nights - Full Board

Early morning arrival into Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. After completing entry formalities you will be met and transferred to the smaller Wilson Airport, where you connect with a scheduled light aircraft flight to the famous rolling plains of the Masai Mara. On arrival at the bush airstrip servicing Offbeat Mara, you will be met and transferred, game viewing en route, to Offbeat Mara Camp. Arrive in time for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure to settle in and enjoy an afternoon game-drive. Return to camp at sunset for hot showers, drinks round the camp fire and dinner. Six nights are spent at Offbeat Mara in a double/twin tent.

Days are at leisure to enjoy game viewing activities hosted by Offbeat's experienced guides. 

Offbeat Mara Camp is a 12 bed semi-permanent seasonal bush camp situated on the west bank of the Olare Orok River, outside the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Guests are accommodated in six spacious tents, two of which are family tents. All tents are comfortably furnished with large cedar beds, writing desk and canvas wardrobe. The en-suite facilities include double wash basin (for which water is provided in large jugs), flush loo and bucket shower. Lighting is provided through solar power.  A large lounge tent has a bar, library, comfortable sofas and writing table. There is a separate dining tent. Activities include game drives by day and night in custom designed landrovers/land cruisers, nature walks, bush breakfasts and sundowners. You will also have the opportunity to visit the local villages.

Offbeat Mara Camp is located outside the official Masai Mara Game Reserve within the Mara North Conservancy. Game-viewing around the camp is superb and animals often wander through the camp at night. Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and giraffe are often seen from the verandahs of the tents themselves, and zebra and buffalo help keep the lawns short!

Most game-viewing will take place on the plains around camp, but should you wish to visit the reserve itself (not necessary except for river crossings during the migration period when Offbeat include one reserve entry for every three nights spent in camp anyway), any Reserve fees will be due in camp at the applicable rate.

 
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Please click here to visit the Offbeat Mara Camp, Mara North Conservancy, Masai Mara website
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Day 8 
Kenya Airways - Nairobi to London Heathrow   1 night
Morning at leisure for further game viewing. After lunch you will be transferred to the local airstrip in order to connect with the scheduled light aircraft transfer to Nairobi. On arrival into Nairobi's Wilson Airport you will be met and transferred to a suitable restaurant for an early dinner (own account). Later you will be transferred to JKI Airport, in order to connect with the scheduled Kenya Airways flight to London Heathrow. Overnight in flight.
 

Day 9 
Kenya Airways - early arrival into London Heathrow  

Early morning arrival into London Heathrow (Terminal Four). 

 

The unique reference for this itinerary is 7269
 
Costing Details:

Please note that this itinerary makes use of light aircraft air transfers which have strict baggage restrictions. Maximum weight is 15 kgs per person in total, including hand luggage. All bags should be of the soft 'hold-all' variety.

 

Included

International flights on Kenya Airways (economy class); ground and air transfers as specified; double/twin accommodation on board basis mentioned; game-viewing activities, park/conservation fees, house drinks (soft drinks, local beers, house wines and non-imported spirits) and laundry service at Offbeat Mara;  UK and Kenya airport departure taxes.

Not Included

Kenya visa fees (currently US$50.00 per person); travel insurance; personal items and gratuities; optional tours and excursions (balloon safari etc.); drinks and laundry unless specified; dinner in Nairobi.

 

Travel from July to September 2015 (excluding peak season flights departing between 2nd July to 19th August) prices from: £3,195.00 per person, each of two travelling

 

Peak Season flight supplement (departing between 2nd July to 19th August 2015): £ 575.00 per person

 

Deposit required to confirm arrangements: £ 650.00 per person

 

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY 

 

 Bookings must be made by 10th June 2015

 

All our holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under the CAA ATOL scheme or through our membership of ABTOT. Remember, if you decide to book direct with companies in Africa, or through a non-bonded company here in the UK, your money is at risk. Please do not hesitate to ask us for further information.

 

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Adventure Sports

Kenya has always been the ultimate safari land: a place of magical creatures, ancient cultures, postcard-perfect beaches, and one of the world’s warmest welcomes. However, Kenya's diverse landscapes and year-round great weather also make it the ideal destination for thrill seekers and the last few years have seen a significant increase in facilities as well as schools offering professional equipment and world-class training.


Just another reason why I Love Kenya.
 

Kitesurfing

Kenya is becoming known as one of the world's leading destinations for Kitesurfing, offering incredible water conditions and two seasons that allow for up to 8+ months of wind a year. The two main seasons are June to September (Kuzi) where the wind speeds reach 30 knts and December to March (Kaskazi) where the wind blows from NNE and ranges from 18-25 knts. With idyllic scenery, powder white sands and flat water, the spots for kitesurfing along the Kenyan coast include Watamu, Diani and Che Shale. These locations are home to some of the world's leading Kitesurfing schools with highly qualified instructors ensuring your learning experience is second-to-none.
 
Mountain Biking

Mountain biking can be enjoyed throughout Kenya in amazing places such as the Masai Mara, Hell's Gate National Park in the Great Rift Valley, and Laikipia. Kenya’s famous '10 to 4' event is held annually where mountain bikers ride from 10,000 ft above sea level down Mount Kenya to Il Ngwezi at 4,000 ft. The course is run over two consecutive days with routes designed to challenge the most confident mountain bikers as well more friendly options for beginners and children.
Stand Up Paddleboarding

A relatively new sport to Kenya, SUP is a fantastic way to experience Kenya’s coastline and can be enjoyed as a relaxing activity or a more adrenaline filled adventure out on the waves. SUPing can be enjoyed wherever there is an expanse of water, from oceans to lakes and rivers, meaning you can take part in this sport all over Kenya. A very popular destination is Watamu where you can regularly go out Stand Up Paddleboarding with dolphins! Watamu and Diani both have SUP schools.

Skydiving

There are many exhilarating ways you can experience Kenya but how about taking a bird's eye view from 14,000ft where skydivers can free-fall for a full minute? Definitely a sport for thrill seekers, skydiving is gaining popularity, especially in Diani on Kenya's south coast where visitors gather for the annual Kenya Skydive Boogie. This event has been running for the past 14 years and is suitable for both experienced skydivers and those braving their first jump.
 

Wakeboarding and Waterskiing 

These two watersports have been very popular for a number of generations in Kenya. Along the Kenyan coast there are numerous flat water creeks that are perfect for skiing irrespective of wind conditions - Kilifi and Mida Creek being the most popular. Kilifi in particular boasts a wakeboarding and waterskiing school. Lake Navashia and Baringo that lie inland Kenya also offer great conditions and breathtaking backdrops for waterskiing and wakeboarding.
 

Windsurfing

There are some awesome spots on the Kenyan coast for windsurfing where the warm, still water is perfect for both beginners and advanced riders. The reefs that run along the coast provide the ideal playground for the more adventurous riders seeking swell for ramps and wave riding. Windsurfing is a sport accessible for people of all ages and it's a fun sport that is relatively easy to pick up. Watamu, Diani and Nyali all have great schools and perfect conditions making them ideal destinations for windsurfing.
 

Paragliding

Paragliding safaris are one of the most unique and exciting ways to experience the stunning Kenyan landscape. You can paraglide all over Kenya in spots such as Kerio Valley, The Rift Valley, North Kenya, from Nairobi to Mombasa and down the Kenyan coast. You can enjoy trips either solo or in tandem to sit back and enjoy the sensation of soaring like a bird. Pilots can tailor the flights for scenic gentle rides or an adrenaline joy ride. Whatever you are looking for it, this is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
 

Rock Climbing & Abseiling

Abseiling and rock climbing are gaining huge popularity in Kenya and can be experienced in a number of locations throughout the country, including Mount Suswa, the Ngare Ndare forest and Mount Kenya. One of the most challenging and advanced routes for rock climbing is the 5,199m peak of Diamond Couloir on Mount Kenya which is considered to be one of the finest ice climbs in the world and an absolute must for any enthusiast. There are many companies offering training in abseiling and rock climbing for all ages and to children even as young as five. Nairobi even boasts East Africa’s first indoor climbing gym, a sign of the increasing popularity of this sport.
 
 

Kayaking and Rafting

Over the last couple of years, Kenya has become one of the world's top destinations for kayaking expeditions. You can enjoy the calm waters of the entire coast in a kayak but there are also rivers in Kenya where you can experience the thrill of faster rapids. The coastal towns of Watamu, Diani and Nyali offer kayaking through a variety of companies where you can explore the ocean's rock pools at low tide or head out to the reef.

White water rafting can also be experienced in Sagana, where the river Tana provides grade 3 - 5 rapids - the perfect place for adrenaline junkies.

 

Horseback Adventures

For the novice or expert rider there is no better way of experiencing a Kenyan safari than on horseback. Not only is the silence and extra height a huge advantage, horseback safaris allow you to get unbelievably close to wildlife.
 


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The perks of the dry season really pay off...

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On the 14th March Bridget Cross and a faithful band of largely repeat guests came on our northern ride across Laikipia, under the shadow of Mt. Kenya.  Borana to Sosian is an awesome wildlife experience from horseback, and camping for six days total (2 nights each at Borana, Lolldaiga Hills and El Karama) before a long ride to the relative luxury of Sosian, for 3 nights, makes for a stunning riding safari.

 
Although the game is never as prolific as in the Mara, the scenery is breath taking, particularly at Borana and on the Lolldaigas, and rare species plus plenty of elephant and buffalo provide excitement galore.
  Click here to read Tristan's full account, plus photos, of this fabulous safari.

Best wishes from the Offbeat Riding team

MORE FROM THE OFFBEAT COLLECTION....

OFFBEAT MERU CAMP
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The wildlife has been in such abundance this month, with notably great lion and elephant sightings in the park.

As the dry season continues, the Bisanadi River, in front of camp, has provided a haven for all sorts of antelope, giraffe, monkeys and birds and game viewing from the comfort of your tent has been a real highlight for many!

Regards,
Craig and the Offbeat Meru crew  
 


 

 

SOSIAN LODGE
Laikipia

 

Lion sightings just keep getting better at Sosian.  We came across a dead elephant earlier last month and a pride of 21 lions (including 6 cubs) who have hardly moved from it.  We have been fortunate enough to witness fantastic pride interaction between the male and a female mating, the male seeing off one of the younger males, which was a fearsome fight on both sides, and two sets of mischievous cubs providing much entertainment. 

With a second mating pair not far from the lodge we have been utterly spoilt and sitting on the veranda in the evenings, with a drink in hand we hear roaring every night.  There is surely no more emotive sound across Africa that this?

It is so exciting that these lions are truly flourishing and establishing stable prides for the future.


Best wishes from the Sosian team

 

 


OFFBEAT MARA CAMP
MARA NORTH CONSERVANCY

 

Due to the long dry season and no migrating wildebeest, many tend to believe that the game viewing will be less, but to be realistic, people have missed the point.  This is the time to see great concentrations of game and also more action, at water holes and areas that still have good grass, where the big cats target them.  For this reason guides are able to predict when and where this can happen.

This week in particular has been a great week for those lucky guests who were visiting The Mara North Conservancy. The Acacia Pride killed three big buffalo and two young ones. Our resident leopard at Nkorbob Lugga had 4 different kills in 2 trees and the guests were lucky to see him every game drive.  Narasha (the female cheetah) is always around and last but not least, the rare black rhino found his way in to the Mara North Conservancy. What an amazing sighting! 

 

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Rare treat at Offbeat Mara Camp today

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Luck guests at Offbeat Mara Camp got to see a Black Rhino in the Mara North Conservancy. These magnificent beasts are rarely seen in the Mara and not near the camp. A sure sign of how well the conservancy is doing that they want to venture this far from their normal territory.


Offbeat 25 years old - Great new offers and exciting developments

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2015 is a huge year for Offbeat Safaris!  
Not only do we celebrate 25 years since Tristan set up the riding safaris but it is the 10th year anniversary for Offbeat Mara, Offbeat Meru and Sosian!

To celebrate this milestone we'd like to offer a 10% discount to all new 2015 bookings that confirm by 30th April 2015.  This applies to:


 
Offbeat Riding Safaris & Deloraine House
Offbeat Mara Camp
Offbeat Meru Camp
Sosian Lodge

 

MORE FROM THE OFFBEAT COLLECTION....
SOSIAN LODGE,
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To celebrate 10 years since the lodge first opened (and nearly 15 years since the Sosian owners embarked on an ambition to restore the ranch to its former glory), Sosian are launching a

 
photographic competition! 
We are calling on all past guests to submit their best photos taken at Sosian and the winner will be given
 
4 NIGHTS FOR 2 PEOPLE AT SOSIAN!

Please send in your photos (3 maximum) tolodge@sosian.com. Photos must be taken by guests at Sosian.

All photos will be posted onto Sosian's facebook page and be judged by Albie Venter, renowned photographic guide, at the end of 2015.
 
GOOD LUCK!
 
OFFBEAT MARA CAMP
Mara North Conservancy

 
Offbeat Mara Camp are excited to launch their new kids club...
TOTO TRACKERS!

With a dedicated tent and program manager, this club aims to foster children's awareness and appreciation of nature. We have skulls, animal tracks, games, and books plus the following activities:
  • scavenger hunt
  • tracking tutorials
  • bird watching
  • bug catching
  • marshmallows at the fire
  • bow and arrow making
  • beading jewellery
  • cooking with the chef
  • close brush with a toothbrush tree!
  • star-gazing
  • African story-telling
  • dressing like a Masai
Every child will receive a Toto Trackers t-shirt and book to fill out whilst staying at Offbeat Mara Camp!

OFFBEAT MERU CAMP

As Meru is slowly drying up, the animals are all heading towards the rivers and the little Bisanadi stream in front of camp plays a huge part in bringing the animals to us. Not only the elephant, buffalo, bushbuck and kudu but a phenomenal amount of birds. Striated heron, Eurasian golden oriole, gabar goshawk, martial eagle and so many more.   The bird life here is exceptional at this time of year.

A pride of lion have not only been heard most nights, but  have also been seen occupying the plains behind the camp.
We have had some wonderful groups through camp and as we start to settle into the year we hope to welcome many more to come and share their interesting stories with us around the evening camp fire!
 
All the very best, Craig and the Offbeat Meru team
 

OFFBEAT RIDING SAFARIS
10% discount

on ALL NEW 2015 bookings,

that confirm by 30th April!



With savings of up to $1000 this is the time to book!

Beat the school holiday rush and join us early July as the wildebeest migration arrives

Or take the plung and ride in August as the migration is in full swing


Dont miss out!

 
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Offbeat Meru & Offbeat Mara from $3430 per person 

Offbeat Meru & Sosian from $3780 per person

Sosian & Offbeat Mara from $4130 per person

*These rates include all internal flights and transfers plus the 10% anniversary discount plus a free night where applicable.  Book before 30th April

Book now - contact bookings@offbeatsafaris.com 




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Kenya at its finest - by Piers

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2014 has been a bright start for Kenya and the country is looking amazing. This time of year (generally Christmas through to Easter) is arguably the best time to visit the country. A number of factors make this such a great time, from the stunning blue skies, the low tourist numbers, better rates and escaping the Northern hemisphere cold, damp conditions.

This our 'summer' or dry season. You hardly see a cloud in the sky, evenings are balmy and often we sit outside, under the stars for dinner and with the dry conditions comes incredible game viewing. Cats, in particular, are much easier to find in the short grass and most animals seem to congregate around water sources. This is perfect for the location of our Offbeat properties. Offbeat Mara Camp is on the Olare Orok river, Offbeat Meru Camp is on the Bisanadi River and Sosian has miles of river frontage to explore. This means are guests dont have to travel far to see some superb sightings.

Another huge 'plus' at this time of year, which many accurately describe as the 'Secret Season' is the local wildebeest migration into Mara North Conservancy. The Loita herds arrive in MNC usually in January and hang around until the March/April rains. February is generally calving season so currently we have 1000's of wildebeest, their calves and huge numbers of Zebra in and around camp and the Offbeat valley is teeming with wildlife. 

Add to this the fact this is so-called 'low-season'. It is not any worse than 'high-season' at all and quite possibly better! Low season means lower prices (which often are up to half the cost of high season) as we have fewer guests travelling at this time of year. If you can get away now, this really is the time to visit - planes are less expensive and not full, the parks much quieter and with the low season rates you end up with the best of both worlds - a first class experience at nearly half the cost!

Kenya has had a rough couple of years in the press, but we are now bouncing back and numbers of tourists starting to rise again. This is so important for all our conservation efforts as we need the park fee income to protect the wonderful wildlife and the areas they roam in. We have several incredibly generous special offers currently running and i personally believe 2015 is the best time in a while to visit the country.

We have an early bird booking incentive, special honeymoon rates, child and teen rates, no single supplements (for the first single in each booking) and multiple night discounts - so something for everyone to enjoy!

Please do contact us or your favourite tour operator for more information and I do hope to see many of you enjoying the beauty of Kenya and its warm, warm heart and its wonderful smiling people in 2015.

Piers


China imposes one-year ban on ivory imports

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26 February 2015

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The African elephant population has been severely reduced because of hunting

China has imposed a one-year ban on the import of ivory, amid criticism that demand among Chinese consumers is fuelling poaching in Africa.

The announcement was made by the State Forestry Administration, with officials saying they hoped it would be a first step towards protecting wild elephants.

Conservationists have warned the animal could be wiped out in parts of Africa in the next few years.

China is the world's largest importer of smuggled tusks.

However, the government says it has stepped up efforts to target illegal trading, which has been fuelled by a desire for ivory from an increasingly affluent population.

It is hoped the temporary ban on imports, which came into effect on Thursday, will help reduce demand for African tusks.

According to state media, a government official said China would evaluate the effect on elephant protection before taking further, more effective steps.

Criminal gangs

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) banned the ivory trade in 1989, but China is allowed to trade domestically and has around 150 licensed shops.

Six years ago, the government was also given permission to import one consignment of more than 60 tonnes of ivory from Africa.

Conservationists say this has fuelled demand and has led to an underground trade, with criminal gangs slaughtering elephants for Asian markets.

Earlier this month, broadcaster David Attenborough was one of several signatories of an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

 

The letter called on the country's leader to outlaw the buying and selling of ivory completely and to provide Chinese citizens with information on the issue.


Riding Off Beat through the Masai Mara by Mums the World

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February 7, 2015

The Maasai Mara (Masai Mara) is situated in south-west Kenya and is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves. Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania it forms Africa’s most diverse, incredible and most spectacular eco-systems. This untamed area of desert is home to the highest population of Big Game and is an area of the world where the most endangered species of animals live free and wild. You would most probably then ask why, the African based Offbeat Safaris lead groups of avid thrill seeking enthusiasts on horseback into to these wild primitive lands.

 

Mums the World recently had the absolute pleasure of meeting Tristan Voorspuy, the mastermind behind the wild texan like horseback Safari. One of Kenya‘s honorary Game Wardens, Tristan has led safaris on horseback in Africa since the 1980’s. After listening to his captivating stories of Big Game and stunning and unspoilt landscapes, we were intrigued to saddle up.

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However not quite managing to get there ourselves – just yet – we hunted down a lovely mummy of two, from the good ol’ country of Texas. Lovely Anne is an addict to the game and has taken part in numerous Offbeat Safari adventures, with her next one being in 2016.

Here she gives us a real life account of her experiences to date and talks to us about catching that safari bug! If you too are an adrenaline junkie that loves an adventure, you will love this! If not, be inspired to step out of your comfort zone for your next journey..

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☆ Firstly, please tell us a little about yourself & your family?

I’m a 34-year-old mum of two boys, one who is 3 and the other is 6 weeks old. My husband is a healthcare consultant and we are currently based in Nashville, Tennessee, a major healthcare hub. It makes getting to Africa as often as I would like a bit tricky, but I have a big trip planned with Offbeat in 2016 for the boys and I am already beside myself with excitement. I know my littlest one will be too young to remember, but I love that he will be getting an early jump on the Africa love. My 3-year-old is already asking about it daily!

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☆ What do you do for a living?

After my first safari with Offbeat in 2009, I caught the safari bug quite badly! Besides raising my two boys, I help put together safari trips for my riding friends and friends with children. I also speak to children at local schools about a Kenya-based charity I am passionate about, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. They rescue baby elephants orphaned by the ivory trade and also run anti-poaching patrols and a mobile vet service for injured wildlife.

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☆ How did you hear about Offbeat Safari’s & how easy was the whole booking process?

I first heard about Offbeat from a friend of mine who had just returned from a riding safari. Her trip sounded absolutely amazing and I mentally added it to the list of things I must do someday. A few weeks later I came across an article in a magazine about the same ride across the Masai Mara. In it, the author described galloping with the wildebeest herds as like being in the middle of a kaleidoscope. Something about that line turned the trip from a “must do sometime” to “must do immediately”. I contacted the lovely Charlotte, who is in charge of bookings. Working with her was so easy and she was very accommodating as I kept adding more and more friends to my trip. By the time it was all said and done, I had a bespoke trip planned for 12 of us.

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☆ Can you describe a typical day on an Offbeat Safari?

It’s almost impossible to describe a typical day on safari with Offbeat as there truly is no such thing! In the simplest terms, you are awoken with the dawn, spend the day alternating between activities and eating delicious food, and end the day around a campfire. In reality, every day is so wonderful and different. I’ve been on safari with Offbeat 6 times and no day has even been close to the same. Each trip reveals something wonderful that none of the others had. You might spend the morning galloping across the savannah, the afternoon tracking wild dog, and the evening watching lions hunt. Or you might start the day with a huge breakfast followed by a game drive, lunch in the bush, and the afternoon jumping off of waterfalls and frolicking in the river upstream from a pod of hippos. I’ve spent a total of 5 months there now and every day has been different from all of the others.

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☆ Typically how many people are in one group?

For the riding safaris, the max is 10 guests and they are usually full. The camps and lodges generally have a max of 12-16 guests, with families and couples going out on their own with their assigned guides each day. Everyone chooses what activities interest them each day.

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☆ Did you see any children taking part on the safari’s & did they find it challenging?

I think children might have the best time of all! Everything is a wonder to them, from the animals and their tracks, to the bugs, to the amazing local people and their cultures. Kenyans love children and seem to take a special interest in showing them all of the wonders of their country. Every family I’ve seen on safari looks to be having an incredible time and I must say there’s a distinct lack of whining! I’ve even had a 4-year-old little girl along on one of my riding safaris. The daughter of one of the guides, she was expertly looked after by a kind Maasai warrior who took care of her whilst we were out during the day. She had also been on safari at the age of 2 and still remembered things that had occurred on her first trip. I was blown away that it had that much of an impact at such a young age.

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☆ What was the catering like?

In a word: incredible. You could make an epicurean trip out of the food these chefs make over a campfire. It puts my cooking in my modern kitchen with all the bells and whistles to shame. It is truly farm to table; most of the vegetables come from the gardens at Deloraine and Sosian and I’ve seen the staff stop at a local village to buy fresh eggs from the chickens that roam nearby. Everyone raves about the food and eating outdoors under a sky full of stars every night really adds to the experience.

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☆ How did you relax on an evening?

Evenings are generally spent around a campfire with a sundowner in hand. The conversation flows with talk of the exciting activities of the day and wild stories from the guides of things they have experienced and lived to tell the tale. Sometimes we jump into one of the land rovers for a night game drive to see if we can spot a leopard or maybe a pride of lions on the hunt.

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☆ How many nights did you go for & was it long enough?

My longest trip was nearly 2 months and my shortest was 9 days. I was not ready to leave either time! There is so much to see and do, I think you need a minimum of 2 weeks. That allows for a couple of days in Nairobi to shop and visit some tourist sites like Karen Blixen’s home, and some time at the camps in the Mara and Meru, Sosian Ranch in Laikipia, and perhaps the owner’s family home, Deloraine, near Lake Nakuru and the famous flamingos.

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☆ Can you offer any tips on clothing to pack?

Days are hot and nights are quite cool, much like the desert, so I always pack several vests and lightweight shirts with easily rolled sleeves. A polar fleece will keep you warm at night, along with long underwear for sleeping. I think layering is key. If you plan to be in the bush, bring clothes that can take a bit of a beating. Everything is fighting for survival in Africa, including the plants! There are tiny thorns on almost everything. They don’t hurt, but they do snag.

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☆ Can you list 5 highlights of the adventure? (other than the adventure itself!)

Oh gosh, only 5? I’ll do my best ;) Just a disclaimer: I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie!)

1) Galloping with thousands of wildebeest on the Masai Mara at the base of the escarpment. They came pouring off of the hillside as we galloped along and their numbers just kept swelling. And yes, it was just like being in the middle of a kaleidoscope!

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2) Watching a lone lioness hunt at night and have 2 kills within minutes of each other (the first was stolen by a lazy lion). We were in the land rover bouncing along while trying to keep up with her with wine flying everywhere. It was great fun!

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3) Galloping with a herd of over 100 giraffe across a huge open plain. They are so elegant when they run. Their strides are huge, so your horse is giving everything it has, running flat out while the giraffes appear to be moving in slow motion beside you.

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4) Stalking a lioness on foot at Sosian, Offbeat’s 24,000 acre ranch in Laikipia. It was such a thrill to lock eyes with her (at a safe distance) and being on foot gives you a real appreciation of how large and powerful they are. We lost track of her at one point until we almost walked into the bush she was hiding in and she snarled at us. I’ve never reversed direction so quickly in my life!

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5) Waterfall jumping at Sosian. There’s a huge, 10m waterfall on the property and it’s such fun to spend an afternoon there jumping off of it over and over again and swimming in the pool below. The kids are always the first to give it a go. I stood there trying to get my nerve up for 10 minutes the first time while 3 little boys kept leaping off right next to me.

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☆ Did you find it costly whilst you were there or was everything covered in the package?

Not at all. Everything is included, such as park admission, alcohol, and conservation fees. My additional expenses have ever only been tip money for the staff and money for trinkets from visits to the local Masai or Samburu villages. They make beautiful beaded items and I always buy several to take home as gifts.

☆ Were you happy with your accommodation & can you describe it for our readers?

I’ve been happy with all of the levels of Offbeat’s accommodations. Sosian and Deloraine both have absolutely lovely rooms. Deloraine in particular is filled with gorgeous antiques from its heyday in the 1930’s. The tents at Offbeat Mara and Offbeat Meru are also wonderful, complete with en suite bathrooms with flushing loos. The beds are substantial and comfortable and the mesh windows are perfect for when an elephant happens to amble by your tent. The riding safaris are definitely hard camping, but the entire thing is such an authentic experience that you wouldn’t have it any other way. They even put hot water bottles in your bed at night so they are warm when you’re ready to turn in.

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Anne – Thank you so much for your valuable insight. You have definitely inspired us for our next adventure! It’s firmly planted on the bucket list…

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Journey well..

Love

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Launching Sosian Horseback Safaris

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We are thrilled to be announcing Sosian Horseback Safaris to you!

After much discussion and deliberation we felt it was high time we linked up with some other properties in our area to offer riding between lodges and camps in Laikipia.  Sosian is perfectly located to reach 3 or 4 other properties without compromising on beautiful areas that we’d ride through...and of course we have a fully fledged equine set up that has been running at full tilt for the past 10 years.  With the experience, horses and know-how, we have invested in further expansion of this to allow us to offer a top quality product that is flexible to your clients.

Below are the links to the following informative documents:

  1. An overview of Sosian Horseback Safaris
  2. 7 night itinerary & rates
  3. 5 night itinerary & rates
  4. Set departure itinerary & rates
  5. Factsheet on the riding and horses at Sosian

In addition to this we would like to offer our 1-night fly camp with horses on a more regular basis.  These rides consist of approx. 2-3 hour ride out to a bush lunch and then another 2-3 hours in the afternoon to the fly camp.  This is our usual fly camp set up of bedrolls under the stars and a bush dinner.  The following morning we ride out of camp early, to a bush breakfast and then ride back to the lodge in time for lunch.  Due to the extra logistics involved in offering this on a more regular basis there will be a $50 per rider surcharge and it will need to be pre-booked at the time of your normal lodge booking.

Please let me know if you have any questions and contact me for any future booking enquiries.

Best wishes

Charlotte


Honeymoon specials, photographic workshops & exceptional lion sightings

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With so many special offers out there we decided we would give you a summary of the offers that Offbeat Safaris have:


1.  EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT - 10% discount on all new bookings that confirm with a deposit before 28th February 2015.  (Applies to Sosian, Offbeat Mara Camp and Offbeat Meru Camp).

2. HONEYMOONERS DISCOUNT - 50% accommodation discount for the bride.  (Applies to Sosian, Offbeat Mara Camp and Offbeat Meru Camp up until 30th June 2016).  *NEW*

3.  LONG STAY DISCOUNT - 30% off 4th, 5th & 6th nights during mid and green/low seasons.  (Applies to Sosian, Offbeat Mara Camp & Offbeat Meru Camp).

4.  MULTI PROPERTY DISCOUNTS - 
12 nights for the price of 9 at a combination of Sosian, Offbeat Mara Camp, Deloraine House and Offbeat Meru Camp during mid and green/low seasons (minimum of 3 nights per property).
 8 nights for the price of 7 at a combination of Sosian, Offbeat Mara Camp, Deloraine House or Offbeat Meru Camp during mid and green/low seasons (minimum of 4 nights per property)
6 nights for the price of 5 at a combination of Offbeat Mara Camp & Offbeat Meru Camp for ALL SEASONS

5.  SINGLE SUPPLEMENT WAIVERED - 1 single per booking will not be charged a single supplement.


Please click on the link below for a printable PDF of all our special offers for 2015;

Offbeat Safaris 2015 special offers

MORE FROM THE OFFBEAT COLLECTION....
OFFBEAT MARA CAMP
(photo by Martin Fowkes)

Offbeat Mara Camp is being taken over!  Two lionesses have given birth to their cubs right by camp, with one litter just behind tent 5. Sitting on the bed you can hear the cries of three little ones waiting for mum to get back for their feed! 
In front of camp the plains are filled with thousands of zebra who have followed the short rains and moved in to our area of the conservancy.  It really is an exceptional experience to see all this on our doorstep and as ever, the Mara North Conservancy never fails to deliver.
Come and see us soon
from Kyle, Lara and the Offbeat Mara Team 

OFFBEAT RIDING SAFARIS
(Rhino in the Mara with Lucinda Green
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January has been a busy month on the riding front with 3 full groups out.  The Mara is looking sensational and Tristan has even found the time to sit down and give an account of the past few weeks. 

To read an account of Tristan's latest thrills and spills click here!

 
Best wishes from Tristan & Offbeat Riding Team

 


SOSIAN, Laikipia

The weather in January has been fantastic. Our guests have enjoyed hot sunny days with bright blue skies followed by cool starlight nights.

However, the highlight of the month has not been the weather, but the incredible lion sightings that we have enjoyed. With nearly 30 different lions seen this month there has been action galore. Our resident pride of 15 killed a buffalo 300 yards from the lodge enabling up close encounters with these incredible predators. Mornings and evenings were spent watching the pride interact over the kill and we fell asleep to the sounds of them roaring!

The action is set to continue for the next few months so escape the freezing weather and come and join us at Sosian!

 
Simon, Rosie and the Sosian team.

OFFBEAT MERU CAMP

Offbeat Meru Camp broke in the New Year just brilliantly with some really fun groups here to share it with.  The park is still lush, and the weather is perfect. It is not too hot and the days are constantly coated with a clear blue sky.
We have had some phenomenal close up sightings of the cheetah cubs on a kill, of the leopard wondering through camp, of massive herds of elephant crunching through the thicket, and buffalo galore. If the rest of the year continues like this, Meru is definitely the place to be!
 Cheerio, from Craig and the Offbeat Meru Team.

DON'T FORGET... 

OUR PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKSHOP SAFARI 


12th - 20th SEPTEMBER 2015

4 nights Sosian

4 nights Offbeat Mara

with acclaimed photographer and safari guide

ALBIE VENTER


Click here for detailed factsheet





For ENQUIRIES please contact

bookings@offbeatsafaris.com


Copyright © *2014* Offbeat Safaris * All rights reserved.

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