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Thank you Expert Africa for sending us this wonderful feedback from a party of Expert Africa's travelers who recently visited Offbeat Mara Camp 
- Miss Lizzy May x 2 They arrived on: 16-Jul-2014 They left on: 21-Jul-2014

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

Offbeat Mara is absolutely incredible. Every single element of the whole experience comes together to make the whole thing totally unforgettable - a truly life changing experience. The camp managers, Kyle and Lara are two of the friendliest, welcoming and fun people that we have ever met. From stories around the campfire to expertly led walking safaris, they covered everything. We were waved off and welcomed back from safari drives, fed amazing food at all times of the day, and never witnessed an empty glass. We can't even begin to do justice to how great Offbeat Mara was and we urge anybody interested in a true Kenyan experience to book here immediately.

The rooms were not only clean and spacious, but also stylish and comfortable. The staff were all so funny and sociable, not to mention educated in all things safari. We asked many questions and received insightful, interesting answers. Lunch and dinner with the rest of the guests (in our experience, this was between 6 - 10 other people) was an absolute joy. We met so many interesting people with such varied lives. Kyle used to be a cook and so the standard of food was incredibly high given the camp's location in the middle of the bush. Everybody would sit around telling stories and sharing experiences. There are also lots of fantastic photography books to look at, further adding to the enjoyment. It's unbelievable to think that you have seen these things in books and films and then minutes later, you're sat in a jeep staring into the eyes of a pride of lions. Breathtaking.

The drivers at Offbeat were simply unbeatable. It's as if they were orchestrating the animals themselves and we were constantly finding ourselves in the right place at the right time. At first we thought this was luck, but then it dawned on us that it was the highly expert driver (David) and his spotter that were working so hard to make sure we had the best possible time. Not only this, but they had a passion for the wildlife that rubbed off on us, teaching us about animal psychology, local whether movements or bush-craft.

We saw the Marsh Pride of Lion with young cubs, 2 Leopards; one on the way from the airport strip to our lodge and one from the hot air balloon, lions mating and 2 river crossings we were very spoilt!

When asked for their feedback on Offbeat Mara, they commented:

Location as:Excellent
Rooms as:Excellent
Service as:Excellent
Activities as:Excellent
Facilities as:Excellent
Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

www.expertafrica.com


Weddings, fishing, riding, diving...

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Its been a very busy and exciting August at Offbeat Mara.  One of the Offbeat lionesses gave birth to three cubs this month. For a few days we got to see them hiding under the bushes by the side of the river, not too far from camp. The guides spotted the male lions hanging about her one morning. There was a huge scrap we all got to witness, which left the males with very swollen faces and injuries from the protective mother. That evening the fighting continued and sadly the males won, and ended up killing the cubs, as they were the off spring of the old males.   However the rest of the cat population in The Mara has been thriving. We have seen four, ten day old cheetah cubs. A mother leopard and her cub have moved in down the valley and some lucky guests have managed to see four different leopards in one day!  

 

Walking has been excellent. Following calling lions up the ridge in the early morning, listening to mating leopards in the thicket, and watching a lion kill from the other side of the river. It couldn't get much better than that in a mornings walk!

 

We also hosted a very special occasion this month. Two guests who have been coming to Offbeat for years, decided to renew their wedding vows whilst in the Mara this year. They had a traditional Masai wedding with two elders from the near by village and dancing women and warriors leading bride and groom to the ceremony. Usually at the end of a ceremony a goat is slaughtered and shared with all the village. This time we had a big chocolate cake which went down very well with everyone involved.

 

Salaams from Kyle, Lara and all the Offbeat Mara Team

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OFFBEAT MERU CAMP
Meru National Park


We have had a magnificent month here sightings wise, with amazing black rhino and calf, lion and leopard just to name a few! 

The fishing is getting better and better as the fish are ever growing in size, although the record still stands the same.   I am assured that the one that got away must have been huge!

A small herd of lesser kudu have started to be seen around number 6 in camp and they have two that are very young., making viewing at such close proximity even more captivating.

Bird life has, as ever, been wonderful and we have a few kingfishers that are always seen in front of the mess area.

All in all, August has been great and we have welcomed a lot of family groups into camp, although September comes with a whole load of different groups that we are all looking forward to welcoming!

All the best Craig and the offbeat Meru team

OFFBEAT RIDING SAFARIS
Masai Mara

(photo by Jakob von Plessen)




For fear of sounding repetitive about the incredible riding with the migration and the abundance of big cats, as another month passes, we will instead remind you that for the second year running we are offering an 8 night set departure in the Masai Mara, over the Christmas period!

We expect spaces to fill fast during this popular time so contact riding@offbeatsafaris.com for availability for the 20 - 28 December 2014 ride.

Best wishes from the Offbeat Riding team!

 

SOSIAN
Laikipia

There have been game drives, swan dives, bush dinners and camel rides, football matches, Freida, wild dog and cheetah. The lodge has been full with guests and the ranch brimming with game. Big cats have dominated the evening drives with lion, leopard and even cheetah, conveniently appearing as the first gin and tonics are poured. Elephants, too, have been spied in abundance, often seen cooling themselves in the river, and this morning a pack of wild dog were found not far from the lodge marking their welcome return after an absence of several weeks.
The horses are looking well, despite the dry conditions, and have been busy riding to bush breakfasts and cantering alongside game. It's a little harder to get as close to wildlife from horseback than in a vehicle but, for all those equine-inclined, watching a giraffe pass through the frame of a horse's ears makes for an utterly unbeatable view.
It's only been five days but what is becoming ever more apparent is that "once in a lifetime" experiences are everyday occurrences here. From watching cheetah hunt impala, to leaping off waterfalls, here's to the next month at Sosian...

(thanks to Daisy Soames for this August excerpt)

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It's the fifth day since I arrived at Sosian and I'm into the second day, and ninth draft, of composing my first blog entry for the Lodge. As August's resident 'gappy', I am required to recall what's been going on, and this, my first task, is already proving a challenge with so much that has been happening.

There have been game drives, swan dives, bush dinners and camel rides, football matches, Freida, wild dog and cheetah. The lodge has been full with guests and the ranch brimming with game. Big cats have dominated the evening drives with lion, leopard and even cheetah, conveniently appearing as the first gin and tonics are poured. Elephants, too, have been spied in abundance, often seen cooling themselves in the river, and this morning a pack of wild dog were found not far from the lodge marking their welcome return after an absence of several weeks.

The horses are looking well, despite the dry conditions, and have been busy riding to bush breakfasts and cantering alongside game. It's a little harder to get as close to wildlife from horseback than in a vehicle but, for all those equine-inclined, watching a giraffe pass through the frame of a horse's ears makes for an utterly unbeatable view.

It's only been five days but what is becoming evermore apparent is that "once in a lifetime" experiences are everyday occurrences here. From watching cheetah hunt impala, to leaping off waterfalls, here's to the next month at Sosian...

Daisy Soames

 


RESIDENT special offer...

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We are continuing our RESIDENT special offer of a 30% discount
at
Offbeat Mara
Sosian
Offbeat Meru


This offer applies to all new bookings that book & stay between now and 30th September 2014
(Conservations Fees payable in full and this offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers)
Contact bookings@offbeatsafaris.com for more information

We look forward to welcoming you!

 
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A morning walk with Offbeat Mara

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We were heading up the hill on an early morning walk a few days ago, when we saw four lionesses in front of us walking towards Lion Ridge. We stopped and watched them as they slid into the bushes and out of sight. As we were getting to the top of the hill, we heard a lot of commotion coming from the other side of the valley where the Lionesses had disappeared into. 

The Lionesses had walked into the two new males of the Offbeat Pride; they had been lying on the rocks catching the early morning sun. There was a very noisy and brief conflict that lasted for about a minute. We watched and listened from the other side of the valley and could see the lions scrapping and darting in and out of the bushes. 

One of the females in the group has been looking after the surviving cubs from the previous Offbeat Males. The females were all quickly chased off; the two males especially targeted the female who has been with the cubs from the previous Offbeat Males. We saw her running down, off lion ridge, quickly through a heard of wildebeests and zebras and down into another valley. The other females moved to the other side of Lion ridge away from the males. It was very interesting to see the different behavior towards the individual who has still not bonded with the new males.  

Being at a height and on foot, we had the advantage of watching them interact, without them being at all influenced by our presence or the presence of a vehicle. It was a very exciting moment to watch the whole scenario take place on foot. This would not have been seen form a car! 

We carried on with our walk heading down into a valley where no roads have yet been made, so it is still very wild and beautiful.  We looked for a safe place to cross the Olare Orok River, as the rain further upstream had brought the water up. We jumped across the rocks that were above the water and headed up to a delicious breakfast that had been set up for us.

Photographs by Andrew Lettsome

 



Exciting sightings and action packed safaris...

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Sosian is thrilled with our newly thatched pool house which has been put to good use this month.  With a well stocked bar and tennis court behind, the pool house is ideal for chilling out after a full morning of safari activities and a swim to cool off!
Perfect for lazy lunches and siestas in the shade, it is also another beautiful place to have dinner, with a blazing fire and candlelight, providing the peaceful Sosian atmosphere. 
All the best from Simon, Rosie & the Sosian team
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OFFBEAT RIDING SAFARIS
Masai Mara

The season started in mid July with an 8 day set departure ending with two days at Deloraine which went extremely well. The horses were all in very good shape after a few months off and a few weeks of work to get them back to a good level of fitness. We had 11 guests from all over the world and we were lucky enough to see four of the big five from the back of a horse  including an amazing viewing of 3 black rhino in the Mara Triangle and some very relaxed bull elephants. The lion viewings at our Olare Orok campsite where impressive as ever and we even caught a glimpse of the new males from the horses. We were also relieved to see that with the new take over of the pride the young cubs we saw last year managed to escape and we spotted them near leopard gorge.
In addition we are pleased to introduce a new member to the team, Christeen, who will taking over all the riding bookings from Sarah over the following weeks.  riding@offbeatsafaris.com remains the primary contact for reservations.

Best wishes from Archie, Imogen and the Riding team

OFFBEAT MERU CAMP
Meru National Park

July has seen both families and solo travellers at Offbeat Meru Camp.  The new family tent has been an instant hit and is a great improvement to the camp.  With, generally, private game drives for families and lots of activities to keep all ages busy it is a great family experience.  Finding big game in Meru is not a difficult task so youngsters are easily delighted!
As for the solo travellers, Meru is always a popular choice for the seasoned safari goers who are looking for something different and away from the masses.  Not only are the large numbers of elephant, buffalo and rhino a big attraction but the superb birding and botanical opportunities continue to make Meru such a popular alternative to the normal 'circuits' that can become overused.
Daily flights  to Meru and a connecting flight to the Mara have made Meru National Park an increasingly popular choice and long may it last!  The park fees that every guest pays is a direct contribution to the upkeep of this special area and even more importantly to the safeguard of the rhinos here...who need all the help we can give them.  
Hope to see you soon!
                     Craig and the Meru team

OFFBEAT MARA CAMP
Mara North Conservancy 
  

The migration is in full swing!  Over the past 3 weeks we have been watching the crocodiles grow, the lions grow and the amazing numbers of wildebeest and zebra grow. It is a feast for all, including all the hundreds of tiny creatures that live of it all too.
The crocodiles can go up to 6 months without eating after the migration…and they’re certainly making the most of it! The lions are choosing their prime cuts before moving on to their next hunt, leaving plentiful fresh food for the hyenas and other scavengers. The next generation of hyenas have gained their confidence and are coming out in to the open for their first time to join the feast. 
We have had two cheetah brothers who hung around in the Conservancy for a few days and walked right past camp at breakfast one morning. Eager not to miss them we followed them and enjoyed their unique behavior and hunting skills.
The Offbeat Pride have taken up residence again on Lion Hill, and are making lots of appearances in front of camp during sundowners and early mornings, we hardly need to leave camp for a thrill! 

Salaams from Kyle, Lara and the team at Offbeat Mara

 

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


Our NEW mailing address is:
Offbeat Safaris
PO Box 825 - 00502
Karen
Nairobi



Our NEW physical address is:
Office 64
The Stables
Karen Road
Karen

Nairobi

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Elephant Encounters in the Mara

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As we haven't had our normal rain fall this year the rain showers have come a little later than expected. However we can always tell before it rains as the elephants come down from the hills, where they go when the land is dry.



 

We have had some lovely sightings if the elephants, especially two the big family herds. Unlike a lot of elephants in Kenya at the moment (due to the threat of poaching, elephants have got shyer or a little more aggressive) these guys are all very relaxed. 

Kyle has had some lovely walks following them across the ridges and watching them graze and interact with each other with no interest in his being there.

We had a lovely encounter a few days ago, at a new sun downer spot we have found on the top of a rocky kopje looking down the Olrare Orok River.  We climbed to the top of the boulders and watched a family of elephants emerge from the thickets below us. At the same time the offbeat lion cubs were practicing their hunting skills with a herd of Zebra on the ridge opposite, so our attention turned to them.

A little later we saw the elephants had moved off out of the river bed for the night. Just before dusk one of the guests and the managers had to "mark our territory" before heading home. We climbed up a little to the covered area behind us, as we looked up we had to take a double take, as the boulders on the top seemed to have turned in to Elephants! About 20 feet in front of us were the family of elephants we had been watching earlier. They has silently moved up the hill behind us. Hiding behind the rocks we were able to safely watch them for about 10 minutes or so before it got too dark. So we had to leave our giant friends to get back to camp for supper. 

We all felt very privileged for them to have let us watch them so close. 

 

 

 


Voting is now open for the 2015 Safari Awards!

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Please take a minute to vote for Offbeat Safaris.

To vote click on the link below:

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Thank you!


Kicking off the season with superb game viewing.....

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As Archie returns from assistant guiding in Botswana and the Offbeat horses are well into their fitness program, we are getting ready for another outstanding season of riding with the migration in the Masai Mara.  There will be plenty of exciting news to come over the next few months and if you want to get in on the action contact us now on riding@offbeatsafaris.com

Spaces are now very limited but you can still sign up for our Laikipia ride (31 Aug - 10 Sep) which is set to be one of the best on record.  With little rain, riding across this dry country has resulted in game viewing optimised to the maximum....don't miss out on this very special experience.
Best wishes from the Offbeat Riding Team
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OFFBEAT MERU CAMP
Meru National Park

Well what a fantastic start to the season. Frank the giraffe has been throughout the camp, making sure that his gardening skills don’t go unnoticed; he is becoming quite a valuable member of our team here!  As the Acacia Tortillas trees have started to drop their seeds, quite a delicacy amongst the herbivores around these parts, elephants, buffalo and all sorts of other animals have wondered around camp. They tend to give us our space as much as we give them theirs.
Incredible sightings of lion have been seen by all; currently we have a pride of six, whose territory includes the whole area around camp. We have also had some magnificent leopard and rhino sightings in the sanctuary.

As the holidays get into full swing, we have had several family groups through. Children of all ages have learnt how to make bows and arrows and the art of traditional fire making!
We are looking forward to a busy action packed month for July!
 

Regards from Craig and the Offbeat Meru team

OFFBEAT MARA CAMP
Mara North Conservancy

It’s been an interesting and noisy few weeks at Offbeat Mara, with the grunting from the local migration of wildebeest surrounding camp, and the thunderous roar of lions from the Offbeat Pride.  Two new males have taken over the Offbeat pride, leaving all the females with cubs fleeing to new areas to keep safe. Unfortunately, one 10 month old cub didn’t quite make it.  In camp during dinner one evening, we found him quietly seeking shelter in a bush behind the cars. Sadly in the morning we found his body just outside of camp. However there have been sightings of one of the old males and a female with five cubs not far from Lion Ridge. We wait in anticipation for what will happen next!  
All our guests so far, have taken the opportunity to explore the Mara on foot. We have recently started walking safaris and Kyle, a trained walking guide, has discovered some wonderful walks and seen lion on foot on almost all of them. Guests have been enjoying walking to bush breakfasts and sundowners, from a short stroll to more athletic hikes!

 Kyle, Lara & the Offbeat Mara Team

SOSIAN LODGE
Laikipia

Sosian would like to introduce our wonderful new tree house by the Acacia Dam!

Whether you are having a picnic, or just sitting with a sundowner, you will see a huge variety of animals coming to drink at the water. Most frequently seen from the concealment of the Tree House is a boisterous male hippo, who likes very much to show off his teeth with a large yawn of warning! 


We expect to be using the tree house a lot over the next few busy weeks...come and experience it for yourself!

Salaams from Simon, Rosie & the Sosian Team


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