Offbeat Mara Camp
Offbeat Mara Camp is traditional safari at its very best- small and private, the camp offers excellent game viewing in one of the most famous safari destinations in the world. Just six tents and a prime location means that we can provide a truly individual and tailored approach to your holiday. This small and exclusive tented camp offers game-viewing in both the serene and unspoilt Mara North Conservancy, and close access to the famous Masai Mara National Reserve.
Offbeat Mara Camp, along with several other camps in the area, founded the Mara North Conservancy in January 2009. A pristine reserve of 74,000 acres with a strict cap on visitor and vehicle numbers, The Mara North Conservancy is incredibly rich in wildlife and has one of the lowest densities of tourist visitors in the greater Mara ecosystem.
The camp's location is on the Olare Orok, a meandering tributary of the Mara River. The Olare Orok cuts through the centre of the Mara North Conservancy, a vivid swathe of green that allows an unrivalled habitat for Game. Offbeat Mara Camp nestles into a valley in the middle of this wilderness, a doubly protected area that provides guests with unparalled game viewing. Four of the 'Big Five' - Lion, Leopard, Elephant and Buffalo are all seen regularly around camp, and the valley never fails to provide our guest with game-viewing of all sorts. The famous Offbeat pride now consists of more than seventeen lion and is seen daily by our guests, with no other vehicles in sight - a unique experience in todays Mara. And importantly, the camp is far away from other lodges. We aim to provide guests with great game viewing 'away from the masses'.
The Masai Mara plays host to the annual migration from July to October. An enormous concentration of wildebeest, zebra and consequently predators pass through the surrounding plains. Unrestricted by National Park rules, guests at Offbeat Mara can enjoy full day game drives as well as evening drives (pre-dinner) in custom-built Land Cruisers; bush breakfasts, picnics and the famous Kenyan sundowner. Visits to the wildebeest crossing points on the Mara River, Maasai village visits, trips to the Rhino Sanctuary, Koyaki Guiding School, Scenic Flights, and Hot Air Balloon Safaris can all be enjoyed from Offbeat Mara.
The Camp consists of just six brand new tents for 2014, each tent has an en-suite bathroom with hot bucket showers, wash basins and flush loos. Two of the new tents are family units. These tents have two bedrooms so parents can share with their children – please ask for a family tent when you make your booking if you would like it.
The tents are all furnished with large, handmade cedar beds, 24 hour solar lighting and the finest linen. Informal dining is hosted in the mess tent or around the campfire. Delicious English Breakfasts, light Lunches and three course Dinners are served each evening. Guests can relax in the bar and 'mess' tent, with comfortable sofas, a writing desk and library with wildlife picture and guide books.
Camera’s, laptops, phones and IPod's can be charged in the evenings when the power is on.
The welfare of the Maasai community in Mara North Conservancy is a huge priority for Offbeat Mara Camp; since the first days of the camps' inception, when we assembled a team of local Maasai to help us build and level our foundations, we have continued in this mutually beneficial relationship. Many of the Offbeat 'Pioneers' continue to work for us to this day, and their wives and families provide us with beading and crafts. We are proud to support the Koyaki Guiding School, and employ an exclusively Maasai guiding team, which is going from strength to strength. If you'd like to learn more about our fantastic team- please meet our guides in the Guiding section on the website.
Alternatively, you can take a look at our Offbeat Mara Camp video, showing a ‘Day in the Life’ at Offbeat Mara.
If you'd like to find out more about Mara North Conservancy, visit the website at www.maranorth.com
We are also partners with Maasai Mara Conservancies, visit their website at: www.maasaimaraconservancies.co.ke
Seasons – Offbeat Mara Camp closes for the rains in late April and May and the second half of November
Rates - Start from $530 per person per night (includes Conservation fees)