Offbeat Meru Camp
Offbeat Safaris pride themselves on providing guests with an exclusive experience in remote wildlife areas. Offbeat Meru Camp epitomises this important goal. The camp is small, traditional and located on the edge of Meru National Park in the Bisanadi National Reserve in a stunning location overlooking the Bisanadi River with beautiful riverine forest.
Almost bought to its knees by heavy poaching in the 80's and 90's Meru National Park is now thriving. It is once again home to the’ Big Five’, after the re-introduction of black and white rhino (the park now boasts over 67 rhino in its large sanctuary), as well as a great number of other species including reticulated giraffe, oryx, gerenuk and lesser kudu. The huge buffalo herds and elephant are seen regularly. The park has 13 rivers which flow through the area encouraging a spectacular variety of birdlife. Immortalised by Joy Adamson in her book 'Born Free' and with only two other lodges in the park, the likelihood of seeing anyone else while you stay here is small - you feel you have the park to yourself. The park also has a healthy lion population (no doubt some descendants of Elsa) as well as cheetah and leopard. The camp consists of only seven tents, each furnished with a large iron bed, its own en-suite bathroom, traditional hot bucket showers and flushing loo. One of the tents is a new family tent for 2014. This tent has two bedrooms so parents can share with their children – please ask for the family tent when you make your booking if you would like it. In addition, there is 24 hour solar lighting in the tents, while the rest of the camp is lit by traditional 'tilly' lamps. Informal dining is hosted in the mess tent or around the campfire; the cooks here are quite brilliant. Adjacent to this is a spacious living room tent with comfortable sofas, a writing table and bar.
Camera’s, laptops, phones and IPod's can be charged in the evenings when the power is on
Days are tailored to suit guest's requirements. Activities include day and evening game drives, bush breakfasts and sundowners, evening walks with armed guards, fishing in the local rivers and visits to the local Boran community. This area of Kenya gets quite hot during the dry season. After an active morning in the bush there's no better feeling than coming back to camp and cooling off in the stunning infinity swimming pool watching the wildlife as it comes to drink from the Bisanadi River below you.
All our guides at Offbeat Meru Camp are Maasai and have first knowledge of Meru and Bisanadi, for more information on our guides please meet the guides in the Guiding Section of the website. Also please take a look at our Offbeat Meru video.
Seasons – Offbeat Meru Camp closes for the rains in late April and May and for November
Rates – Start from $375 per person per night (teen and child discounts apply)