Venturing off the beaten track...
Offbeat Safaris pride themselves on providing guests with an exclusive experience in remote wildlife areas. Offbeat Meru epitomises this important goal. The camp is small, traditional and located on the edge of Meru National Park in the Bisanadi National Reserve. This stunning location overlooks the Bisanadi River with beautiful riverine forest. Meru National Park is one of Kenya's most magical areas away from the masses hosting all of the 'Big Five' plus outstanding birding.
- THE 'BIG FIVE' - excellent game viewing including lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino
- OFF THE BEATEN TRACK - a genuinely well kept secret with only 3 other camps/lodges in the entire park
- BIRD LIFE - exceptional birding with nearly 450 species of birds in riverine, woodland and savannah habitats.
Offbeat Meru comprises of six tents; two twins, three doubles and one family unit. Each tent is furnished with a huge iron bed, mosquito net and has its own en-suite bathroom, with traditional hot safari shower and flushing loo. Each tent also has 24 hour solar lighting. Meals are taken in the main dining tent or next to the campfire, in the evenings. There is a bar and library area within the main camp which is lit by traditional tilly lamps and the swimming pool offers a welcome cool refreshment at the end of the day! Click here for a factsheet on the accommodation and facilities at Offbeat Meru.
- Day and evening game drives (until 7pm) in fully equipped custom-designed Land Cruisers (all vehicles are open-sided and have roof hatches for each row of seats)
- Short guided walks
- Bush breakfasts and sundowners
- Cultural visits to the local Boran Community and school
- Rhino Sanctuary visits
Meru is 'Big Five' country, hosting large numbers of elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard and lion. As a well watered park with a vast network of clean rivers and streams, many more species are attracted to this 'Garden of Eden' area, including giraffe, zebra, water buck, kudu, eland and impala to name a few. The bird life is sensational and it truly is a birders paradise. The vast rhino sanctuary is home to 60+ critically endangered rhino and park fees generated by our guests go directly towards safeguarding these precious animals.
Ashley Anderson - Camp Manager
Ashley is born and bred Kenyan who spent a large part of her childhood being involved with her father’s safari company, learning from one of Kenya's original safari guides, Jock Anderson. Kenya and her wildlife is certainly in Ashley's blood! Ashley went to Kings School, Bruton in England, and then on to study Geography at Leeds University. Working in bush camps in both Zambia and Kenya, Ashley has gained valuable experience in luxury tourism. In addition to this, she worked on super-yachts, broadening her experience in the hospitality industry. When she is not exploring Kenya in her trusty old Land Rover, Ashley enjoys fishing, yoga, cooking and catching up with her friends.
Stanley & Dominic - Guides
Stanley joined Offbeat Meru in 2005, starting off as a room steward. However, it would not be long before he progressed to a Bronze level guide in 2007. By 2011 Stanley had passed his Silver level KPSGA guiding qualifications, fulfilling his dream of teaching others how to preserve our natural heritage.
Dominic is a 2011 graduate from the Koiyaki Guiding School in the Mara. Here he attained first aid certificates, driving license, mechanics skills and then passed his Bronze level KPSGA guiding exam. By 2013 Dominic had joined the team at Offbeat Meru. His ambition in life is “To preserve and conserve the worlds’ wildlife; so that the future generations can explore, experience and appreciate it in the abundance that I did."
Conservation & Community
Offbeat Meru is the first and only tourist facility in Bisanadi Reserve, which was gazetted as a National Reserve in 1979, and is an area of 606 square kilometres. With the park fees generated by the camp we have helped preserve this area as a wildlife destination, protecting it against pressure on the land for farming.
Offbeat Meru are also involved with supporting Guba Dida Primary School, which is a government school located in our neighbouring Boran community. We have so far been able to contribute desks, chairs, books, blackboards and a new water system. Once budget allows we also have plans for building classrooms, teachers houses and setting up scholarship schemes. We are one of the biggest employers in the area and many of the staff are from the local villages of Kinna and Rapsu.
At Offbeat Meru we have tried to be as eco-friendly as possible. It can get pretty hot in Meru and as such we have built a stunning infinity swimming pool which blends seamlessly into its surroundings. The pool is the only permanent structure in the camp and no other building materials other than local sand have been used in the camp's construction.
The ALL INCLUSIVE rates at Offbeat Meru are split into 3 seasons with 50% child discounts
- LOW Season (03 Jan - 31 Mar, Jun & 01-15 Dec): $380 per adult per night (plus conservation fees)
- MID Season (Oct & 16 Dec - 02 Jan '17): $430 per adult per night (plus conservation fees)
- HIGH Season (Jul, Aug & Sep): $530 per adult per night, (plus conservation fees)
We also have a good selection of special offers - click here.
* For 2017 rates please contact us