Traditional safaris in the heart of the Mara...

Offbeat Mara is a small, traditional safari camp, situated within the 74,000 acre Mara North Conservancy (MNC). The area is full of wildlife yet far from any other camp or lodge.  MNC is only open to member camps and has a strict policy on game viewing etiquette.  For these reasons our guests get a wholly exclusive experience that is otherwise becoming hard to find.

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Highlights

  • WILDLIFE - exceptional year round game viewing with impressive big cat populations and the annual wildebeest migration from July - October. The Offbeat Lion Pride reside very near the camp.
  • CULTURE - learn about the fascinating Maasai tribespeople and their traditional way of life.
  • GUIDING - all our Masai guides have earned their silver rated Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association (KPSGA) qualifications.

Accommodation

Offbeat Mara maintains its private homely feel by consisting of only seven tents.  There are four doubles/twins and three family tents.  The heart of the camp is the main 'mess' tent which has a  sitting room , dining room and bar/library area.  All the accommodation tents are en suite with flush loos and traditional hot safari showers.  Each tent has its own veranda and is carefully positioned to offer wonderful views as well as privacy.  For a detailed fact sheet on accommodation and facilities at Offbeat Mara, please CLICK HERE.

Activities

  • Day and evening game drives (until 10pm)
  • Walking Safaris with an armed guide
  • Cultural visits (village, market, guiding school)
  • Sundowners and bush meals
  • Hot air balloon safaris
  • Scenic flights

Wildlife

This is why you come to the Mara!  The wildlife in this area is extraordinary with huge numbers of plains game and with that, all the big cats.  Certain prides of lion in our area have become world famous thanks to the Big Cat Diary, and our own local pride, known as the Offbeat Pride are almost part of the family!  Our guides know every member of the pride and all the history that goes with them over the past 12 years.  Game viewing is exceptional all year round, but from July to October you will also get to experience the annual wildebeest migration in its hundreds of thousands. The 'Secret Season' of January to March is often as rewarding, with clear skies, short grass and the Loita wildebeest migration coming to Mara North Conservancy. 


Our People

Joseph, Josphat, David & Stanley - Guides   

Kapen and Kimani - Spotters

We are very proud to have a super team of very experienced guides, who are all silver rated with the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association (KPSGA).  Joseph, David and Josphat have all worked at Offbeat Mara for more than 10 years.  Stanley spent 10 years at Offbeat Meru Camp before moving to the Mara in 2016. As local Masai, they know the area better than anyone.  David is also well traveled out of Kenya having visited England, Scotland, the USA and Hong Kong. 

Kapen and Kimiani have been spotting in the Mara for a combined 50 years and are real characters!  Having them on board a game drive provides the best chance of seeing the big (and little) cats!

Chania Watts - Camp Manager

Chania was brought up in Kenya and has always had a love for the bush. She is a member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association as well as completing a guiding course in South Africa. Chania previously spent time in the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania managing a camp, but is happy to be back working in the Mara.  From a young age Chania has been passionate about birds and her binoculars and bird lists are never far away.

 

Jesse Mathews - Camp Manager

Jesse comes from a family with a rich safari heritage. His grandfather Terry Mathews is well known for his early career in professional hunting and his later transition into sculpting and bronze wildlife art. For Jesse stepping into the tourism industry was a natural progression. He has been on trail guide and nature guide courses in the Okavango delta in Botswana and passed with flying colours; giving him a walking with weapons accreditation. Leading walks and guiding is a passion of Jesse’s and he looks forward to hosting guests, sharing amazing experiences with them and guiding them (when he is allowed to get out of camp and the office!)

James - Head Chef

After training at a private tourism college in Nakuru, James came to Offbeat Mara and started working as a chef.  Nearly 10 years later he is head chef, with a specialty in desserts....the favorite being his banoffie pie!  James is extremely talented at developing innovative new recipes and ideas. No matter what special diet or request is put in front of him, there is always something delicious being created in the kitchen


Conservation & Community

As one of the founding members of the Mara North Conservancy, Offbeat Mara is committed to helping preserve this 74,000 acre piece of the Masai Mara eco-system.  For the first time, Masai landlords are being rewarded fairly and equally for protecting their land and the wildlife on it.  As a result, this area has improved dramatically as a wildlife conservancy, with long term benefits to those with the foresight to keep protecting it.

Over 90% of the camp staff are local Masai who helped build the camp in 2005.  They now have jobs from guides to cooks, to room stewards and waiters...all gaining valuable skills to pass on to the next generation.  And it is this younger generation that are the future of this area.  For that reason we are key sponsors to the local Aitong Primary School that educates more than 950 children aged between 6-15 years.  The school has expanded rapidly in the last few years, introducing a boarding facility to help those families who live too far away.

Offbeat Mara is conscious that it operates in a fragile ecosystem.  As such the camp has no permanent structures and is purely canvas with some local rock and soil to level the base for the tents.  


2017 Rates

The ALL INCLUSIVE rates at Offbeat Mara are split into 3 seasons with 50% child discounts

  • LOW Season (Jan, Feb, Mar, 01-15 Apr, Jun, 01-15 Nov & 01-15 Dec): $445 per adult per night (plus conservation fees)
  • MID Season (Oct & 16 Dec - 02 Jan '16): $545 per adult per night (plus conservation fees)
  • HIGH Season (Jul, Aug & Sep): $645 per adult per night, (plus conservation fees)

We also have a fantastic selection of special offers - click here 


Video

 
New Offbeat Mara video, December 2016
 

I wish that I could have stayed longer. I have so many memorable moments. Elephants walking up to join us for our bush breakfast, watching the birth of a wildebeest calf, seeing a lioness and her cubs with a zebra kill. Seeing the leopard stalking gazelle, then later watching her eating her prize up in a tree. Joseph was willing to stop and observe not only the big game, but also any interesting critter, like the banded mongoose and the rock hyrax - just wonderful!
— Cindy Johnston, USA