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Offbeat Mara Camp

Offbeat Mara Camp

Maasai Mara, Kenya

At a Glance

  • Wonderful game viewing in the unspoilt Mara North Conservancy

  • Small traditional style tented camp

  • See the spectacular wildebeest migration which is usually in the Maasai Mara between July to October

  • Gather round the camp fire each evening before dinner and chat about the days game viewing

  • Visit the Rhino Sanctuary or the Koyaki Guiding School

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Offbeat Mara Camp closes for the Rains in May and November.

The only time to avoid Kenya is during the long rainy season in April and May. November is considered the short rainy season, however, these are less predictable and are much lighter. The best time of year to visit the Maasai Mara is during the Great Wildebeest Migration which tends to pass through the Mara between mid July to late October.

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Insider's View

Chat to the managers about the Mara North Conservancy and how the local people are benefiting directly from tourism in this part of the Maasai Mara.

Sundowners are so much better from the top of the hill near camp!

Call us on 020 3993 5269 to start planning your holiday to Offbeat Mara Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Maasai Mara and Southern Kenya

Description

This small exclusive tented camp, Offbeat Mara Camp, has just seven tents and is located on the Olare Orok River in the game rich Mara North Conservancy. The camp offers a truly, traditional safari, excellent service and access to the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Offbeat Mara Camp is an intimate and informal, bush camp situated in a remote part of the Mara North Conservancy offering exceptional game viewing and personalised service. Large walk-in canvas tents with huge cedar beds, solar lighting and fine linen provide comfortable accommodation. Each tent has an en-suite bucket shower, washbasin and flush loo, there is also a family tent suitable for a family of four or five.

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.

Activities include game drives, either by day or in the early evening to catch a glimpse of those elusive nocturnal species. Walking safari is also available and visits to a Maasai village can be arranged on request. Hot air balloon safaris and horse rides can all be enjoyed from Offbeat Mara Camp at an additional cost.

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Accommodation

Offbeat Mara Camp has just seven traditional safari tents, three of which are Family Units, sleeping a maximum of 22 guests in peak periods. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with hot bucket showers, wash basins and flush loos. The spacious tents are all furnished with large, handmade cedar beds, 24 hour solar lighting and the finest linen.

Childcare

Offbeat Mara Camp is not suitable for very young children. However, older children are better equipped to enjoy the safari experience and can have a very inspiring and educational stay at Offbeat Mara where all the guides are local Maasai and have first class knowledge of the area.

Activities

Activities from Offbeat Mara include full day game drives as well as night game drives in custom-built Land Cruisers; along with bush breakfasts, dinners, picnics and sundowners. Guests are also welcome to go on bush walks with an armed ranger to learn more about the ecology and ecosystem that the animals in the area live off. As well as, visits to the wildebeest crossing points on the Mara River, Maasai village visits, trips to the rhino sanctuary, scenic flights, and hot air balloon safaris can all be arranged to suit each guest.

Reviews

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Louisa Ross-Taylor (Staff)

Offbeat Mara camp is tucked in a wonderful position above the Olare Orok River and it's great to be able to explore the Mara North Conservancy which is teaming with game. There are very strict rules in the Mara North about how many lodges and vehicles are in this private concession so there are never more than 5 vehicles on a sighting which make the experience so much more special and you see very few vehicles while out on game drives. The camps within the conservancy were very closely with the local Maasai to manage the cattle grazing and to give back to the local community with clinics and schools.

Offbeat Mara is very much a simple authentic tented bush camp and it's wonderful to be able to shower under a traditional safari bucket shower and each morning a jug of hot water is put by your sink to wash (there is a proper loo though!) I always love sleeping under canvas as you can hear all the noises of the African night as you drift off from the whoop of the hyena to the distant roar of a lion.

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Camilla Smith (Staff)

A gorgeous authentic bush camp beautifully positioned in the Maasai Mara. There is nothing pretentious about the camp but a really welcoming, traditional and comfortable small tented camp. With great guides and lovely hosts you will be sure to be looked after incredibly well with very personal service. You will be completely overwhelmed by the volume of game in the area, it is breathtaking! The guides will set up picnics and impressive meals under acacia trees with views of the impressive iconic Mara plains.

Offers

Offbeat Mara - Stay 4, Pay 3

Stay four nights at Off Beat Mara and only pay for three. Conservation fees payable for all nights. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability
Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability
Book from 30 December 2019 to 31 December 2020
Travel from 01 June 2020 to 30 June 2020
01 October 2020 to 15 November 2020
01 December 2020 to 02 January 2021
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Experiences

  • Game drives in the Maasai Mara

    Exploring this iconic ecosystem in an adapted, open 4x4 safari vehicle with your professional safari guide is one of the best ways to get up close to the huge volume and wide diversity of wildlife in the Mara.

  • Maasai Mara Balloon Safari

    Experience the magic of floating over the plains of the Maasai Mara in a Hot Air Balloon. Balloon safaris are a fantastic way to experience the vast beauty of the Mara and provide exceptional photo opportunities with spectacular lighting and scenery.

  • Private Safari Guide and Game Drive Vehicle

    Ensure an exclusive and totally tailored safari experience by booking a private safari guide and game drive vehicle. A private guide gives you the flexibility to go where you want, when you want. If you have specific interests this is an absolute must.

  • The Great Migration

    The Maasai Mara is famous for being home to one of nature’s most spectacular events: the Great Migration. Millions of wildebeest cross from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Mara in search of better grazing.

  • Walking in the Maasai Mara

    Exploring the African bush from outside a safari vehicle is a wonderful experience. Get away from the noise of the 4x4 and, accompanied by your professional safari guide, begin to pick up on the smaller details of the African bush.

Location & directions

Maasai Mara, Kenya

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. Offbeat Mara Camp nestles into a valley in the middle of this wilderness and has close access to the famous Masai Mara National Reserve.

How to get there

It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport, then it is a 30-minute trip by road to Wilson Domestic Airport. Scheduled flights from Nairobi’s Wilson airport to Laikipia airstrip take about 1-hour. Guests are met on arrival and it's then a 40-minute drive to camp.

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Call us on 020 3993 5269 to start planning your holiday to Offbeat Mara Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Maasai Mara and Southern Kenya

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