Offbeat Mara River Mobile Camp

Maasai Mara, Kenya

From $5700 in low season

per person for 7 nights based on 2 people sharing on a Mara ride on a fully inclusive basis including transfers.

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At a Glance

  • Camping in beautiful and remote corners of Kenya

  • Galloping over the plains alongside the game

  • Drinks round the camp fire each evening to mull over the day's adventures

  • The horses are well schooled thoroughbred and thoroughbred crosses

  • Offbeat uses English saddles (with a selection of polo, jumping, French trekking and Australian stock) and they mainly use snaffle bridles

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Best time to Visit

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Average time to visit

Offbeat Riding Safaris don't take place in April, May or November. The tourist season is in January and February, when the weather is hottest and driest. At this time, the animals in the wildlife parks tend to congregate more around the watercourses, making them easier to spot.

Northern and eastern Kenya temperatures vary from highs of up to 40°C during the day to less than 20°C at night. Rainfall in this area is sparse and, when it does occur, is often in the form of violent storms. July is usually the driest month, and November the wettest.

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Insider's View

Gallop across the plains alongside a herd of giraffe.

Ride along the Rift Valley at sunset with spectacular views over the Maasai Mara

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Offbeat Mara River Mobile Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Maasai Mara and Southern Kenya

Description

Staying in mobile camps in the Maasai Mara, Offbeat Riding Safaris provides some of the best riding safaris in Africa accompanied by expert riding guides. Your sixth and seventh nights will be spent at Offbeat Mara River mobile camp.

After descending the escarpment, you will make your way through the Mara Triangle on route to Offbeat Mara River Mobile Camp. This is the final mobile camp of your adventure and is set up on the banks of the Mara River. The Camp is close to some known hippo pools so expect to hear their grunting throughout the night, this makes the camp special and a fantastic location to spend the next two nights.

The Mara River mobile camp is a good base to explore the area on further morning and evening rides, with opportunities to cross the river close to the hippos cooling off in the African sun. After breakfast there is also the option of a walk or safari drive which will give you further opportunities for fantastic wildlife photography.

The tents used on mobile safaris are spacious 10ft by 9ft tents with twin camp beds, mattresses, sheet and blankets. Towels, soap and torches are provided and there is a gas lamp and hurricane lamp in each tent. In addition, each tent has a private long drop toilet and bucket showers are always available.

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Childcare

Offbeat Riding Safaris are not suitable for children due to the fast nature of the activity posing a potential hazard to their safety.

Facilities

Horses, camping equipment and tack are all provided, but we recommend that you bring your own riding helmet and boots. All the safaris are led by experienced guides who will adapt to the needs of each guest.

Reviews

5

Louisa Verney (Staff)

For keen riders the Offbeat riding safaris really are the ultimate way to see game in Africa. Whether galloping across the plains or having a drink round the camp fire at the end of the day every second will be action packed.

5

Rose Gemmell (Staff)

Of all my African experiences, Offbeat Safaris has to have been one of the most exciting, fun and unique. The safari is owned and run by Tristan and Cindy Voorspuy and the riding safaris are led by either Tristan himself or Jakob von Plessen both of whom are extremely knowledgeable and experienced and have a real passion for what they do. The horses are all well-schooled, responsive and fit and you very quickly become highly attached to your horse. Offbeat safaris are not for the faint hearted and good riding ability is important as you are riding in the heart of the Masai Mara alongside the wild game. Some highlights of the trip were swimming the horses across the Mara River with Jakob cracking his bull whip to move the hippo blocking our way, galloping alongside a herd of stampeding wildebeest and relaxing by a campfire under the stars after a long day of riding. Offbeat riding safari truly is a once in a lifetime experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is a passionate rider.

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.

  • 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.

Vacation Ideas

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    • Delicious breakfasts with a different flavour smoothie each morning
    • Iced water in cool boxes for every couple on the beach

Location & directions

Maasai Mara, Kenya

Offbeat Riding Safaris cover a range of locations from the Maasai Mara in the south of Kenya to Laikipia in the north and can also incorporate Amboseli National Park.

How to get there

8.5 hour international flight. You will be collected from your Nairobi hotel or directly from the airport in the morning and transferred to Wilson Airport for a flight to Siana Springs, in the Maasai Mara. It is a beautiful flight passing over the fertile Kikuyu Highlands before reaching the Great Rift Valley. You fly across the volcano studded floor of the Rift before reaching the Loita Hills and Siana Springs Airstrip. You will be met by your guide and there will be a 1-hour drive to camp.

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