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Traditional safaris in the heart of the Mara...

Offbeat Mara Camp

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.

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.
offbeat safaris in Masai Mara
Accommodation

Accommodation

Offbeat Mara maintains its private homely feel by consisting of only seven tents. There are five doubles/twins and two family tents. The heart of the camp is the main ‘mess’ tent with its bar, dining area, sitting room, fireplace and forest deck. WiFi is available in the main mess area, and there is a central charging facility for cameras, phones etc. All the accommodation tents also have charging facilities, and are en suite with flush toilets and traditional hot safari showers. Each tent has its own veranda and is carefully positioned to offer wonderful views as well as privacy.
Double/twin tent x 5

We have 5 tents that are set up as either doubles or twins, with a large double bed and a large single bed in the tent. All tents have flush loos, safari showers and jugs of water for the basins. The tents have a large verandah, with a table for private dining and chairs to relax on.

accommodation
Family tent x 2

We have two family tents. Each has two sleeping areas, one with large double bed and the other with two or three single beds.There are two safari showers, loos and basins in these tents. The tents have a large verandah, with a table for private dining and chairs to relax on.

family accommodation
We offer unlimited game drives in custom designed 4x4 safari vehicles, with open sides, camera stands and roof hatches. These vehicles are designed to optimize game viewing and photography.

Activities

Game drives

The Camp offer unlimited game drives in custom designed 4×4 safari vehicles, with open sides, camera stands and roof hatches. These vehicles are designed to optimize game viewing and photography.

Drives can be arranged at any time and we do not have time constraints. Usually guests head out around 6.30am for a long morning drive with a picnic breakfast carried in the car. For those wanting to go out for a full day, a picnic lunch can also be carried. Afternoon drives tend to start around 4pm after a cup of tea and slice of cake and often cars do not return to camp until after dark.

game drives

Being in the exclusive Mara North Conservancy we can also head out after dinner (until 10pm) with filtered spot lights (so as not to disturb the nocturnal species) and see what activity is going on ‘after hours’! Sundowners and bush dinners are also a highlight.

All our guides are highly qualified silver rated guides and groups of four or more will always have their own vehicle.

Walking Safaris

Experience the Mara from foot – you will be escorted by a local Masai guide who grew up on the land herding cattle and knows it intimately. The small five and other interesting facts will be revealed that you often miss in the vehicle. Often an excuse to burn off some calories from the delicious food in camp!

walking safaris

Bush meals

Picnic breakfasts and lunches are often carried in the vehicles so you have the flexibility to stop where you like and enjoy your meal in stunning surroundings.

Bush dinners are also a highlight of your stay.

bush dining

Sundowners

A famous safari tradition is sundowners in the bush…..after a full day of game viewing there is nothing more refreshing than evening drinks as the sun sets over the horizon, listening to the sounds of Africa. With a fire to sit around and a fully stocked bar, it is not until the stars appear that you will pry yourself away and head back to your beautiful camp….hopefully finding lion or leopard on the way!

Sundowner

Family Friendly Activities

With the camp two spacious family tents we are a very child friendly camp with rates to suit. Over the main Northern hemisphere holidays in particular (July, August and Christmas and New Year) we have lots of families staying. We also have two extended safari vehicles which will comfortably fit 8 people.

If Mum and Dad fancy a chill out in the afternoon, are team of Masai guides are more than happy to entertain the little ones – be it learning to fire a masai bow and arrow or throw a spear, beading with some of the ladies from the community, fishing or even baking a cake for afternoon tea there is plenty to keep children entertained between drives and walks.

Family friendly safari activities

Special or early meals can easily be arranged and if your children want to go to bed early, a Masai guard will sit outside their tent until you return – and radio the main mess tent if they wake up – so you can enjoy your dinner in peace!

Cultural visits

The Maasai people are a fascinating and beautiful tribe who are proud of their traditions and love to show our guests their way of life. Offbeat Mara Camp work very closely with our local community and visiting these villages is a morning or afternoon well spent. There is a charge $30 per person to vist a Maasai village.

Masai dancing

Hot Air Balloon Safaris

Offbeat Mara Camp can arrange spectacular hot air balloon safaris across the Masai Mara…a truly spectacular way to view the wildlife and scenery

hot air balloon safaris in Masai Mara

Running with the Maasai

For those wanting some exercise and to burn off the calories running in the bush with our Maasai staff is the best run you will ever do

running with the Maasai

Koiyaki Guiding School

All of the camp guides are graduates from the Koiyaki Guiding School, which is a superb training ground for some of Kenya’s top guides. Guests can visit this school to learn more about the work done here

School vists

Fishing

For some light hearted line fishing, the Olare Orok River on which Offbeat Mara Camp is set, offers the perfect spot to try and catch a catfish or Tilapia

Fishing

Offbeat Mara Rates

Rates in US$
Rates
GreenRegularMidHigh
Per Adult Sgaring520610790850
Teen(12-17 Years)Sharing390460590640
Child(4-11 Years)260306395425
Single77086010401200

Conservancy fee:Adult US$ 116 & Child US$58

Seasons

  • Green:01Mar-31 May 2024
  • Regular:3 Jan-28Feb, Jun & Nov-15 Dec 2024
  • Mid: 2023 & 16Dec-2 Jan 2025
  • High:-Jul-30 Sept 2024

Rates Includes:-

Full board accommodation,All drinks (except Champagne),Unlimited shared game drives,Mara North airstrip transfers,Laundry,Bush breakfasts, picnic lunches, sundowners, bush dinners,Guided safari walks,Visits to local market,Visits to Koyiaki Guiding School, Aitong School,Exclusive use of vehicle for groups of 4 pax or more

Rates Excludes:-

Conservation fees (as above),Late departure (after 2pm); $100 per person (includes lunch & game drive). Guests must vacate their tent by 10am,-Visit to a Masai village; $30 per adult & $15 per child – to be booked and paid for in advance-Balloon Safaris; price on request-Exclusive use of vehicle; $250 per vehicle per day-Masai Mara National Reserve fees will be charged additionally; currently $80 per adult & $45 per child per day-Additional meals; packed lunch $15 per person and extra Lunch $30 per personoyiaki Guiding School, Aitong School,Exclusive use of vehicle for groups of 4 pax or more

Special Offers

Offbeat 2023 /2024 Special Offers

  1. EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT (5% off the accommodation rates on bookings that confirm with a deposit 9 month prior to travel date). Applicable all seasons and combinable with Specials No. 2, 3 & 4.
  2. FAMILY DISCOUNT The 3rd child (4-11yrs) sharing a triple pays Conservancy Fees only. Applicable all seasons and combinable with Specials No. 1, 5 & 6.
  3. HONEYMOON DISCOUNT (25% off the accommodation rates for the bride). Applicable all seasons and combinable with Special No. 1.
  4. PER SINGLE RATE is only charged from the second single room per booking. (First single pays the per Adult sharing rate). Applicable all seasons and combinable with Specials No’s 1, 5 & 6.
  5. 4 NIGHTS FOR THE PRICE OF 3 (Conservancy Fees payable for all nights). Applicable in Regular, Mid & Green Seasons and combinable with Specials No. 2 & 4.
  6. 6 NIGHTS FOR THE PRICE OF 5 (Conservancy Fees payable for all nights). Applicable when booking Ekorian for 3 nights in Low & Regular Season and Offbeat Mara for 3 nights in Regular, Mid & Green Seasons. Combinable with Specials No. 2 & 4.

Gallery

Other Offbeat safari Camps Includes:Offbeat Ndoto-Masai Mara,Ekorian Mugie Camp & Sosian Lodge both in Laikipia