Offbeat Mara is a small, traditional semi-permanent safari camp situated within the 74,000 acre Mara North Conservancy. The area is teeming with wildlife yet far from any other camp or lodge, so guests get a wholly exclusive experience that is otherwise becoming hard to find.
With exceptional game viewing and a small, friendly team running this camp to the highest of standards, Offbeat Mara is exactly what an authentic safari camp should be. Consisting of seven en-suite tents, there are four doubles or twins and three family tents. Each tent has its own carefully positioned veranda to offer wonderful views as well as privacy. At the heart of the camp is the main mess tent, which has a sitting room, dining room and bar/library area.
Unrestricted by game reserve rules around camp, guests can enjoy daytime game drives as well as night drives until 10pm, bush breakfasts, picnics and sundowners. Guests also have access to the Game Reserve, the Mara River and early morning balloon trips. The wildlife in this area is extraordinarily dense, with huge numbers of plains game and with that, all the big cats. Certain prides of lion in the area have become world famous thanks to the Big Cat Diary, and Offbeat’s own local pride – known as the Offbeat Pride – are almost part of the family. The guides know every member of the pride and all the history that surrounds them from the past twelve years. Game viewing is exceptional all year round, but from July to October you will also get to experience the renowned 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.
The Mara North Conservancy has low camp/lodge density and is open only to member camps, with a strict number of vehicles permitted at sightings. Informal dining is hosted in the mess tent or on the forest deck. Delicious English breakfasts, lighter lunches and three course dinners are served each evening. Offbeat Mara Camp works closely with the local Maasai community and the majority of our staff are from this area and all the guides are graduates of the Koiyaki Guiding School and all have KPSGA SILVER badges.