Offbeat Mara has only seven simple, but comfortable safari tents in the excellent Mara North Conservancy. The tents are low key but incredibly homely. Somewhere to relax between game drives and bush walks, they all look out across the plains and wildlife regularly wanders past.
The heart of the camp is the large mess tent, with a relaxed sitting and dining area.
Why We Like It
Offbeat Mara is very much about the people and over 90% of the staff are local Maasai, who helped build the original camp in 2005. All of them rightly take great pride in their wonderful, homely camp. Furthermore, all of the guides at the camp have graduated from the nearby Koiyaki Guiding School and all are now Silver-standard guides.
Time at Offbeat Mara focuses on the fantastic wildlife that can be spotted in the Mara North Conservancy, which is rich with both predators and plains game. Activities include:
- Day and afternoon/evening game drives in open-sided Land Cruisers
- Bush breakfasts, bush dinners and sundowners
- Full-day drives to crossing points during migration season
- Line fishing for catfish
- Visits to a local Maasai village, the Koiyaki Guiding School and Aitong Primary School
- Visits to the nearby rhino sanctuary
Despite the camp’s semi-permanent status, the tents are all comfortable and roomy, with hot showers and flush loos. Beds have proper mattresses and linen, whilst there is a small veranda area in front of the tents, complete with chairs and table – these are perfect for watching the wildlife as it wanders by.
At the heart of the camp lies the fun mess tent, where drinks and dinner are served. The camp managers head up a great team of loyal guides and staff, who all bring their personality to this communal area.
In keeping with the camp's philosophy of minimal impact on the environment, Offbeat Mara has no permanent structures. But don’t let this put you off; it is a solid, sturdy little camp that has a wonderful atmosphere and genuine authenticity.
Offbeat Mara is located within the Mara North Conservancy, which borders the northern edge of the national reserve. This is an unfenced border, meaning wildlife moves freely between the two areas. The conservancy is home to a number of other camps, but it is not accessible to those staying in the reserve or in neighbouring conservancies, guaranteeing a level of exclusivity and far fewer crowds than the national reserve.