Offbeat Mara

Reviews of Offbeat Mara

Excellent(97%) From 24 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 24 of our travellers who have visited Offbeat Mara, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mrs V from Cornwall
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A true safari camp

A different experience to its sister camp in Meru but nonetheless excellent. A very relaxed camp which ran well with a variety of options for drives including the day drive into the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Our guide Josephatt was a charming knowledgeable guide who did his utmost to give us the best possible view of any sighting.

A leopard at last!

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Mr & Mrs S from Wimborne
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great Safari at Offbeat Mara

The camp itself is in a wonderful setting and we were lucky to have one of the new tents which were very comfortable. The manager and staff at the Mara were very friendly and relaxed and nothing was too much trouble.

Each day you decided what you wanted to do ie: full day, half day, night drive etc. The food was very good and the area is abundant with wildlife.

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Ms T from Cambridge, UK
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Lovely tented camp with excellent wildlife

I absolutely loved the Offbeat Mara tented camp arrangement, as it feels like there isn't much between you and the wildlife. The welcome was really warm and friendly, and the staff were keen to make the guests feel at home and comfortable. There is a very comfy central sofa area where guests gather before meals and to just socialise over a drink, which I really appreciated as a single visitor.

The food was fantastic, prepared lovingly by the Chef, and a highlight was the regular visit by a melanistic greater galago coming to steal the bread! The accommodation tents were fabulous, with a flushing toilet and warm shower (from a hanging bucket, carefully pre-ordered as you returned, dusty, from safari).

Morning safaris were preceeded by a cup of real coffee steaming outside the tent so you could wake up in luxury. However, the wildlife is what it's all about, and there is so much of it. Offbeat Mara had a pride of lions close by on Lion rock, and I was hugely priviledged to spend a long time watching two females and their cubs playing tag after gorging on a fresh kill. Even though my stay was very short (2 nights) I was able to see a leopard and cheetah every day, not even mentioning the vast herds of game we saw gathering on the banks of the Mara River in the Mara Reserve itself. Outings are in groups, obviously, so your itinerary is somewhat directed by other guests who may be fairly assertive about what they want! However, for me, the trip was utterly fantastic.

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Dr P from Netherlands
Arrived on: 27-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Offbeat Mara review

A small, very nice camp with great view of the plains from our tent - that could be a bit larger. Great and plenty of food and drinks leading to enjoyable late evenings. A spirited camp reflecting the age of its young and very accommodating managers.

There is plenty of wildlife in the rolling plains of the Mara North Conservancy, the camp was literally next to a pride of lions. Although the migration was yet to start there were a lots of wildebeest, zebras and of course topi. Our award has been the lack to see every single a leopard, one walking just in front of our vehicle. And certainly a mother cheetah with her two youngsters stalking gazelles. The drive to the migration crossing(s) at the Mara river, is a long drive from the Conservancy but worth it. The views and smells of the Mara are special enough to compensate the scarcity of wildlife at places during the long drive.

Walking has been also a great experience, among others in realising the critical balance of co-existence between the Masai and their livestock with wildlife. The grass is definitely very high this time of the year, temperatures are cool to cold during the early and evening hours, but quite hot during the day. Most important is that in the Conservancy during this time you are sparred from the masses that come about in the Reserve the coming weeks.

We did enjoy this camp and we certainly recommend for a visit to the greater Mara.

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