Reviews of Offbeat Meru
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Offbeat Meru, off the beaten track
We chose staying at Offbeat Meru because we had read so much about the Meru Park being a beautiful park with lots of wildlife and very few visitors. We found this to be true in every way.
Since Offbeat had a good special going on when we wanted to travel, it helped us to stay within our budget. We stayed at three Offbeat camps. Their stay 4 nights pay for 3 special was used at all three of their camps.
We were not disappointed with our choice. Everything was first rate at Offbeat Meru, from the tent location, food and especially the guiding. We had Dominic as our guide. He was great in all aspects. With careful driving, bird and mammal sighting and just a great personality. We became good friends with him in a short time and had lots of laughs and interesting conversations.
Meru may be a little off the main safari circuit but it is well worth the visit, especially for a visitor who has been on safari once before and wants to spend time at sightings and not have multiple vehicles there at the same time. We saw a total of 12 other tourists the whole time we were in Meru Park. We did not have to share our vehicle with any one else since part of the time we were the only ones in camp.
We saw all of the big five while in Meru. It is one of the few places left in Africa where you can see rhinos in the wild. They are in a fenced in reserve but it is large with plenty of cover so you don't feel like they are in a zoo. Due to Dominic's good sighting we were able to see a leopard. At one time there was a herd of close to 200 elephants right next to the road and they stretched 180 degrees across the horizon in front of us. There are large herds of most of the other mammals with gerenuks and Grevy zebra in this park
Great Safari from start to finish
From the time we got off the plane and boarded our jeep until we left, we experienced Africa at its best. It took us nearly 2 hours to get to camp because we were stopping constantly to watch all the animals. The guides were very knowledgeable and in contact with each other often to provide us with be best sightings.
The tents were nice, but not quite as nice as the ones at Offbeat Mara. The service was excellent. They were ready with hot water when shower time came, cleaned the tent daily, provided good meals. Negatives: Beers were cool, but never ice cold. They ran out of ice one day (I know that would only bother Americans), Our tent was close to the Community tent, but one or two were a long walk.
Animal viewing was outstanding! We saw so many giraffes and elephants that I caught myself saying "oh, it's just another Giraffe". I never thought I would get to say that. In one morning excursion we saw the Big Five. Monkeys ran over the top of our tent. Very few bugs, Not too hot in July (actually cool at night), Great trip!
Fantastic Safari at Offbeat Meru
We had a wonderful welcome at the Airstrip from Dominic and Stanley.
The camp itself is in a beautiful location, the camp manager Craig is a wonderful host, everything ran excellently.
We had a camp fire every night with pre dinner drinks, followed by a lovey meal, the food was excellent. The Askari escorted us to our tents after dinner and we were looked after very well.
The game drives were excellent, our guides Dominic and Stanley gave us a wonderful experience and we saw plenty of game with most days not seeing another vehicle. We enjoyed a picnic breakfast each morning to take advantage of being out early when all of the animals are at their most active.
Our tent had a wonderful view over the small river that passed the camp, the bed was very comfortable with plenty of storage for the clothes and very useful to have the laundry facility plus excellent bucket showers to remove the Meru dust!
After a hot game drive we relaxed by the pool which is a real bonus in the camp as it does get very hot
The animal sightings were wonderful
We were met at the landing strip by our guide, Stanley. All the guides on the safari were exceptional, but Stanley was the best. I think we listed 35 different mammal species during our 3 day stay.
The accommodations were good. Not having any expectation of what a tent would be like, I was pleased. However, the bucket shower situation was not ideal. I had a cold shower the first two evenings, and then the last evening the shower was hot, but there was something wrong with the mechanism to spill the water so I ran out of water.
The host was wonderful. He was present at mealtimes and around the campfire. The setting of the camp was really beautiful. The most amazing part was the fact that the animals, including baboons, warthogs, and elephants were so close.
My only issue was the water in the showers. I know that Offbeat Mara and Offbeat Meru are owned by the same group of people. I recommend that some effort is made to upgrade the tents at Offbeat Meru. The setting and the guide were so wonderful, it seems a shame to not have the facility as great as it could be.
Expert Africa comments
Offbeat have got in touch with us to apologise for this client's cold showers. They have had the same tent attendant team for several years and believe the showers at Offbeat Meru have always been very good, so this is a bit of a mystery as the hot water was delivered to this client and her friends in another tent at the same time. Offbeat agrees that the tents at Offbeat Mara are smarter, newer and larger than the Meru ones and this is reflected in the price, as the Mara rates are around 15% higher than the rates at Meru.
Offbeat Meru review
Host and food very good. Nice campsite and beautiful grounds complete with resident gariffe, baboons, and warthogs.
Tents could have been better like the ones at Mara.
Stanley our guide was magnificent!! Great animal spotting...32 mammals.
Offbeat Meru review
Offbeat Meru is fabulous, fun and friendly!!! I can't thank the staff and manager enough for a wonderful four night stay.
Stanley, is an excellent guide and I spotted the Big Five and then some. You rarely see other vehicles so it feels very private and the game viewing is magical in Meru. It was my first visit to Kenya and Offbeat was my first stop. Needless to say I will definitely return. The tents are comfortable and the bucket showers are warm and convenient.
The staff is very knowledgeable and always had a smile for you. On several occasions we had elephant in the camp. Quite a treat to see. I also highly recommend this camp to solo travelers. You can choose to dine with other guests or have dinner brought to your tent. The pool is a nice touch on hot days.
Indulgence camping at Offbeat Meru
A small and intimate camp sited by a stream in a reserve that in reality is an integral part of Meru - as evidenced by elephants in the camp at night, a giraffe in the day and a lion's roar at 4.00am.
The luxury and personal service are indulgent, especially given we're used to roughing it. It's a camp that might be best suited to people who have been on safari before, who can appreciate the atmosphere and individuality of the place.
Offbeat Meru was delightful
We had not been to Meru since the early 1990s when the ravages of poaching were still very evident. It remains a wonderfully scenic park and we were delighted to find that the game has substantially returned.
This park's strength is that it is still off most tourists' paths. All our game drives were good for mammals and even better if you enjoy your birds. Offbeat Meru has just the atmosphere we love on safari - enthusiastic hosts, nice size, good accommodation but not ridiculously luxurious, enjoyable conversation over the dining table, delicious food and great guiding (Dominic).
Offbeat Meru was superb. we visited in Ctober which was hot and quiet. The camp is really nice. We had one of the new tents which was wonderful and spacious. The birdlife around camp was varied and he pool was welcome. T
he staff and management were superb. Relaxed and friendly and extraordinarily well-organised. Guiding was fantastic. Dominic was great as long as you don't mind Arsenal fans. The park was good and was a great contrast to the Mara due to being so quiet.
I couldn't really recommend is place more as long as you don't mind the heat and the dust.
An oasis in the park
Tanyth and Sean were excellent hosts at this little oasis in the Meru National Park, which they ran with unobtrusive clock work precision to create a very relaxed camp with a lovely atmosphere.
Our guide Stanley was freindly, happy, knowledgeable and a good spotter
The pool was a delight.