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“Fantastic safari for all the family”
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Offbeat Mara Camp
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“Fantastic safari for all the family”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

We have just returned from 3 nights at Offbeat Mara camp. We spent a long time trying to find a camp that caters for all our 4 children who range in age from 17 to 4 and were delighted with our choice. All the children loved it and the youngest even managed a 9 hour game drive (which included a long picnic lunch on the river). Mia, the staff and the other guests in the camp could not have been nicer. We fed the younger children early - whilst Benson kept an eye on them as we enjoyed the cocktails and delicious food in the camp at night. Picnic breakfasts, sundowners with the Offbeat lions, an abundance of game and Joseph and Kimani our guides meant that we made the most of every minute. This is a fantastic location, which offers you a very personal safari holiday and the chance to spend quality time with all your family.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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OffbeatKenya, Owner at Offbeat Mara Camp, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
Thank you very much for your great review of Offbeat Mara Camp and I will pass your comments on to the Miia and the team.
Safaris are a great way to spend a family holiday and great that you all had such a lovely time and saw so much game.
We hope to see you back in the Mara soon
Piers
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Kuala lumpur
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Offbeat Mara Camp provides a quality of service that is unbeatable. Mia, the camp manager is super excellent and runs a tight ship, being able to balance the role of a warm, accessible and friendly host and yet not being intrusive. The guides, Joseph and Kappen are walking wildlife specialists and spotted many birds and wild life, weaving their guiding with fascinating stories about the Masai and Masai Mara. The beauty of the location of Offbeat is stunning with an abundance of wildlife, it's paradise on earth! The kids enjoyed themselves very much with the excellent food and company of the hosts. We came away, ranking this is one of our top holidays ever. Don't hesitate, this is the place to go!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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OffbeatKenya, Owner at Offbeat Mara Camp, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Thank you very much for this great review of Offbeat Mara Camp. I will pass your comments onto Miia and the team. Yes the guides are excellent and all our guides are silver rated in Kenya.
I hope to see you back at Offbeat Mara again soon
Piers
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

I have just returned from theee most amazing experience. The camp might not be the smartest/most exotic, but it was wanting for nothing in my eyes, right down to the hot water bottle in the bed at night and the charged camera batteries already sitting on the seat of the jeep waiting for us 1st thing in the morning! It is really well situated with easy access into the conservancy where there is prolific game, so a good chance of seeing everything that one wants to. The guides are all highly trained, extrememly professional, very enthusiastic and eager to please and speak good English. The food is unbelievably good and there's lots of it! The staff are all so attentive and caring ...... you really cannot fault them. It feels a well oiled machine without being ostentatious. A perfect way to achieve a 'safari experience'!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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OffbeatKenya, Owner at Offbeat Mara Camp, responded to this review, December 21, 2012
Thank you very much for your review and great that you had such a wonderful time at Offbeat Mara Camp. Yes the guides are all excellent and all the guides in camp are Silver rated in Kenya.
Happy Christmas and hope to see you back again soon
Piers
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nairobi
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

We enjoyed our safari. A lot of wildlife. Good food. Pleasant game drives. Driver very professional. Staff very attentive. Overall a good experience. Only complaint kind of expensive for quality of facility. Not very developed infrastructure. A basic tented camp that cannot be considered luxurious. The Mara very majestic. Would love to return again someday.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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OffbeatKenya, Owner at Offbeat Mara Camp, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Thank you for your review and I am glad that you had a good time at Offbeat Mara. I am sorry that you found it expensive.
We are a tented camp that has no permanent structures so that we blend in with the environment and not harm it. This is a traditional safari camp, that has flushing toilets but the traditional hot 'bucket shower'.
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Marietta, Georgia, United States
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

We spent 4 days at Offbeat Mara this past summer and it was an incredible experience! We absolutely loved it and would return in a heartbeat. The service provided was excellent. The food was great. Emma and Jamie were very kind and lovely to be around. Our driver and spotter, Josephat and Kapeen were nothing short of incredible! They found us everything we were looking for and then some! The hot drinks in the morning were so enjoyable - what a wonderful way to be woken up. Lunch and or breakfast out on the mara surrounded by the beauty and the animals was stunning. Sundowners with Tusker and a fire - never to be forgotten. We were there with our 2 children, ages 8 and 11 and they loved every minute of it. Every night our daughter fell asleep at dinner and one of the sweet, kind guards would carry her back to our tent. I honestly can't say enough good things about Offbeat Mara Camp and it's incredible location and staff. I highly recommend it for anyone considering a safari.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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OffbeatKenya, Owner at Offbeat Mara Camp, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Thanks very much for this great review and I will pass your comments on to the whole team. We hope to see you again at Offbeat Mara soon.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

Very simply the highlight of my month in Kenya! We stayed at this camp for 4 days and had the most incredible time. The camp was very smart and all the staff were very accommodating. The food was amazing, and there was so much of it. Our driver/guide, Joseph, was incredible. He was extremely knowledgeable about all areas of wildlife, and taught us so much about maasai history. Kapeen was an excellent spotter and always had a smile on his face no matter what the time of day! This holiday was so special and I would have no hesitations in suggesting this camp to others, as long as they are happy to be woken up by the occasional elephant or buffalo grazing outside their tent. If you're heading to the Mara you have to head to the offbeat Mara camp!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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OffbeatKenya, Owner at Offbeat Mara Camp, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Thank you very much for this great review and I will pass on your commenst to Joesph and Kaapen - Kaapen never gives up on a game drive and is always very dissapointed if he does not find you your fill of cats on each and every drive!
Hope to see you back soon
Piers
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Beijing, China
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

This is the only place to stay in Mara North, or the Masai Mara in general.

One word: spectacular.

The camp itself is setup wonderfully. Each tent being wonderful and having a ton of space between each for privacy. The attention to detail, from what hot drinks will be at your door each morning to catering to any question or eating request, is top notch.

Everyone who works there is genuine, and there was such a warm feeling everywhere in the camp. The drivers are truly some of the best. Each game drive we saw unbelievable amounts of animals, and they could read our minds as to taking pictures and staying to enjoy the animals in their natural habitat.

Want to go back, and would recommend for anyone who truly wants the experience of a lifetime. Thanks Offbeat for the memories.

Room Tip: Our room (3 I think) was at the end, the furthest from the eating area and most private. Best view p...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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OffbeatKenya, Owner at Offbeat Mara Camp, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Thank you very much for your great feedback - yes your tent was number 3, which is the most private of the tents and furthest from the main camp.
I will pass your comments on to the team and hope to see you back again soon
Piers
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Property: Offbeat Mara Camp
Address: Mara North Conservancy | Masai Mara, Kenya, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #18 of 137 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Offbeat Mara Camp is a six tented traditional camp situated in the Mara North Conservancy in an area rich in wildlife. ... more   less 
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Offbeat Mara Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
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