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Offbeat Mara Camp
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

Thank you to James and all the staff at Off Beat Mara camp. Nothing was too much trouble, especially at meal times when often I had a special meal of my own if the rest of the guests were having spicy food, which made me feel really spoilt. A lovely well run camp, with lots of wildlife nearby. My driver Josh. and spotter Macenzie were great and we saw lots of leopards nearly every day, and pods of hippos at the river.
I have already booked to go back later in the year.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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OffbeatKenya, Owner at Offbeat Mara Camp, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2014

Thank you very much for your great review here and lovely to hear that you had a wonderful time at Offbeat Mara Camp. I will pass your comments on to James, Josh, Makenzi and the rest of the team.
Great to hear that you had so many Leopard siting's, very exciting!
And great that you enjoyed our camp and the view of the nearby wildlife. Looking forward to having you back later this year!
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Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

My girlfriend and I spent 5 wonderful nights with Offbeat Mara. An experience we shall never forget. The warm and friendly management staff of James and Katie who always made sure we were looked after.

Delicious food and to a high standard. You won't go hungry! Before supper canapés and drinks while sitting around the fire with one or two other surprises as just magical.

The tents were fantastic and were comfy, cosy and more than one would expect. Wake up calls with servings of hot drinks and biscuits. Hot showers whenever needed. Sleeping while hearing lions, hyenas, leopards around the tents was something special.

Many game drives which were never the same, with very knowledgable guides David and Josphat. Answering all questions put to them with a smile as well as some humour! The essential spotters Kaapen and Kimami. Then evening drives finished off with a sundowner; breathtaking sunsets around a fire with a cold G+T and nibbles.

There was just so much more; trips to the local Masai village, accompanied walks, fishing, breakfasts by the crocodile invested waters and even football matches against the staff with special mentions to running man Mukenya and hard tackling Kush. This all made for our holiday of a lifetime. If you want to forget about anything and everything in your daily lives this camp has it all to do so.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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OffbeatKenya, Owner at Offbeat Mara Camp, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2014

Thank you very much for your great review here and lovely to hear that you had such a wonderful time at Offbeat Mara Camp. I will be sure to pass your comments on to Katie, James, David, Josphat, Kapeen, Kimani and the rest of the team.
Lovely to hear that you enjoyed our new spacious tents as well as canapés and drinks by the fire. And great that you enjoyed the trips to the local masai village, walks, fishing and the football. We hope to see you back in the Mara again soon!

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Reviewed February 9, 2014

Offbeat Mara is a 6 tent camp with a camping feel. The current management team of Katie and James are young and appear to be inexperienced and, consequently, can be too casual at times when dealing with the guests and their needs. They are both pleasant and friendly, but just lack "management maturity".

The tents themselves are very rustic but clean and comfortable enough, but the entire camp positioning might be improved to reduce the huge number of house flies. It is located close to the river and the flies during meals were unbelievable and nothing is being done to deter their numbers.

The tents have flush ensuite toilets and bucket showers. There is no running water so when requested, hot water is brought to your tent and your bucket shower is filled for use. Hot water is brought to your tent each morning for washing as well. As there is no on site clean water supply, water is trucked in in large drums from a spring for the showers, washing and laundry. It had a distinct odor to it that left hair and washed clothing feeling, and smelling, less than clean.

There is no electricity, however, the office area had the ability to recharge batteries etc. during the evening using a generator, but ensuring that it actually gets done can occasionally be a bit of a challenge! The camp office area itself is a complete disaster.

Meals were more than adequate in quantity, but less no in quality given the price per day. However, they were prepared without running water or electricity so perhaps one should not have too high of an expectation. Meals were generally taken together in the mess tent. However, we did enjoy a private dinner alone outside our own tent. The table was set and the meal was transported from the kitchen down to us. This was a pleasant surprise and a nice touch.

There are no barriers or fences between the open wilderness and your tent, so in the evenings, once it is dark, the Maasai Eskari escort you to and from your tent to dinner. They were also on watch all night to ensure our safety should elephants or whatever decide to wander into camp.

Front end staff, the Eskari and the guides/drivers were all guest focused, pleasant, and friendly.

Our guides, Joseph and Kerpin, were excellent spotters and guides for our safari outings. They were friendly and extremely knowledgeable about game animals, as well as plants, trees, Maasai culture, history and traditions. Our game drives always brought us a new and exciting experience no matter whether we were on the Mara North Conservancy or in the reserve park. We saw everything - zebra, giraffe, wildabeast, hyena, leapord, lion, hippo, ostrich, pumba, gazelle, owl, elephants, eagles, dik-dik, waterbuck - the list goes on and on, and it was up close and personal! And the terrain looked like a scene from The Lion King! Beautiful.

We thoroughly enjoyed the skilled company of Joseph and Kerpin, and listening to Kerpin's many stories. Thank you for making our safaris memorable.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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OffbeatKenya, Owner at Offbeat Mara Camp, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2014

Thank you for your comments here and I will pass these on to the team. I am glad that you enjoyed your game drives.
I am sorry that perhaps you were unaware that we are a traditional safari bush camp. We have no permanent buildings (all being tents) and we do not have running water. All our tents are brand new (opened December 2013), so am surprised you did not enjoy them. Each tent has a flushing toilet, a bucket shower (hot water is carried to your tent in buckets and loaded in an outside bucket which provided a 'normal' shower cubicle inside the tent).
Shower and toilet water is collected from a near-by spring and is then treated with alum and chlorine - perhaps you were unused to the slight smell these give off?
As for the flies - I heard that there were an unusually high number when you were in camp and I apologise for this. After heavy rain (nothing to do with proximity to the river - most Kenyan safari properties are near rivers) and if herds of Buffalo, Elephant and Zebra are near by flies can get annoying. Food is always kept as covered as possible.
As for the office - I heard that when you were down they had emptied the office out to give it a spring clean, hence it looked a mess, again I apologise for this. However guests do not normally come down to the office.
Thanks
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

Location, service, environment ... staying there was far really REALLY great ! This camp gives a very personal touch to the word "service": excellent food, excellent service. During the night, you can hear the lions and the elephants very colse tot the camp. Tha (Maasai) staff makes sure that no accidents can happen. Staying here is really getting connected with the African soil ...

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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OffbeatKenya, Owner at Offbeat Mara Camp, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2014

Thank you very much for your lovely review here and superb to hear that you had such a wonderful time at Offbeat Mara Camp. I will pass your comments on to Katie and the rest of the team.
And great to hear that you were able to enjoy hearing the Lion and Elephants so close, it is a special place.
Hope to see you back in the Mara soon.
Piers

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Reviewed November 2, 2013

Spent 3 wonderful nights at this wildlife rich camp.

We explored the Mara North conservancy and also ventured into the reserve for a day. The wildlife in the Mara North conservancy was excellent. We spent a few hours watching a pair of Cheetah brothers stalking a Topi but they were unsuccessful. We saw the Offbeat pride with their playful cubs and some wonderful elephants that managed to keep us awake on our last night as they munched on grass outside our tent!

The camp itself is in a wonderful position and our tent which was one of the new tents had a brilliant view across the open ground at the front of the camp.

The hospitality from Katie and Louis was very relaxed but efficient and the camp dog was a favourite of ours.

The guiding was excellent and we saw so many different species of animals and every day was different.

The food was first class and the picnic breakfast and lunches were always welcome and enjoyed.

I would highly recommend the area, camp and staff.

We were in tent 8.

Room Tip: All of the tents had a good position within the camp
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank martin s
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OffbeatKenya, Owner at Offbeat Mara Camp, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2013

Thank you very much for your great review here and lovely to hear that you had a wonderful time at Offbeat Mara Camp. I will pass your comments on to Katie, Louis and the rest of the team.
Lovely to hear that you got to witness two Cheetahs stalking a Topi, very exciting! and that the Offbeat pride were so close.
And great that you enjoyed our new spacious tents and the brilliant view, we hope to see you back in the Mara again soon.

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Reviewed September 28, 2013

I just returned from an incredible trip to the Masai Mara and Sosian lodge. Every detail was perfect, from the greeting at the landing strip to the comfortable bedding after an exciting day on horseback or in a land rover. The staff was exceptional as well as the food. Game viewing met every expectation, thousands of wildebeests, in addition to lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes, etc. We were able to view the game closely and watch them hunt, play, sleep, graze, etc. most often we were the only people within eyesight. Offbeat ensured a very memorable safari vacation!

Room Tip: As far as I could tell, all rooms were wonderful.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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OffbeatKenya, Owner at Offbeat Mara Camp, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2013

Thank you very much for your great review here and it's lovely to hear that you had a wonderful time at Offbeat Mara Camp. I will pass your comments on to Katie and the rest of the team.
And great that you had a comfortable stay and got to see so much game. Mara North Conservancy goes from strength to strength and you can keep away from the crowds as you say.
Hope to see you back in the Mara soon.

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

This was our third year in a row to visit the Offbeat camps in the Mara North Conservancy and Meru. The new manager at Offbeat Mara, Katie, is maintaining the excellent standards and was great fun to be with. As in the Meru, tents are being upgraded and family sized tents are being added. The Conservancy was teeming with game, spectacular in its own right, but the highlights were provided by the Offbeat pride, who were usually less than half a mile away, who had two lots of cubs . As ever, our guide Josphat, worked hard to make sure that we got as much as possible from our stay, including a full day down to the main Mara and a great night drive. Since our last visit, Josphat has earned his silver guiding qualification and the general opinion among the guests was that all of the guides were very very good (I believe that all are at least silver level). The food and service were as excellent as before. Another great trip - we would definitely recommend staying here rather than in some of the larger camps in the main Mara. Bush breakfasts mean that you don't have to rush back to camp for breakfast and can explore further and maximise game viewing time, plus you get far fewer vehicles in the Conservancy but still have the chance to see the same wildlife. (We saw two cheetah on the drive in to camp across the Conservancy from the airfield).

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank KevinW59
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OffbeatKenya, Owner at Offbeat Mara Camp, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2013

Thank you very much for your lovely review here, it's great to have you back for a third time and lovely to hear that you had a wonderful time at Offbeat Mara Camp. I will pass your comments on to Katie, Josphat and the rest of the team.
Mara North Conservancy goes from strength to strength and you can keep away from the crowds as you say and without missing out on any game viewing.
Hope to see you back in the Mara again soon.
Piers

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Address: | Mara North Conservancy, 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 Airport Transportation
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Ranked #27 of 145 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: $330 - $460 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
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Offbeat Mara Camp is a seven tented traditional safari camp situated in the Mara North Conservancy in an area rich in wildlife. ... more   less 
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