- Secluded, remote location
- Mara North Conservancy
- Authentic bush camp feel
- Vehicle & balloon safaris, cultural visits
Offbeat Mara is a pleasantly secluded and off-the-beaten-track safari lodge located within Kenya’s Mara North Conservancy (MNC), a protected wildlife area that spans some 74,000 acres. High animal density coupled with a relatively small number of lodges make this a highly desirable wildlife destination and safaris here have the hallmark of authenticity along with a certain level of exclusivity.
In keeping with the lodge’s commitment to offering a peaceful and private safari experience, a maximum of just 20 guests can be accommodated at any one time. There are seven spacious tents scattered throughout the property’s grounds, with each one affording plenty of privacy. Four of the tents are arranged as doubles or twins, while the remaining three are somewhat larger and designed for families and larger groups travelling together. All tents have their own en-suite bathroom complete with a hot safari-style shower and twin wash basins. Each tent also comes with a veranda offering picturesque views of the surrounding landscape and glimpses of the local wildlife.
Meals are served in the mess tent, the dining tent or out in the open around the campfire. Breakfasts are hearty, while lunches tend to be lighter and dinners are usually served as three-course meals. There’s an informal communal lounge area where guests can relax with sundowners or check out the library.
Activities generally centre around daytime and afternoon/evening game drives led by expert guides, the majority of whom are locals with many years of experience going out on safaris in the conservancy. Visits to a nearby rhino sanctuary, a traditional village and to local primary schools are also on offer. Hot air balloon safaris provide guests with captivating aerial views of the conservancy’s rugged landscapes and are a thrilling way to spot the resident animals. Though the lodge offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities year-round, a particularly popular time to visit is between July and September when the annual wildebeest migration occurs.
Children are welcome, and the family accommodation is really good. The smaller family tents house one double and two single beds with one shared bathroom, and the newer, larger option has one double and three single beds in two interconnecting tents, with two separate ensuite bathrooms. Given the wilderness location, parents are reminded to supervise children of all ages at all times.
We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.
Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.
Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.
Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!
One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.
Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!
Brandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019
We had an amazing time thank you. The itinerary was great as we felt like we saw lots of different things and it kept it interesting for our daughter. She especially loved the gorge at Hells Gate.
Unfortunately the Menengai Crater walk was a bit hard for her although that probably had something to do with how hot it was!
We especially loved the Sunbird Lodge - it is such a beautiful place and all the staff were so incredibly welcoming and friendly.
Our guide, Joseph, was exceptional too and we can’t speak highly enough of him.
Suzanne S reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 30 April 2019
The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!
William K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018