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Masai Mara Plains, Kenya

Kenya is the birthplace of the safari. 'Safari' is the Swahili word for a journey. Ever since the early 1900s, famous names such as Hemmingway, Finch Hatton, Roosevelt and many more have come here to go on safari. Kenya is a large country with many amazing regions, but for many, the Masai Mara Plains delivers the most iconic 'safari'.

Mara North Conservancy was formed in January 2009. It is a pristine reserve of 74,000 acres with a strict cap on visitor and vehicle numbers. Mara North is incredibly rich in wildlife and has one of the lowest densities of tourist visitors in the greater Mara ecosystem.

Unrestricted by National Park rules, guests can enjoy full-day game drives as well as evening drives, bush breakfasts, picnics and the famous Kenyan sundowner. Visits to the wildebeest crossing points on the Mara River and to a Masai village are a must. Other options include trips to the Rhino Sanctuary, Koyaki Guiding School, Scenic Flights, and Hot Air Balloon Safaris.

Offbeat Mara Camp

Our recommended gateway to the Mara is Offbeat Mara Camp. Offbeat Mara Camp is traditional safari at its very best - private and small. Just six tents, and a prime location means that they can provide a truly individual and tailored approach to your safari. This small and exclusive tented camp offers game-viewing in both the serene and unspoilt Mara North Conservancy, and has close access to the famous Masai Mara National Reserve. A safari combining Offbeat Mara Camp with Offbeat Meru Camp showcases Kenya at its best.

Offbeat Meru Camp

This camp is on the edge of Meru National Park in the Bisanadi National Reserve in a stunning location overlooking the Bisanadi River. With only two other lodges in the park, the likelihood of seeing anyone else while you stay here is small - you feel you have the park to yourself. Days are tailored to suit guest's requirements. Activities include day and evening game drives, bush breakfasts and sundowners, evening walks, fishing in the local rivers and visits to the local Boran community.

Meru National Park is now thriving. It is once again home to the Big Five, after the re-introduction of black and white rhino (the park now boasts over 67 rhino in its large sanctuary), as well as a great number of other species including reticulated giraffe, oryx, gerenuk and lesser kudu. The huge buffalo herds and elephant are seen regularly.

Planning your safari

All our safaris in Kenya are tailored to your preferred dates and interests. There are no fixed-date departures. Please contact us for an initial exploration of options and costs.