Offbeat Meru and Mara: Value for Money

Offbeat Safaris consistently excellent guiding and good value for money.

Day 1 ~ Nairobi ~ Ole Sereni

Upon arrival in Nairobi, you will be met by an Extraordinary Journeys representative will greet you and take you to the Ole Sereni where you will spend your first night in Africa.

In Nairobi, you will find a city that is lively, cosmopolitan and full of contrasts. Displaying enormous vitality and buzz, Nairobi is one of Africa's major cities and East Africa's hub for commerce and aid. It’s hard to imagine that this city celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1999 and that where it now stands, only Maasai manyatas stood barely a century ago!

As “The City Hotel by the Game Park”, Ole-Sereni combines the best features of a modern city hotel and with great views of Nairobi National Park. The hotel is close to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and the city center. Guests will have the opportunity to relax and unwind at the roof top, heated swimming pool that overlooks the park, the gym and aerobics room or the sports lounge.

Days 2 / 3 / 4 ~ Meru National Park ~ Offbeat Meru

After arrival in Nairobi you will board a second flight to Meru where your guide will be waiting at the airstrip to drive you to Offbeat Meru Camp.

Meru National Park is a thriving eco-system that is home to the’ Big Five’ as well as a great number of other species including reticulated giraffe, oryx, gerenuk and lesser kudu, lion, cheetah, and the rare black and white rhino (the park now boasts over 67 rhino in its large sanctuary.) The huge buffalo herds and elephant are seen regularly. The park has 13 rivers which flow through the area encouraging a spectacular variety of birdlife.

Offbeat Meru Camps place a great importance on providing an exclusive experience in remote wildlife areas. The camp is small, traditional and located on the edge of Meru National Park in the Bisanadi National Reserve in a stunning location overlooking the Bisanadi River with beautiful riverine forest. 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.Meru mess tent

The camp consists of only six tents, each furnished with a large iron bed, its own en-suite bathroom, traditional hot bucket showersand a flushing toilet. In addition, there is 24 hour solar lighting in the tents, while the rest of the camp is lit by traditional 'tilly' lamps. Informal dining is hosted in the mess tent or around the campfire. Adjacent to this is a spacious living room tent with comfortable sofas, a writing table and bar.

Days are tailored to suit guest's requirements. Activities include day and evening game drives, bush breakfasts and sundowners, evening walks with armed guards, fishing in the local rivers and visits to the local Boran community. This area of Kenya gets quite hot during the dry season. After an active morning in the bush there's no better feeling than coming back to camp and cooling off in the infinity swimming pool watching the wildlife as it comes to drink from the Bisanadi River below you.

Overnights at OFFBEAT MERU. Includes: All meals, house wines, soft drinks and beer, laundry, game drives in open 4X4 vehicles and Laundry.

Days 5 / 6 / 7 ~ Maasai Mara ~ Offbeat Mara Camp

Offbeat is known for great guiding.

Today you will have a short flight to take you from the Shaba region to the Maasai Mara. Upon your arrival, your guide will transfer you to your tent at Offbeat Mara.
The Maasai Mara is Kenya’s most famous nature reserve, and one of the settings for the film Out of Africa. It is classic savannah – grasslands, where animals are plentiful and the vistas spectacular. In this dreamlike land, animals live in freedom, and the Maasai tend their cattle. The area, also known as the “Jewel of Africa,” has one of the largest and the most spectacular animal migrations in the world. The reserve is known for its large wildlife, including lion, cheetah, elephant, leopard, black rhino and hippo.

There are also over 500 resident species of birds in the park including ostrich, lark and sunbird. The reserve which covers an area of 700 square miles forms part of the Serengeti ecosystem and hosts the world famous spectacle of the annual migration of up to two million wildebeest, thousands of zebra and an escort of carnivores from the Serengeti plains, following the rains and succulent new grass. A costly trek as many of the lame, laggard and sick will fall prey to predators and many more will die in the swirling flood waters of the Mara River as they try to cross it. Whether you’re in the Maasai Mara during migration time, your Game viewingwildlife viewing will be spectacular, as the resident population of zebra and wildebeest will be there, along with the predators.

The camp's location is on the Olare Orok which cuts through the centre of the Mara North Conservancy, a vivid swathe of green that allows a marvelous habitat for Game. The camp, composed of 6 traditional safari tents, sleeps just 12 guests. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with hot bucket showers, wash basins and a flushing toilet. The tents are all furnished with large, handmade
cedar beds, 24hour solar lighting and high quality linen.Informal dining is hosted in the mess tent or around the campfire.

Overnights at OFFBEAT Mara Camp. Includes: All meals, house wines, soft drinks and beer, laundry, game drives in open 4X4 vehicles and Laundry.

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