The Art of Safari in Kenya
In a world where change is the only constant and the ‘good old days’ seem like ancient history, it’s reassuring to know that the purity of nature, connection of kinship, and warmth of hospitality is still alive in unspoiled pockets of our planet.
Such is the land of Kenya, a place of legend, where western fantasies of safari mingle seamlessly with authentic communities and cultural phenomena as old as the grassy plains themselves.
It is a rare privilege to merely glimpse this place. To be able to drop into the way of life here, the way of Kenya, on a handpicked private tour, is an honour indeed.
Offbeat Mara Camp
Arriving by charter plane, your journey into the heart of Kenya – the Masai Mara, will leave a visceral impression to return to for the rest of your days. Such is the awe-inspiring landscape that Offbeat Mara Camp finds itself snuggly nestled in. The Masai Mara of your African dreams is as verdant, as alive, and mysterious as you’ve always pictured it. Weaving the natural surrounds with five star safari luxury, is Offbeat Mara Camp, your home for, we suggest, three magical nights.
Located on the shaded banks of the Olare Orok river, a meandering tributary of the Mara River, the camp’s backyard is the pristine Mara North Conservancy, a place teeming with the wildlife you’ve travelled over 12,144 km thousand kilometres to witness. The Mara River traverses the centre of the Mara North Conservancy, a 74,000 acre fertile swathe favoured by four of the 'Big Five' - lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo - all seen regularly around camp. Game-viewing, away from the masses, can be done in both the serene and unspoilt Mara North Conservancy or into the famous Masai Mara National Reserve.
Far from any other camp or lodge, Offbeat Mara is private and small, offering just six classic canvas tents furnished with stately, hand crafted cedar beds, 24 hour solar lighting and lavish linens. Each luxuriously appointed tent comes complete with an en-suite bathroom offering flush loos and hot showers. Offbeat’s safari sanctuaries are further enhanced with a private veranda offering mesmerising views of the surrounding conservancy.
At the heart of the camp lies a traditional safari 'mess' tent. Here guests are invited to relax in the sitting room, bar and library area, while in the dining room, five star service combines with an excellent culinary offering. As is expected from an authentic bush camp, sun-downers and evening meals can also be enjoyed in the glow of the campfire, blanketed by the dazzling night sky.
During your stay at Offbeat Mara you will explore the incredible Masai Mara and its wildlife with expert guides in 4×4 vehicles and on guided walking safaris. Viewings of the wildebeest crossing points on the Mara River during the migration, guided encounters with the camp’s own local pride of lions - the Offbeat Pride, visits to local Masai villages, the nearby rhino sanctuary, and Koyaki guiding school, as well as scenic flights and hot air balloon safaris, can all be enjoyed from Offbeat Mara Camp.
From the plains of the Mara you could fly to the far north of Kenya to Sarara Camp, a remote outpost located in the Namunyak Conservancy, cradled at the foot of the Matthews Ranges of northern Kenya. A vast wildlife sanctuary of approximately 850,000 acres, the Namunyak Conservancy is also home to the proud Samburu people, a group of semi-nomadic pastoralists who, with along with their cattle, have long co-existed with the abundant wildlife here.
After an unforgettable day of game viewing and Samburu cultural immersions – perhaps at the Singing Wells, Sarara offers luxury respite in classic African safari style. The camp’s accommodation consists of six lavish tents, each positioned to drink in the dramatic views of the Matthews Ranges and nearby watering hole. With their high ceilings, Sarara’s safari tents are spacious and comfortable, offering en-suite bathrooms and open air showers, together with electric lighting and 24 hour hot and cold running water.
The lodge itself offers a large, relaxing sitting room and dining area for enchanting dinners in the company of fellow guests. A sumptuous highlight is Sarara’s natural rock swimming pool, which overlooks the camp waterhole, thus offering a welcome oasis during the heat of the day and the perfect spot to watch nearby game.
During your stay you can also enjoy game drives in custom built, open 4x4 vehicles with knowledgeable guides, escorted game walks, horse rides, hikes into the Matthews forest, climbs to the top of Lolokwe and visits to the fascinating Samburu Singing Wells - a truly fascinating opportunity that cannot be experienced anywhere else in Kenya.
Ol Malo House
From Sarara, your Kenya’s Classic Safari – Out of Africa itinerary takes you south-west to the wild, rugged and remote Laikipia Plateau. Flying in over a region of sandy rivers, forested hills and valleys, we arrive at Ol Malo House . Tucked into a privately managed cattle and game ranch, this charming Kenyan farm is your home for three nights.
Inspired by the area’s wild landscape, the Francombe family created a one-of-a-kind safari lodge hugging a rugged escarpment with sweeping views of Kenya’s Northern Frontier District.
At the heart of Ol Malo House sits a spacious sitting and dining room with open fireplaces encircled by three en-suite double bedrooms. Separate cottages create a further three double bedrooms: each private and comfortable cottage boasts arch windows and doors, en-suite bathrooms, and decor inspired by the area’s wild landscape, local flora and the life and culture of the Samburu people. A flagstone path leads to a large open area overlooking the infinity pool, fringed by Drasina palms and wide-open vistas – perfect for al fresco dining under a star-studded African sky.
Whilst staying at Ol Malo House guests are spoilt for choice with endless walks on offer, camel and horse rides, mountain biking, picnics by the river, game drives, lots of interaction with the local Samburu tribe or opportunities to relax and watch the sun go down at the end of the day.There is also wonderful wildlife here so your game drives and walks can show you elephant, the special Greys zebra, oryx, buffalo and many species of antelope as well as the predators of lion and leopard, and if you are very lucky, the endangered painted dog.
Your dream safari is within reach
The African safari is a holiday many dream of, but few undertake.The need to reach out and experience the wild, to spend time in the sun and under the stars and come face to face with Africa’s legendary wildlife is real within all of us, and a must-see experience at least once in a lifetime. With The Classic Safari Company at the helm, an unforgettable sojourn in Big Five country is well within reach.
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