Offbeat Ndoto Camp

Mara North Conservancy
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Offbeat Ndoto Camp
Mara North Conservancy

“Simply the most incredible and magical safari experience you could imagine. If you only do one safari in your life, you will not beat Offbeat Ndoto.”

Small-scale, friendly, comfortable, classic and exclusive, Offbeat Ndoto is renowned for its warm hospitality and superb safari guiding. The camp overlooks the Olare Orok River in the private 74,000-acre Mara North Conservancy, home to an incredible wealth and variety of wildlife.

Offbeat Ndoto accommodates up to 12 guests in 4 double ensuite tents and the 2 bedroom tented family suite

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“Offbeat Safaris were originally built on simple foundations with core values. These have not changed over the last twenty five plus years and visiting the new Offbeat Ndoto camp confirms this. Guides whose depth of knowledge and empathy with their surroundings is totally unique. Outstanding camp staff always looking after the needs of their guests with such kindness. The food is five star and it was quite simply an absolute delight to have been able to spend five days there. Offbeat continue to get it so right on every level.”

The latest addition to the Offbeat portfolio, Offbeat Ndoto opened in September 2021. Set close to the seasonal Olare Orok river deep within the Mara North Conservancy, it encapsulates the classic Kenyan tented safari experience and builds on the success of the original Offbeat Mara Camp which is situated a short distance away.

Mara North Conservancy contains a limited number of lodges and camps with a strict number of vehicles permitted at game sightings, and this ensures that guests always enjoy an uncrowded and relatively private and exclusive safari experience – something that is becoming a rarity elsewhere in the Mara ecosystem.

The area boasts some of the very best wildlife viewing in Kenya and the resident lions – the Offbeat Pride – are almost part of the family. They are always within a short distance of camp and can often be heard roaring close by in the Offbeat Valley. The camp’s excellent and experienced guides – each of them silver-rated by the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association – know every member of the pride and all their history over the past two decades.

Combined with regular sightings of cheetah and leopard and a huge variety and quantity of other creatures great and small, the viewing opportunities here really are unmatched. From July to October there is the chance to experience the annual wildebeest migration in their hundreds of thousands. The ‘Secret Season’ of January to March is often just as rewarding, with clear skies, short grass and the Loita wildebeest migration coming to Mara North Conservancy.

Game watching is at the heart of the Offbeat experience and all stays include unlimited day and evening drives in fully-equipped, custom-designed Land Cruisers (all vehicles are open-sided with roof hatches for each row of seats) as well as bush breakfasts, dinners and sundowners.

Walking safaris from the camp with an armed guide are a very rewarding way to explore the secrets of the remote Olare Orok Valley, much of which cannot be reached by vehicle. Walks can be any length guests prefer, but typically take 2-3 hours.

As one of the founding members of the Mara North Conservancy, Offbeat is committed to helping preserve this vital piece of the Masai Mara ecosystem. For the first time, Maasai landlords are being rewarded fairly and equally for protecting their land and its wildlife. As a result, the area has improved dramatically as a wildlife conservancy, providing and ensuring long term benefits to those with the foresight to keep protecting it.

Nearly all the camp staff are local Masai employed as guides, cooks, room stewards, waiters and guards and all are gaining valuable skills to pass on to future generations. Offbeat are key sponsors of the area’s Aitong Primary School which educates more than 950 local children. The school has expanded rapidly in the last few years, introducing a boarding facility to help those families who live too far away.

Summary
  • Experience the very essence of the Masai Mara at this lovely new camp
  • A smart and upmarket new take on the traditional Offbeat tented experience
  • Warm and attentive service ensures a very personal and authentic safari
  • Superb, private, off-the-beaten-track location in Mara North Conservancy
  • Incomparable game viewing with really knowledgeable and experienced guides
  • Excellent ‘big cat’ sightings, great opportunities for birding and photography
  • Night and day game drives, bush walks, al fresco safari meals and sundowners
  • Accommodates up to 12 guests in 4 double tents and the 2 bedroom family suite
Destination – Masai Mara

Located in Southwestern Kenya alongside the Tanzanian border, The Masai Mara, together with the adjoining Serengeti National Park, forms one of the world’s most diverse and spectacular eco-systems.  A region characterised by short grass savannah plains interspersed with areas of riverine forest and bordered by towering rocky escarpments, The Mara is home to an incredible abundance and variety of wild animals and is renowned worldwide as Africa’s most exceptional – and loveliest – safari destination.

The Maasai Mara National Reserve covers an area of 1,510 sq. km (580 sq. miles) at altitudes which range from 1500 to 2170 metres above sea level. The area has one of the highest lion densities in world, together with significant populations of cheetah, leopard, elephant and buffalo, and this is where over two million wildebeest, zebra and Thomsons Gazelle migrate annually. Home to over 95 species of mammal and 570 recorded species of bird, excellent ‘Big Five’ year-round game viewing is virtually guaranteed.

Beyond the northern and eastern boundaries of the National Reserve, many former cattle ranches and agricultural lands have been transformed into private conservancies. These are exclusive wildlife reserves committed to high-end, low-density tourism together with community and environmental initiatives and accessed only by guests staying within these designated areas. Here, walking and riding safaris, night game drives and other adventurous activities not permitted in the National Reserve are often on the safari menu.

Location - Mara North Conservancy

On the northwestern border of the Masai Mara National Reserve, the 74,000-acre (28,000-hectare) Mara North Conservancy is a beautiful private wilderness area and a vital part of the greater Masai Mara ecosystem. It enjoys a stellar reputation for its abundant wildlife, quintessential East African landscapes of rolling savannah, acacia trees and riverine forest, and for its pioneering commitment to community conservation.

Established in 2009, Mara North is a partnership between 12 tourism providers and over 750 Masai landowners, who share a long-term commitment to the protection of the environment, wildlife and local communities.  The MNC strongly believes in low-density, low-impact, high-end tourism and in minimising environmental impacts.  The conservancy is accessed exclusively by the 12 member camps, whose guests are assured of a unique and truly privileged safari experience.

Mara North is home to several prides of lion and large numbers of elephant and offers excellent opportunities to view cheetah and leopard in the wild.  A wide variety of adventurous safari activities are permitted including day and night game drives, horse safaris and scenic guided bush walks.  Guests are usually also free to enjoy dinners, lunches, breakfasts and sundowner drinks in a variety of beautiful bush locations.

There are several scheduled daily flights from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to the Mara North Airstrip and the flight takes one hour or less, followed by a scenic 40-minute game drive to the camp.  Private light aircraft or helicopter charters are also available.

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“Everything about Offbeat Ndoto Camp is first class. The luxury tented accommodation, the food, atmosphere and exceptional service to guests provided by Bob the manager and his team. The beautiful tents are located in the heart of the conservancy with wildlife literally surrounding you and on one day a herd of at least 35 zebra passed right by the entrance to our tent. Such a surreal experience. The Safari was just amazing. We had our own jeep and our guide Joseph and spotter Kapen were so knowledgeable and great company on our twice daily game drives. We saw so many beautiful animals and felt completely privileged to be so close to them in their natural habitat. All round it was such an amazing experience. If you are looking for peace and quiet in a small exclusive camp and exceptional service, we definitely recommend Offbeat Ndoto.”

“Exploring the Masai Mara with Offbeat Ndoto is one of our most adventurous and dearest memories. From the moment we arrived we were blown away. The warm hospitality of everyone from the Camp, the adventurous game drives with our guide Muli, the amazing food, drinks at sunset and the absolutely beautiful, cozy tents made our stay at the camp such a personal, memorable experience. We can’t wait to come back and visit our new friends at Offbeat Ndoto.”

“Our honeymoon at Offbeat Ndoto was so special and memorable. Not only did we see every animal in the Masai Mara thanks to our extremely knowledgeable guide Symo, the food was some of the best we’ve ever had and the service and staff impeccable and so thoughtful. Our room was stunning. We couldn’t recommend Offbeat Ndoto more.”

“Ten out of ten for everything!! Endless stunning wildlife and our wonderful guide Peter always found the best angles for photos. My tent was luxurious and very comfortable. All the staff were incredibly friendly & helpful. A very memorable stay indeed!”

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All About Offbeat Ndoto Camp

“Offbeat Safaris were originally built on simple foundations with core values. These have not changed over the last twenty five plus years and visiting the new Offbeat Ndoto camp confirms this. Guides whose depth of knowledge and empathy with their surroundings is totally unique. Outstanding camp staff always looking after the needs of their guests with such kindness. The food is five star and it was quite simply an absolute delight to have been able to spend five days there. Offbeat continue to get it so right on every level.”

All About Offbeat Ndoto Camp

The latest addition to the Offbeat portfolio, Offbeat Ndoto opened in September 2021. Set close to the seasonal Olare Orok river deep within the Mara North Conservancy, it encapsulates the classic Kenyan tented safari experience and builds on the success of the original Offbeat Mara Camp which is situated a short distance away.

Mara North Conservancy contains a limited number of lodges and camps with a strict number of vehicles permitted at game sightings, and this ensures that guests always enjoy an uncrowded and relatively private and exclusive safari experience – something that is becoming a rarity elsewhere in the Mara ecosystem.

The area boasts some of the very best wildlife viewing in Kenya and the resident lions – the Offbeat Pride – are almost part of the family. They are always within a short distance of camp and can often be heard roaring close by in the Offbeat Valley. The camp’s excellent and experienced guides – each of them silver-rated by the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association – know every member of the pride and all their history over the past two decades.

Combined with regular sightings of cheetah and leopard and a huge variety and quantity of other creatures great and small, the viewing opportunities here really are unmatched. From July to October there is the chance to experience the annual wildebeest migration in their hundreds of thousands. The ‘Secret Season’ of January to March is often just as rewarding, with clear skies, short grass and the Loita wildebeest migration coming to Mara North Conservancy.

Game watching is at the heart of the Offbeat experience and all stays include unlimited day and evening drives in fully-equipped, custom-designed Land Cruisers (all vehicles are open-sided with roof hatches for each row of seats) as well as bush breakfasts, dinners and sundowners.

Walking safaris from the camp with an armed guide are a very rewarding way to explore the secrets of the remote Olare Orok Valley, much of which cannot be reached by vehicle. Walks can be any length guests prefer, but typically take 2-3 hours.

As one of the founding members of the Mara North Conservancy, Offbeat is committed to helping preserve this vital piece of the Masai Mara ecosystem. For the first time, Maasai landlords are being rewarded fairly and equally for protecting their land and its wildlife. As a result, the area has improved dramatically as a wildlife conservancy, providing and ensuring long term benefits to those with the foresight to keep protecting it.

Nearly all the camp staff are local Masai employed as guides, cooks, room stewards, waiters and guards and all are gaining valuable skills to pass on to future generations. Offbeat are key sponsors of the area’s Aitong Primary School which educates more than 950 local children. The school has expanded rapidly in the last few years, introducing a boarding facility to help those families who live too far away.

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