Offbeat Ndoto, Mara North: The Lowdown

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Offbeat Ndoto is a tiny, four tent safari camp in Mara North, with the excellent Offbeat team behind it.

What’s Offbeat Ndoto really like?

Offbeat Ndoto might be one of the newer camps in the Masai Mara, but it’s already shaping up to be one of the loveliest. The Offbeat crew have considerable experience running some of our favourite bush camps in Kenya, and Ndoto looks to be no exception.

There are just four luxury tents, each with a verandah to the front, a sitting area and bedroom, and a bathroom at the back. The main area is a beautiful octagonal tent where you’ll eat the majority of your meals, though on occasion the staff might tempt you out to dine in the bush. There’s wi-fi, though watching the stars and staring into the flickering embers of the “bush TV” always seems a lot more soothing to the soul!

What can I do at Offbeat Ndoto?

There is so much to do at Offbeat Ndoto, that quite frankly, we could stay for a week. First and foremost of course are the game drives on the Mara North Conservancy. We love that the conservancy areas are so quiet, but if you do want to go into the Mara Reserve (for example during the wildebeest migration) this is also possible- the extra park fees are payable locally. You can also do walking safaris here, and even visit the local Koyaki guiding school.

Offbeat can arrange a trip to a local market and Aitong school, and you can pay a visit to a nearby Maasai Community (there is a small extra charge for this which you can pay for there and goes to the community). Lastly, if you wish to go all out on the extras, we can book a hot air balloon flight for you- it needs to be booked in advance, and means a very early start on the day, but sunrise over Africa is always pretty magical.

Family Safaris at Offbeat Ndoto:

We’re going to be honest, the things that kids love on safari aren’t always the things you expect. Lengthy hours quietly watching a lion- no thanks, spotting a white hyaena poo- YES please! Offbeat Ndoto have arranged a number of activities for children- beading with Masai ladies, archery, trying to catch fish in the river and decorating cookies in the camp kitchen. And the odd game drive of course too!

Giving back at Offbeat Ndoto:

The Offbeat team were amongst the founding members of the Mara North Conservancy. This has helped to ensure that more habitat is protected for wildlife, and that the Maasai landlords receive fair financial recompense. The two together help to ensure long term benefit for both conservation and the local community.  

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