As we are all very much aware, the last 18 months has been a trying time for most! We are however (hopefully – all fingers and toes continue to be crossed!) beginning to see a light at this very long tunnel. We have fabulous news from many of the camps within Africa who are continuing with the vaccination process. News from Offbeat has reached us that all the staff at all their camps have received their second dose of the AstraZeneca jab. So, all staff are fully vaccinated ready and waiting in anticipation for guests’ arrival!
Travel is opening up and whilst travel continues to be slightly complicated than it used to be. There is very positive feedback from all guests coming into Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. As long as you have your PCR negative certificate and you have filled in all the required documents the process is a bit longer than it used to be, but most definitely doable. Because of the limited amount of people being able to travel, it has enabled guests who have been able to enjoy a safari, with the most exclusive game sightings Offbeat has experienced in a very long time. The drama from the mighty migration of thousands of wildebeest and Zebra across the Mara River with its many crocs, waiting in the shallows, to fabulous sightings of a pack of wild dog making their debut in West Laikipia.
New images of the Ndoto camp will be coming soon and it is set to open its doors to the public on the 1st of September and we can’t wait! Ndoto is set on a stunning ridge in the Mara North Conservancy, just downstream from Offbeat Mara. As such the unrivalled game viewing of the Conservancy is right on its doorstep. With just four large luxury tents, beautiful views and the traditional Offbeat hospitality this will be a very popular and special camp.
Rains have finally arrived at Mugie camp as well, these have been long awaited and of course have been gratefully received by humans and wildlife alike. This long stretch of dry climate has resulted in amazing animal sightings as the animals are drawn into the now full Mugie dam. The Lion pride is flourishing which is thrilling to watch after years of battles as different males have tussled for the first place. In the last few months Mugie has witnessed with pure joy, various groups of tiny lion cubs emerging from the deep bush and introduced to the rest of the pride. Another treat has been a couple of sightings of the wild dog. Mugie is not the best habitat for Wild Dog, with its lack of rocky caves and kopjes, so there was apparently much excitement when they saw the pack flash through the bush.
Sosian has also had its fair share of fabulous wildlife sightings. Not only have the lion and leopard sightings been a regular occurrence, the return of Wild Dog here, in west Laikipia is truly wonderful – 3 sperate packs, with one denning at this moment in time.
Guests who have managed to get to Sosian have also been lucky enough to see dogs hunting dik dik, hares and impalas, as well as watch them relax and play, chirruping away to one another as they roll around in the dusty earth.
To book your stay at any of the Offbeat camps, please do not hesitate to give us a call or send us through an email, having been to all off the camps on our site, we cannot recommend a stay at any of the Offbeat camps more. A true, raw, wonderful, proper safari adventure.