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Brian has always nurtured his passion for travel in his spare time. He's traveled the world, visiting over 40 countries. Over time, this passion grew to the point where he began to search for opportunities to work in the travel industry. He's been an African Specialist at Mango Safaris since early 2006.


Offbeat Meru Camp

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Offbeat Meru Camp is a 12 bed traditional semi-permanent camp situated just outside Meru National Park in the Bisanadi National Reserve, set above the pretty Bisanadi River.



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Offbeat Safaris pride themselves on providing guests with an exclusive experience in remote wildlife areas. Offbeat Meru Camp epitomises this important goal. The camp is small, traditional and located on the edge of Meru National Park in the Bisanadi National Reserve.

Almost bought to its knees by heavy poaching in the 80's and 90's Meru National Park is now thriving. It is once again home to the big five, after the recent re-introduction of Rhino, as well as a great number of other species including Grevy's Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Leopard, Gerenuk and Lesser Kudu. The park has 13 rivers which flow through the area encouraging a spectacular variety of birdlife. Immortalised by Joy Adamson in her book 'Born Free' and with only 2 lodges the likelihood of seeing anyone else while you stay here is small - you feel you have the park to yourself.


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Located adjacent to Meru National Park, Offbeat Meru Camp offers guests a safari experience staying in huge tents with great furnishings while enjoying great game view opportunities, including the elusive rhino. Closed November through December 15 and March 15 through April.

Offbeat Safaris pride themselves on providing guests with an exclusive experience in remote wildlife areas. Offbeat Meru Camp epitomises this important goal. 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.

Almost bought to its knees by heavy poaching in the 80's and 90's Meru National Park is now thriving. It is once again home to the' Big Five', after the re-introduction of black and white rhino (the park now boasts over 67 rhino in its large sanctuary), as well as a great number of other species including reticulated giraffe, oryx, gerenuk and lesser kudu. 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.

Immortalised by Joy Adamson in her book 'Born Free' and 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. The park also has a healthy lion population (no doubt some descendants of Elsa) as well as cheetah and leopard. The camp consists of only six tents, each furnished with a large iron bed, its own en-suite bathroom, traditional hot bucket showers and flushing loo. 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; the cooks here are quite brilliant. Adjacent to this is a spacious living room tent with comfortable sofas, a writing table and bar.

Our tented camp has been miraculously relocated during the day to a fresh location. Tents, Kitchens, Dining Tent and Mess all miraculously packed up and transported for us. After enjoying what has to be one of the best bush showers you can imagine - the luxury of washing the days sweat and dust off cannot be overestimated - we all settle around the camp fire, watch the sun set over the horizon and begin to see the stars appear in the night sky. Never short of a well-earned beer or gin and tonic we eat a wonderful supper whilst Tristan, a born raconteur, recalls many a tale of previous adventures on safari in Kenya.

Exhausted but still excited, we one by one make our way to our tents, where a welcoming hot water bottle has been placed between the sheets. I fall asleep to the African night sounds, eager for the next days adventure.

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