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Meru National Park, Kenya

Offbeat Meru Camp

  • Small, traditional camp located in a remote wildlife area
  • Stunning location that overlooks the Bisanadi River
  • Exceptional guides who have remarkable knowledge

Facilities include

Infinity pool Fully stocked bar Semi-Permanent Camp

Activities include

  • Walking
  • Fishing
  • Game Drives
  • Children's Activities
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About Offbeat Meru Camp

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 with a beautiful riverine forest.

The camp itself comprises of six tents, one family tent (a double and interconnecting triple) as well as five double/twin tents (an extra bed can be added to make a triple). Each tent is furnished with a huge iron bed, mosquito net and has its own en-suite shower room, with traditional hot safari shower and flushing loo. In addition, there is 24-hour solar lighting in the tents, whilst the rest of the camp is lit by traditional tilly lamps.

Informal dining is hosted in the mess tent or usually outside under a canopy of stars. The camp also has a stunning infinity pool overlooking the river below. There is also a spacious living room with comfortable sofas, a writing table and a fully stocked bar.

Days are tailored to suit the guests' requirements. This area of Kenya gets quite hot during the dry season. After an active morning in the bush there's no better feeling than coming back to camp and cooling off in the stunning infinity swimming pool watching the wildlife as it comes to drink from the Bisanadi River below you.

Practical info

Practical info

Location

Meru National Park offers visitors a chance to the masses. The park has a wide variety of landscapes and is dominated by savannah, but includes riverine forest and swamps. The park is bisected by 13 rivers which flow towards the Tana River in the south and rise in the Nyambene Hills to the west.

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 parks rivers flow through the area encouraging a spectacular variety of bird life. 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 as well as cheetah and leopard.

The Camp is the first and only tourist facility in the Bisanadi Reserve which was gazetted as a National Reserve in 1979 and is an area of 606 sq kms. The park fees generated by the camp have helped preserve this area as a wildlife destination against pressure from locals who wanted to take back the land for farming.

Offbeat Meru Camp is also involved with supporting Guba Dida Primary School, which is a government school located in our neighbouring Boran community. They have so far helped with desks, chairs, books, blackboards and hopefully are about to install a new water system in the school and help in the future with building classrooms, teachers' houses and scholarships. They are one of the biggest employers in the area and many of the staff are from the local villages of Kinna and Rapsu.

How to get there

We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.

BY AIR:
The Meru Kinna airstrip is 30 minutes from Offbeat Meru Camp.

AIRLINES:
Air Kenya
Private charters

FROM NAIROBI TO MERU:
£162
1 hour

BY CAR:
6 hour drive from Nairobi

NB. All prices and times are subject to change.

When to go

The camp is open from January through to mid April and then June to October and also December.

It closes for the rains from mid April to the end of May and then again for November.

The climate is hot with low humidity.

Important Information

Special dietary requirements can be catered for if prior notice is given.

Children

Travelling with children

Children of all ages are welcome
Children aged 11 and under pay 50% of the adult rate
Children aged 12-17 pay 75% of the adult rate

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