A lovely safari lodge in Kenya
Welcome to Angama, inspired by the Swahili word for ‘suspended in mid-air’. Located high above the floor of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Angama Mara is a remarkable owner-run safari lodge overlooking Kenya’s Maasai Mara, considered by many as the loveliest game reserve on the continent.
Here guests will find a lodge where everything is as it ought to be: two intimate camps of just fifteen tented suites each, a private airfield and access to the Mara below, tailor-made safari days and a famously warm Kenyan welcome.
The lodge is perfectly complemented by Angama Safari Camp, an exclusive-use mobile tented camp sited deep in the Mara Triangle, and amidst the mega herds during the Great Migration.
Perched right on the edge of the escarpment, each of Angama Mara’s spacious 100 sqm Tented Suites has floor-to-ceiling glass spanning all along the front to make the most of the dramatic views. The interiors are uncluttered, classic and above all, comfortable with splashes of Maasai Red, French Khaki, copper and brass.
Literally hanging off the edge of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Angama Mara’s property evokes a dreamlike feeling of being suspended somewhere between heaven and earth. It is no surprise that when scouting for breathtaking locations that harked back to the Kenya of Blixen and Finch-Hatton, this was the location selected for the most iconic scenes from Pollack’s much-loved film – Out of Africa.
For the guest areas, inspiration was drawn from Nairobi’s Muthaiga Club famously featured in Out of Africa. The space is essentially one room entirely wrapped in stacking glass doors with no defined sitting room or dining room, leading to the an expansive deck and baraza floating off the edge of the escarpment.
Sited deep in the remote wilderness of the Maasai Mara is Angama Safari Camp. This sole-use light-footprint tented camp brings a fresh and uncluttered approach to Safari Camp design, making for easy living while echoing the most loved elements of her older sister with the very best of everything, but always just the right amount of everything.
Home to all of Kenya’s great mammals year-round and more than 450 bird species, it is a life-changing experience to go on safari in one of Africa’s most iconic reserves. That’s not to mention the annual spectacle of two million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle braving the dramatic crossings of the Mara River as they make their way into the Mara Triangle.
From the towering wall of the Oloololo Escarpment, to the powerful Mara River and the endless open savannah, the Mara is a reserve of immense diversity, making it the perfect home to animals of every shape and size. All of this sits just on our doorstep, a short 10-minute drive on a private road from Angama Mara, or right outside of your tent at Angama Safari Camp.
East Africa is a region of great natural wonder. This is the source of the Nile, home to incomprehensibly large masses of water, tropical jungles, coastlines, deserts and island paradises. Living in all of these extremes – soft rolling hillsides, vast grasslands, lush montane forests and arid landscapes are Africa’s great animals: the big cats, little cats, gorillas, chimpanzees and a million migrating herbivores in endless search of greener pastures.
Days are as action-packed or as gentle as you prefer. The Mara Triangle is home to Africa’s great mammals, a mere 15-minute drive from Angama Mara and guests can experience hot air ballooning, walking safaris, cultural visits to neighbouring Maasai villages – or simply relax and do nothing at all.
Both Angama Mara and Angama Safari Camp are a 45–90 minute flight, depending on the number of stops, from Kenya’s capital of Nairobi. Guests can travel on the multiple daily scheduled flights from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport, or opt for a private and convenient charter straight from Nairobi’s main airport, Jomo Kenyatta International.
Various international airlines, as well as the national carrier, Kenya Airways, offer direct flights to Jomo Kenyatta International from hubs all over the world.
A warm Kenyan welcome
At the heart of Angama is the kind, warm and gentle team of Kenyans who take loving care of all our guests. The lodge family of safari guides, chefs, butlers, housekeepers and camp managers is driven by guest delight; the joy of being of service runs deep in this owner-run safari lodge.
You may wonder how many nights is the ideal stay at Angama Mara. The answer? Five nights and six days. Just enough time to see the Mara’s wildlife, enjoy the lodge’s many experiences and still have some quiet moments to yourself.
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