Reviews of Angama Mara
“An extraordinarily beautiful place to stay.”
Angama Mara is without doubt special. The view over the Maasai Mara from the lodge is mesmerising. From waking to watch the spectacular sunrises from your bed through the plate-glass fronted tents, to binocular viewing the drama on the plains below from a rocking chair, the scenery is extraordinary. Combine this with first class facilities in all areas and a staff that feel like they are part of your family who cannot do enough to make your stay perfect and you begin to get a sense of what Angama is about.
On game drives we saw everything; rhino, hippos, crocs, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, giraffe and lions a plenty, and were able to watch them go about their daily activities undisturbed in the huge landscape. Perhaps because we went at the end of October we were lucky not to have many other safari cars around. Perfect for watching the animals.
At the lodge itself there is plenty to do; guided walks with a Maasai naturalist, visiting a local Maasai village, swimming in the infinity pool, visiting the ‘Out of Africa’ sites clearly recognisable from the film, being taken round the vegetable/herb gardens and then being able to pick your own ingredients for lunch. There is also a photo studio where an expert will help you with any technical problems you may have and edit and print out copies of your safari photographs.
If you’re not sure that you’ll make heaven in the afterlife, Angama Mara is about a close as you can get to it in this life. Enjoy!
VicLondon – London. Stayed October 2018.
“Unparalleled Luxury For the Most Dreamy Trip of a Lifetime!!”
As a young woman traveling alone to Africa for the first time I was a little nervous. From the moment I stepped off the plane in Nairobi, my journey with the most friendly Angama staff and exceptional service began. I was taken care of like a member of their family. The instant, Daniel , who would end up being my guide for the duration of my trip, picked up me up at the Mara landing strip I knew this was going to be the an amazing trip.
The drive up to Angama is breath taking. The guides point out every detail that to the naked eye and untrained mind are curious to know. Arriving at Angama’s site as well blew my mind and heart away. You are greeted with ease, warmth, safety, and delight. I have stayed at many luxury, 5 star hotels around the world, and often the photos out perform the reality when you get there. Angama Mara is the opposite – the photos on the website do not do the reality of the property and setting justice. Be prepared to have your mind blown. Quiet, peaceful, no shortage of views, privacy. the modern chic minimal decor is perfect for a luxury resort. All inclusive meals and drinks are what vacation indulgence dreams are made of.
I cannot say enough about the staff . Daniel my guide spent an average of 7 hours a day touring me around, searching for animals. He knew I was more into being alone and not really mingling with couples on their honeymoon so he gave me private safari’s everyday.
he answered all my 489304283 questions. The way they can spot animals is mind blowing. Then, there was the hotel staff. I spent many nights and glasses of wine being poured by Lynn. Kind human beings – the entire staff. The happiness and energetic joy is in all of them. I will dearly miss them and most definitely will go back. I literally cried once I got on the plane back to Nairobi!
I suggest – do the safari as much as possible. Take the hot air balloon ride for a life changing experience. Eat all the food, drink all the drinks. Everything is at excellent. The food is top notch. Have the traditional kenyan cocktails.
After days on the safari seeing even the other camps vehicles – Angama was top notch. Most the other camps are ground level so you are missing out on the insane Angama views. You will be waking up at 6 am everyday just to rush to the main house and see the sunrise.
I cannot say enough goods things about Angama Mara. I must have had at least a dozen people dying to book just from seeing my Instagram photos and videos. Don’t waste time debating – book it and you will not regret.
Cassandra780 – Stayed February 2019. Travelled solo.
“The best experience imaginable”
It is hard to describe Angama Mara without using superlatives. In comparison to a number of other places we have stayed, including 5 Aman resorts, this was the very best experience we have ever had. It was, truly, a life changing experience – the safari itself, the beauty of the Maasai Mara, the perfection of the service, and the loveliness of the staff. We felt so welcomed and looked after – by Wilson, Adlight and Daniel. Josephat and Azei managed the resort so that all of the parts of our stay functioned perfectly.
If you can manage to scrape together the money to stay here you will be rewarded with the best kind of travel experience, the kind that transcends the concept of a vacation, and is becomes a high point in your life. It certainly was for us.
miw2008 – New York, NY. Stayed January 2018. Travelled as a couple.
“Still dreaming of Angama”
My husband and I stayed at Angama as the last stop in our Kenya journey. Angama impressed us from the moment we were picked up at the airport to us leaving on the local airstrip for our next adventure. Where do I begin?!
First, the accommodations- were stunning to say the least! This was the most modern camp that we stayed at during our time in Kenya. The hotel rooms were so spacious, included lovely hair/body products and even an electric blanket. Let’s just say that no detail was left unthought of. My favorite touch was that in the room, they included two postcards with stamps to send to friends/family, very thoughtful.
Second, the safaris- incredible! We were paired with Wilson who was very friendly, knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. He knew exactly where to take us to see some animals and always had a smile on his face. We learned to trust him very quickly because he was such an expert with the animals and their behavior, so if Wilson was calm we knew everything was ok lol. He was a joy to be around and it was special for us to visit his village towards the end of our stay. We consider him a friend now!
Third, the property- wow, is this real life?! We kept pinching ourselves the whole time! The views are out of this world, as you can see for miles and miles over the Mara. The common area was beautiful and very warm as well. We had some of our favorite meals in there and Adlight was lovely! One night we wanted to have dinner in the library and they accommodated us quickly. The variety of food was a nice touch too- paired with wine, so good. I used the gym and it was perfect, it has everything that you need to get a good workout in (including beautiful views!)
My husband spent some time with Adam to learn photography and that was a highlight for him. We are excited to hang some of his pictures in our home! Again, from start to finish we felt comfortable, taken care of and looked after. The Angama staff created so many special memories for us during our honeymoon that we are forever grateful for; a hot air balloon experience, an Out of Africa secluded lunch, a sundowner event on our last night and more.
We cannot wait to go back and bring friends with us next time! Thank you team Angama!
Cassandra S – Stayed November 2018. Travelled as a couple.
I don’t think its possible to properly express how wonderful our experience was at Angama Mara.
Angama Mara is overwhelming in its beauty and although the ultimate in luxury, understated in its delivery. All of the staff had that wonderful touch of warm friendly hospitality, it did truly feel like a family.
I am sure everyone comes away with a different aspect that touched them. For us: the well recommended lunch at the Shamba, the start of the Wildebeest migration, the hot air ballooning and the simply incredible view from breakfast. And of course to reiterate, it’s the people that really make it – I said in the visitors book that this place infiltrates your soul – it really does.
A special mention of Roy, Titus and John, who looked after us incredibly well!
If you are thinking of booking a trip, close your eyes and do it, you will not regret it!
Julie V – Stayed May 2019. Travelled as a couple.
“Heaven on top of Heaven!!”
I have had the joy and been blessed to visit some of the most exclusive safari destinations most people in the world would only dream of: yes, I am a confirmed addict and always looking for my next “fix”. For East and Southern Africa, my mind told me I had seen the best but boy was I wrong! Angama Mara moved me to the core. It peeled off layers of emotion and revealed a side of me I did not know existed.
My travelling to Angama was to celebrate my birthday and also cross over a personal milestone and I got exactly what I wished for and more. Every single detail was taken care of. I was pampered to a fault. The game drives were out of this world! Knowledgable Njiriri ensured that not a day passed without me learning something new. Unbelievably, and true to what I had heard, I took a walk to their amazing garden and even chose what I wanted for dinner. In all my years of travel, I have yet to meet a place of this standard with this kind of flexibility. Am i gushing too much? Cannot help it :). Angama for me was only but a temporary cure; I cannot wait to be back and most of all rave to everyone about you. You will be hearing from me and mine!
Thank you for making this “My trip of a lifetime”.
Lucy546 – Nairobi, Kenya. Stayed November 2017. Travelled solo.
Condé Nast Traveler
Best Resort in Africa
Travelers’ Choice Awards
Best of the Best
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Adventure Travel Trade Association
Established in 1990, the Seattle-headquartered ATTA serves 1,000 members in 80 countries worldwide – keeping Angama Mara on track as a responsible tourism operator within the adventure travel sector. Read ATTA’s interview with Nicky Fitzgerald here.
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