Remotely located in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is a group of beautiful tropical islands and is the definitive unspoilt tropical paradise. Renowned for its palm fringed white-powdered beaches and cerulean waters, brimming with a kaleidoscope of marine life, ideal for diving and snorkelling.
Rich in Swahili culture, Zanzibar offers so much more than a fly and flop beach destination. Wonder through Stone Town, an old Arabic trading port, or spend an afternoon on the spice route before settling down and digging your toes into the white sand of one of Zanzibar’s many beautiful beaches.
The Kenyan Coast
Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline is home to endless stretches of impossibly white beaches. With a strong influence from the early days of trade with Arabia, the Swahili-inspired seafood dishes, warm hospitality of coastal Kenyans and the gentle lapping of turquoise waters, home to a dazzling array of sea life, offer the perfect ending to an East African safari.
THE BEST OF THE BEST
Pure East African Romance
THE MARA & MORE
Safari, adventure & beach
RIFT VALLEY SAFARI
two iconic safari lodges
East of the Mara is best accessed from Nairobi, be it a short 40-minute flight to the Amboseli / Tsavo ecosystem, a longer hop to the Kenyan Coast or Zanzibar, or a 3-hour international flight to the Seychelles – all of which can allow for same-day travel if departing from the Mara that morning.
Seychelles private barefoot luxury at its best, North Island has just eleven guest villas offering each guest an unparalleled sense of exclusivity, and a feeling of ‘this is all mine’. This retreat evokes a sense of place, with each villa sitting in harmony in the surrounding natural vegetation and spectacular ocean views.
& Beyond Mnemba Island
A teardrop-shaped island just 3kms off the northeast coast of Zanzibar, Mnemba Island is an award-winning barefoot beach paradise. Including world class diving on its own atoll, this private getaway is the perfect end to an East African safari, and the iconic benchmark for other beach properties in the region.
Perched on a clifftop overlooking Kilifi on the Kenyan coast, Sirai Beach is a private house comprising of six bedrooms. Perfectly placed on its 4.5acre grounds, with views stretching over the Indian ocean, Sirai is the perfect place for families and friends to come together, enjoy the cool ocean breeze and enjoy the incredible infinity pool.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon
Found on Felicite Island in the Seychelles, Zil Payson is tucked between massive granite boulders overlooking coral-fringed beaches. An all-villa resort with private infinity pools and ocean views, Zil Payson offers an underlying commitment to wellness, a cornerstone of the Six Senses brand.
Comprising of three completely unique villas overlooking Kenya's Diani beach, Alfajiri offers a secluded escape from which to enjoy the best of the Indian Ocean, and is ideally suited for families. Villa stays are private with personal service, delicious Italian-Swahili food and ultimate ‘downtime’ with daily massages and and lovely views of dhows sailing by with their white sails set against an impossibly blue sky.
Xanadu Villas & Retreat
Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, white sands and the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean, Xanadu makes for a romantic Zanzibar hideaway. Experience a unique blend of architectural styles, some offering secluded rooftop plunge pools, while others display tall, traditional cathedral windows. Natural tones are intermingled with bursts of colour, ensuring rooms are bright and welcoming.
A Relais & Chateaux property and part of the Great Plains group of lodges, ol Donyo sits on a gently sloping hillside with views out over the Green Hills to a distant Kilimanjaro. Designed to merge outdoor and indoor living, a series of unique suites and villas (no two are the same) appear to emerge from the dramatic landscape.
In the Company of Giants
There must be only a handful of destinations in Africa where the elephant viewing is as extraordinary as it is at Amboseli National Park. As I discovered, a journey here guarantees up-close and emotional encounters with one of the true icons of wild Africa. At just 392 square kilometres, Amboseli is a tiny park in...
Land of Lava Fields, Living Springs and Elephants Aplenty
If you’re planning on visiting Tsavo West, then Finch Hattons should be your top choice. It is such a gem in the dry and arid red earth of Tsavo. Having never been to this part of Kenya before, I was in awe of the beautiful landscapes as we drove in. Mountains, volcanic lava flow, grasslands...
After four years of being asked the same question time and again ‘What is so special about the beaches of Kenya?’ I decided it was time to find out for myself. My history of the Kenyan coast dates back to Christmas of 1960 when my father drove my sister and I from Nairobi to Malindi...
Travelling is my passion and having the opportunity to create the perfect, often once-in-a-lifetime safari, is my calling. Ensuring that everything goes to plan provides me with enormous gratification, and something I enjoy on a daily basis.
Nairobi Driver Guide
Different cultures and lifestyles fascinate me and my job gives me the chance to meet people from all over the world. I also happen to know just about every street in Nairobi, so that makes me one of the best drivers in town!
There is a saying that goes: “Fill your life with experiences not things’’. Going on safari is definitely one of the best experiences one can have. Having worked in the Kenyan travel industry for nine years, I can firmly stand by this.
I joined Angama Mara in July 2015 and my love for it grows every day. I have enjoyed building close working relationships with agents who in many instances have now become more like friends. My motto is work is not work if you love what you do, and I do!
Kristin van Lelyveld
With 16 years in the travel Industry, I have had the wonderful privilege of travelling all over Southern and East Africa. As William Burchell said, “The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa — for he has so much to look forward to”.
My passion for adventure, freedom and wildlife led to nearly 15 years working in lodges in Kenya and Tanzania. Deciding on a life less nomadic, I now focus on channelling that passion as a travel planner. I get immense joy from crafting wonderful journeys in a timely and personable manner.
Nairobi Driver Guide
I always knew that I wanted to meet people, explore and learn about the world. Having worked in the tourism sector for 25 years, I still enjoy every moment. Our bosses empower us - they trust us with expensive vehicles and precious guests!
Please note that all scheduled flights carry a luggage restriction of 15kg per person in soft bags, including carry-ons. The acceptance of excess baggage is at the sole discretion of the airline but some offer the option to purchase an additional freight seat for luggage weighing up to 75kg.
We are delighted you have chosen to travel to East Africa. You will meet some wonderful people during your stay and be amazed at how friendly and welcoming everyone is towards visitors. It almost goes without saying but please be sensitive to others and aware of local customs. Should you wish to take a photograph of someone, please ask permission beforehand. Generally the answer is yes but sometimes it comes with a request for a small donation.
While theft is not very common, please take responsibility for the safety of your valuables by keeping them in a money belt or a hotel / lodge safe. Please take caution when in the urban areas, especially at night. We kindly request that you do not bring sweets for the children.
In an effort to reduce the impact on the environment, Kenya has recently made the use and importation of all plastic bags illegal. The ban applies to carrier bags, flat bags, zip lock bags etc, with severe consequences if not complied with. Plastic bags (includes those from duty-free shopping) are known to be confiscated upon arrival in Nairobi.
We are often asked, understandably, by travellers ‘how safe will I be?’ It is a good question to ask and simply put the answer is that Angama Safaris will do all and more to ensure your personal safety and the safety of your possessions every step of your journey. We have teams on the ground in Nairobi, at our lodge in the Maasai Mara and in Johannesburg all of whom are on call 24/7. As a lodge operator in Africa with over 25 years of operational experience in the safari business across 6 countries we know that keeping our guests safe is paramount. We have done, and continue to do this, day in and day out. Angama Safaris applies the same stringent adherences to safety as does the Angama Mara lodge team. Should you have any specific questions in this regard please ask your travel planner.
Tanzania and Kenya are two of the many African countries where yellow fever is endemic, and a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers over one year of age who are arriving from other countries classified in the endemic zone (much of Africa and Latin America). Vaccinations need to be administered 10 days or more prior to travel, and the certificate will need to be provided as proof. Depending on your onward travel plans, or country of residence, you may also be required to have the vaccination in order to leave Kenya.
Although there are many areas that are considered low-risk, malaria does exist in East Africa, and we recommend that travellers contact their local medical clinic for professional advice, and that they obtain comprehensive travel insurance, including health cover, prior to travelling.
To enter Kenya you will need:
* Restaurant waiters: 10 – 15% (often asked for in cash and not included on the bill)
* City drivers: US$10 – $15
* City guides: $30 per day
* Porters: $5
* Lodge safari guides: $20 – $30 per day
* Lodge butlers / waiters: $10 – $20 per day
* Members of staff at a lodge (generally pooled and distributed): $10 – $20 per day