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Safari North of the Mara

Journey north of the Maasai Mara and up through the Great Rift Valley to discover flamingo-covered lakes, dramatic landscapes and ancient cultures.

Highlights

The Laikipia Plateau

This region rolls out from the foot of Mount Kenya, and is home to some of the most beautiful and well conserved private tracts of land in Kenya. Often it will be just you out on safari - it is rare to see another vehicle for hours at a time - with Mount Kenya always watching over this lovely wilderness, home to many endemic species'.

Stories about Laikipia
 

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Samburu National Park

A stark contrast to some of the more verdant reserves in Kenya, the arid landscape of Samburu National Park brings a beauty of its own to any East African safari. It is here travellers are able to experience the deeply rich culture of the Samburu and get the opportunity to view rare endemic species such as the Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, beisa oryx and reticulated giraffe.

Stories about Samburu
 

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Mount Kenya

As the second highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kenya, dominates over the Laikipia Plateau. A more technical climb than that of her big sister Mount Kilimanjaro to the south in Tanzania, the four-day adventure to summit Mount Kenya is not for the faint-hearted.

Stories about Mount Kenya
 

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Safari Offers

With such diverse landscapes and attractions, there really is something for everyone.

JUST FOR TWO

Out of Africa

One for the romantics

Segera Retreat & Angama Mara
6 Nights
From US$ 11,650 pp sharing
 

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Family

A FAMILY SAFARI

Giraffes, Samburu & Maasai

Giraffe Manor, Sasaab & Angama Mara
8 Nights
From US$ 8,900 pp sharing
 

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Adventure

The Great Heli-Safari

Adventure of a lifetime

Northern Kenya Helicopter Safari
9 Nights
From US$ 41,450 pp sharing
 

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We pride ourselves in curating bespoke itineraries for our guests. Share your dreams with us and we look forward to creating unforgettable memories together.

Getting There

Kenya's vast northern region is easily accessible by plane from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. Whether at the start or end of your safari there are many daily scheduled flights available as well as the option to travel via private flight. There is a good network of scheduled flights between Northern Kenya and the Maasai Mara which allows for onward connectivity.

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Safari Adventures Not To Be Missed

There are extraordinary adventures for the intrepid traveller when exploring north of the Mara, including climbing Mt. Kenya, tracking rhino or discovering Lake Turkana and the beauty of the Great Rift Valley from the air.

Partners We Love

Handpicked by the Angama Safaris team because of the exceptional experiences and high standards they consistently deliver, these are our trusted partners north of the Mara.

Arijiju

A beautiful exclusive-use safari home hidden away in a quiet valley of the gentle rolling hills of the Borana Conservancy. Arijiju, inspired by Ethiopian monasteries, also offers lovely views of Mount Kenya. This extraordinary home welcomes up to 10 guests in five beautifully appointed suites.

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Segera Retreat

Indulge in an unforgettable experience at this retreat. Segera offers sweeping views towards Mount Kenya in addition to a fine collection of contemporary African art and gardens brimming with exotic plants. Segera is a one of a kind and refreshing property and a refreshing departure from traditional bush camps.

VIsit Segera Retreat
 

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Tropic Air

A three-day journey into some of northern Kenya’s vast, dramatic and remote regions, best discovered from the air. This includes the Suguta Valley and Lake Turkana, a fascinating part of the Great Rift Valley made up of ancient sediments and fossil remains and a lake that has risen and fallen multiple times over the past 18,000 years.

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Lengishu House

Nestled on a hillside setting on the Borana Conservancy in Northern Kenya, this exclusive 6 bedroomed home is ideal for families or groups of friends. With uninterrupted views of the conservancy which is home to a number of species unique to northern Kenya such as Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, Beisa oryx and Somali ostrich.

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Sirai House

Sirai takes its name from the Maasai for the euphorbia tree which, along with ancient wild olive trees and indigenous cedars, dot the ridge on which the house sits. This gracious Safari home is set on one of the highest points in the Borana Conservancy right at the foot of Mount Kenya offering breathtaking views over the region.

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Ol Jogi

Family-owned for over 40 years, Ol Jogi is a safe haven for the protection of both the land and wildlife, notably numerous black and white rhino. An extraordinary private home that now welcomes guests is set at the base of an imposing rocky outcrop overlooking the vast conservancy.

VIsit Ol Jogi
 

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Sasaab

A handsome Moroccan styled tented lodge over-looking the Samburu National Reserve. Each of the nine tented suites are built into the hillside and offer river views from their spacious verandahs. Perfect for guests wanting to experience adventure with daily safaris.

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Travel Stories

A Visual Treat in Central Kenya

Adam Bannister

Kenya is an outstandingly diverse country. Having spent the last year-and-a-half working at Angama in the heart of the Maasai Mara, I have been fortunate enough to travel a fair amount around this extraordinary land. I am continually amazed at the diversity of its landscapes and cultures. Around every bend in the road you are...

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Nicky Fitzgerald

When the invitation to attend a friend’s 65th birthday slap bang on the equator hit my inbox I jumped at the chance. Having listened to my mother’s glamorous recollections of her stay at the Mount Kenya Safari Club in the early 1970’s I had to experience it for myself. And it was high time to...

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Remember To Look Back

Michael Boyd

I looked back to where I was. Back to Nairobi. To where I was looking at where I am now: standing at Lenana Point, Mount Kenya’s third-highest peak. At the beginning it felt like an easy climb. We hiked for a total of one hour to Chogoria Gate (2950m), where we entered the Mount Kenya...

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Travel FAQs

Our knowledgeable and experienced team of East African experts have compiled answers to the commonly asked questions

Baggage Restrictions

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.

City Hotels

Angama Safaris can assist with all your city hotel arrangements in Nairobi and has a close relationship with a network of properties, including Giraffe Manor, Hemingways, Kempinski Villa Rosa and various others. Our in-country team conducts regular site inspections to stay up to date with new hotels and upgrades at existing partner properties.

Safety

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.

Responsible Travelling

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.

Packing Recommendations
  • Comfortable cotton clothing
  • Both long and short sleeve shirts, shorts and trousers
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunhat, sunglasses, sun block, lip balm
  • Bathing suit
  • A jacket and/or warm fleece – layers are always good as it can be cold at altitude
  • An extra pair of reading glasses (if you need ‘em)
  • Camera, binoculars, extra memory cards, charging equipment
Vaccinations

Kenya is one 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 Angama Mara is located in an area that is generally regarded low-risk, malaria is prevalent across Kenya, 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. Please note that all guests at Angama Mara are covered for Emergency Medical Evacuation by air to a Nairobi hospital – from there onwards all medical costs are for the traveller’s own expense. Anti-mosquito repellant is provided at Angama Mara and at most lodges in the region, please confirm for your specific itinerary.

Entry Requirements

To enter Kenya you will need:

  • A valid passport for at least six months from the date of entry, with at least three consecutive blank pages (temporary passports will not be accepted)
  • Visas are required for visitors from many countries, including the UK and the US
  • Visas can be applied for at the point of entry or online at the new eCitizen portal
  • Single entry visas are valid for three months from issue, and cost US$ 50; multiple-entry visas cost US$ 110 – these fees can also be paid in Pounds Sterling & Euro, but must be in cash
  • East African Tourist Visas valid for travel to all of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda are also available
  • Visitors from certain countries do not require a visa: for a full listing, please see the website of the Kenyan Embassy in Washington DC
Money and Gratuities
  • The local currency is the Kenyan Shilling (KES) and the current rate of exchange is approximately KES 100 / US$1. To get an up-to-date rate of exchange, we recommend visiting Oanda.com
  • The Shilling is often referred to in shorthand as KSh, or quoted simply with “/-“ after the number; notes are available in denominations of up to 1,000
  • US$ are widely accepted, though you may have some trouble with notes of larger denomination or those issued prior to the year 2000. At certain bank branches US$ are available over the counter, but are not available for withdrawal from ATMs
  • We recommend travelling with some US$ in cash, for any eventuality, and in multiple denominations
  • Many local restaurants will accept US$, though prices are shown in Shillings and typically inclusive of all taxes and levies
  • All major credit cards are widely accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Diner’s Club etc.
  • Gratuities are entirely at guests’ discretion and are not included in Angama Safaris quotes. There is no hard and fast rule for this, and tipping recommendations vary from property to property across the country. However as we are frequently asked for advice, herewith a guideline (per couple):

* 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: $40 per day
* Lodge butlers / waiters: $10 – $20 per day
* Members of staff at a lodge (generally pooled and distributed): $15

Do you have more questions?

Contact our travel team