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After more than 30 years in hospitality, starting with a small hotel at the foot of Africa and followed by a further couple of Cape hotels, most notably The Bay, and sixty plus safari lodges across Africa and India, Nicky has served more meals, puffed more cushions, filled more beds, trained more staff and opened more properties than she cares to remember. Her driving force is ‘will our guests love this?’ She has come full circle and is happily puffing, cooking, training and filling to her heart’s content high up on the edge of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley at Angama Mara.
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No Thorns On This Bush 14 September 2021 Nicky recently returned to South Africa’s lowveld, a wilderness that Steve loved most. Far from the rolling grasslands of the Mara, she reconnected with those perfect wintry bush days at the jewel in its crown – Kubili House By Nicky Fitzgerald
You Are Here 17 August 2021 One of the earliest forms of human communication, maps tell stories. And we have plenty to share with our guests with the addition of our handsome new Map Room, set at the heart of the lodge By Nicky Fitzgerald
60 Lodges Later… 5 August 2021 In this first episode of our new series, Chai with Angama, Steve Mitchell, co-founder of Angama, chats to CEO, Nicky Fitzgerald to find out what four decades of experience in hospitality has taught her, what it was like working alongside her husband, and her people-first approach to business By Nicky Fitzgerald
Long Live the King 29 June 2021 At 1pm local time on 11 June, Scarface took his last breath. He died of natural causes in peace without any disturbance from vehicles or hyenas. The Mara has lost a king, but may his legend live on forever By Nicky Fitzgerald
The Place We Call Home 22 June 2021 On the 12 June, the Mara conservancy proudly celebrated their 20th anniversary. Custodians of the beautiful Mara Triangle, the Angama family is proud to not only take our guests into the park each day, but to support the Mara Conservancy in every way we can By Nicky Fitzgerald
Seasons of Love 15 June 2021 As we celebrate Angama’s birthday, Nicky wonders – how do you begin to measure the love that has been poured into our lodge over the past six years? By Nicky Fitzgerald
Seconds Out Round #6 25 May 2021 Our annual tradition to celebrate the abundance of regrowth around our lodge has fallen to Nicky, with Adam and the maintenance team jumping in to capture this year's changes By Nicky Fitzgerald
From Godown to GM 9 March 2021 Just shy of six years ago, and three months before we welcomed our first guests to Angama, a most distinguished gentleman joined our family, and this is his story from then till now … By Nicky Fitzgerald
Roughing it, Armani-style 17 November 2020 When it comes to mapping out and executing the creation of a new camp - and a completely movable camp at that - Nicky discovers the devil really is in the detail By Nicky Fitzgerald
Laikipia: Pure Elegance 20 October 2020 Nicky recently stayed at what surely must be amongst the most elegant safari homes on the continent. All four of these extraordinary sole-use residences are scattered across the great Laikipia Plateau that stretches westwards from the foothills of Mt Kenya By Nicky Fitzgerald
Travel in the Time of Rona 22 September 2020 It took sheer bloody mindedness and a dose of foolhardiness for Nicky to escape a tightly locked-down South Africa to return to her beloved Angama Mara in Kenya By Nicky Fitzgerald
Is it a Phlog? A Vlog? Definitely Not A Bog 25 August 2020 As Nicky set out to research the origin of the word ‘blog’ – a dumpy, inelegant, displeasing to the ear word – she stumbled across a whole universe of blogolicious words (that one she made up) By Nicky Fitzgerald
A Love Letter 11 August 2020 Confined to South Africa, Nicky spends her days dreaming of returning to the place she loves best in the world. Her heart is filled with longing to be back with the Angama family, to walk through the property at sunrise, to spend time with the team, to greet guests again, and, best of all, to hang out in the kitchen By Nicky Fitzgerald
People First. Always. 21 July 2020 Looking back on a 40-year career in hospitality, the only thing of which Nicky Fitzgerald is completely certain now more so than ever, is that the heart of the industry is powered by people: guests, staff, communities, investors, landlords and other stakeholders By Nicky Fitzgerald
A Walk of Hope, Humanity and Hardship 26 May 2020 Kibera – the very name elicits so many emotions. Nairobi’s famous slum, set in the heart of the city, warrants a visit from travellers across the world By Nicky Fitzgerald
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