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Nicky Fitzgerald

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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Please Don’t Ask Nicky What Comes Next 7 March 2022 40 years ago, on 10 July 1982, Nicky stood at the front door of the 11-roomed Arniston Hotel on the southernmost tip of Africa and welcomed her first guests. 60 plus hotels and lodges later — with a few restaurants thrown in for good measure — she bids farewell to an industry she loves deeply By Nicky Fitzgerald
So Nearly Finished Off by Bahoirie 1 March 2022 Deep in the Kibale Forest of western Uganda Nicky faced an enraged chimpanzee who aptly goes by the name of Bahoirie meaning, ‘they are finished’ By Nicky Fitzgerald
Dian Fossey Would Be So Proud 22 February 2022 Nicky was lucky enough to visit the inspiring Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund just five days after it was officially opened on 1 February 2022 By Nicky Fitzgerald
Treasures of the Albertine Rift 15 February 2022 A couple of weeks ago, Nicky was frogmarched from Kibale Forest in Uganda to Lake Kivu in Rwanda by two very demanding friends who wanted her to ‘see it all’ in just six days. She even tiptoed across the border into the DRC just because it was there By Nicky Fitzgerald
A Tale of Three Graves 25 January 2022 Inspired by a chance meeting with a remarkable traveller, Nicky Fitzgerald set out to find the tale of three graves which weaves together the Out of Africa story with Angama Mara By Nicky Fitzgerald
30 Years of Packing for Safari (into a 15kg Duffle) 5 January 2022 There are tons of lists out there about "what to pack for a safari?" and they're all just about as drab and dull as the next. One person who has quite clearly nailed it is Nicky Fitzgerald who spends a week a month in khaki, white, olive and black. It's as simple as that. By Nicky Fitzgerald
Shiraz, Dias and a whole lot of Pizzaz 30 November 2021 Azei, Collins and Nicky took the Cape by storm and explored, ate and drank their way through it all By Nicky Fitzgerald
Keep Calm and Come When It’s Green (& Gorgeous) 22 November 2021 Nicky Fitzgerald shares her safari-savvy thoughts on the often-tremulous question, ‘Is it ok to travel to the Mara in the rainy season?’ By Nicky Fitzgerald
Dear Guests, 12 October 2021 Since Angama Mara welcomed back our first DC19* guests in August of last year, Nicky has been watching them with a mixture of deep admiration and thankful sympathy for what our guests have to endure to reach us By Nicky Fitzgerald
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 the addition of our handsome new Map Room 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 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
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