Planning menus, sourcing ingredients, preparing delicious dishes and serving them to our guests in a dazzling choice of settings is what the Angama team loves to do best. No matter the time of day, there’s always something delicious to be had.
Some of our guests’ favourite memories are of the delicious food served with a sweet smile where you want it and when you want it. Indoors, outdoors, by the pool, with a view. In fact, just as important as the food itself is where we serve it.
There’s no lack of food and no shortage of places to dine either, from your tented suite to out and about in the Mara Triangle.
What can compete with a picnic in the middle of nowhere: served under a lone tree on the short-grass plains of the Maasai Mara with only giraffe, elephant and buffalo as your dining companions.
Pick your own vegetables for the freshest imaginable salads in our beautiful one-acre kitchen garden, the Shamba, a well-earned lunch straight from the source to be enjoyed under towering moth trees. The freshest of salads along with crusty bread, local cheese, chilled rosé and the Mara as a backdrop — what could be better?
In a nod to Out of Africa, which was filmed on the same site where Angama Mara now stands, the lodge offers intimate private picnics for two on the Out of Africa kopje featured on the movie’s iconic poster. Chequered blankets, comfy cushions, canvas safari chairs, a picnic and sparkling wine on ice – everything you might need for your own romance story.
Kenyan cuisine is deeply influenced by Arab-inspired Swahili dishes from the coast and Indian food, from the significant community that has called this country home for many generations. In turn, we are inspired by and create our meals from the finest ingredients from all over Kenya.
Angama Mara’s signature family-style barbeque is where chefs grill to perfection fat juicy steaks, prawns or Swahili-spiced kuku (chicken is Kenya’s most-loved dish) and our famous bread cooked on sticks. In a lovely forest near the lodge, lit with lanterns and serenaded by a hyena chorus, it’s ‘out there’, it’s relaxed and most of all, delicious.
As so many guests request recipes, it seemed much simpler just to publish a cookery book, featuring Angama’s best-loved dishes. Drawing inspiration from that beautiful movie, Out of Africa, Out of an African Kitchen celebrates our lodge, our chefs, our guests, our setting overlooking the beautiful Maasai Mara and the stories that bind us. It is also a quirky anthology of reminiscences, anecdotes and stories from a bush kitchen set high up on the edge of the Great Rift Valley.
It is a daunting challenge to prepare food in the middle of nowhere, for guests who come from all four corners of the world, different culinary cultures and who, quite rightly, expect the best of the best when it comes to choosing where to stay on their next holiday. In creating our ‘classical safari food’, our chefs are inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi, chef, restauranteur and food writer – known at Angama as Chef O, but also the wonderful flavours of Kenyan cuisine and produce sourced from across the country.
Our kitchen philosophy is that nothing is too much trouble, with every meal cooked and served with love. Below you will find further information on how we cater for guests with special dietary requirements.
Gluten free? Easy. Vegan? No problem. Low sodium, kosher, no garlic, Chinese, food allergies, Halaal and food preferences are all in a day’s work. The children only like fish fingers. Done. Soymilk, almond milk? In the pantry. Nearly a third of our menu is vegetarian, for those who can’t get enough of the abundant fruits and vegetables Kenya has to offer.
For our kosher guests, Angama Mara has a small kosher stand-alone kitchen which is completely separate to the lodge kitchen and is fully equipped with everything needed for the preparation of kosher meals. This includes kosher crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils, pots and pans, charcoal grill, cooking top, refrigeration and washing-up facilities. The kitchen is kept locked at all times other than when in use for kosher guests or by a kosher chef. The kosher kitchen can prepare meals for up to 12 guests.
When it comes to family safaris, we cater for our young guests by offering children’s menus, along with gastronomic adventures. Children can be a “Baker for a Day” in the Angama Mara kitchen, where they’ll learn how to make something delicious for the rest of the family.
Beautiful Kitchen Chaos
The Recipe of Amanda’s Kitchen
Kate Fitzgerald Boyd
Cooking Up a Shamba Storm
OUR VEGETABLE GARDEN
Angama Mara’s Shamba is a one-acre vegetable garden and a very special location for a quiet lunch just for you
CELEBRATE ON SAFARI
The Angama Mara team loves planning a celebration whatever the occasion. And they do it in Maasai style
A PICNIC FOR TWO
The Out of Africa picnic is just right for romantics with a taste for wine, elegant food and that incredible view