The views at Angama Mara stretch for miles. Perched upon a the Oloololo Escarpment 300 metres above the plains of the Mara below, the name of the lodge was inspired by the Swahili word for ‘suspended in mid-air’ and no matter where in the lodge you are, you are guaranteed the best seat in the house.
On Top of the World
Set on the edge of the Oloololo Escarpment, there is little that is conventional about the creation of Angama Mara, with views that stretch as far as the eye can see across the Maasai Mara set 1,000ft below. The 700-hectare site directly borders the Mara Triangle, with 1.2km of Rift Valley frontage, its own forests and game a-plenty.
The rare beauty of the site has an emotional effect on visitors — an almost dreamlike quality of being somewhere ‘between heaven and earth’
Guests instantly connect with the romance of the setting, where some of the loveliest scenes from the movie Out of Africa were filmed
No Tented Suite has the best view, nor the worst — all are spread along the edge of the Rift Valley
Unrivalled exclusivity with a private road directly into the Reserve — a mere 10-minute drive to the entrance
A place of orientation, educational exploration and embarkation, the Map Room provides guests with a sense of place within the Greater Maasai Mara eco-system and further into East Africa. It is the starting point for guests on safari, as well as a place to reconvene afterwards to share experiences and wildlife sighting information.
A workspace of creativity and storytelling, the Photographic Studio is an exciting hub of imagery, content creation, teaching and sharing. Attend hands-on private photographic tutorials and editing sessions with the on-site Photographer or Studio Manager using the large-screen Apple desktops, loaded with the latest software.
You can also print a small portfolio of your photographs on the photographic printer and rent cameras and photographic equipment.
The Safari Shop showcases locally made and carefully curated items from jewellery and beaded belts to felt safari hats and Anna Trzebinski’s famous pashminas — a little piece of Africa to take home as a gift or as a memory for yourself.
Leading off from the shop is the sunny and bright Beading Studio where Maasai ladies from the neighbouring community come daily to create bespoke items.
The lodge’s 12-metre rim-flow Swimming Pool overlooks the Mara, surrounded by deck chairs, the perfect spot to bask in the sun with a good book.
Around the corner is the Fitness Room with a selection of Technogym equipment — with floor-to-ceiling stacking glass doors — you will be hard-pressed to find a treadmill with a better view in all of Africa.
Enjoy your day the way you’d like to — whether it’s embarking on a morning hot-air balloon safari, photographing Africa’s rich wildlife during a game drive, strolling along the Great Rift Valley’s edge, or savouring local cuisine, these are a myriad of choices available to you.
We’re often asked ‘What does the perfect stay look like?’ There is never enough time, but if we were to do it, it might look something like this:
Touchdown at Angama Mara’s private airfield where a warm Kenyan welcome awaits you. Enjoy a delicious lunch out on the baraza while taking in the breath-taking view of the Mara below and the endless sky. After you settle into your tent, meet your Guide and descend into the Mara Triangle and begin your adventure.
Head out early on a full-day exploration of the Triangle. Enjoy a picnic breakfast or lunch — or both — under a desert date tree somewhere in the middle of nowhere, along the Tanzanian border. After an exciting day out, return to the lodge just in time for the sundowner Boma, as you sip on a gin and tonic while enjoying a Maasai warrior performance.
Join one of our Maasai naturalists and discover the Great Rift Valley on foot, learning about the flora, fauna through a traditional Maasai perspective. Back at your tent, enjoy a pampering massage on your private deck then spend the afternoon on a long lazy lunch in Shamba, or head out for a delightfully slow safari.
A very early start to catch a sunrise hot-air balloon flight over the Mara plains. Toast the morning’s flight with bubbles and a delicious breakfast in the heart of the Triangle, before a gentle safari back to camp in time for lunch and an afternoon at your leisure by the swimming pool. Tonight, experience Angama Mara’s lantern-lit signature Forest BBQ.
Head off on a morning drive followed by breakfast on the deck of your tent. Lunch is a romantic affair, recreating the magical picnic scene from the classic movie, Out of Africa, on the very site it was filmed. Later, join the Maasai Mamas in the Beading Studio and try your hand at their craft or ask them to bead something for you.
Both Angama Mara and Angama Safari Camp are just a short 45-minute flight from Kenya’s capital of Nairobi. Guests can travel on the multiple daily scheduled flights from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport, or opt for a private and convenient charter straight from Nairobi’s main airport, Jomo Kenyatta International.
Various international airlines, as well as the national carrier, Kenya Airways, offer direct flights to Jomo Kenyatta International from hubs all over the world.
Angama Mara is divided into two identical but completely separate camps, each with 15 en-suite Tented Suites. The Suites span over 100sqm, including the deck and feature 11m wide floor-to-ceiling glass frontage — offering views from everywhere. There are also two sets of two interconnected Tented Suites in each camp.
Children of all ages are welcome in Standard Season Children aged 6 and over are welcome during Peak Season
The Mara is classified as a low risk malaria area — seek medical advice prior to travel.
The Mara enjoys a warm and temperate climate all year round. Summer months are October to April with temperatures of min 20˚C/68˚F and max 34˚C/94˚F; Winter is generally from May to September with temperatures varying between min 11˚C/52˚F and max 25˚C/77˚F. Rainfall generally occurs in brief afternoon thundershowers during the months of March to May and November to mid-December.
Check in at 12pm, check out at 10am; there is a change room available for guests with late departures. Early check-in and late check-out subject to availability.