On top of the World
Angama Mara’s architecturally dramatic guest areas were inspired by Nairobi’s Muthaiga Club, built in 1917 and famously featured in the movie Out of Africa. Typical of early colonial design in Africa, the inside of the guest areas become the outside and vice versa.
On lovely Mara days, all the action will be on the deck and during those dramatic but brief afternoon thunderstorms, guests are safely tucked behind the floor to ceiling glass doors watching the spectacle unfold. As quickly as these storms roll in, they dissipate and back outside our guests go.
By night, the softly-lit architecture of the Maasai brick walls and the cone-shaped buildings that float on a lily pond hold guests’ attention. Especially the Library, a lovely quiet, handsome brick-clad oval room, which is perfect for private dining, and complete with WiFi, and a thoughtfully chosen collection of books and films on Africa. (Read the story behind the book and film collections)
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 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.
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 own photographs on the photographic printer and rent cameras and photographic equipment.
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.
Explore Angama Mara’s one-acre Shamba (Kiswahili for kitchen garden), guided by a Shamba keeper who will explain the produce, encouraging you to pick and taste along the way. This is followed by a soil-to-fork lunch under towering moth trees. Crusty bread, local cheese, chilled rosé and the freshest of salads served with the Mara as a backdrop – what could be better?
Gather in a lantern-lit forest for dinner cooked over the coals. Guests dine family-style at long, wooden tables, off enamel plates with dishcloths for napkins. It’s fun, it’s relaxed and most of all, it’s delicious.
In a nod to the film, 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. Checked blankets, comfy cushions, canvas safari chairs, a picnic and sparkling wine on ice – everything you could need for elegant romance.
Traditional dawa (local mojito) in hand, toast the sun as it descends behind the Rift Valley from the vantage point of the lodge’s Sundowner Boma to the sound of Maasai warriors as they perform singing, dancing and jumping.
Angama Mara staff strives to deliver a guest experience that is not built on luxury, but rather something less tangible, more meaningful and always joyful and authentic.