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Guest Areas

On top of the world

 

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High above the Maasai Mara

Suspended in mid-air
 

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A rim-flow pool with a view

The perfect place to unwind
 

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Idyllic locations for every meal

Surrounded by beauty and nature
 

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Where the day ends

With song, dance and dawas
 

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Suspended Between Heaven & Earth

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.

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At a glance

  • Essentially one room (33m by 11m) entirely wrapped in stacking glass doors and divided by internal columns, floor level changes and distinctive roof features
  • There is no defined sitting room, dining room or bar – just a charming mix of everything – it’s that kind of place
  • The front of the building floats off the edge of the Escarpment, with ponds wrapping the back of the guest area
  • Expansive deck and baraza hanging off the edge of the Rift Valley
  • A dramatic shingle-clad drinks armoire welcomes guests, from where they can be served by their butler or even better mix their own cocktail

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)

More to Explore

The Map room

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.

Quick Facts:
The centrepiece of the Map Room is a steel map structure by Simon Bannister
Pour over the 150 maps, some created just for Angama, while the oldest dates back to 1608
The Map Room also serves as another dining location for a special occasion or even a meeting place
 

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The Photographic Studio

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.

Quick Facts:
Basic photographic tutorials and editing sessions are included in the rate
Angama Mara’s on-site wildlife photographer can accompany guests on a private photographic safari
Capture the special moments during your stay in a professional photoshoot by our in-house photographer
More on photography
 

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Safari Shop & Beading Studio

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.

Quick Facts:
Browse the Artefact Gallery where you will find African crafts
Learn the craft of beading by joining the Maasai ladies in the Studio
The Safari Shop Manager is always on hand to make arrangements for items you would prefer to ship back home
 

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Fitness Room & Swimming Pool

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.

Quick Facts:
Inside the Fitness Room you will find treadmills, bicycle, elliptical and cross-fitness equipment, as well as weights
Alongside the swimming pool is a cloakroom where guests can shower and freshen up after check out
Those keen to burn up some energy can also take to the outdoors and Run with a Kenyan
 

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The Shamba

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?

Quick facts:
As well as lunch, the Shamba is the perfect location for sundowner drinks and bitings
Lunches are always private, for your group only
Weddings, Maasai blessings and other special celebrations can be held in the gardenba
 

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Bush BBQ

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.

Quick facts:
The Bush BBQ location is just a few minutes’ drive from camp
On the menu is classical safari food, without a single buffet in sight
After dinner, you will be driven back to the Guest Area where a surprise awaits
 

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Out of Africa Picnics

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.

Quick facts:
Ideal for two, picnics can be set up for a maximum of four guests
The kopje is reached by taking a short walk up the hill, escorted by a guide
Picnics can be enjoyed any time of day – breakfast, lunch or just before sunset
More on out of Africa
 

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Sundowner Boma

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.

Quick facts:
Join in as the Maasai warriors and maidens teach you some basic Maa and challenge you to a jumping competition
At the entrance, don’t miss the Simon Bannister sculpture of one of the Mara’s most well-known characters, the legendary Scarface
If you are celebrating a special occasion, please let us know so that we can celebrate in Maasai style at the Boma
 

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At your service

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.

In the kitchen

The food philosophy of our bush kitchen set up high above the Maasai Mara is simple – our food is good; our food is never fancy. And not a single buffet in sight

More about Angama food
Out front

Nothing is too much trouble to delight guests, meet our wonderful team who are always standing by with a big smile and ready to be of service

Camp managers & butlers
Meet Alice

Meet one of Angama’s guides, Alice Maintaine, whose passion for wildlife and enthusiasm for her profession is utterly contagious

A day in the life of Alice

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