Angama Mara

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Angama Mara

Spectacular and celebrated Angama Mara re-imagines and redefines the East African luxury safari experience. This impeccable and awe-inspiring lodge combines sleek and sophisticated accommodation with outstandingly warm and personal service and incredible wildlife experiences.

Angama Mara consists of two identical and intimate camps – each featuring fifteen tented suites

“If you can only visit one place in Kenya, make it Angama Mara”


Deeply comfortable, beautifully appointed and unusually well thought-out, Angama Mara’s spacious Tented Suites have been designed to make the most of the lodge’s extraordinary and far-reaching views over the Masai Mara. Their elegant interiors are classic yet contemporary, cool and uncluttered, decorated with splashes of Masai red, French khaki, copper and brass.

Set right on the edge of the escarpment, each open-plan suite has an entire glass façade overlooking the Mara Triangle. Expansive wooden decks are for in-room dining, massage treatments, relaxing in a red rocker, surveying the savannah, day dreaming and stargazing. Why not leave the blinds up and enjoy a breathtaking African sunrise from the warmth of your King-size bed?

Perched high on the rim of Africa’s Great Rift Valley atop the 1000-metre Oloololo Escarpment, it’s no surprise that Angama’s name is inspired by the Swahili word for ‘suspended in mid-air’. Every aspect of the lodge is planned around the breathtaking south-facing panoramas which stretch away as far as the eye can see.

The lodge’s decks and verandas are magical spots from which to witness the apricot and rose-hued sunrises and sunsets that begin and end each day. After a morning’s game viewing and a delicious alfresco lunch, why not relax on the famous red-cushioned baraza, keeping a weather eye on herds of elephants traversing the plains below and afternoon thunderstorms rolling in across the vast expanses of the Masai Mara? 

Strung out along two kopjes on the edge of the escarpment, Angama’s two camps almost exactly mirror and complement each other. Each has 15 suites and a dramatic and architecturally-striking guest area with stylish restaurant, bar, lounge and well-chosen library. Central pavilions, shared by both camps, feature an infinity pool, a well-equipped gym, Masai beading studio, expertly curated safari boutique, map room and photographic studio.

The lodge’s third kopje is immediately recognisable as the site where many of the most memorable and romantic scenes from Out of Africa were filmed – including the iconic image featured on the film’s poster. As a nod to that great love story, the lodge offers intimate picnics on the crest of the hill in the background.

The Maasai Mara offers extraordinary game-viewing over 12 months of the year and is home to Africa’s most famous mammals and birds. There are large resident populations of ‘plains game’ – giraffe, zebra,  wildebeest, antelope and gazelle – along with the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo & elephant – plus cheetah, hyena, hippopotamus and many other species.

Famous as one of the World’s most spectacular natural events, the Great Migration is an annual journey of more than two million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle travelling between Tanzania’s Serengeti and Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Close to Angama, the crossings of the Mara River are the dramatic pinnacle of the migration, with hungry crocodiles and ambushing lions lying in wait.

“Angama Mara, balancing high on the Great Rift Valley overlooking the Maasai Mara plains, is all about the utterly mesmerising view. The lodge brings next-level luxury to the usual safari experience, offering swanky glass-fronted tents, excellent cuisine and warm hospitality.”

The World of Angama Mara

Days at Angama can be as action-packed or as gentle as you prefer – there is never any set safari schedule or agenda. The marvellous Mara Triangle is a mere 15-minute drive from the lodge and, in addition to expertly-guided game drives, guests can experience hot air balloon flights, walking safaris and cultural visits to Masai villages. Or you might simply prefer to relax and do nothing at all…

The Maasai Mara is also home to more than 470 bird species, including almost 60 raptors such as vultures and Martial Eagles, and signature species including the Lilac-breasted Roller, Superb Starling, Pygmy Falcon, Grey Crowned Crane and endangered Ground Hornbill. Whether you are first-timers or enthusiastic ornithologists, Angama’s experienced guides will tailor-make your birding safari.

Located in the heart of Masailand, the guest experience at Angama is synonymous with Masai culture. There are many opportunities for guests to interact with these remarkable people, both at the lodge and in the surrounding communities. Meet the busy and creative Masai Mamas in the beading studio and follow the rhythmic chants of the Masai warriors to the sundowner boma, where a sunset performance awaits every evening.

Masai naturalists will guide guests on walks through the lovely forests and glades surrounding the lodge, sharing their traditional knowledge and customs. Walking safaris are tailor-made for every guest and every fitness level, from a gentle 2-hour stroll to a full day’s hike, all the while enjoying excellent birding and lovely views of the Mara plains below.

The scenic and secluded 12 x 8 metre rim-flow swimming pool, surrounded by deck chairs and loungers, is the perfect spot to cool off or 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’ll be hard-pressed to find a treadmill with a better view in all of Africa.

The starting point for all safari guests, the nearby Map Room is a place of orientation, education, exploration and embarkation. It gives a sense of Angama’s place in the Greater Masai Mara eco-system and further within East Africa. Pore over the collection of maps and reference books – some maps were specially created for Angama, while the oldest dates back to 1608.

At the heart of the lodge is a kind, warm, fun and highly professional team of staff who always take extraordinary care of guests. The lodge family of safari guides, chefs, butlers, housekeepers, managers and others is driven by guest delight, and the pleasure of being of service runs deep at Angama.

Angama serves up a remarkable a la carte menu washed down with fine South African wines. Enoy a safari lunch in the savannah, a lantern-lit barbecue in the forest or a romantic meal for two in your tent. Private meals and special celebrations take place in the Library or Map Room. Guests can also explore the lodge’s beautiful organic shamba – followed by a soil-to-fork lunch of fresh homegrown produce, or sundowner drinks and bitings.

Don’t miss Angama’s well-equipped photographic studio, complete with opportunities for high-end camera and lens hire, professional tuition and safari photoshoots. Take part in a private photographic lesson or editing session with the on-site photographer or studio manager using the large-screen Apple desktops, loaded with all the latest software.

The helpful studio team are always on hand for technical hints and creative guidance, and guests are free to edit and print a small portfolio of their work. A professional wildlife photographer can accompany guests on a private photographic safari – or you may like to capture special family or romantic moments during your stay with a professional photoshoot by the accomplished in-house team.

Angama’s key founding principle is to make a meaningful and sustainable difference to neighbouring communities, lands and wildlife. Each guest contributes to the Angama Foundation, a separate entity active in supporting numerous initiatives across the areas of Education, Healthcare and Conservation.

The Foundation works closely with the Mara Conservancy to ensure the longevity of the Mara Triangle and the wider ecosystem. Conservation efforts supported include Collaring for Conservation, the Mara Elephant Project, the Mara Raptor Project, safeguarding the Mara’s rhinos and livestock protection. Angama’s on-site medical clinic serves the lodge’s guests and staff as well as hundreds of members of the surrounding communities.

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Located in South Western Kenya alongside the Tanzanian border, The Masai Mara, together with the adjoining Serengeti National Park, forms one of the world’s most diverse and spectacular eco-systems. 

A region characterised by short grass savannah plains interspersed with areas of riverine forest and bordered by towering rocky escarpments, The Mara is home to an incredible abundance and variety of wild animals and is renowned worldwide as Africa’s most exceptional – and loveliest – safari destination.

The Maasai Mara National Reserve covers an area of 1,510 sq. km (580 sq. miles) at altitudes which range from 1500 to 2170 metres above sea level. Home to over 95 species of mammal and 570 recorded species of bird, excellent ‘Big Five’ year-round game viewing is virtually guaranteed.

The area has one of the highest lion densities in world, together with significant populations of cheetah, leopard, elephant and buffalo, and this is where over two million wildebeest, zebra and Thomsons Gazelle migrate annually.

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