All you need to know about this newly created camp can be found in the name - the Swahili translation of 'Angama' is 'suspended in the air'. Set high up on the Ololoolo Escarpment, over a series of three protruding kopjes, Angama seems to hang from the edge of the Rift Valley.
This dramatic vantage point affords spectacular views of the famous Mara Triangle, which spreads far into the distance. The drama of the setting continues inside, with two camps of 15 spacious tented suites - each one looking out over the plains of the Mara, which begin far below and continue until the horizon.
CONTEMPORARY AND TRADITIONAL
The 15 minimalist tented suites offer sweeping views of the Mara below, with hot air balloons that float past the rooms at sunrise. Stylish, contemporary furnishings cover the large parquet flooring, whilst the modern red brickwork in the main guest area is a nod to the traditional Maasai building technique.
The grounds are candle-lit at night, perfect for sipping on a cocktail or two, before sitting down for a lavish dinner. Under the African night sky and the rays of the full moon, take in the 180-degree view of the Mara below.
OUT OF AFRICA VIEWS
Renowned for its beautiful views of the Mara Triangle, Angama Mara can also lay claim to the view that was made famous by the film Out of Africa. This spectacular vista – now iconic – is seen from a nearby hill, known as the ‘Out of Africa Kopje’. Take a stroll up to this idyllic viewpoint and admire the views that were immortalised by Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.
Angama’s creative buzz is maintained by a busy in-lodge studio, where Maasai women craft bespoke beaded products. Here, try your hand at beading or have the chance to have an item of clothing beaded by these talented craftswomen. The lodge also has its very own art gallery, showcasing East African arts and crafts for sale.
ACTIVITIES ON OFFER
Linked to these fertile grasslands by a private access road, Angama Mara offers quick access to the abundance of wildlife that fills the Mara Triangle – the drive takes just 25 minutes. The escarpment itself is perfect for walking, with the birding a highlight.
- Game drives in the Mara Triangle – early in the morning, in the afternoon or all day
- Bush walks on the escarpment, led by a Maasai guide
- Private picnics with Out-of-Africa views
- Sundowners in the Maasai boma
- Bush barbecues in the lantern-illuminated forest
- Visits to the local craft studio
- Trips to a traditional Maasai manyatta
- Dawn hot-air balloon trips, followed by a champagne breakfast
WHY WE LIKE IT
The creators of Angama, Nicky and Steve Fitzgerald, are well known pioneers in luxury safari lodges. They have over 35 years’ experience each and it shows. The blended style and contemporary feel of the camp may not be for purists. But for anyone else, its perfect balance of simplicity and style - in the heart of the Mara – makes this a truly unique property.
Style and unbeatable service aside, in the end, Angama Mara is all about the views. Hard to accurately describe and even harder to beat, they are likely to be the highlight of any stay.