Angama Mara | Masai Mara National Reserve
Angama Mara is a remarkable owner-run safari lodge. Located high above the floor of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Angama Mara overlooks Kenya’s Maasai Mara, considered by many as the loveliest game reserve on the continent. Guests will find two intimate camps of just fifteen tented suites each, a private airfield and access to the Mara below, tailor-made safari days and a famously warm Kenyan welcome. Days are as action-packed or as gentle as guests choose them to be. The Mara Triangle is home to Africa’s great mammals, a mere 10 minute drive from the lodge, and guests can experience hot air ballooning, walking safaris, cultural visits to neighbouring Maasai villages – or simply do nothing at all.
2 Camps of 15 tented suites each
Architect duo Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, and Jan Allan, Kenya’s King of canvas, designed Angama Mara’s elegant and classical tented suites with an 11-metre wide floor-to-ceiling glass front. Each tent has the same breathtaking view – no one is better than the last – and every day, the sunrise provides guests with early morning theatre as the hot air balloons float gently by.
Highly polished parquet floors, distinctive splashes of Maasai red, a handsome drinks cabinet (with personal bar and safe tactfully tucked away), vanity with double basins, separate w/c, writing desk with ample charging points and tablet with guest information, WiFi, Africology guest amenities, a collection of East African books, a beautiful John Vogel woven screen, and a butler’s lobby allowing for the discreet delivery of early morning tea and coffee, all add to the comfort and delight of guests in their suites.
And because Angama Mara welcomes children of 6 years and older, the lodge has four sets of interconnecting tents, which allow children to move freely between their tent and their parents’ in complete safety and privacy.
24-hour Security, Chapel, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Library, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Private Vehicle Available, Spa
Balcony / Deck, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Disabled Rooms, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Hair Dryer, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Mini Bar, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah
Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Room Service
The Maasai Mara never fails to deliver extraordinary wildlife sightings: prides of lion, solitary leopards, the shy black rhino and abundant herds of elephant and buffalo are all to be found here in and amongst bountiful plains game. Head out with picnic breakfast or lunch and spend the day exploring the Mara.
With access to over 2,000 hectares of wilderness along the escarpment, guests can embark on walking safaris as long or as short as one desires. Walks are escorted by Maasai naturalists and offer prolific birding, antelope sightings, breathtaking views along the Rift Valley and across the Mara below, and opportunities to learn more about Maasai traditions.
Wake up before dawn and fly over the Maasai Mara at first light, viewing Africa’s animals as you silently float above and past them. This is an experience for which the Mara is famous.
As a nod to the romantic tale that was filmed on the very same site as the lodge, intimate picnics are offered on the crest of the Out of Africa kopje that is featured on the movie’s poster. Guests can climb the hill to discover an old-world picnic scene: checked blanket, comfy cushions, picnic basket, sparkling wine on ice and that view.
The richness of the Maasai people adds a layer of culture and diversity to Angama Mara’s sense of place. Toast the sun as it drops behind the Rift Valley whilst Maasai warriors perform their customary dances in the traditional brush-packed half-moon boma; spend time in the Safari Shop’s beading studio; or visit a neighbouring Maasai family at their traditional homestead manyatta.
Angama Mara’s signature family-style bush BBQ, where chefs in tall hats grill juicy steaks, prawns or swahili-spiced chicken to perfection. All this in a lovely forest near the lodge, lit with lanterns and a nightly chorus of hyenas.
Indulge in a full body massage in the privacy of the guest tent deck with the Mara triangle as the backdrop and nod off with the soothing sounds of the wild.
From the manicured grassy plains and dotted Balanites trees to the steep-sided escarpment and the broad Mara River, the Mara Triangle provides a breathtaking backdrop for photographers. Each season offers something new: storm clouds and lush green grass with the long rains; the Great Migration crossings of the Mara River; or a pride of lion or resident herd relaxing under a tree.
Full Board Plus - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities
Spoken Languages: English, Swahili
No. Rooms: 30
Special Interests: Adventure, Big 5, Birding, Flora, Gourmet, Hiking, History & Culture, Indigenous Culture / Art, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine