Angama Mara – All Inclusive
What We Love
- The landscape, recognizable to film buffs as the setting for Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in Out of Africa
- The giraffes that wander the property undisturbed
- Noshing at the family-style nyama choma, a casual outdoor Kenyan barbecue that’s a meat-lover’s fantasy
What To Know
- It’s a 15-minute drive, down a private track, from the camp to the Maasai Mara Natural Reserve
- The suites are actually elegant tents: heavy canvas on three sides and glass on the fourth, each with its own wide wooden deck
- Rates are inclusive of safaris (excluding not park entrance fees), food, drinks, and even emergency medical evacuation insurance
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Angama Mara is the brainchild of Nicky and Steve Fitzgerald, who have opened more than 50 luxury safari lodges throughout the continent. Angama’s two camps each house 15 tents—privacy is paramount, so they’re well spaced out—that are heavy on luxury and light on “roughing it,” with parquet floors, drinks cabinets, double sinks, WiFi, and touches of chicly modern East African design. Thanks to that one glass wall, with its views down the Rift Valley’s Oloololo Escarpment, each tent has a “butler’s lobby” that allows for delivery of morning coffee without encroaching on guests’ privacy. While daily safaris should be the point of a visit here, the outdoor pool, masseuse, and those incredible views are tempting distractions.
In the Area
A 45-minute flight from Nairobi (the camp has its own airfield), Angama Mara is somewhat isolated, but there are plenty of things to do around the site. Exploring the Maasai Mara National Reserve on safari usually rewards visitors with views of gazelles, lions, cheetahs, elephants, impalas, and the occasional – and very rare – black rhino. Guests can take a picnic and head out for the day, or go on a walking or birding safari with a Maasai naturalist. Two reputable hot air balloon companies operate nearby, and an early morning aerial safari, complete with a champagne breakfast, is a popular way to start the day.
How to Get There
I have done several safaris to Africa and I never expected to find such a magic place like Angama Mara Lodge located on top of a hill with the most espectacular views to the endless savannah of the Maasai Mara Triangle. The food was simply delicious, all the staff is very friendly and always willing to please you, the gym has the most amazing views, the swimming pool is just perfect, however!!! my only complain is that the beautifully decorated and spacious - bugs free tents get extremely hot right after lunch when you want to have a little nap before continuing the afternoon game drive. They should definitely put air conditioners and regulate them to work at least from 12 to 4:00pm. It is impossible to have a rest in what becomes a pure oven!!
As a young woman traveling alone to Africa for the first time I was a little nervous. From the moment I stepped off the plane in Nairobi, my journey with the most friendly Angama staff and exceptional service began. I was taken care of like a member of their family. The instant, Daniel , who would end up being my guide for the duration of my trip, picked up me up at the Mara landing strip I knew this was going to be the an amazing trip.
The drive up to Angama is breath taking. The guides point out every detail that to the naked eye and untrained mind are curious to know. Arriving at Angama's site as well blew my mind and heart away. You are greeted with ease, warmth, safety, and delight. I have stayed at many luxury, 5 star hotels around the world, and often the photos out perform the reality when you get there. Angama Mara is the opposite - the photos on the website do not do the reality of the property and setting justice. Be prepared to have your mind blown. Quiet, peaceful, no shortage of views, privacy. the modern chic minimal decor is perfect for a luxury resort. All inclusive meals and drinks are what vacation indulgence dreams are made of.
I cannot say enough about the staff . Daniel my guide spent an average of 7 hours a day touring me around, searching for animals. He knew I was more into being alone and not really mingling with couples on their honeymoon so he gave me private safari's everyday.
he answered all my 489304283 questions. The way they can spot animals is mind blowing. Then, there was the hotel staff. I spent many nights and glasses of wine being poured by Lynn. Kind human beings - the entire staff. The happiness and energetic joy is in all of them. I will dearly miss them and most definitely will go back. I literally cried once I got on the plane back to Nairobi!
I suggest - do the safari as much as possible. Take the hot air balloon ride for a life changing experience. Eat all the food, drink all the drinks. Everything is at excellent. The food is top notch. Have the traditional kenyan cocktails.
After days on the safari seeing even the other camps vehicles - Angama was top notch. Most the other camps are ground level so you are missing out on the insane Angama views. You will be waking up at 6 am everyday just to rush to the main house and see the sunrise.
I cannot say enough goods things about Angama Mara. I must have had at least a dozen people dying to book just from seeing my Instagram photos and videos. Don't waste time debating - book it and you will not regret.
There is so very much to love about Angama Mara; everyone mentions the incredible view over the Rift Valley, the intuitive service and wonderful staff, delicious food, and the game drives. And yes, I loved all of those things however, what really made my stay at Angama was my afternoons spent in the Beading Studio with the Maasai mamas, learning how to bead while listening to their beautiful singing. Not only are they amazing craftswomen, they were so generous in sharing their stories with me and I couldn't wait to see them every afternoon. This opportunity to sit with and learn from local women was absolutely priceless and so very special. They are definitely one of the reasons I will return to Angama.
The starting point was the exceptional friendly service when booking the lodge - I actually cancelled staying somewhere else since they came across so welcoming. We have been on many safaris and though this place is not a Singita type of experience, it is good value for what you receive and the views from the top of the escarpment are incredible. The airstrip is nearby so it took no time to get there. Rooms/suites are spacious and I would describe them as comfortable rather than super luxurious. Food was generally good and you are not over-fed as is the case in some places (although maybe a cake in the afternoon tea time would have been nice!). Packed lunches/breakfast etc were a bit of a disappointment and maybe they should offer guests a menu the night before.
All staff, rangers/guides and the Managers were very friendly and that's what makes this place worth returning. We saw numerous animals (lions/leophards etc) and the scenery is very dramatic (which is why I prefer Masai Mara/Serengeti to South Africa) - sweeping savannahs. One big plus which you should not underestimate is the Photo Lab which was a real eye opener in what I can do with my pictures. Overall would certainly return and though not cheap thought it was good value for money for what we experienced.
At the top of a cliff overlooking the Mara triangle, you can enjoy a safari at your own rythm. Beautiful tents with breath-taking views, excellent food and wines, perfect service (thank you Wiki) and expert guide (thank you Sammy).