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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
wonderful place. amazing scenery especially from the lobby, mballoon ride, and the "out of africa" picnic location. but what would definitely make me think twice about returning is the safari guide. the one assigned to us had a lack of interest , "hate his job".. his attitude destroyed the whole atmosphere. we had to spend lotsa time with him and we dreaded the moments. Avoid the guide Douglas like the plague. as its a family holiday, we had kept the atmosphere cordial for our kids' sake but I believe improvements could be made in guide selection and promotion. it deteriorated to the extent that I said to our guide to switch out if he prefers, as watching the wildebeest migration might be a daily routine for him but its a once-a-lifetime thing for us.
We would have given this place 4-5 stars (as the other staff work hard to get that rating, and they deserve it, especially the kitchen staff) if not for the safari guide. Maybe we were unlucky, but give its price range we would expect better consistency. I normally dont comment on tripadvisor but this one deserves a mention lest others fall into the same situation.
just wanna leave you with a wonderful picture of our perfect view of the wildebeest crossing. ..I just need to photoshop the safari intern away to get that view.. who's the tourist here..all happening under the careful guidance of our safari guide.
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++ this is a review originally posted on 3august2019. the resort is generally ok, the ballooning is good (beautiful scenery, but be prepared to wake real early!) but just avoid that particular guide mentioned. check out my other reviews.. there are other choices of lodges or if the scenery is what you are going for , go for this lodge! but make sure you check out who your safari guide is! we did tell joseph (wonderful guy!) the resort manager during our stay (first day) about our so-so safariguide service in a very nice way, but unfortunately they didnt probe further why we were not happy with the guide.
The hotel has great views, wonderful rooms (might be a little be noisy depending on neighbors) and, most of all, amazing and attentive staff. Of all the places we visited this was the best of all. The Safari guides (Leemalo and Tito) were an esencial part of our trip. Attentive, knowledgeable and funny.
Our plane landed on a run way surrounded by zebras and giraffes, and we immediately knew we were in for a great time. We were picked up at the airport by our amazing guide (and new best friend) Robert. As we pulled into the hotel, Robert stated "Welcome Home". We were met by the full staff who came out to greet us to say the same thing. Over the next three days, the entire staff (especially Robert, Bonface, and Joseph) did everything they could to make the hotel feel like home for us.
Any review of the camp has to start with the view, which is basically a Lion King animation come to life. We are a family of experienced world travelers, and the view walking in literally took our breath away every time we walked back into the restaurant/lounge area. Our rooms were perfect- great views, fantastic amenities, great bed. It was fully stocked with drinks and snacks (all free of charge. One of my favorite parts of Angama was that they do not nickel and dime you over things. Want a drink? Grab a drink. It's an open bar!). You get the same butler for all your meals (ours was Bonface, who we loved!), which means he gets to know your preferences and by day 2 he would have drinks waiting for us when we returned!
The safaris themselves are ridiculous. By the end of the second afternoon we were laughing at how spoiled we were- Oh, there's a herd of elephants? Only slow down if there's a really cute baby one. Robert is an exceptionally talented guide- he knows where to locate animals, how to be patient, and how to be aggressive to get you into the best position for pictures. Thanks to his expertise, we got to see a leopard eating a wildebeest, two cheetahs lounging in the sun, and a FULL pride of lions (three males and about 10 females) after a rainstorm. We saw hippos, hyenas, giraffes, elephants, cape buffalo, warthogs- the list goes on and on. Robert knew all of them, as well as tons of facts about them. He knew every bird we went by (our father is an avid birdwatcher, so that was very important to him) and could identify them from a distance. He has an unmatched eye- he spotted the tip of a lions tail from 100 yards away, slowed down to wait, and we ended up seeing three lion cubs and their mother when most drivers would have gone right on by.
The staff is fantastic about making experiences happen- we took a hot air balloon ride over the plains, we had multiple picnic breakfasts in the African sunshine, we watched the sun rise from the perfect spot, we treated ourselves to luxurious massages on the patio of our tent, they arranged for a running partner for my sisters for two morning runs. They arranged a tour of the local Masaii village for our sisters to experience local customs. Anything we needed, we got, no questions asked. It is a luxury hotel with luxury service, parked in the middle of the most stunning natural beauty you can imagine. I have nothing negative at all to say about our time at Angama, and can only hope we get to go back in the future. Among the many, many, many lasting memories we have, we will always remember the last view we got as our plane took off. Our guide, Robert, standing on the runway waiting to wave to us as the plane departed, making sure we knew it was a place where we could feel at home.