Discover what makes Angama Mara safari lodge in Kenya one of the loveliest in Africa
Welcome to Angama Mara, a remarkable owner-run safari lodge inspired by the Swahili word for ‘suspended in mid-air’. 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.
Why Angama Mara?
Kenya’s Maasai Mara is world-renowned for its exceptional wildlife and diversity as well as the year-round cycle of the Great Migration. Angama Mara offers perfect access to the Maasai Mara whilst being located in a 2000-acre private concession which allows for privacy and wealth of experience, coupled with astounding views and some of the warmest and friendliest people in the Mara.
Angama Mara itself comprises two camps each with 15 tents which are located along a ridgeline on the walls of the Great Rift Valley. Each villa has sweeping views of the plains below which can be watched from your private deck. Thoughtful touches are included such as Maasai blankets to keep you warm in the cool breezes that come up from the valley floor, as well as binoculars in every room for wildlife watching from your deck.
When entering the main pavilion on arrival, one is struck by the unique and clever design. The views of the Maasai Mara plains are simply incredible! The main pavilion houses a dining area and deck with firepit, a cosy lounge complete with comfortable sofas around a central fireplace and there is also a 12m infinity pool, a spa and a gym.
Each tent has a dedicated butler who sees to it that your stay is perfect; they ensure you have the drinks you want, that you wake early if you wish or allow you to rest in your room if you require. Along with the camp manager all of your experiences at Angama Mara are tailor made to your requirements; the flexibility is extraordinary!
The naturalist guides that are resident at Angama Mara are extraordinary and one is a particular expert in birding. They can take you on walks in the concession to see the plants and insect life as well as some birds that you may not see on a game drive.
As many of the guides are local Maasai, one can learn so much about the Maasai culture on these walks too! Angama Mara also employs a group of Maasai ladies who come to the lodge to do beadwork and will make anything for you – you simply have to say what you would like!
What activities are available at Angama Mara?
The staff are some of the warmest people I have had the pleasure of meeting and nothing is too much trouble, so if there is something that you want to do, just ask them! Some of the most popular activities include:
- Walking safaris on the concession with your expert guides,
- Game drives,
- Picnic lunches, breakfasts or dinners on game drive,
- ‘Out of Africa’ picnics on the nearby kopje that is featured in the Out of Africa movie poster,
- Sundowners in the traditional Maasai boma and watch a performance of Maasai singing, dancing and jumping,
- Bush BBQ out in the lantern-lit forest clearing. This is fun and relaxed and delicious,
- Visit a Maasai village and gain a deeper understanding of their everyday lives,
- Balloon rides over the Maasai Mara, drifting across the plains as the sun rises,
- Beauty and body treatments in the Spa,
- Working out in the gym which can be open to the bush and the marvellous views,
- Swimming in the infinity pool,
- Taking an ‘armchair safari’ from your own deck, sitting in the rocking chair with your binoculars watching the wildlife on the plains below.
Angama Mara will accept children from 6 years old - and children love it here! The way that they operate fits seamlessly around families; their completely flexible approach to activities means that you can do exactly what suits you on each day.
Angama Mara allows children to fall in love with the wilderness of Africa whilst staying in a comfortable and safe home-from-home. Children and teenagers love not only seeing the wildlife but also connecting with the local communities. The children are always kept very busy and the staff will keep them entertained for you while the adults can relax or go on a game drive - childcare is included in your stay.
Some of the children’s activities that the staff will entertain them with include:
- Fishing, tadpoling and frogging in the dam,
- Nature walks with Maasai guides to look for bugs and animal tracks,
- Beading with the Maasai ladies,
- Learning how to throw a spear with a Maasai warrior,
- Making bread and icecream in the kitchen,
- Visiting local village schools,
- Stargazing with toasted s’mores by the campfire,
- Reading in the library, watching DVDs and playing board games.
Sustainability and Philanthropy at Angama Mara
Angama Mara take their responsibility to the environment and to local communities very seriously:
- Much of the produce for the lodge is grown on site; what cannot be grown is bought from local grassroots suppliers, supporting local communities,
- They have reduced their use of single-use plastics and recycle as much as possible. Non-avoidable plastic waste is used to create eco-bricks for building projects,
- The majority of the lodge staff are Kenyan and 80% are from neighbouring communities, having been trained and upskilled wherever possible,
- Eight Maasai women from the neighbouring community are employed to work in Angama’s Beading Studio,
- The Angama Foundation has been established which uses lodge profits to provide medical outreach to neighbouring communities, community medical screening and treatment has been done on a large scale,
- The Foundation has built classrooms, teachers’ accommodation and ablutions at nearby schools, and also run a scholarship programme for the top students from three nearby primary schools,
- The lodge funds a rhino anti-poaching vehicle for the Mara Conservancy and pays for all the ongoing staffing and operating costs,
- Angama Mara is contributing to a predator-resistant boma project which have a 99% success rate in protecting livestock. In the rare instance that an animal is lost to predation, the community member is compensated financially for the loss of their cattle to avoid killing of predators for retribution,
- They support the Mara Elephant Project (MEP) by providing the funding for collaring and ongoing tracking of a 25-year old male elephant. The data will be used to manage human/elephant conflict in the area.
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