“Up in this air you breathed easily, drawing in a vital assurance and lightness of heart. In the highlands you woke up in the morning and thought: Here I am, where I ought to be.” the words of Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep) in “Out of Africa” echo and make all the sense as you sit right on the edge of the valley and contemplate the immensity of The Mara below.
Angama, the lovely Swahili word meaning ‘hanging in mid-air’, gives name to a remarkable lodge boasting a site without equal. A true home from home to feel comfortable during your Safari in Kenya.
From early in the morning, and from the coziness of your glass-fronted tented suite, the hot air balloons flying past outside appear near enough to be touched with your fingertips. Don’t be surprised if a herd of giraffes passes by! The camp is unfenced to allow game to wander through.
The first sun rays illuminate the plains and valleys of the Massai Mara. This wildlife sanctuary awaits! The safari guides have arranged everything for you to enjoy this journey of exploration. Today you’ll be sailing through the ‘anga’ (sky in Swahili) on a hot air balloon.
After enjoying the hearty picnic prepared by Andara’s chef, beneath the refreshing shadow of a tree somewhere in the heart of the Mara Triangle, you are ready to bring out the photographer inside of you. The Great Migration river crossing hotspot is found in this large game reserve, making it an optimal setting to sight the Big Five and take the most incredible pictures of this blessing of nature.
As the sun melts into the horizon, unwind at the bazzara fire pit with a glass of wine at hand and a peaceful silence prevailing in the atmosphere. Isn’t this a delightful gift for all the senses?
Located on a cliff of the Great Rift Valley, Agama Mara offers exceptional views to the Mara Triangle. Its elevated position will allow you to enjoy extraordinary panoramic views of Kenya, keeping you safe while observing wildlife.
Every guest is requested to pay US$ 10 per night as a donation. This amount is invested in community projects (identified and prioritised by the lodge’s neighbouring communities themselves). The preservation of the Mara Triangle is also important and to enter the Maasai Mara Park a fee of US$ 80 per person is charged to help preserve the area.
Reinvention of the Safari concept
Steve Fitzgerald and his wife Nicky Fitzgerald, owners of Angama, decided to create a new safari concept. This new safari style has modernized the traditional accommodation in tents for a more trendy and comfortable experience. At Angama, details are essential. The possibility of interconnecting tents for families with kids is offered. Also, you’ll enjoy the glass façade that provides views to the Mara region from any area within the tent and common areas that are typical of a resort.
Angama Mara is located in the heart of the Rift Valley and offers views to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The lodge is distributed into two camps of 15 tented suites - each can accommodate a maximum of 30 guests. The two camps are set alongside one another and both offer a guest area, kitchen and dedicated staff. Its privileged situation facing directly to Mara Triangle offers 1.2 km of forests to enjoy nature’s setting.
What you will love:
- Outstanding views to the Mara Triangle
- Tented suites with a remarkable level of comfort
- Unlimited activities through the Massai Mara Reserve
Angama Mara’s Tented Suites
Angama Mara’s elegant and classic tented suites have an 11-meter wide floor-to-ceiling glass front. All of them offer breathtaking views during sunrise and provide astonishing sunsets. Each camp has two sets of interconnecting tents that are perfect for families with children older than age 6. These kind of tents allow children to move freely between their tent and their parents’ in complete safety and privacy.
All rooms are featured with highly polished parquet floors, a drink cabinet, a separate bathroom, a writing desk with ample charging points and tablet with guest information, WiFi, Africology guest amenities, a collection of East African books and a beautiful John Vogel woven screen. Rooms offer super king extra length sized beds and a total room space of 100 m². All suites can be configured with a twin setup to offer more comfort to their guests.
The guest areas were inspired by Nairobi’s Muthaiga Club that was built in 1917 and famously featured in the movie Out of Africa. These common areas include a dining area, lounge and Pavilion. In the Pavilion you will find a Safari Shop, a swimming pool (12 x 6m) and Fitness Room. The lodge is serviced by a private hard-top airfield that is just a 5-minute drive away.
Photos and video from Angama Mara
- 24-hour security
- Childminding female staff
- Swimming pool 12m (40 ft) x 6m
- Private & outdoor dining
- In-room massage
- Fitness center
- Library in each camp
- Bath & shower
- Morning, afternoon, all-day or night safaris
- Mara’s chefs prepare classic safari food using local products
Maasai Mara Reserve offers leisure possibilities from dawn to sunset: morning activities on a hot air balloon or relaxing picnics under a tree in the middle of nowhere. Some of them include:
Hot Air Balloon
Live one of the most iconic experiences of Africa floating gently over the Maasai Mara during one hour. This is the perfect start to any day and will offer you the possibility to observe the animals of the Mara from the air.
Many guests choose to discover the Great Rift Valley on foot accompanied by naturalists. Massai naturalists offer guided walks through forests and explain local legends, traditions, customs and the medicinal use of plants.
Taking great pictures as an amateur photographer in the Mara is easy and fun thanks to the open rolling grasslands and the abundance of game throughout the year. The lodge will provide guides with photographic experience that know where to place the vehicle and how to approach the animals.
Picnics for two can be enjoyed anytime of day. A Maasai naturalist escorts guests up the hill allowing them to discover an old-world private picnic scene.