We recently returned from a magical stay at Angama and are still dreaming about it. Built in the same location many of the “Out of Africa” movie scenes were filmed, the lodge is a short 40 minute plane ride from Nairobi/Wilson airport and has its own airstrip. Angama stands out for many reasons: top notch service, passionate and enthusiastic guides as well as amazing architecture…
Angama is most definitely an all year round destination that both the older and younger generation can enjoy. We are already planning to go back for a longer stay with our extended family.
Ellie33 – New York, United States. Stayed November 2016, travelled as a couple
The most incredible lodge, (the interior design is out of this world), the most wonderful staff and the most breath taking views I think you’ll ever see. The safaris were magical, we saw everything we wanted to, the guides are excellent and if you enjoy a luxurious picnic then this is the place to go. Every single second was a dream come true! You will LOVE it.
Louisamarywoods – Geneva, Switzerland. Stayed February 2017, travelled with family
“The best place in the Mara!”
Angama Mara was the highlight of our 3-week vacation to East Africa. The view from the gorgeous suites and restaurant is amazing. The rooms themselves are perfectly decorated and super comfortable and private. It is hard to get motivated to leave them for the game drives. but so glad we did, John our driver was excellent and we had amazing game viewings every day. The service and food are 5 star all the way, and Angama tailored our schedule to our every whim. Terry, John and Ibhrahim truly spoiled us rotten and we can not wait to return!!!
apogeea – Maryland, United States. Stayed February 2017, travelled as a couple
“Out of this World!!!”
This was our first visit to the Maasai Mara and we really couldn’t have chosen a better location or lodge. On arrival at the airstrip we were met by Wilson (our guide) and then taken to Angama where we were greeted by the rest of the team and immediately made to feel at home. Our first introduction to the place was the most amazing view down and across the Mara from the terrace. WOW!…
It was a very emotional moment when we had to leave to come home -especially waving goodbye to the team at the lodge and then Wilson/Fred at the airstrip. This was a trip of a lifetime that we will never ever forget. Our dreams were made and surpassed by this wonderful place!
lynnekeenay – Crewe, United Kingdom. Stayed January 2017, travelled as a couple
“Love love love!”
Passion and vision creates a masterpiece, Angama Mara is a masterpiece. It was surreal to me; I was sitting on a rocking chair overlooking the breathtaking view of Masai Mara from my tended suite balcony. The open skies complementing the vast land of the Mara, making you feel like you belong between the heavens and the earth…
Staying at Angama Mara was one of my best travel destination, the views from north Camp and south camp were out of this world and magical. The service was astounding; everyone was friendly and always ready to assist. Everything was thought through to give me a perfect stay. A memorable stay that will always stay etched in my memories.
Jammy E. Stayed September 2016, travelled with friends
“Utopia has just landed!”
If it’s good enough for Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, it’s good enough for me. This remote spot was where Redford’s character expressed a wish to be buried in the 1985 film “Out of Africa”. And you can see why: Perched high (300 metres) on a rocky ridge overlooking the breathtaking views of the Masai Mara, you could be forgiven for thinking that you have just arrived in heaven, – and you won’t be disappointed. From the moment you land on the camp’s own tarmac runway… you take on a sense of well-being, confident in the knowledge that you will be pampered something rotten… It brings a whole new meaning to the term “al fresco”…
…in the words of Arnold Schwarzeneggar “I’ll be back” – there’s plenty more to see and the story is only half way through – but one thing is for sure: it no longer needs the likes of Robert Redford and Meryl Streep to draw in the punters – it will sell itself with the view alone, but don’t tell a soul..
timothyhenley – London, United Kingdom. Stayed September 2016, travelled as a couple
“They have thought of everything and we will be back!”
What can I say?! We have visited the Mara before, but this was a completely different experience. Everything at Angama Mara is about you, and how best they can facilitate your stay to make the most of your game drives(of course!), your wining and dining experience, and your downtime in the absolutely stunning ‘tents'(which is the understatement if ever there was one!).
The first thing you will encounter on arrival will be a warm and genuine welcome from the staff. But what is truly awe inspiring is that view! No words could ever describe how it feels to look down on the Mara from the elegance of the camp. Angama Mara provides a completely bespoke experience, so you can choose when you want to be on a game drive, whether you would like a picnic breakfast or lunch, and if you would like to be in the luxury of the camp, either in the glorious pool or just relaxing on your own deck. Bliss!
15021958 – Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom. Stayed October 2016, travelled with friends
“A Magical Safari Experience”
Angama is so beautiful and elegant – there is so much to say about it! Each and every experience that I had at the hotel was beautiful, elegant and unique – from staying in South Camp, watching elephant across the Maasai Mara on a “rocking chair safari,” with a Maasai honey biscuit and a cup of coffee to bouncing across the plains of the Mara in search of game, to a beautiful beetroot soup that tastes as gorgeous as it looks in vibrant purple.
What I would really say is that the staff really made the experience. Beyond being courteous and helpful, I found them full of smiles and joy. Angama is unforgettable. We thank each staff member for their contributions to our time there and recommend that anyone who wants to experience safari does it there – it truly is magical.
Chincherinchees. Stayed March 2016, travelled with family
“World class glamping!”
My boyfriend and I recently spent two nights at Angama Mara. This is most probably the most luxurious camp in Kenya, and I would imagine it is also one of the best now in Africa. We stayed in North 15, which is the furtherest tent away from the main restaurant area, but also one of the most private. The tents are very spacious and you want for nothing. I had a massage one of the afternoons which was fantastic. The masseuse set the bed up on the outside decking, where there was a breeze and a view of the elephants below us. While I was having the massage my boyfriend made use of the swimming pool and had a little gym session!
What makes this place so special to us was the staff. The could not have been nicer. Every single person from the managers, waiters, room stewards and night watchmen had a smile on their face, always seeming delighted to see you! Hats off to our guide, Daniel. He was brilliant… The food was spectacular. The menu had a couple of options at each meal. All of which I would love to have tried, but what we did have was all delicious. Huge well done to the chefs who are doing a great job! They set up a bush dinner for all of the guests on the first night, another lovely experience with lots of lanterns hanging from the trees around us.
Alisa B. Stayed March 2016, travelled as a couple
My husband and I have just returned from Angama Mara and we are missing the kindness of the staff and the spectacular location. We both agree that this has been our best ever holiday and this is directly down to the attention to detail and the ability of the staff to attend to your every need. The lodge is sited at the top of an escarpment and has the most breath- taking views. You just can’t get enough of the immensity of the Mara and the beautiful skies; sunrises and sunsets…
We also went for a walk most days with Masai John and we learnt about the plants and animals of the bush. He was very interesting and told us all about Masai culture. This was a great experience and we would highly recommend trying this if you visit. Angama is heaven and we were very sad to leave. Thank you so much for enabling us to have such an excellent experience.
Helen & Ash. Stayed March 2016, travelled as a couple
“Wowed in the Maasai Mara”
We were very excited to travel to the Maasai and this property after learning the lodge founders came out of retirement to build this dream property. And it certainly did not disappoint. Located at the top of an escarpment that overlooked the Mara, it actually is the location where Out of Africa was filmed. And it was breathtaking with the expanse off the big picture windows of the room and in the dining room/main lodge…
But my highlight and most special time was at the “beading room”, adjacent to the boutique where local Maasai women bead the most beautiful jewelry and objects for the lodge. One morning I got to sit and I made a bracelet. One of the best souvenirs I’ve ever had because it has a fabulous story to go along with it. I sat with four women and there was singing and a lot of laughter. I will always remember the few hours I spent there with them and my bracelet is something I’ll cherish. I can not rave enough about the hospitality we received at Angama Mara. The husband/wife team who serve as lodge managers made sure we were happily taken care of. And that made our stay memorable and why I recommend this to anyone wanting a mix of safari and local culture.
Hale Hooluana – San Francisco, California. Stayed February 2016
“Angama Mara. An amazing new lodge in the Mara”
The lodge is some 2000m above sea level with fantastic views of the Mara and has all the game viewing that the Mara can provide, all of this can be seen on their website. What can’t be seen, and must be experienced, is the quality and incredible attention to detail in the rooms (which are technically tents) and the communal areas, to provide for ones every need to a standard exceeding anything I have experienced in a lodge anywhere in Africa.
The staff !!! Not one could be faulted for their service and genuine pleasure in providing it to make your stay perfect. The food, the game drives, the bush picnics, the forest BBQ, all exceptional
David J – Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Stayed February 2016, travelled as a couple
I was lucky enough to visit Angama for 4 nights with my family and had the most wonderful experience there. The setting is stunning, with views over the Mara and the camp itself has been designed beautifully, you can tell by the attention to detail how everything has been thought of. The rooms are very luxurious, and little touches like someone turning on your electric blanket so you get into a warm bed, a big blanket and binoculars left by the sofa in your room and pre-stamped postcards left on the desk made for such a special, memorable experience. The game drives were really enjoyable and our guide Sammy was so knowledgable and fun it made for the most interesting time. I’d have to say that the staff were, for me what made the experience so magical. Nothing was too much or ever a problem and everyone was friendly and went out of their way to show you Angama and ensure that you were being looked after. Make sure you go for a bush supper – it was the highlight of our trip. I would definitely recommend Angama to anyone contemplating a trip to the area.
L B – London, United Kingdom. Stayed February 2016, travelled with family
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