Welcome to Angama Mara, a remarkable new 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.
Here guests will find a lodge where everything is as it ought to be: two intimate camps of just fifteen tented suites each, a private airfield and access to the Mara below, tailor-made safari days and a famously warm Kenyan welcome.
There is little that is conventional about the creation of Angama Mara, with views that stretch for miles across the Maasai Mara 300 meters below.
SETTING ANGAMA MARA APART:
The rare beauty of the site has an emotional effect on visitors – an almost dreamlike quality of being somewhere ‘between heaven and earth’
Guests instantly connect with the romance of the setting, where some of the loveliest scenes from the movie Out of Africa were filmed
No Tented Suite has the best view, nor the worst – all are spread along the edge of the Rift Valley
There is an overwhelming feeling of ‘I have been here before’
Unrivalled exclusivity, with a private airfield, and a track directly down into the Reserve – a mere 15-minute drive
The 700 hectare site directly borders the Mara Triangle, with 1.2 km of Rift Valley frontage, it’s own forests and game a-plenty
Architect duo Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, and Jan Allan, Kenya’s King of canvas, designed Angama Mara’s elegant and classical tented suites with an 11-metre wide floor-to-ceiling glass front. Each tent has the same breathtaking view – no one is better than the last – and every day, the sunrise provides guests with early morning theatre as the hot air balloons float gently by.
AT A GLANCE
The glass frontage offers views from the bed, the bath, the sitting area, the shower and even the w/c
The roof and other three sides are canvas – classic safari olive on the outside and cream on the inside for romance
Each tented suite is over 100 sqm, including spacious wooden decks
Decks are for in-room dining and red rocking chair safaris
Sleep with the sliding doors open, for the fresh air and sounds of the wild, with meshed doors latched for safety
Angama Mara’s architecturally dramatic guest areas were inspired by Nairobi’s Muthaiga Club, built in 1917 and famously featured in the movie Out of Africa. Typical of early colonial design in Africa, the inside of the guest areas become the outside and vice versa.
AT A GLANCE
Essentially one room (33m by 11m) entirely wrapped in stacking glass doors and divided by internal columns, floor level changes and distinctive roof features
There is no defined sitting room, dining room or bar – just a charming mix of everything – it’s that kind of place
Extensive deck and baraza hanging off the edge of the Rift Valley
A dramatic shingle-clad drinks armoire welcomes guests, from where they can be served by their butler or are free to help themselves
Angama Mara has 30 safari tents
Two totally separate camps of just 15 tents each, every one with magnificent 180° views
The two camps are set alongside one another, each with its own guest area, kitchen and dedicated staff
Each camp has two sets of interconnecting tents, perfect for families
The dramatic guest areas are for dining, drinking and lounging, and include a handsome brick-clad library
The Pavilion, set between the two camps, is home to the Safari Shop, a swimming pool (12 x 6m), and the Fitness Room – guests never need to walk more than 10 minutes to go anywhere
The lodge is serviced by a private, hard-top airfield – just a 5-minute drive away
Checking In & Out
Check-in from 2pm and check-out by 11am
1st - 4th Jan / 1st July - 31st Oct / 22nd - 31st Dec: $1400
5th Jan - 29th Feb / 1st - 30th June / 1st Nov - 21st Dec: $1100