In Kenya, conservation of the natural resources and wildlife and the involvement and development of local communities go hand-in-hand with the sustainability of the camps and the ability to provide authentic experiences. Follow our journey as we explore seven properties that offer unique experiences for their travelers, are committed to conserving Kenya’s natural resources and wildlife, and are intimately involved in the development of their local communities. To see all of the posts from this multi-part series, click here.
Nicky and Steve Fitzgerald have a long history in the tourism industry. Together, the African tourism pioneers helped establish over 60 luxury safari properties in Africa and India. Angama Mara is the culmination of their 30-year career.
At Angama Mara, the vision it to run one lodge beautifully. It sits suspended on the edge of the Rift Valley’s Ololoolo Escarpment on one of Africa’s most sought-after parcels of land. It has private, unrestricted access and wraparound vistas. It’s no wonder Hollywood chose this exact location to film scenes for “Out of Africa.” The landscape is stunning. In order to take advantage of those incredible views, Angama Mara’s 30 suites have end-to-end glass frontage windows.
There’s also a ton to do there – though you also don’t have to do anything at all. There’s no set schedule so you can pack it full of safari drives, hot air balloon rides, walking safaris, and Maasai village tours, or you can simply view the elephant, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, and plains game from your deck. And trust us, you will see game from your deck.
Game viewing is obviously extraordinary, but what makes Angama Mara truly special is its joyful team of Kenyans, their attention to detail, and genuine hospitality. The enthusiastic service of each safari guide, chef, butler, housekeeper, and manager is felt throughout the property.
Impact: Angama Mara’s team has adopted Benjamin Franklin’s philosophy of “doing well by doing good.” The best way to make a significant and meaningful impact on the neighboring communities and wildlife is to run a profitable business. By doing so, Angama Mara is able to invest in community and conservation projects in the Mara Triangle. The entire staff village, including a community-owned dukka and clinic, was built utilizing knowledge from the 60 lodges Nicky and Steve built across Africa and India, and all drinking water for guests and staff is purified and bottled on site.
Tomorrow we’re interviewing owner Nicky Fitzgerald, so be sure to check back for our last post in our series on Kenya’s top properties and conservation partners.