Angama Mara is where the romance of canvas collides with the drama of the plains. Helmed by industry leaders and high-end travel whisperers Steve and Nicky Fitzgerald—drawn out of retirement for one final splash—Angama Mara is inspired by the lovely Swahili word meaning ‘suspended in mid-air’, an especially appropriate name as it sits seemingly suspended on the edge of the Rift Valley’s Ololoolo Escarpment on the brink of Kenya’s famed Mara Triangle, one of Africa’s most sought-after parcels of land for its private, unrestricted access and wraparound vistas. It is no wonder, then, why Hollywood chose this exact location to film their award-winning Out of Africa movie, eternally capturing its enduring romance and nostalgia.

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Unlike many safari accommodations, Angama Mara presents a hyper-modern approach to the safari style. Its 30 suites still incorporate classic African safari canvas, but they have been further enhanced by bold end-to-end glass frontage windows and overhanging private decks, allowing guests to greet the breathtaking “forever views” of the Mara sunrise as the hot air balloons float above the horizon. In addition to the views, every detail has been honed to perfection through distinctive splashes of Masai reds, crystal carafes full of choice beverages, en-suite bathrooms outfitted in luxury Africology bath amenities and massive tin soaking tubs, and discreet butler’s lobbies for the preparation of one’s early morning tea and coffee. The property consists of two separate camps of just 15 tented suites to promote exclusivity and privacy, with each camp boasting its own guest area, kitchen, and dedicated staff. And because Angama Mara welcomes children of all ages, the lodge has four sets of interconnecting tents for children to move freely and safely between their rooms and their parents’.

At the heart of Angama Mara is the warm team of Kenyans who offer joyful and authentic care as safari guides, chefs, butlers, housekeepers, and managers. Their enthusiastic service is felt throughout the camp, whether guests are relaxing, exploring, or dining. The guest areas of both camps are dramatic gathering places where the inside and outside spaces run together and the views extend over the edge of the Rift Valley, while the central Pavilion is shared between both. Here, guests will find a fitness center, swimming pool, a gallery of African artwork, and a Masai craft studio where local women gather to create bespoke beaded items. Dinners are served both inside and outside, either by candlelight in the lodge or at a family-style nyama choma (bush barbecue). From dawn until dusk, Angama Mara presents a celebration of Kenya’s finest produce, utilizing indigenous ingredients and a variety of menus to suite everyone’s taste. There is not a buffet in sight at Angama Mara, and the picnics are near perfect when they are taken at the very kopje where Out of Africa was filmed.

Days at Angama Mara are as action-packed or leisurely as guests choose them to be. There is no set schedule, with everything structured after each guest’s interests, preferences, and bucket lists. No matter the activity, guests will find themselves in the middle of the action, surrounded by the Mara Triangle’s abundant animals and Big Five but without the excess of other tourists. Guests have a full suite of game drives, hot air balloon rides, walking safaris, and Masai village visits at their disposal, but they are also welcome to do absolutely nothing at all, witnessing the wildlife from the comfort of their deck. There are no fences between the Mara and Angama Mara, which means the giraffes, elephant, buffalo, hippo, and plains game are always within sight.

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