In Kenya, conservation of natural resources and wildlife and the involvement and development of local communities go hand-in-hand. Such sustainability found within Kenya’s camps allow them to provide authentic experiences. As such, we invite you to follow our journey as we explore seven properties (this one being Angama Mara) that offer unique experiences for their travelers. All have committed to conserving Kenya’s natural resources and wildlife. They are also intimately involved in the development of their local communities. To see all of the posts from this multi-part series, click here.

Angama Mara

Nicky and Steve Fitzgerald have a long history in the tourism industry. Together, the African tourism pioneers helped establish more 60 luxury safari properties in Africa and India. Angama Mara represents the culmination of their 30-year career.

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At Angama Mara, beauty doesn’t cover it. The lodge sits suspended on the edge of the Rift Valley’s Ololoolo Escarpment on one of Africa’s most sought-after parcels of land. As such, it boasts private, unrestricted access and wraparound vistas. No wonder Hollywood chose this exact location to film scenes for “Out of Africa.” In order to take advantage of those incredible views, Angama Mara’s 30 suites have end-to-end glass frontage windows.

Guests of Angama Mara have a ton of activities at their disposal. However, you also don’t have to do anything at all. There are no set schedules, so you can pack your stay 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.

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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. You can feel the enthusiastic service of each safari guide, chef, butler, housekeeper, and manager throughout the property.


Angama Mara’s team 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 can invest in community and conservation projects in the Mara Triangle. Indeed, 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. Furthermore, they purify and bottle all drinking water for guests and staff on site.

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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.