Angama Mara

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stamp3Why photographers love Angama Mara Camp

This is surely one of the most beautiful lodges in Kenya. It means suspended in mid air and is perched on the cliffs overlooking the plains of the Mara and from the summit you can watch balloons blowing across the plains. The lodge is built where the film ‘Out of Africa’ was filmed and has much of that romance and decadence. Expect complete luxury that includes French champagne and single malt whiskies. Food, accommodation and service are faultless.

How we rate Angama Mara Camp

Accommodation starstarstarstarstar 
Guiding starstarstarstar 
Wilderness starstarstarstar 
Dining starstarstarstarstar 
Proximity to crossings starstarstar 
   

Angama Mara Camp at a glance

The lodge has two sections which each mirror one another. Each of them have 15 suites. They have lavish glass fronts and views out over the Mara. There is much glass in the living areas too with a library where you can enjoy private dinners. The camp has a curio shop and swimming pool which is central to both lodges. The food is excellent and served with very good wines from South Africa and France. This is a truly decadent safari experience.

The concession

Angama Mara is in the Mara Triangle. It has very good management and no off road driving, which means that the landscape is much more pristine than over the river.  We saw rhino, lion, elephant, vast herds of buffalo, cheetah and a great deal more. It was also interesting to see eland in large numbers – a species not usually seen in the other areas of the Mara. Angama Mara is in the best game viewing area of the Mara. There were lion prides aplenty. 

The seasons

Many people visit during July to October when the migration is found in the triangle and crossings can be witnessed. It’s also possible to see crossings in November. For the rest of the year, the area is much quieter. The months of February and March are lush and green and particularly scenic.

What Angama Mara Camp costs

The rates start from$1200 a night. So it’s a pricey lodge. There are out-of-season specials and also rates for SADC and East African residents. The lodge has an airstrip a few minutes away.

Photographers need to know

The lodge is a 15-minute drive to the game viewing areas down a steep pass, which may be the only slight negative experience as the road is bumpy – but the views make up for it. Watch out for the glass doors — especially after dinner. Many guests have crashed into the doors by accident.

The good news

The lodge is owned and run by the Fitzgerald family that started And Beyond when it was still CCAfrica. They have enormous experiences in running lodges in a responsible manner and invest heavily in their community.

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