Angama Mara – Living and Exploring the Wilderness
Where in the world could you be more directly involved in the wilderness? Where can you step out of your front door straight into one of the most exotic and beautiful places in the world? Angama Mara has amazing safari lodges in the heart of Kenya. The lodge is high above Africa’s Great Rift Valley, where guests can overlook the majesty of the Maasai Mara. The Maasai Mara is known as one of the more beautiful game reserves in Africa. Full of the continent’s most famous and stunning flora and fauna. It is the perfect place to get back in touch with the natural rhythms of life and become immersed in Kenya’s wilderness.
Living in the Wild
Tented suites are available with floor to ceiling glass fronts, allowing for brilliant views from sunrise to sunset. The décor of the tented suites is highly reminiscent of classic safari tents but complete with all the amenities that guests could possibly want. Alongside the writing desk, the Wi-Fi, the Maasai red rocking chairs, there is a collection of books on East Africa, including the memoir Out of Africa by Karen Blixen. Guests can read about the seventeen years that Blixen made Kenya her home and her relationship with the Maasai people. Filming of the movie Out of Africa took place around the area of the lodge, allowing for instant connection with the romantic setting.
However, if you really want to get back to nature, nothing can compare to the majesty of the Safari Camp. Reserved for one set of guests at a time, it is in the very heart of the Maasai Mara. Year-round it is right in the middle of the action. But even more so during the migration season when the great herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelles make their way to the reserve from the Serengeti.
There are plenty of guest areas to relax in after a day out in the reserve, with a fitness studio and infinity pool for those more athletically inclined. An Artefact Gallery leads to a crafting studio where guests can purchase bespoke items made by Maasai women. There is also a separate library for that all-important peace and quiet. Filled with a hand-chosen collection, featuring books not only on the amazing animals found in the reserve but also on the rich and storied history of Kenya and Africa as a whole. Explore the beginnings of human life in the Rift Valley or dive into some fiction with local author Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor. There is always something to inform or entertain, especially for children where they can learn some brilliant facts about the animals they have seen on Safari.
Exploring the Wilderness
The major draw for guests at Angama Mara is the opportunity of a lifetime, to see Africa’s Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – up close and personal on their turf. There is an abundance of options for guests in terms of Safaris. For shorter excursions, Angama Mara offers walking safaris around the Great Rift Valley with the help of a Maasai guide. These guides ensure that guests can learn the traditional ways of the Maasai people. They give information on local legends and fables and the more traditional approach to finding wildlife and the uses of plants. The same opportunities on the Game Drives allow guests to travel a little further afield, giving them the best opportunity to see the Big Five. Each safari is tailor-made for the guests, dependent on what they have seen and what they are interested in exploring.
Angama Safaris also work as a boutique travel desk, where guests can arrange longer excursions around the whole of east Africa. To the north, guests can travel by helicopter to explore the area around Mount Kenya. Here there are a whole host of different animals like the Reticulated Giraffe. This is an amazing way for Angama Mara to spread information and awareness of these endangered animals. Whilst giving guests experiences they will remember for the rest of their lives. Within the Ultimate Library collection at Angama Mara, there are books on the plains’ animals in Africa and Kenya’s wider history.
Guests can also travel to the south of Maasai Mara towards the Serengeti National Park, with views of endless plains. There is the chance to visit the Ngorongoro Crater, a stunning eco-system contained within an extinct volcano caldera. To the west of Angama Mara are other remains of dormant volcanoes, now mountains, covered with dense forests. Here guests can plunge into the Land of the Great Apes for once-in-a-lifetime encounters with endangered mountain gorillas, chimps and possibly even black and white colobus monkeys. Finally, to the east, there is the coast. Here guests can unwind on white sandy beaches or visit Indian Ocean islands, the perfect place for some post-safari relaxation with magnificent views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Protecting the Wilderness
Angama Mara is highly invested in its local area, within a community that is as much a part of the lodge as the owners. They provide even more support for the local area through the Angama Foundation. Each night a guest stays at the lodge $10 is donated to the Foundation, set up to support the communities and land that host them.
The main areas that the Foundation focuses on are education, healthcare, and conservation. Through their work, the foundation ensures that the animals within the reserve are protected and the ecological system is sustained. Similarly, the Foundation aims to increase the level of education throughout the region, supplying schools with learning materials and technology. Finally, the Foundation has partnered with the lodge to create a clinic to serve both the lodge and surrounding communities. This, alongside a biannual medical camp, makes sure that the local community has access to free medical care.
This care for the local area, combined with the spectacular wildlife of the Maasai Mara. This makes Angama Mara the perfect place for guests to really get back in touch with the wilderness.