Angama Mara
Pool Pavilion Evening Tent View
Pool Pavilion
Evening Tent View

Angama Mara

Angama Mara looks out over the vast plains of the Maasai Mara; with the Mara River meandering through it, and easy access to the Great Migration crossing points and two hot air balloon launch sites.

Country

Kenya

Highlights

A ROCKING CHAIR SAFARI

Guests at Angama Mara can also enjoy the wonders of a safari without leaving the comfort of their deck: the views of the Mara from the tented suites are staggering – the sky never sits still and there is always something to spot 300m below – elephant families melting in and out of the forest, a thousand buffalo lazing about, giraffe stepping daintily down from the escarpment or a pod of hippo moving from one water body to the next. All the tents are equipped with binoculars and there is a spotting scope in the guest area. There are heaps of resident game around the lodge: eland, zebra, giraffe, topi and impala; and watching the raptors soar effortlessly above and below you is a great way to while away the hours.

Need to Know

FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET

A DAY AT ANGAMA MARA

Guests often ask ‘what does a perfect day at Angama Mara look like?’
Which is difficult to answer, as guests wake up each day and decide exactly what they want to do. And the team makes it happen. It’s simple really, a fresh and completely flexible approach to being on safari. 

Or just do nothing at all, it’s that kind of place.


SafarisSafaris


A DAY ON SAFARI

Guests could leave the lodge at dawn, or decide to go on a game drive after breakfast, descend down Angama Mara’s private road and 10-minutes later find themselves in the heart of the action – surrounded by more animals than they could imagine: the vast grasslands dotted with acacias are home to abundant herds, as well as Africa’s Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.

Safaris are conducted in the lovely Mara Triangle, open from sunrise to sunset, and are in completely open gameviewing vehicles to which the animals are well accustomed – the vehicles are specially equipped and converted, offering comfy seats, ample legroom, charging stations and canvas roofs for respite from the sun.

Because the weather is so mild in the Mara, there are no constraints as to when to go on a game drive, and Angama Mara guests tailor-make their safari days: out early and back for breakfast; out early with a picnic breakfast and back for lunch; out after breakfast with a picnic lunch and back mid-afternoon; a post lunch game drive and back at sunset; or very best of all, spending a whole day exploring the Mara Triangle – with a picnic breakfast and lunch down at the Tanzanian border without a soul in sight – that’s an all-time favourite and a grand way to spend the day.


Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

A YEAR-ROUND AFFAIR

The question is often asked, ‘when is the best time to visit the Mara?’ To be truthful, there is not one correct answer, as safari travellers to the Mara are assured of astonishing and abundant wildlife sightings all year round.

For guests wanting to experience the Great Migration and the dramatic crossings of the Mara River, July through September or October are the best months to visit. Others prefer a gentler time with less visitors and enjoy the Mara all by themselves – together with the resident population of game, the numerous resident herds which quite rightly do not deem it necessary to leave this beautiful reserve by embarking on the annual trek to Tanzania.

All members of Africa’s Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and black rhino – are regularly sighted in the Mara Triangle, together with hyena, jackal, cheetah and the bat-eared fox, and the Mara River is home to numerous pods of hippo and some of Africa’s largest crocodiles. Great photographic opportunities present themselves with topi standing perched on anthills, Maasai giraffe moving gracefully across the plains, and both Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles grazing peacefully amongst Coke’s hartebeest, impala and herds of lovely eland, the continent’s largest antelope.

The Mara Triangle is also home to more than 470 bird species, including almost 60 raptors. Surely the loveliest of them all has to be the graceful crowned crane, always found in pairs, together with secretary birds, lilac-breasted rollers, long-crested eagles, superb starlings, pygmy falcons and endangered ground hornbills to name just a few.

Angama Mara’s experienced guides will make every effort to deliver a life-changing wildlife adventure for guests, be it for first timers, birding enthusiasts, photographers of all skill levels, or safari devotees whose great joy is just to simply be amongst Africa’s creatures, both great and small.

ON THE MOVE – THE GREAT MIGRATION

Around July, the rainy season comes to an end and the Mara is carpeted in tall, rippling swathes of seeding grass. To the south, the oceans of Serengeti fodder have been denuded by over a million wildebeest that have been milling around, rutting, mating and feeding since late March and April. They are not alone. Over 200,000 zebra are part of the procession. Slowly but steadily, this tide of herbivores moves north.

It could be in the last week of July – perhaps sooner or later depending on rainfall patterns – but eventually over half a million of these wildebeest and zebra cross the invisible border that demarcates Kenya from Tanzania, and the Mara from the Serengeti. Like any invasion, there are always frontrunners. Bands of bewildered-looking wildebeest canter in loose columns, wide-eyed and alert to the dangers of awaiting predators. Beyond them, the rising clouds of dust betray the vast herds.

Migratory wildebeest may enter through the eastern Mara but the herds that marched north through the Serengeti’s Western Corridor are programmed to overcome one last hurdle: to reach the pastures that will sustain them through the dry season, they must cross the Mara River.

No matter how high the river is, or how rapidly it is flowing, the wildebeest are not deterred. To cross, they must withstand the crash-landing of leaping off the embankment, avoid the jaws of crocodiles and lions that wait in ambush, paddle and thrash their way across the river, and finally they must hope that they do not get simply crushed in the commotion. A good many have their journey tragically ended at the crossing points, and in some years, piles of bloated carcasses accumulate to provide an ongoing banquet for crocodiles and vultures.

The Great Migration is a clockwise, round-trip journey of around 600km during which an estimated 250,000 wildebeest perish each year. Exhaustion, hunger, injury and predation are the main factors, with newborns within their first year and those older than fifteen being the most vulnerable.

As the star of the show, with its shoebox snout, spindly legs and tousled beard, the wildebeest looks a little less than elegant, and appears to have been put together by a committee. In addition to its ungainly appearance, it seems – even at the best of times – to be a somewhat confused and bewildered creature. But like everything else, it is built for a purpose, and that is to consume vast quantities of grass and have enough stamina to cover great distances. Often simply called a gnu (which is a fairly good description of its singular vocal ability), in both of these roles, the wildebeest excels.

 

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Staying at Angama Mara are faced with many choices of how they wish to spend their day. Sunrise hot-air balloon safaris, photographing Africa’s abundant wildlife, walking on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, or visiting a Maasai family in their home – these are just a few of the adventures on offer.

FacilitiesFacilities

AT A GLANCE

  • Essentially one room (33m by 11m) entirely wrapped in stacking glass doors and divided by internal columns, floor level changes and distinctive roof features 
  • There is no defined sitting room, dining room or bar – just a charming mix of everything – it’s that kind of place
  • Extensive deck and baraza hanging off the edge of the Rift Valley
  • A dramatic shingle-clad drinks armoire welcomes guests, from where they can be served by their butler or are free to help themselves

AccommodationAccommodation

  • Two totally separate camps of just 15 tents each, every one with magnificent 180° views
  • Each camp has two sets of interconnecting tents, perfect for families

SeasonSeason

The Maasai Mara is a year-round great game-viewing destination with low, mid and high seasons.

Average StayAverage Stay

4 nights 

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

FROM US$ 750 PER GUEST PER NIGHT

INCLUDING all meals & drinks, safari activities, laundry, and child-minding NOT INCLUDING Park Fees, French Champagne, community visits and hot air balloon safaris

Children PolicyChild Policy

Angama Mara welcomes children of 6 years and older

Children aged between 6 and 12 may share a triple at 25% of the nightly rate, subject to a maximum of 2 triples per camp per night

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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