Owner run, by Nicky and Steve Fitzgerald, Angama Mara sits high on the Rift Valley’s Oloololo Escarpment, bordering the Mara Triangle, Maasai Mara.
Serviced by a private hardtop airfield, from the moment guests arrive at Angama Mara they are wel-comed into spacious architecture that stresses expanses of open glass and decking from which to appreciate the spectacular views. Inspired by Nairobi’s Muthaiga Country Club, with its old world atmosphere and conviviality, there are a range of dining and relaxation areas as well as a bar. There is a pavilion between the two residential areas that offers a fitness centre, a large pool, a gallery of local arts and crafts and a workshop in which Maasai women make bespoke jewellery. The property even includes the actual kopje where key scenes from Out of Africa were filmed, and guests wake in the morning to the sight of hot-air balloons ascending over the valley directly outside the windows.
The sleeping rooms at Angama Mara are extensive: split into two zones, and set along the very edge of the escarpment, there are thirty suites in all, including four family tents. Befitting the location, the decor is spare but well-chosen, with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over staggering vistas. With brickwork inspired by local techniques and polished wooden floors, very comfortable furnish-ings and massages available in the tented suites themselves, and including all modern comforts and facilities, the rooms leave guests wanting for nothing.
Outside of Angama Mara itself, the main activities available are game-drives out into the Maasai Mara, either by day or night, and also the possibility of hot-air ballooning and learning more about Maasai culture.