As I prepared for my journey from Nairobi to Angama, I was filled with anticipation. The transfer from the Nairobi City Hotel was provided by Angama Mara, and provided onboard amenities such as Wi-Fi, water, and nuts as a snack, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable ride. We started our adventure at Wilson Airport, where each airline had its separate building. I found myself in the general area, eagerly awaiting our flight. The waiting area had everything we needed, including a bathroom, a curio shop, and a café.
Our flight to Angama from Wilson Airport was with Safarilink, aboard a 36-seater Dash Aircraft. It took us just 45 minutes to reach the Kichwa Tembo Airstrip, where game drive vehicles were waiting to transport us to the Angama Mara Lodge. The short 15-minute drive to the lodge was filled with excitement and anticipation.
Luxurious stay at Angama Mara Safari Lodge
Angama Mara is an unfenced paradise, allowing wildlife to roam freely. At night, the lodge provided security personnel to walk guests to and from their tents/rooms, ensuring their safety.
The lodge consists of North Camp and South Camp, each offering 15 tented suites with an identical look and feel. The accommodations are comfortable and provide a cozy retreat after a day of exploration. At the main lodge, the tented suites are equipped with heated electric blankets to keep warm and cozy during the nights. While there is no air conditioning, fans are provided in the rooms to ensure comfort.
Also offered by Angama is Angama Safari Camp, which can be set up in various locations within the Masai Mara. When the camp is set up, guests from Angama Mara Main Camp are also able to stay here for two nights, only paying the difference in park fees.
My stay at Safari Camp was an authentic and personalized experience, allowing me to disconnect from Wi-Fi and truly connect with nature and ourselves. The Safari Camp is located along the Mara River, and the presence of hippos was unmistakable, especially at night. The boma/fire area was a lovely gathering space at night, where one can share stories of the day’s adventures, before heading to the main lounge/dining tent for dinner.
There are plenty of activities to enjoy at Angama Mara, including:
- Nature walks with a Maasai Naturalist and the opportunity to go for a run with the Maasai.
- The beading center allows guests to create their own beaded designs, like necklaces or bracelets.
- The map/movie room serves as a versatile space, perfect for watching a movie with popcorn, hosting presentations or history talks, or even serving as a unique dinner venue.
- The photography studio provides cameras for rent, and the staff, including Rob, helps guests capture breathtaking photos. They even offer assistance with editing.
- All these activities are included in your stay, allowing guests to make the most of their experience.
- For special occasions like honeymoons or weddings, guests are also able to hire a photographer.
At the main lodge, meals were ordered from an à la carte menu that changed daily. Angama Mara caters to guests with specific dietary requirements, such as Kosher or Halaal.
The Boma area, a short distance from the lodge, provided the perfect setting for sundowners after the afternoon game drives. It offered a breathtaking view, complemented by drinks and snacks.
We had planned to experience bush dinners in the forest, but unfortunately, the rain prevented it. Instead, we enjoyed a braai menu served at the main lodge, accompanied by Maasai warrior entertainment in the form of traditional singing and jumping.
Meals at the Safari Camp were decided by the chef and served directly to our table with a few sharing plates.
Then of course there’s meal time