Kenya’s Angama Mara tops global safari camp list

Angama Mara
One of the beautiful views from Angama Mara.

Kenya’s Angama Mara has been named “The World’s Most Spectacular Safari” by a US travel magazine.

The luxury lodge, which is located on the western edge of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, was the only Kenyan camp to make it onto the list compiled by Jetsetter magazine.

Its location near the crossing points for wildlife during the annual wildebeest migration between Kenya and Tanzania, on the edge of an escarpment overlooking the Mara Triangle, gives visitors an exceptional view of the Maasai Mara.

“If Angama Mara looks like it’s straight Out of Africa, that’s because it is. Scenes from the film were shot in the Ngong Hills on this very property, which sits on the western edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. That this new-build lodge is the brainchild of Steve and Nicky Fitzgerald, the minds behind andBeyond, tells you all you need to know about the level of luxury found here. The two camps, with 15 suites each, are just as impressive as the views, with terraces overhanging the Oloololo Escarpment that look out over the vast Great Rift valley, and, inside, an expert blend of Maasai-inspired brickwork and colonial-era touches including thatched roofs and Nairobi-made canvas. For Kenya, Angama Mara is a new standard setter.”

– Lindsey Olander, Jetsetter Magazine

Angama Mara beat 10 other camps including Namibia’s Wilderness Safaris Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp which came second and Rwanda’s Virunga Lodge, with its famous sanctuary for the critically endangered mountain gorilla was fourth.

Zambia’s Chinzobo camp (6th), Andbeyond Sandibe Okavango Lodge in Botswana (8th), Singita Gurumeti Serengeti House in Tanzania (9) and South Africa’s Nelson Mandela Centre for Reconciliation Villa (11th) also made the list.

In August, Angama Mara was named the “Top Outdoor Adventure Hotel” for 2017 in AFAR magazine’s annual Travellers’ Choice Hotel Awards.