Angama Mara sits atop the Oloololo escarpment on the western edge of Kenya’s renowned Masai Mara. The lodge has a magnificent view, possibly one of Africa’s finest, looking east across the plains of this outstanding and very beautiful game reserve, which boasts some of the best wildlife populations anywhere in Africa. Angama Mara accepts children from the age of six and families staying here will receive a famously warm Kenyan welcome.
Accommodation & Facilities
Angama Mara consists of two separate camps with 15 rooms in each, both with their own dining area, lounge, bar and lodge facilities. With families in mind, Angama Mara has four interconnecting family tents, sleeping up to five people, which allow children to move freely between their tent and their parents’ in complete safety and privacy. The camp can also arrange triples for parents sharing with one child under 12 years old, or three children together, with one of the three under 12 years old. Designed to make the very best of the breath-taking views, the rooms have panoramic windows 10 metres wide at the front and a deck which is built out over the drop to the plains below. This gives the lodge its name which means ‘suspended in the air’ in Swahili. The rooms are built on decks, with canvas sides and roofs, and the simple contemporary styling ensures that guests have no distraction from the amazing views. Angama has a large central pavilion, which houses a 40 foot pool, a gym, a well-stocked shop, and a workshop where guests can meet the local Masai ladies who produce wonderfully creative individual pieces for sale at the lodge.
Eating and sleeping
Children are able to eat at any time of day or night, choosing from a wonderful children’s menu designed especially for young guests. Child-minding between 6pm until 10pm is included in the rate. Should guests want child-minding between 6am-6pm it is charged at $50 per day.
Wildlife & Activities
Wildlife viewing is the reason that people from all over the world visit the Masai Mara, and Angama offers direct private access into the Mara Triangle for day time game drives in specially designed 4x4s. The Triangle is a semi private corner of the Masai Mara which has superb resident wildlife populations and also hosts the great wildebeest migration for part of the year. As the Mara River runs along one side of the Triangle, it’s a superb place for witnessing river crossings, with herds of wildebeest and zebra running the gauntlet of the massive crocodiles living in the river. Along with the migrant herds, lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo and giraffe can be seen here, year round, as well as prolific and varied birdlife. Limited night drives and bush walks are permitted on top of the escarpment, close to the lodge, and guests can also arrange and pay for balloon flights and visits to local communities at the lodge.
Specifically with children in mind …………..
• Fishing, frogging and tadpoling in the dam
• Bug spotting and tracking on nature walks with Masai guides
• Beading with the Masai ladies in Angama Mara’s craft studio
• Learning the art of spear throwing from a Masai warrior
• Baking bread or making ice-cream in the kitchen
• Learning about nuts and bolts in the workshop
• Visiting local schools and making new friends
• Snuggling up in the library with curated African books, DVDs and board games
• Star gazing at night with toasted marshmallows and s’mores