High above the Maasai Mara on the very site where some of the most romantic scenes from Out of Africa were filmed, Angama Mara, opened June 14, 2015, is comprised of two separate and intimate camps, each encompassing 15 tented guest suites, placed just on the edge of the Oloololo Escarpment on one of the most sought-after parcels of land on the entire continent.
The lodge, helmed by renowned industry-leaders Steve and Nicky Fitzgerald (formerly of &Beyond), boasts the most outstanding game viewing 12 months of the year in the Mara Triangle, with access to the reserve via a private track. Inspired by the Swahili word for ‘suspended in mid air,’ the lodge seems to float 1,000 feet above the Great Rift Valley, where, every morning, hot air balloons sail past the 30-foot-wide floor-to-ceiling glass fronts of each suite.
Guests enjoy a fitness center, a 40-foot-long swimming pool, a curated gallery of African art, clothing and jewelry, and a sun-filled studio where local Maasai women work at beading bespoke items.
Travelers will fly by private charter to Angama Mara, where they will stay in glass-fronted tented suites set 1,000 feet above the Great Rift Valley – on the very site where some of the most memorable of the film’s scenes were shot.
Guests will encounter hidden nods to the movie throughout the property, such as: Peter Beard’s book Longing for Darkness (Kamante’s tales about his search for Blixen’s staff she left in Kenya); colorful screens alluding to the scene where Meryl Streep uses the screen in her home as inspiration to begin her storytelling; a pair of plantation chairs identical to those used on set; a yellow biplane toy in the library, similar to that flown by Denys Finch Hatton; and a single red rose in the library, in memory of Karen Blixen (she was presented with one by a literary admirer every day towards the end of her life)–the only flower on property.
Angama Mara offers its guests a mix of thrilling adventure and laid-back relaxation, complete with safari adventures in the famed Mara Triangle Game Reserve and unique activities such as an intimate picnic in the bush – Out of Africa style –wicker basket, checked blanket, Stanley flask, Champagne on ice and cucumber sandwiches.
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