Ali Swisher

Angama Mara
  • Where:Great Rift Valley, Kenya
  • Why:Honeymoon
  • When:November ‘18
  • Who:Me and my new hubby.
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Loved the gorgeous architectural details throughout the property.

The beautiful brick pavilion is home to the library, restaurant, lounge bar and beautiful deck overlooking the Maasai Mara.

Donde esta la biblioteca?

Loved the juxtaposition of clean, modern furniture in a luxurious, rustic safari tent. Enjoying a glass of rosé upon check-in.

The unforgettable African sunrise.

The honeymoon suite (fyi, they’re all the same).

The honeymoon suite (fyi, they’re all the same). The tented suites feature glossy brown floorboards, rolled tent flaps, beautiful brass fixtures and white linens under a bright red bed throw.

Inside the our tented suite.

2 of the 30 tented suites overlooking the Maasai Mara.

Sundowners at one of the iconic film sites from the movie Out of Africa.

Ready for a game drive in our rad little land cruiser.

Safari spouses.

Highs & Lows

  • Killer design.

  • Incredible hospitality. Staff is amazing and service is phenomenal – you're spoiled with a dedicated butler, room attendant and safari guide throughout your entire stay.

  • On-site photography studio where you can rent equipment (like a lens the size of your arm) and edit photos with the help of their team of seasoned photographers.

  • They provide everything you could possibly need from bug spray and binoculars to an on-call masseuse and endless amounts of rosé.

  • Amazing boutique with local artisan goods.

  • I cried when we left.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 50/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury safari lodge.

  • Vibe

    Tranquil and luxurious.

  • Location

    The lodge is perched high on the hills of the Great Rift Valley, bordering Tanzania and overlooking the Mara triangle. Fun fact: this was the original site of the Olurruk Mara Lodge, which was built for the cast and crew of Sydney Pollack’s movie Out of Africa.

  • Rooms

    30 tented suites.

  • Music

    Sounds of nature.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Architecture by Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, and interiors done by Annemarie Meintjes.

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes, both with epic views of the Maasai Mara.

  • Restaurant

    Yes! Featuring an international menu that changes daily offering everything from Swahili spiced chicken to avocado toast. Veggies and herbs and sourced from their beautiful garden on-site.

  • Bar

    Full bar and you have full access. You can either make your own cocktail or your butler can double as a bartender.

  • Minibar

    Vintage decanters with gin and whiskey that magically refill on a daily basis. Fresh cookies in a jar, filtered water and a French press for coffee in the mornings.

  • Children

    No thank you.

  • Price

    Pricey but worth it. Note that all meals, booze and game drives are included in the price.

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