Photo courtesy of Angama Mara
It’s not hard to tell that the owners of Angama Mara are veterans in the world of luxury tourism. Having previously run over 60 luxury lodges across Africa and India for travel company &Beyond, Steve and Nicky Fitzgerald decided to create their own property, high up on the escarpment overlooking the billowing plains of the Masai Mara. The lodge was designed by South African architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens to celebrate the view. A huge wooden deck wraps around the front of the lodge, with a circular sunken fire pit that invites guests to gather for evening sundowners. The layout of the main guest areas is a modern take on that of Nairobi’s Muthaiga Country Club: Pillars break up the large space set with stylish dining tables and chairs, and glass doors that fold open, allowing guests to appreciate the landscape from indoors. Bedrooms are a dream: Each has its own roll-top bathtub, gin-filled cut-glass decanter, and wooden veranda. Out of Africa film fans will appreciate the setting all the more—one of the kopjes on Angama property was the setting for the movie poster. Charming little nods to the famous story exist throughout the property, like the yellow Gipsy Moth biplane in the library, a replica of the one Denys Finch Hatton used to fly across the country.
By Harriet Constable, AFAR Local Expert
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