Reviews of Angama Mara
Wildlife sightings and reviews
2 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Angama Mara and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Angama Mara review"
We have stayed in some great hotels in our time, but this really was one of the best.
From the amazing and thoughtful staff, to the fabulous food and views. We couldn’t fault it in any way." See all these reviews: 10n in Kenya
"A simply gorgeous lodge and the undoubted highlight of our holiday."
There were a couple of negatives, since nothing is ever perfect: tents sited just a bit too close together, and a pool that was not as clean as one might have wished for.
However, the camp's positives far outweighed these minor niggles. We stayed at the South Camp, managed by James, who was absolutely exceptional, and went above and beyond to keep all his guests happy. The staff were all fabulous, no doubt taking their lead from James.
The camp's setting is just glorious. We appreciated the mod-cons in our tent, including a fridge, overhead fans and electric blankets, should we have needed them. The decanters of gin and whisky were also a great idea, as was the fresh lemon provided with them every day. The food was great and our butler had undertaken some training to become a sommelier, so was able to pair wine with food in a way that increased the pleasure of both, and which was a step up from other camps.
The biggest surprise though, given that Angama seems to be known more for its luxury than "getting close to nature", was the quality of our guide. We have been on safaris in Zimbabwe, Kenya previously, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Tanzania, but Jeremy, our guide at Angama, took game-viewing to a completely different level.
In our experience, Jeremy was absolutely in a league of his own: highly articulate, clearly passionate about wildlife, a keen photographer (who took the time to position our vehicle for the best shots), up to date with the latest academic research on different species and able to track a cheetah, sharing his insights about its likely targets for hunting and its likely movements, for several hours, keeping us captivated in the process.
I don't know if we were simply lucky in being allocated him, but if Angama's other guides are at the same level, then this camp is truly the very best there is. In any event, we thought its pricing was well justified and we would definitely go back." See all these reviews: 12n in Kenya
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Other lodges in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Alternative places to stay in this same area.
Rekero is an unpretentious, high-end safari camp, for travellers who take their wildlife watching seriously and are prepared to pay for an exceptional location.
Little Governors’ Camp sits by a swamp (an old oxbow of the Mara River) in the Mara Triangle sector of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. It has its own balloon-launching site.
Tangulia Mara is a rustic and traditional safari camp on the border of the Maasai Mara National Reserve owned by Jackson Looseyia of Big Cat Diary fame.
Governors' Camp is a large tented camp on the Mara River and one of the oldest in the Mara region, dating from 1972. Although unfenced, and regularly visited by elephants, the whole compound is always busy with human activity.
Serian Nkorombo is a luxury bush camp in the Musiara sector of the Maasai Mara National Reserve on the east side of the Mara River.
Sand River Camp
Luxury colonial-style tented camp on the banks of the Sand River close to the Tanzania border – a great spot to see the wildebeest migration.
Sala’s Camp is a comfortable and intimate tented camp, with seven tented rooms, located on the banks of the Sand River, in the far south of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Governors' Il Moran
The smallest and most expensive of the three camps in the Governors’ group, Governors’ Il Moran Camp hugs a meander of the Mara River just 1km north of the main Governors’ Camp.
Basecamp Maasai Mara
Basecamp Maasai Mara is a family-friendly, award-winning eco-camp on a U-bend on the north bank of the Talek River, on the boundary of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Ngenche Safari Camp
Mara Ngenche is a non-hosted, luxury tented camp with an antique style, which is perfect if you're looking for private dining while staying somewhere small and personal.
Mara Expedition Camp
Mara Expedition Camp is a small luxury camp located on the banks of the Ntiakitiak River inside the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Tipilikwani Mara Camp is a larger, mid-range tented camp offering good value from its base on the Talek River just outside the Mara National Reserve.
Mara Serena Safari Lodge
Mara Serena Safari Lodge is a large safari hotel with views of the Mara River, in the Mara Triangle sector of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Mara Explorer Camp
Mara Explorer is a smart tented camp is in a scenic location on a bend in the Talek River.
Governors' Private Camp
Located on a secluded bend of the Mara River, Governor’s Private Camp has just eight tents and is booked on an exclusive basis.
Topi House is a very good, three-bedroom fully staffed private house on the fringes of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Entim Camp is well located in the heart of the Mara National Reserve, offering traditionally styled tented accommodation.
Ilkeliani Camp is a smart elegant camp overlooking the Talek River, on the edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Naibor has a great location in the Mara reserve, and offers accommodation to suit different budgets, with stylish high-end tents and some simpler ones too.