Angama announces new luxury lodge in Kenya

Angama announces the November 2023 opening of Angama Amboseli, an intimate lodge of just 10 suites in the 5,700-acre private sanctuary of Kimana, with the famous Mount Kilimanjaro as its backdrop.

“Set in a forest of fever trees where some of Africa’s last Super Tuskers* roam, Angama Amboseli will be a sweet start or end to any East African safari, and a nice contrast to the vast plains open areas of the Maasai Mara,” says Steve Mitchell. , CEO and co-founder of Angama.

Designed by the same team behind Angama Safari Camp – architecture by Jan Allan with creative direction and interiors by Annemarie Meintjes and Alison Mitchell – the lodge concept offers a fresh take on the Amboseli ecosystem. “Sturdy and bold, elegant yet humble, the design is inspired by Kilimanjaro as well as elephants, with a combination of materials and colors that reflect the surroundings, from verdant greens of the fever tree forest to ocher red of the earth,” notes Annemarie.

The tented suites – comprising two sets of interconnecting family units accommodating children of all ages – feature a super king-size bed, extra length, a custom drinks cabinet and a dressing area connected to a bathroom which includes a double sink and a double shower. To maximize the view of Kili, each suite has floor-to-ceiling screen doors leading to a private terrace with a shaded seating area, outdoor shower and of course, Angama’s signature rocking chairs, perfect for mountain gazing. “The challenge has been designing appropriately for this ecosystem and customer experience, and finding the right amount of what our customers really want,” adds Steve.

The guest space will offer indoor-outdoor dining with an expansive baraza and sunset fire pit where guests can watch the light change on Africa’s tallest mountain throughout the day. The studios will house a safari shop, a fun games room for the whole family, a gallery and creative studio for Kenyan artisans, as well as a photography studio to help clients with everything from rental cameras and from image editing to photo shoots. However, the focal point is sure to be the elevated infinity pool, lined with fever trees and preceded by a watering hole for elephants – and the snow-capped peak of Kili in the distance.

With exclusive traversal rights and unlimited game viewing, the best time to admire the mountain is in the early morning on a pajama safari. The Sanctuary is home to moose, buffaloes, reeds, giraffes, zebras, warthogs by the hundreds, as well as leopards, cheetahs, servals and many birds of prey, providing a remarkable density of wildlife for the ecosystem. . You can also choose to visit Amboseli National Park, just a 45-minute drive from the lodge.

Those interested in a behind-the-scenes look at conservation work can join Angama’s partner, Big Life Foundation, for half- or full-day experiences. Activities include ranger patrol demonstrations, school tours, camera trap monitoring or learn about the importance of generating economic benefits for communities by protecting ancient wildlife corridors and reducing human-wildlife conflict.

Easily accessible, there are regular daily flights from Wilson Airport to the private Sanctuary Airfield or the nearby airstrips operated by Safarilink. Private charters are also welcome for direct connectivity to and from the Maasai Mara. By car, guests can enjoy an easy 3.5 hour drive directly from Nairobi to the gate on a tarmac road.

Steve concludes: “At Angama Amboseli, guests can expect Angama’s signature blend of warm and gracious Kenyan service, thoughtful guest experiences, contemporary African design with delightful touches throughout – and just enough spontaneity and humor to ensure that no one forgets to have fun. .”

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