Best of the Best 2016: Journeys | Resorts: Angama Mara
Angama Mara has given Kenya renewed clout as the definitive safari destination. Opened in July along a 1,000-foot-high rim overlooking the Great Rift Valley, the camp affords unmatched views of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Its unconventional design—featuring contemporary furnishings and a Maasai-red-and-French-khaki color palette—seems right at home in this spectacular setting, which is prime territory for elephants, big cats, and more. In between wildlife excursions, enjoy a massage in your suite or a private picnic on a kopje (hill) featured in Sydney Pollack’s 1985 classic Out of Africa.
- Steve and Nicky Fitzgerald—the husband-and-wife team who ran the safari company andBeyond for 15 years—came out of retirement in 2013 to build Angama Mara.
- The 30 guest tents feature furnishings by the South African designer John Vogel, galvanized bathtubs by Patricia Urquiola, and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Maasai Mara.
- The camp enjoys private access to a remote corner of the reserve, where sightings of zebras, giraffes, elephants, and lions are common.
- For the ultimate bush trek, experienced adventurers can take a self-drive safari across the Mara plains in one of the property’s vehicles.
Angama Mara, angama.com ($825–$1,400 per person, all inclusive)