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)