Luxury safari lodge operator, Angama, has revealed further details and an opening timeline for its next property, Angama Amboseli, announced in February 2022.
Positioned in the private 5,700-acre Kimana Sanctuary of Kenya, the 10-suite Angama Amboseli will have a backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is being designed by the same team behind the original Angama Safari Camp – architecture by Jan Allan, with creative direction and interiors by Annemarie Meintjes and Alison Mitchell.
“Set within a fever tree forest where some of Africa’s last Super Tuskers roam, Angama Amboseli will be a gentle start or finish to any East African safari, and a lovely contrast to the wide open plains of the Maasai Mara,” said Steve Mitchell, Angama’s CEO & Co-Founder.
“Sturdy and bold, elegant yet humble, the design takes inspiration from Kilimanjaro as well as the elephants, featuring a combination of materials and colours that reflect the surroundings, from the verdant greens of the fever tree forest to the red ochre of the earth,” interior designer Mitchell notes.
The tented suites — including two sets of interleading family units for families — feature a super king, extra length bed, a personalised drinks armoire and a dressing area connecting to a bathroom which includes a double vanity and a double shower. To maximise the views of Kili, each suite has floor-to-ceiling screened doors leading to private a deck with a shaded lounge area, an outdoor shower and Angama’s signature rocking chairs.
The Guest Area will feature indoor-outdoor dining with an expansive baraza and a sundowner fire pit. The Studios will house a safari shop, a family-friendly games room, a gallery and makers’ studio for Kenyan artisans — along with a photography studio.
The focal point is sure to be the raised rim-flow swimming pool, fringed by fever trees and fronted by a drinking trough for the elephants — and Kili’s snow-capped peak in the distance.
With exclusive traversing rights and unrestricted game viewing, the best time to view the mountain is in the early hours of the morning on a pyjama safari.
The Sanctuary is home to eland, buffalo, reedbuck, giraffe, zebra, warthogs in their hundreds, along with leopard, cheetah, serval, and many birds of prey — offering remarkable density of wildlife for the ecosystem. Guests may also choose to visit Amboseli National Park, a short 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, visits to schools, camera trap monitoring or learn about the importance of generating economic benefits for communities from protecting ancient wildlife corridors and reducing human-wildlife conflict.
Easily accessible, there are scheduled daily flights from Wilson Airport to the Sanctuary’s private airfield or nearby airstrips, operated by Safarilink. Private charters are also welcome for direct connectivity to and from the Maasai Mara.
Angama Amboseli is earmarked to open in November 2023.
Lead image: The guest area of Angama Amboseli features indoor/outdoor dining with a signature baraza and fire pit.