Set in a truly stunning position on the edge of the Great Rift Valley overlooking the Masai Mara, Angama Mara is an exclusive, owner-run safari lodge offering a luxurious base from which to explore this incredible reserve and its variety of game.
Ol Seki Hemingways Camp
Set on a rocky ridge in the Masai Mara’s community-owned Naboisho Conservancy, Ol Seki Mara is a polished safari retreat with just a small number of spacious tents. In the welcoming communal spaces, you can share drinks with fellow guests around the campfire, unwind with a book in the lounge tent and dine on freshly prepared food while taking in views over the tree-scattered grassland below.
The circular canvas tents are filled with natural light and set well apart for privacy. Two are designed for families or groups of friends, featuring two en suite bedrooms and a shared kitchen and living area. Spend the warmest part of the day relaxing on your patio, cooling off in the infinity pool or indulging in a massage in the spa.
Meals, usually comprising international dishes, can be eaten in private or in the main dining tent with other guests. Romantic candlelit meals can also be arranged in a private location within the camp.
Much of your time is spent exploring the conservancy on shared game drives with experienced guides. Known for its lion prides, the conservancy sees far fewer vehicles than the main reserve and just a small number can be present at a wildlife sighting. Other activities include walking safaris, Maasai village visits, dawn hot air balloon rides and horse-riding safaris.
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Set apart from each other for privacy and each boasting far-reaching views over the plains below, the six Nina tents are circular in shape, light, airy and spacious, and have a furnished patio area often visited by scuttling rock hyraxes. Inside is a double bed or twin beds, with space for an additional single bed if required. The en suite bathroom includes a curtained off shower, flush toilet and dressing area. Families or groups of friends can stay in the Chui or Simba tents. Both have two en suite bedrooms and a central living area with private kitchen, lounge and dining room. The latter also comes with an optional private butler service.
Ol Seki was strategically built on the edge of a ridge, overlooking the Naboisho Valley and the distant Ngama hills. Its location within the Naboisho Conservancy means you’ll see far fewer vehicles while out on game drives compared to in the main reserve, and there are strict rules on the number of vehicles permitted at a wildlife sighting. The area is known for its healthy lion population as well as Masai giraffe, cheetah and elephant.
Food and drink
- The food mostly comprises international fare, although local dishes are served upon request.
- Eat out on the patio gazing across the plains, in the dining tent or in the privacy of your room (Simba and Chui tents can request a private chef for the evening).
- Breakfast includes both cooked options and a buffet of fresh fruits.
- A three-course lunch is usually served at 1pm, followed by afternoon tea prior to your afternoon game drive.
- Return to a three-course dinner at around 8pm.
- Meals are usually enjoyed as a group around the main table and most drinks are included.
- While there are no activities geared exclusively to children, families will have plenty of space and privacy staying in the Chui or Simba tents, which can each accommodate up to six people. The camp is unfenced, so children must be accompanied at all times.
Facilities and activities
The camp has an infinity pool looking out over the valley, a spa and a lounge tent complete with comfy sofas and a selection of books. Wi-Fi is available throughout the property and laundry is included in your stay.
Activity-wise, most of your time will be spent on shared morning and afternoon game drives through the conservancy with skilled guides. For an additional cost, you can choose to enter the main reserve. Other options include guided walks, Maasai village visits, dawn hot air balloon rides and horseback safaris.
Environmental and social responsibility
The Naboisho Conservancy is owned by local communities, who benefit financially from tourism in the area. Many of the camp’s staff are from the surrounding Maasai communities and are provided with training to develop professional skills.
This polished camp has a fantastic position high on a ridge, and we like the space, privacy and high standards of the tents. The Naboisho Conservancy is one of the best areas of the Masai Mara for wildlife viewing, and camp is a quick ten minute drive from the nearest airstrip.
Masai Mara National Reserve tour ideas
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
This small, authentic camp has an exclusive feel, being one of very few camps set within the private Mara Naboisho Conservancy. Here you can enjoy fantastic game viewing, and the family safari programme means children and adults alike can explore the area’s rich wildlife and culture.
Bateleur Camp is located just outside the Olololo gate to the park, in a Masai concession area. The plains in front of camp are often frequented by warthog and zebra and wildebeest are never far away.
Bogani offers a completely different experience to all of Kenya's safari camps and it provides a genuine opportunity to get involved in the great work undertaken by Free the Children. The comfortable accommodation provides a great base to explore the local area and contribute to making a real difference to local people.
Elephant Pepper is a lovely little bush camp set just outside the northern boarder of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. During the day they offer game drives and walks with excellent local guides.
Governors' Camp was the first tented camp to be established in the Masai Mara National Reserve. A new chef-training programme has brought the level of the food here to excellent standards, so you can be sure to enjoy some great food after a long day on safari.
A small, intimate tented camp with a focus on environmental sustainability, Kicheche Bush Camp's tents are spread over a kilometre of land. The eco-friendly camp is unfenced, runs completely on solar power and is located amongst some of the most diverse wildlife in the bush.
Hidden in a picturesque valley within the Mara North Conservancy, Kicheche Mara Camp offers a classic bush camp experience in a prime game viewing location. While authentically simple, the camp’s welcoming hosts and low guest capacity give it an air of exclusivity.
A small, very comfortable tented camp, Kicheche Valley Camp serves as a good mid-level option for guests looking to experience the Mara in an authentic environment. You may even be lucky enough to see some incredible wildlife from the camp as animals venture close to the grounds.
Little Governors' has a superb position above a small swamp where, during the day, you often see animals coming to graze and drink. Overall it is one of our favourite camps in the Mara.
Naibor is a spacious and stylish safari camp, located on the banks of the Talek River in the Masai Mara Reserve. The food and service is superb, as is the guiding. We warmly recommend it.
Offbeat Mara Camp is a luxury tented camp situated on the Olare Orok water system, on Koyiaki Group Ranch, north of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The camp is owner-run and very friendly.
Porini Lion Camp is located in the Olare Orok Conservancy, which borders the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Service is personal, the food is good and you will be well taken care of.
Rekero Tented Camp is located inside the Masai Mara Game Reserve, very close to the confluence of the Mara and Talek rivers. It is a firm favourite with repeat visitors to Kenya.
Saruni Mara is a luxurious tented lodge set in the Koyiaki Group Ranch, adjacent to the Masai Mara. Activities include guided bush walks, game drives, while fly camping is also possible.
Serian is an exclusive wilderness camp set alongside a secluded valley flanking the Mara River in the Mara North Conservancy. Each of the eight tents is fitted with large double beds flanked by twin bedside tables and a writing desk.
Brimming with authenticity, this rustic camp has a secluded location close to the main Masai Mara National Reserve, offering spacious tents with plenty of privacy.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
ME to WE provides you with the opportunity to experience life with locals in rural Kenya, working on sustainable projects that benefit these communities in the longer term.
Watch out for the giraffe hiding in the trees, antelope on the plains and roosting birds. As the sun comes up the views are superb - one of the most beautiful sights in Africa.