Angama Amboseli – taking inspiration from Kilamanjaro

Angama has announced the opening of Angama Amboseli – an intimate lodge with tented suites set against the famed backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro…

Angama Amboseli, slated to open in Q4 of 2023, will be a boutique offering of ten suites within the private 5,700-acre Kimana Sanctuary. Designed by the same team behind Angama Safari Camp with architecture by Jan Allan, and creative direction and interiors by Annemarie Meintjes and Alison Mitchell, the lodge’s concept offers a fresh take on the Amboseli ecosystem.

tented guestrooms at safari camp Angama Amboseli at foot of Mount Kilimanjaro

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“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,” explained Meintjes.

The tented suites — including two sets of interleading family units welcoming children of all ages — 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 of course, Angama’s signature rocking chairs, perfect for mountain gazing.

Angama Amboseli guest area with signature rocking chair

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“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 CEO and Co-Founder. “The challenge has been to design appropriately for this ecosystem, and this guest experience, and to find the right amount of what our guests really want.”

The guest area will feature indoor-outdoor dining with an expansive baraza and a sundowner 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 makers’ studio for Kenyan artisans — along with a photography studio to assist guests with everything from hiring cameras and editing pictures to photoshoots. However, 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.

view across the swimming pool at Angama Amboseli with concrete grey surfaces reflecting the grey of the elephants

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“At Angama Amboseli, guests can expect Angama’s signature blend of warm and gracious Kenyan service, well-considered guest experiences, contemporary African design with delightful touches throughout” continued Mitchell. “And just enough spontaneity and humour to ensure that no one forgets to have fun.”

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.

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