Angama has opened Angama Safari Camp, a sole-use tented camp in the wilderness of Kenya’s Maasai Mara.
The camp can sleep up to eight guests in four en-suite tents and is designed to be low-impact on the surrounding environment.
“We have created a completely private ‘no-rules’ experience, where the guests can enjoy the comforts of 21st century camping but with the thrill of having nothing but canvas between you, the Maasai Mara and year-round abundant wildlife right on your doorstep,” said owner of Angama, Nicky Fitzgerald.
Guest tents feature an extra-king-size bed (or twin beds on request), a writing desk, dressing room, vanity, separate toilet and double bucket showers. The same team that created Angama Mara came together to bring Angama Safari Camp to life – Jan Allan of Canvas ByDesign designed the tents, and interiors are by Annemarie Meintjes.
“The tents are designed for maximum cross-ventilation, which makes them cooler. Furthermore, these tents have a four-layer roof system that helps to keep them cool,” said Allan.
The tents are similar to design elements of sister lodge, Angama Mara, with roof linings of the same fabric as the lodge tents. The flaps are finished using leather straps with brass fittings and the wooden tent poles are made from polished timber with solid brass footplates. The angled poles around the tent that support the outer roof also have brass footplates and are trimmed with leather.
The interiors also echo elements from Angama Mara, said Meintjes. “The look is a combination of respect for the past and the vision to make it relevant to the present.”
Natural fibres, rural weaving, gold, black and white quilting, and Maasai red design are featured. As the camp is movable, there was the additional problem that as much as possible had to be flat-packable, ready to be loaded into Angama Safari Camp’s specially converted 16-ton truck.
“Most of all, we are looking forward to bringing guests the same charming Kenyan service that continues to delight guests at Angama Mara, After all, the magic is not in the stuff; it’s in the place and, of course, the people,” concluded Fitzgerald.