A US travel magazine has named Kenya’s Angama Mara, as the world’s best safari lodge for 2017.
Jetsetter magazine, which is affiliated to the TripAdvisor travel portal, put Angama Mara first in its listing of ‘The World’s Most Spectacular Safaris.’
The luxury lodge located on the western edge of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve was the only Kenyan facility to make it into Jetsetter’s annual listing.
Its location near the crossing points for wildlife during the annual wildebeest migration between Kenya and Tanzania, on the edge of an escarpment overlooking the Mara Triangle, gives visitors an exceptional view of the Maasai Mara.
Angama Mara is delighted to have been awarded a Silver Rating by Ecotourism Kenya and we look forward to being eligible to apply for a Gold Rating in six months time #DWBDG #DoingWellByDoingGood pic.twitter.com/MROPAO04Dt
— Angama Mara (@AngamaSafari) December 11, 2017
Angama beat 10 other world-renowned safari lodges including Namibia’s Wilderness Safaris Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp and India’s Jawai Leopard camp, which came second and third respectively.
Rwanda’s Virunga lodge, with its famous sanctuary for the critically endangered mountain gorilla was fourth while Australia’s Arkaba’s homestead and Zambia’s Chinzobo camp secured the fifth and sixth positions respectively.
Despite the devastating earthquakes that have rocked Nepal in recent years, putting a dent on the mountainous country’s tourism industry, the country’s Meghauli Serai lodge came in seventh on the list.
"My name is Katana Mweri, a chef at Angama. Some might say I’m a bit of a loner. Working at Angama has taught me the benefits of working as a team. We pull each other together in the kitchen to utilize our strengths & help each other where we may have weaknesses.” #HumansOfAngama pic.twitter.com/gYj8mxisBO
— Angama Mara (@AngamaSafari) November 17, 2017
Serai is located inside Chitwan National Park and is a wildlife sanctuary for rare and exotic species including one-horned rhinos, sloth bears and royal Bengal tigers.
Andbeyond Sandibe Okavango Lodge in Botswana, Singita Gurumeti Serengeti House in Tanzania, Thailand’s Anantara Resort Golden Triangle and South Africa’s Nelson Mandela Centre for Reconciliation Villa took the last four positions in the ranking respectively.
Writer at Tunayo Business Magazine