Hi all! We are planning our honeymoon in Kenya for early Sept 2019 and considering staying at Angama Mara because we'd really like to see the river crossings, but are a little concerned about the level of crowds that will be in the area. Does this tend to reduce the ability to see lions etc. because animals don't like to be around such big crowds? Also, just confirming, you can't do early evening drives at Angama, right?
Full disclosure - I am the owner and CEO of Angama Mara :)
You are asking a very valid question - thanks so much for getting in touch.
September is not nearly as busy as July or August and there is an excellent chance that the Migration will still be in the Mara (but those pesky millions of wildebeest can evaporate overnight - and then come back).
So you should see some crossings and those will be busy but the rest of the Mara Triangle - especially in the lovely southern part towards Tanzania - is relatively quiet. I have done a drive in August and by avoiding the river altogether we only saw 4 other safari vehicles the whole day.
The animals are not concerned by the vehicles at all - obviously, we prefer to view them at a respectful distance which is helped by the lovely short grass plains that offer great viewing.
One thing I can guarantee in the Mara Triangle any month of the year is fantastic lion viewing - eventually, you may even choose to drive straight on by. The Angama Pride which has its territory just below the lodge numbers more than 20 and they call all night long.
With regard to evening drives - guests need to be out of the Reserve by 6.30 so you certainly can enjoy late afternoon early evening drives but not night drives.
I hope this answers your questions.
We would be delighted to welcome you on your honeymoon next September - we have many romantic surprises up our sleeves!
Good luck with the wedding
We stayed at Angama Mara in The first/second week of September 2017. We saw two river crossings on the Mara river in the five days we were there. It was not huge herds of wildebeest but 100+ zebras and 50 + wildebeest. The reserve is amazing and as the CEO of the resort says the large pride of lions on the doorstep of the lodge invariably means you will have the viewings to yourself and if you lucky you will see them hunting. The Angama guides seemed to have an uncanny knack of getting you to the right spot before anyone else. As far as crowds go in September we saw few others - max four jeeps when something spectacular was spotted. The most crowded was the river crossing because the herds take a long time deciding if to cross so the word gets out.
Anyhow Angama Mara. the lodge, itself is spectacular and we are planning a revisit with the whole family in September 2020. It was the most amazing safari lodge and place I have ever been. Good luck if you still planning
I cannot answer your first question as we visited during low season but I can inform you that the park closes at 6.30 pm. However this may change in high season although there is not much variance in the hours of daylight during the year. I suggest you check directly with the camp. They are very helpful. Congratulations and enjoy your honeymoon.
Dapatkan jawaban dari staf Angama Mara dan tamu yang pernah berkunjung.