Helen Kirby, Destination Expert Africa + The Indian Ocean

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Can Helen Kirby survive living offline at a remote lodge in the Mara? 

Angama Safari Camp is the exclusive use sister camp to Angama Mara and is located on the floor of the Mara Triangle in Kenya. A mobile camp, it moves seasonally and can only remain in each location for no more than 30 days at a time. The camp offers just four ensuite tents sleeping up to eight guests at a time – and no wi-fi. None.

Angama Safari Camp, view to Mara river

During my recent visit, the camp was set up on the banks of the Mara River. As we arrived with our incredibly knowledgeable guide Fred, I knew this was going to be something incredibly special. Not only were we welcomed by a huge hippo pod cooling off in the water, but a huge elephant herd and a pair of mating lions also joined the welcome brigade.  

Mara, elephants

The friendly staff were full of smiles as we drove into camp, sorting our bags efficiently and escorting us to our tents. The scent of canvas and the sound of a zip unlocking as I entered my abode were what I’ve been craving for years! 

Angama Safari Camp team arrival

The tents have everything you could possibly need – and more, decorated with just the right amount of colour and style. There are the most amazing beds and quality linens too. Each tent has a separate partition for the bathroom, with a flushing loo and a full bucket shower room. Staff gladly ensure it is filled with hot water for when you’re ready to turn in; nothing is too much trouble.

Angama Safari Camp bed
Angama Safari Camp interior bathroom

I woke at sun rise with the most incredible orange glow outside my tent as the hippos welcomed the new day in full song. I reached instinctively for my phone to take some snaps to post on my social channels, but suddenly realised I couldn’t! It made me realise that the moment was mine to keep for myself and I really embraced not being able to share it. 

There were plenty more moments where I reached for my phone during my time in the camp – needing to call home, chat to my daughters, check in on work, check social media updates…but it was almost always with a sense of relief that I remembered this wasn’t possible as I was reminded to be fully immersed in my surroundings. This is one of the reasons Angama Safari Camp is such an alluring lodge – it facilitates a completely off grid experience, encouraging guests to connect with nature and to really tune in to the energy, sounds and smells of the bush. There is nothing quite like it.

Angama Safari Camp lounge tent

Angama Safari Camp drinks table