New Angama Amboseli safari lodge pays homage to its 'Super Tusker' neighbors

Angama Amboseli opened on Nov. 1 in Kenya’s 5,700-acre Kimana Sanctuary, known for its “Super Tusker” elephants. The luxury safari lodge, continuing the “slow safari” concept of its sister property, Angama Mara, features 10 suites inspired by elephants — and even using their dung in the construction.

The outdoor guest area at Angama Amboseli.

Showcasing a fresh approach to safari lodge design, each suite has been designed as a private sanctuary, featuring a personalized drinks cabinet, butler’s lobby, writing desk and a dressing area connecting the bedroom to the bathroom, featuring a double vanity and a double shower. The floor-to-ceiling, screened doors lead to a private patio with a lounge area and an outdoor shower. A set of outdoor rocking chairs, an Angama signature, invites guests to linger and revel in the natural beauty of the Kimana Sanctuary and its views of Mount Kilimanjaro. (In addition to elephant dung, the suites were constructed using a combination of canvas, concrete and rattan.)

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The lodge’s dining area, managed by chef Sarah Saleheen, offers flexible indoor-outdoor dining options. Additional facilities include a games room, art gallery, weaving studio and a photographic studio. Angama Amboseli’s infinity pool and the new Mnara viewing tower offer great views of the wildlife and landscape.

The Mnara viewing tower at Angama Amboseli.

Angama Amboseli offers an intimate experience with the elephants with exclusive traversing rights and unrestricted game viewing in Kimana Sanctuary; the “Super Tuskers” are known for tusks that can weigh in excess of 100 pounds each and often are so long they almost touch the ground. The Kimana Sanctuary boasts the area’s greatest habitat diversity and wildlife density. Guests can also take half- or full-day excursions into nearby Amboseli National Park.

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The lodge is a vital part of the Kimana Sanctuary, a key wildlife corridor linking Amboseli National Park to the Chyulu Hills and Tsavo West National Park. Angama Amboseli partners with the Big Life Foundation to support local conservation efforts and community empowerment.

Rates start at $1,650 per person, per night, covering guided safaris, walking tours and on-site experiences. Angama Amboseli is accessible by daily flights from Nairobi or by car from the city.

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