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Albeit a luxury destination reserved for the elite few who can afford to shell out over $800 a night, Angama showcases the finest hospitality and interior design the African continent has to offer. Deliberately cinematic to match the natural drama unfolding below in the wildlife refuge, the lodge features two sets of elevated tented suites with canvas on the roof and three sides and a floor-to-ceiling glass face that integrates guests with the wilderness while simultaneously providing safe distance.

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Inspired by Nairobi’s Muthaiga Club, which was built in 1917 and featured in Out of Africa, the conical brick guest areas comprise a large open-plan room wrapped in stacking glass doors and divided by internal columns and shifts in floor level changes. A massive deck hovers over the edge of the Great Rift Valley, and if it storms, guests have ample room to huddle inside behind large glass walls. The oval library provides something of a cocoon-like retreat.

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A departure from the stereotypically idyllic, off-grid African safari experience, Angama offers a fitness room, WiFi, and a swimming pool – though there are opportunities to interact with the Maasai and go on landrover adventures. Check out the Ngongoro lodge perched inside a volcano in Tanzania, which was built several years ago by the same team of people.

+ Silvio Rech and Leslie Carstens Architects

+ Angama Mara

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