Last week, AFAR magazine announced the winners of its Traveler’s Choice Awards, an annual reader-driven commemoration of the year’s best travel destinations: countries, U.S. states, cruises, tour operators, and hotels. The main categories splinter off into various subcategories; first place in the Top Outdoor Adventure Hotels subcategory was awarded to Angama Mara, an opulent safari lodge in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley.
Nestled in the lush green hills overlooking the Maasai Mara, regarded by many to be among the world’s finest big game hunting reserves, Angama Mara’s stunning property constitutes two separate camps, with 15 palatial tented suites in each. Guests can experience an impressive variety of guided or solo adventures, including safari tours led by Maasai guides, hot air balloon floats over the valley, photography excursions and more. Fourteen other outdoor adventure destinations made AFAR‘s cut, but be warned — scrolling while at work may induce severe traveler’s itch.