The main camp at Shompole has just six uniquely elegant rooms with high thatched roofs and incredible views, Little Shompole has two private suites, a swimming pool, dining area and its own staff. The rooms have been strategically designed to take advantage of the views and on a clear day you can see as far as Ngoongoro Crater in Tanzania.
Shompole is situated in a 35,000 acre conservancy overlooking riverine forest and sun-baked plains. It is an artistic wilderness retreat created by Anthony Russell, a veteran of wildlife tourism, who established Shompole as a group venture with the local Maasai people. Shompole aims to create self-sustaining tourism.
The camp is perfectly positioned to make the most of the incredible view and the cool breeze. There are no sides to the buildings to interrupt the views and the main lounge and dining area overlook Mount Shompole and provide a wonderful setting to enjoy meals or just to relax during the heat of the day.
The variety of landscape at Shompole allows for a great range of activities, from day and night drives through the game-rich plains and mountain-biking along the edge of the escarpment or walks at Lake Natron, breeding ground of East Africa's two million flamingos. Visits to the local Maasai market and pre-historic sites, learning about the skills and lives of the Maasai and nights spent out in romantic fly camps.
Shompole has six open sided rooms with huge mosquito nets draped around enormous beds. The rooms are simple yet incredibly stylish constructed from white quartz stone with lots of pale fig-tree wood furniture, smooth wooden decks and the occasional terracotta pot complete the look. Little Shompole has two private suites, a swimming pool, dining area and its own staff.
Shompole is not suited to very young children and therefore those under 12 will not be accepted. However, at this age and beyond children begin to connect with nature and animals and show great curiousity and ability to learn. A safari can be a hugely rewarding and educational experience. Meal-times and food can always be tailored to suit younger palates.
Each room at Shompole has it's own cool pool to enjoy in pivate and at Little Shompole there is a stunning infinity length pool perched on the hillside. There is also a therapist on hand for massages and other treatments. The main lodge has a shop offering beautiful art and pieces from local Maasai workshops.
Shompole offers guests a great range of activities, from day and night drives through the game-rich plains and mountain-biking along the edge of the escarpment or walks at Lake Natron, breeding ground of East Africa's two million flamingos. Visits to the local Maasai market and pre-historic sites, learning about the skills and lives of the Maasai and nights spent out in romantic fly camps. The activities are tailored to suit each guests personal requirements.
All rooms have a personal butler to help make the guests stay as relaxing as possible. The guides are trained locals who have an intimate knowledge of the area and the wildlife.
When to travel
The only time to avoid Kenya is during the long rainy season in April and May. November is considered the short rainy season, however, these are less predictable and are much lighter. The best time of year to visit the Maasai Mara is during the Great Wildebeest Migration which tends to pass through the Mara between mid July to late October.
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Location and directions
Nguruman Escarpment, Kenya
Shompole lies on the edge of the Great Rift Valley on the side of the Nguruman escarpment in south western Kenya, very close to Lake Natron.
How to get there
8 hours 30 minutes international flight to Nairobi and from there the only way in is by private charter. From Nairobi it is a 35-minute flight - a spectacular one as you fly over the Ngong Hills and down the escarpment into the Great Rift Valley.