Nguruman Escarpment, Kenya
Please note that Shompole is shut from October 2011 until further notice.
At a Glance
Best time to Visit
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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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Shompole House epitomises chic safari style. With its two bedrooms it offers a relaxed atmosphere, private dining and the opportunity to take in the stunning landscapes as well as offering a fantastic safari experience.
Straddling the ridge above the main lodge this split level house comprises two bedrooms, en-suite bathroom, swimming pool, dining area, waterfall shower and outside bath.
The master bedroom is spacious and open plan with a ten foot wide bed. It offers spectacular views across Lake Natron and the Loita Hills stretching to Ol Donyio Lengai, ‘The mountain of God’, and Ngorongoro Crater. The room also offers guests a luxurious outside bath where you can while away your cares and enjoy a starlit night.
The second bedroom is on an elevated platform offering perfect views of the sunrise and the wide expanse of the plains that form part of the Shompole Conservancy. This room is equipped with two queen size beds providing adequate space for two adults to share or a couple.
A cascading waterfall feeds into two swimming pools the larger of which has an infinity edge from where you can appreciate the surroundings. The terraces and decks surrounding the pool offer ample opportunity to enjoy a spot of sunbathing before taking a cooling dip.
The lower terrace leads off to the dining room where recessed alcoves are candle lit at night and together with tilly lamps offer an atmospheric surrounding to enjoy your dinner under the thatched roof or under the stars. Guests staying at Shompole House also have full access to the main camp so can take their meals in the main dining area as well.
Shompole House is ideal for a family of four or group of friends who want to while away time in a true African wilderness, enjoy a spectacle of wildlife, immerse themselves in the Maasai culture or simply take a relaxing massage in the comfort of the house.
Shompole House encompases chic contemporary style with a hint of the African bush that surrounds it. This split level house comprises two bedrooms, en-suite bathroom, swimming pool, dining area, waterfall shower and outside bath.
Although children are very welcome at Shompole House there are no specific facilities and it is generally thought not suitable for very young children. However, all ages and stages can be accommodated and meals and times tailored to suite everyone. Babysitting can also be arranged for those that require it.
Shompole house has it's own private pool, there are also treatment rooms for massage or other complimentary therapies.
Shompole House 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.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
Shompole House is just beautiful and a really tranquil place with the most incredible views and position. The two rooms are perfect for a family or just a couple wanting the exclusivity of this amazing private house. The House is so beautiful that you have to tear yourself away from them to explore the Shompole Reserve, whether on a game drive, walk or a visit to the local village.
Game drives in the Maasai Mara
Exploring this iconic ecosystem in an adapted, open 4x4 safari vehicle with your professional safari guide is one of the best ways to get up close to the huge volume and wide diversity of wildlife in the Mara.
Maasai Mara Balloon Safari
Experience the magic of floating over the plains of the Maasai Mara in a Hot Air Balloon. Balloon safaris are a fantastic way to experience the vast beauty of the Mara and provide exceptional photo opportunities with spectacular lighting and scenery.
Private Safari Guide and Game Drive Vehicle
Ensure an exclusive and totally tailored safari experience by booking a private safari guide and game drive vehicle. A private guide gives you the flexibility to go where you want, when you want. If you have specific interests this is an absolute must.
The Great Migration
The Maasai Mara is famous for being home to one of nature’s most spectacular events: the Great Migration. Millions of wildebeest cross from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Mara in search of better grazing.
Walking in the Maasai Mara
Exploring the African bush from outside a safari vehicle is a wonderful experience. Get away from the noise of the 4x4 and, accompanied by your professional safari guide, begin to pick up on the smaller details of the African bush.
Location & 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.
How to get there
It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight to Nairobi and from there the only way in is by private charter. From Nairobi it is a 30-minute flight - a spectacular one as you fly over the Ngong Hills and down the escarpment into the Great Rift Valley.