Shu’mata Camp -means “Paradise” in Maa, the Maasai language. This extravagantly flamboyant luxury camp perches on a small hill overlooking the Maasai steppe: arid, featureless grassland from which rises a single three-headed volcanic monolith, the world-famous “Shining Mountain”; Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Known as “South Amboseli” more recently, the savannah on the Tanzanian side of the Kenyan border leads to the western foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro which can be seen by moonlight, on a Shu’mata Camp nature tour, or in the early dawn, early afternoon and evening on clear skies, as a glistening disembodied sky island floating above a web of cloud that swathes it for the rest of the day. The plains, stretching forever beneath an endless sky, are populated by herds of elephant, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and oddly warthog with its stealthy but highly elusive predator’s crossing over from the Kenyan border, sharing their grazing with the goats and cattle of the Maasai people, whose land this is. Varied bird life is also present from ostriches to ravens, eagles, buzzards, sun birds and more.
Shu’mata occupies an exclusive private concession which means it can offer unique, dynamic Tanzania active vacation options which are not permitted or available in most national parks, such as guided walks including treks to Shira Plateau, night-time game drives and off-road tours west of Kilimanjaro and co-existence of local Maasai villages within the area for authentic impromptu village visits rather than the norms of commercial Maasai village tours offered in parts of Tanzania. The proprietors of the camp, who own a sister lodge, Hatari, in Arusha National Park in northern Tanzania, are deeply committed to conservation and the eradication of poverty through their Momella Foundation which provides community programs on education, sustainable agriculture, sanitation and eco – friendly living. The camp is reached from Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport by a delightful overland drive through the Maasai home ranges. African Mecca guests can also directly fly to and from Serengeti or Zanzibar to West Kilimanjaro Airstrip which is very close to the camp. An unadulterated relaxing way to start or even end your wildlife safari in Tanzania.