GUIDE ON SHU’MATA CAMP IN WEST KILIMANJARO
Shu’mata-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 predators crossing over from the Kenyan border, sharing their grazing with the goats and cattle of the Maasai people, whose land this is. Varied birdlife is also present from ostriches to ravens, eagles, buzzards, sunbirds 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 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. AfricanMecca 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.
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SHU’MATA CAMP ACCOMMODATION
Five sumptuous and spacious tents set up in the boutique African style made famous by the novelist, Ernest Hemingway, who took every self-indulgent luxury with him on an Africa expedition safari.
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SAFARI & TOUR AT SHU’MATA CAMP
A favorite safari is taken in a shared open sided 4-WD vehicle with shade roof, to photograph herds of various ungulates. The west area is famed for its vistas rather than its density of wildlife.
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DINING AT SHU’MATA CAMP
Shumata dining is literally a moveable feast. Meals are served in the fabulous mess tent, or at picnic spots around the camp, by the campfire, or out on a lunch trip to the Kilimanjaro foothills.
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SAFARI TRIP IDEA FOR SHU’MATA CAMP IN WEST MOUNT KILIMANJARO TANZANIA
When staying at Shu’mata Camp on the western side of Kilimanjaro, we recommend combining your safari with a visit to Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire & Selous. You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas in Western Tanzania, and experience a primate chimpanzee safari at Mahale or Gombe ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar.READ MORE
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