WHERE TO STAY IN KILIMANJARO PARK
Shu'mata occupies a private concession within the Maasai homelands where no-one can venture except Shu’mata guests, ensuring absolute privacy for your Kilimanjaro safari tour, and undisturbed communion with the natural world, which can be met with on all sides, since animals roam freely through the grounds, although your safety is assured by watchful warrior guards.
Designed to afford Hemingway-style comfort and self-indulgence, there are only 5 opulent permanent guest tents on stone foundations, which combine Colonial elegance with modern practicality, each having an ensuite bathroom where the enamel wash basin and ewer are symbolic of environmental responsibility exemplified by the use of solar power and careful attention to water conservation. Extensive private patios give vistas of the valley as do the central lounge, bar and restaurant.
These are delightfully presented in a combination of Xanadu draperies and floor cushions with silver service hospitality and Maasai art to provide an idyllic cultural and fauna vacation in northern Tanzania (read more on the best time to visit Kilimanjaro).
Community and conservation projects at Shu'mata are undertaken by the in-house Momella Foundation contribute to Lion Guardianship, poacher patrols and education initiatives. Personal service and attention are of a high standard, as are the cuisine and the entire safari experience, with off-road game drives both night and day and superbly guided walks which are not permitted in more restricted Tanzania tour locations.
In the second rank of Tier 2, deluxe accommodation is available at Ndarakwai Ranch on the valley floor, where a greater number of guests are housed in 15 self-contained lodge like tented rooms with a lesser personalized timetable and level of service due to the triple amount of guests rooms compared to Shu'mata, but still with amazing comfort, views and opportunities to study the wildlife and the surrounding communities.
Ndarakwai is primarily a conservation project funded by tourism initiatives, but you will still find a warm welcome and a wonderful ambience to the camp. On the third, more budget-conscious level at AfricanMecca Tier 3, Kambi Ya Tembo offers unrestricted local exploration and access to the Maasai people together with time-tabled, shared trips around western Kilimanjaro and also day treks to the mountain.
Access to this African safari base is admittedly long and bumpy, but the friendliness of this unpretentious camp is exemplary. There may be no power points or Internet access in your room, and lanterns light your way via solar power, but your hearts are warmed by welcoming smiles and your beds are warmed by thoughtful hot-water bottles on chilly nights.
MOUNT KILIMANJARO CAMPS & LODGES
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR MOUNT KILIMANJARO IN NORTHERN TANZANIA
When visiting Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.
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GUIDE ON MOUNT KILIMANJARO PARK
Kilimanjaro, the shining mountain, floats in a wreath of cloud above the vast South Amboseli plains (a.ka the Western Kilimanjaro wilderness), offering an amazingly diverse series of fauna and habitats.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN KILIMANJARO
Each camp in Western Kilimanjaro offers it own specialized activities, bird-watching safaris, nature walks, game drives including off-road and night safaris, hikes, troute fishing and visits to native villages.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT KILIMANJARO
The best time to visit the western Kilimanjaro plains on your northern safari of Tanzania will vary according to your interests. In general, animals are easier to spot when foliage is sparse and dry from July to October.
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