Shu’Mata means ‘heaven’ in the Maa language and a very fitting name for this remarkable camp in the heart of the Maasai Steppe. Nestled at the foot of the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro, Shu’Mata Camp is an intimate refuge of luxurious Hemingway-style tents set on a craggy hill, offering sensational 360° views of the south Amboseli savannah and the highest mountain in Africa. The camp is so close to Kilimanjaro that on a clear night under the full moon, you might see details of its glaciers at the summit, which is the highest in all of Africa. This is also a great place to explore Kili itself, going on guided nature walks in the area.
Shu’Mata is situated in a private concession renowned for bird-watching and populated by majestic African wildlife like elephant, eland, zebra, giraffe and wildebeest. Being in the middle of Maasai country means that your neighbours are these semi-nomadic tribespeople. Enjoy a glimpse of their every-day life, culture and traditions by visiting their bomas in the Sinya Flat. Or go on a unique and fascinating guided nature walk with the Maasai people – a wonderful experience that very few travellers are able to have. The open-topped game-drive vehicles allow you to get close to the game.
Private early morning and night game drives in south Amboseli give you the opportunity to get up close and personal with the wildlife in the area, especially Amboseli’s legendary elephant herds. Experience Mount Kilimanjaro in all its glory on a scenic drive to Shira Plateau – and enjoy a delectable picnic at 3 500m / 11 483ft!