one of the very few totally exclusive tented camps in Kenya (We take only one booking at a time).
Shompole Wilderness is a small private tented camp set in Shompole, deep in Kenya’s Southern part of the Great Rift Valley, between Amboseli National Park and the famous Maasai Mara National Reserve is the Shompole conservancy. We offer both privacy and comfort in a unique location and welcome you to join us at our home.
Nestled under the giant fig trees on the banks of the Ewaso Ngiro river, this small, homely and family run and managed tented camp is one of the few places in Africa that combines wildlife sightings in the Great Rift Valley with the stunning pink, red, green and yellow colours of Lake Magadi and Lake Natron, both Lesser and Greater flamingoes and a welcoming Maasai community.
We welcome you to our home, a place we love, cherish and help protect.
This area offers you the opportunity to stay a few nights amongst the traditional Maasai people, at the bottom of the longest valley in the world – the Great Rift Valley, float down the river tubes, see an authentic Maasai village, photograph some of the 450+ birds species or go and see the endangered Greater and Lesser flamingos.
Our camp gives you the opportunity to experience an authentic African safari experience in our home: a place we love, cherish, and help protect.
Length of stay
Night time: 15 – 25 Celsius.
RECOMMENDED THINGS TO DO
There is always a bunch of fun things to do where there are very few restrictions. One of the best things about our ecosystem is that there are very few tourists around, giving you a very private time.
The wildlife is great, we only lack rhino. Walking and running with the plains game can be done right from camp on the open plains behind camp with a Maasai guide. The flamingoes are a great spectacle and always bring a smile to everyone who sees them. At an extra cost, a helicopter flight over the flamingoes is very highly recommended.
See the Flamingoes
We can drive or one can fly over Lake Magadi & Lake Natron come highly recommended.
The lakes have Lesser and Greater flamingoes and an incredibly beautiful birds. They are amongst over 450 birds species we have in our ecosystem.
Walk with Baboons
Every one treks mountains to see Gorillas or the Chimps, but here you can follow a troop of Baboons that have been habituated and are studied every day by Sisco from the Lale’enok Resource Centre.
No where else in Kenya is this done.
Walk / Run wild
Get out of the vehicle and enjoy a walk or run amongst the wildlife.
We have open plains behind the camp and 350,000 acres to enjoy, so space is not a problem here, and being at the bottom of the Great Rift Valley (the longest valley in the World – 6,000kms / 4,000 miles long!)
Lucky for us there are no crocs in this river, allowing us to use it freely.
High on the list is kayaking and tubing where we float down the river for a few kilometres back to camp, it is a very effortless activity and we often see the rare colobus monkeys jumping over head.
Family owned & managed
They both work in the ecosystem. Samantha works for SORALO and heads up the research in the area and together they have made this their home in the wild.
The kids are home schooled in the wild!
Old Africa & Big Sky country
Shompole is big sky country. it is an area with swamps, open plains, fig forests, rivers and is abundant in wildlife, traditional Maasai all set with the western wall of the Great Rift Valley as our back drop.
Out & About
We are not restricted to vehicles, we enjoy mostly getting out and getting the real feel of Africa. We are free to use over 250,000 acres of the Shompole ecosystem with hardly any other tourists around. It’s a real gem.