Shompole Wilderness 

 

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.

 

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Best Time

June – October / Mid December – February, but we are open throughout the year.

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Totally EXCLUSIVE

We take only one booking at a time, giving you exclusive and private use of the whole camp to enjoy on your own schedule.

Length of Stay

We recommend 3 – 4 nights as this gives you enough to time to enjoy our corner of the Great Rift Valley to the full; its people, its wildlife and the freedom to explore both in and out of your safari vehicle.

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Temperature

Day Time: 30 – 42 Celsius 

Night Time: 15 – 25 Celsius

RECOMMENDED THINGS TO DO

There are so many fun things to do and, as the land is community owned, there are very few restrictions. One of the best things about our ecosystem is that there are hardly any other tourists around, which gives you the feeling of being totally off the beaten track.

The wildlife is great and the areas boasts all of the Big 5, except for 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 scenic helicopter flight over the flamingoes is very highly recommended.

See the Flamingoes

Drive to Lake Magadi or Lake Natron to see the Lesser and Greater Flamingoes or take a scenic helicopter flight and enjoy this incredible spectacle from the air.

The flamingoes are amongst over 450 birds species that we have in our ecosystem.

Walk with Baboons

One of the few places in East Africa that you can walk with habituated Baboons. They have been studied every day for the past ten years by Sisco from the Lale’enok Resource Centre and it is fascinating to learn about their behaviour and the hierarchy within the troop.

Walk / Run Wild

Get out of the vehicle and enjoy a walk or a run amongst the wildlife.

We have open plains behind the camp and 250,000 acres to enjoy, so space is not a problem here!

River Activities

Luckily for us, there are no crocs or hippos in this stretch of river, which allows us to use it freely.

Guests can enjoy kayaking or tubing downstream, towards camp and often get to see the rare colobus monkeys jumping in the trees over-head.

Family Owned & Managed

It has always been a dream of Johann’s to have his own camp. That dream came true and now he lives most of the time in Shompole with his wife Samantha and their two children Seyia and Taru.

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

A safari veteran / guide came to see us in camp in the beginning and said that the Shompole area reminds him of the Old Africa he knew when he was a child. Since then, several guests have mentioned words along the same lines.

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 love the area because we are not confined to the vehicle, the Maasai have allowed us to freely use the area almost like it was our own.

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.

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