Shumata Camp

Shumata is a Maasai word meaning ‘heaven’ or ‘above the clouds’.

The camp is situated at the foot of Kilimanjaro, deep in the traditional Maasai land, surrounded by savannah bush which supports a variety of wildlife.


Shumata Camp has five large East African tents, in true Hemingway style. These form a line on a hill with magnificent views in all directions. All have en-suite bathrooms decorated colourfully with Maasai art. Each tent has its own veranda with up-lifting views.

The Mess Tent is divided into three different sections representing a safari through time: from vintage to safari baroque to Arabian Nights. It’s the perfect spot to relax.

Outside, under a great acacia tree, the open fireplace adds a true feeling of adventure and safari romance. A sundowner whiskey blends perfectly with the sounds of crickets, barking zebra and the distant laughter of the hyena.

At the front of the camp, bush savannah melts into the slopes of Kilimanjaro, towering above, so close that on a moonlit night details of the glaciers can be visible.

Seasonally, the savannah bush teams with wildlife: herds of elephant, eland, zebra, wildebeest and Oryx as well as Grants and Thompson Gazelle. But at Shumata, there is more on offer than game alone. Here the emphasis is placed upon how the wildlife and local Maasai live together and about making the most of the stunning surroundings.

The lodge offers nature walks with Maasai, and a Maasai Boma visit or an in depth Maasai experience of three days with a professional guide.

You can also take a night game drive, have a picnic on Kilimanjaro or try the ‘Kilimanjaro For All’ experience with a full day of activity on the Shira Plateau.

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