In Maijo’s language, Maa, “Shu’mata” means something like “above the clouds” or “heaven”. To me, this luxurious refuge, made up of a handful of living tents in Hemingway style, is a piece of the very magic of which East Africa is made. “Shu’mata” is not a real national park, not folklore commercialized, not even a ‘real’ hotel. It is a small but amazing permanent camp on a hill in the midst of original Maasailand. It is an unforgetable place, even if not memorized on photographs.
Our safari camp is a homage to the old Hemingway style. In the center of the traditional Maasai country of South Amboseli we will experience the romantic sunset ambiance of a region characterized by its huge elephant herds. This is not a national park but archaic tribal country where Africa’s wildlife peacefully coexists with the cattle and goats of the Maasai. A surviving remnant of the African paradise!
Five comfortable safari tents all equipped with their own ensuite bathrooms with flushing toilet and open air shower with running water. Each tent has traditional beds and storage space.
Each guest tent is spacious and can be used as a single, double or triple unit (180 x 200 cm bed and 150 x 200 cm bed). Equipped with a dressing table, a Hemingway style hanging cupboard, bedside tray stands and a nostalgic lockable trunk for personal belongings create an atmosphere of the safari life of the 1920s.
Each tent has its own veranda with classical safari chairs, and at night we are lured by an open fire at the foot of the looming Kilimanjaro, romantic safari atmosphere and tales of adventure.
A Hemingway whiskey blends in perfectly with the sound of crickets, barking zebra and the distant roar of a hyena. A Hemingway whiskey blends in perfectly with the sound of crickets, barking zebra and the distant call of a hyena.