Shompole, tucked away on the edge of the Nguruman Escarpment overlooking the Great Rift Valley, embraces an open-air concept that is the stuff dreams are made of. The 6 tented rooms are really not rooms at all. Instead, one is struck by spacious quarters gazing onto the most astounding view, with a lounging area and private pool. Meals and all other aspects of the lodge are organized by local Maasai people, who provide sincere hospitality and take extreme care with the lodge. Activities are bountiful, with some choosing game treks while others prefer visits to Shompole on market day.
Shompole is located in a private conservancy on the edge of the Nguruman Escarpment in Southern Kenya, overlooking the vast plains and volcanic hills of the Great Rift Valley. Each room, designed to harness the colours and textures of the surrounding natural landscape, combines a variety of white quartz stone, pale thatch, polished fig-wood and smooth white walls that give it both a unique contemporary style and a touch of the African bush. Water is a main feature of the property, flowing through each room and collecting in private cool pools where one can peacefully enjoy the expanse that stretches to the horizon.
A unique and artistically appointed lodge, incorporating natural materials, smooth white walls and water to create a fresh and unusual approach to the bush experience, previous unseen in East Africa. The design of each building incorporates the beauty of natural forms whilst blending effortlessly into the rugged surroundings. Situated on the slopes of the Nguruman escarpment, overlooking the stunning expanse of the Great Rift Valley, the lodge is positioned ideally to make the most of both an incredible view and the cool breeze. Constructed using naturally occurring white quartz stone, pale thatch and fig-wood and using water as a prime feature. Each tented room provides a very spacious, shady oasis in this arid environment. With privacy, comfort and relaxation in mind, each room has its own cool-pool and informal sitting areas, a bathroom with a view and a specially designed canvas and netting tent that includes vast windows and a high-canopied roof.
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As in Shompole, the food is first rate and served with enthusiasm and panache. It is the attention to detail that is so pleasing. The Maasai presence is there not only in the staff, who are exceptionally well trained and appear to enjoy the work, but in every aspect of the design; even the bath taps are covered in beads. Shompole Naibor Camp meals are served in the main dining tent overlooking the plains. Food is deliciously prepared using locally grown spices and herbs, on a daily basis.Candle-lit dinners are possible by request outdoors or under the stars.
Shompole has been designed to accommodate those that would like to relax in a beautiful environment, listen to the sounds of the bush and take pleasure in being inert! That is not to say, however, that there is a shortage of activities to participate in, to the contrary, Shompole is fortunate to be located in one of the most diverse environments in Kenya, and there is plenty to keep the more active well occupied. Being located in a private conservancy, Shompole is able to offer guests the chance to enjoy the local flora and fauna on foot with the added benefit of a very experienced guide who is there to enlighten you with information about what you are seeing. Walks normally take place in the cool of the morning or evening and are a very enjoyable way of appreciating some of the small miracles of the African bush. A refreshing breakfast on the plains or in the shade of the fig forest makes a perfect end, followed by a dip in the pool when you return to the lodge.
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