Please note that Little Shompole is currently closed – as of September 2011. It is expected to reopen soon.
Situated away and above the main Shampole camp, Little Shompole is a VIP satellite unit that offers real privacy, absolute luxury and an extraordinarily high level of service to no more than 4 guests.
Consisting of a communal area and 2 bedrooms, Little Shompole is part of an inspired partnership involving Anthony Russell’s Wilderness Ventures and the local Masaai communities. Determined to protect both the environment and the animals that live there, and so enable, preserve and develop the lives and means of resident Masaai, Little Shampole is a significant contributing factor to the area’s ongoing beauty, and to the maintaining of traditional lifestyles.
Built from white quartz, wood and thatch, the shared area includes a lounge, dining area and horizon pool, and the rooms are bigger than even those at the main lodge. Each is en-suite, each overlooks Lake Natron, each contains a sumptuous four poster bed. Nothing at Little Shompole is left to chance. The staff – from private butler to chef to guide – is exceptional, and feedback is unremittingly excellent.
Activities are planned in conjunction with guests, and include game drives, guided walks, bush picnics, night runs, bird viewing, massage, sundowners and mountain biking.
SCC (Supporting Conservation & Community) Kenya is committed to sustainability – making a difference to communities as well as contributing to the preservation of the environment and wildlife in the areas in which we operate. We pursue meaningful and lasting benefits for both the environment and the communities that underpin our operations, with a sustainable and innovative approach.
The staff working in our lodges are local, and send a large proportion of their salary home, to educate members of the family or sustain others in rural areas where jobs are scarce. We are commited to supporting local community projects which include support for schools and education, clinics, social outreach projects and water provision.
At each of our properties, we have a team of top guides who are committed to assisting with the protection of the environment, anti-poaching and animal protection. Our guides play an essential part in our conservation efforts, whilst our managers oversee the initiatives we put in place in order that these efforts are protected. From the water recycling in our Nairobi office through to all our camps, we are committed to recycling, reducing and re-using as much as possible.
A proportion of each guest’s payment goes toward the sustainability of this wilderness, which is achieved by working closely with the local community.
Little Shompole is part of Shompole, and their efforts with the community have been a model for many other community lodges since Shompole was set up. The lodge is a unique concept whereby the community owns half of it. They work together; most of the staff in the lodge are from the community; and most guests who visit Shompole will meet people from the community. Shompole has done a huge amount to raise awareness amongst the Masai people of that area about the importance of wildlife and sustainability on that front. Without them, the area would still be devoid of wildlife (they have seen a 60% increase in numbers since Shompole was built).
Born and raised in Kenya, Anthony Russell created Shompole to merge the aspects of conservation, commerce and community. The result is an exquisite and highly luxurious lodge that blends in with the environment and is sensitively run as a community project with the Maasai people. Alongside Raphael Mazzucco, Russell has now created the Art for Lions project and his aim is to bring Africa alive through the arts whilst raising money for his one true passion – lions.