Nestled like a jewel at the base of majestic Mount Kilimanjaro lies a place of adventure and romance. This place is called Hatari, it tells of silver screen glamour, it was the farm of Hardy Kruger … located on the outskirts of Arusha National Park, in the vast plains of the African savannah. For Jörg, Marlies and Donyo Gabriel it is a dream come true – or simply home! By combining their professional background and unique talents, the Gabriel’s have diligently restored Hatari to its legendary glory. They created a unique and sophisticated luxury lodge in which every room has been individually designed and furnished to reflect the distinct style and history of Hatari. In 2004, the Gabriel’s opened the doors of Hatari Lodge, attracting visitors from around the world. Here they have combined the idyllic setting with the rich history of the place and their own ecological awareness to create a unique atmosphere that is sure to enthrall every safari enthusiast.
During the holiday season of 2009 the second mainstay of the Gabriel’s was established at the foot of the Kilimanjaro: The Shu’mata-Camp! The name means “heaven” in the language of the Maasai whose brilliantly red cloths stand out in the dusty pastel-colored environment. The camp is heavenly indeed when you rest in one of the luxurious, spacious tents on the top of the hill. They are all furnished in a unique combination of Maasai, Hemingway and Arabic styles. Decorations and textures in natural materials and radiant Maasai colors were designed by Marlies Gabriel and crafted in Arusha by the women of the MamaMomella project. During the night the locusts clitter, zebras bay and hyenas can be heard from afar enjoying a Hemingway whiskey near the open fire will trigger feelings of adventure and romantic safaris. Especially under a full moon, when you look up the slope of the majestic Kilimanjaro that seems incredibly close and you perceive the glistening glaciers near the top.