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African Feel, but No Water Hole
This game lodge is located just inside the Masai Mara game reserve, and sits on a hill overlooking a valley. The accomodations are extremely nice, especially when you consider how remote this facility is from anywhere else (for example, they have to generate their own electricity since no grid power is available for quite some distance). You can't help but know you are in Kenya when one of the hotel desk clerks is dressed in full Masai tribal attire and has had his ears stretched and decorated. Two elephant skulls decorate the main entrance to the lodge.
There are slightly over 100 rooms, which are stretched along pathways radiating from the main lodge. Most of the rooms are part of cabins that have two guest rooms per cabin. The outer rooms are quite a distance from the main lodge, so be prepared to walk. Each of the rooms has a small portch with chairs so that you can sit outside and read or watch the forest, but due to the forest around the facility it is not possible to see very far.
Electricity service starts early in the morning, ceases during mid-day, and starts again in the afternoon and continues until about 1 in the morning. It wasn't a problem for me, because I was either away from the room on safari or asleep during the times of no electricity, but you should come prepared for these hours of darkness. The hotel supplies candles for your use as well.
The lodge sits about halfway up a hill overlooking a valley, and is surrounded by forest, which creates an unfortunate combination: there isn't a great view except from very select spots, but the efforts at hiding the lodge into the countryside don't hide the roof or lights. Thus, the result somewhat combines the disadvantages of hiding the lodge and the disadvantages of not hiding the lodge.
Meals are reasonably good, and in the evening occasionally feature local Masai tribe members demonstrating their dance and rituals. Based on what our group saw happen at another table, the results are "interesting" at the very least when they find out it is someone's birthday.
Drinks at meals are fairly expensive. 300ml bottled pop, which was selling in stores for 30 shillings, was sold at our table for 150 shillings. Bottles of water were sold for 400 shillings (yet the room also included a few bottles complimentary of the hotel).
We didn't see any mosquitos here, but the staff did a complimentary spraying of the bed and net as part of their service.
The swimming pool is unheated, as is common in tropical countries, and can be quite cold.
Unique Quality: Much of the facility is decorated in a definitely African taste.
The swimming pool has a reasonably good view of the surrounding countryside.
However, there is no water hole that is used to attract night animal visits, and no observation deck. (There are some places where this is a fairly common feature of African game lodges).
Monkeys do inhabit the forest, and visit the outdoor part of the bar, so you will want to be careful about leaving your room closed. They can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time.
As with electricity, hot water service is also occasional. There was once I took a cold shower simply because the hot water service hadn't started yet (or perhaps all the other guests who had been out on safari got back at the same time and used it all?) but it was supposed to be on by that time (6:30 at night).
Unfortunately, I can't tell you how much the place cost, as it was part of a package trip with a small group of friends.
Masai Mara Sopa Lodge is a really nice facility, but if at all possible I would suggest staying at Keekorok Lodge instead. This is further inside the boundaries of the park, and there is more wildlife nearby. Also, Keekorok has the traditional game lodge water hole, which attracts all sorts of animal life and an extensive viewing platform to take a look at what has come to visit.
Directions: No private parking here. Virtually everyone comes as part of a safari package that includes safari vehicle and a driver.
Sopa means Welcome!
Sopa means "Welcome" in Maasai language. Masai Mara Sopa Lodge is a fantastic place to stay whilst you're on safari. For starters, the staff are very friendly and helpful. The hotel itself is located on a hillside landscape with a breathtaking view of the Olooaimutia Valley.
The hotel has 200 beds by way of 77 rooms, 12 suites and 1 Presidential suite, all of which are 'rondavel' style and have en-suite bathroom facilities. The room I got had no telephone or TV but who needs it when you have the Masai Mara at your doorstep. However, if you want to watch TV, there is one at the Warrior Bar
Unique Quality: You can have a cup of wonderful Kenyan coffee while taking in the view of the Olooaimutia Valley. Each room and suite has its own private balcony where wildlife and birdlife can be viewed in comfort. The lodge itself is of a "hut" design and the interior design of the public areas and rooms are a reflection of the rich Maasai culture and art.
Everyday, there is a bushbaby feeding time where cute Vervet monkeys come round and guests can feed them. Nevertheless, the monkeys don't care about time so they would visit the hotel "huts" and peek through the windows
Mara Sopa Lodge
Set in the Oloolaimutia valley the lodge blends in perfetly with its surrounding hillside landscape. The accent here is on the Masai people and the fabulous wealth of wildlife, birdlife, and natural flora to be found in the fabled Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Beautiful garden with nice pool area.
Unique Quality: Every room has a private, elevated verandah with splendid views across the valley and on which guests can relax, sunbathe and watch resident birds and wildlife.
Daily spectacle: every night the cooks feed the hyena's and the jackals.
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