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“Wonderful lodge” 4 of 5 stars
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C14, Keekorok, Oloolaimutia valley (Masai Mara Reserve) | Oloolaimutia Gate, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya   |  
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sacramento
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9 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful lodge”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

This hotel is right in the middle of the Kenyan bush and is surrounded by the most beautiful scenery. The panoramic views are stunning and the pool area is wonderful. We saw a dik dik on the property which was really fun and their resident monkeys were really cute but apparently aggressive if you have food. The service was good and they even have a doctor on staff, which is convenient because we had a sick family member. Anyway, we had a great time and the only reasons this place did not get a 5 star rating from me was because:

1. The food is ok but not great. Their packed picnic lunch was deplorable at best.
2. There is no TV in the room. I know, I know it's a minor thing and we are in the middle of the bush and really should not expect a TV in the room but there is virtually no other entertainment on this property so a TV would have been nice.
3. There is no clock or phone in the room. An alarm clock would have been nice. If you need anything from the staff, you have to walk quite a long distance to the reception, which sucks when it rains.
Otherwise, all good!

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Portsmouth, England
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25 hotel reviews
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2011

Well hidden complex on a hillside in a bank of trees. Not suitable for wheelchair users as lots of flights of steps. Strong Masai influence to the hotel, with Kevin the Masai welcomer and nature guide. Each spacious hut consisted of 2 large bedrooms and their shower rooms, with a shared indoor seating area, and further individual outdoor seating area. Large bed, mosquito nets and safe in the room. Swimming pool overlooked the Mara reserve. The buffet meals were good – we found the best dishes were those cooked to order by the chefs. Electricity and hot water restricted to mornings and late afternoon/ evenings as all generated, but this was not a problem. Wild game was fed at 10pm below the hotel.
Good service all round – bags taken to rooms by porters and collected at 6.15am on departure. Game drives were excellent - saw almost everything on first excursion -one evening we even caught a leopard in the headlights just a mile or two from the hotel.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2011

We booked our safari through Mara Gates Safaris and they were great in highly recommending this lodge and their service delivery was exceptional,providing us with a v.knowledgeable and patient driver (Douglas).
The service at the Lodge,from the management team to the service staff was brilliant,they were v.customer focussed and thoughtful.
The rooms were quite big ,clean and spacious even with a triple room arrangement it never felt crammed.The food variety was good,with a good selection of fresh fruits,and the restaurants never felt crowded.
The evening activities were a bonus !

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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West Baldwin, ME
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

Near and accessed via the Mara's Ololaimutiek Gate, Mara Sopa Lodge actually lies just outside the far southeastern edge of Maasai Mara Reserve and is technically on the Siana Group Ranch. It is a very large lodge and a long drive from the Mara River, Rhino Ridge, Paradise Plain, and Musiara Marsh. Despite its size, its helpful staff will readily provide assistance for any problem. As a result of feeding by the lodge, you are nearly assured of seeing two species here that are difficult to find elsewhere. Food tossed up to the rafters of the large lobby each afternoon attracts thick-tailed bushbabies or greater galagos, and the nightly feeding of spotted hyenas on the lower patio is regularly attended by a white-tailed mongoose.

Buffet-style meals served in a very large dining room feature a wide selection of good food. Our room (#44) was in a wing of duplex units extending from the main lodge, wherein the two rooms of a duplex shared steps leading up to separate porches and were otherwise entirely separated by a common wall subject to penetration by any sounds above normal conversation. The room was large, with a large bed against the common wall and two rather small windows closely facing the nearer accommodation of the next duplex. A busy walkway passes by the front steps, but we experienced no noise disturbance during our three nights at the lodge. Maasai dancers are a major attraction in the lodge's huge common lounge in the evening.

Game drives typically head either west toward Keekorok Airstrip, encountering numerous lions, giraffe, topi, Coke's hartebeest, Thomson's gazelle, plains zebra, wildebeest during migration, and an occasional cheetah, or northwest toward the Talek Gate with a likelihood of finding more cheetahs, but fewer lions.

Although you will not find the intimacy and personal attention characteristic of small camps in the storied areas of the reserve, you will experience a large, well-run lodge at a bargain price for Maasai Mara.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mesa, Arizona
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2011

The Mara Sopa Lodge is located in the Masai Mara Reserve.The game drives are wonderful here. The animals abound! The grounds are beautiful and the view of the Oloolaimutia Valley amazing. The evening guards were always there to walk you back to your room safely. Yes the walls were thin, but after a busy day sleeping came easily. Enjoyed the Maasai dancers.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

Semi-detached hut. Walls very thin. Neighbours up at 4.00am to go on balloon flight! Food OK. No a/c, no fan, no tea-making facilities. Basic room with lots of space. Staff pleasant. Swimming pool lovely. Handy for Masai Mara Park game drives.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2011

Clean and friendly, this is a good budget lodge for a night or two while on safari. Great staff went out of their way to be welcoming. Food was adequate for this type of lodge as was the bar/meeting room and entertainment. Young people on holiday were noisy going to their rooms late at night. Although I will never stay at a Sopa lodge again due to a horrible experience at Amboseli, this was fine.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: C14, Keekorok, Oloolaimutia valley (Masai Mara Reserve) | Oloolaimutia Gate, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #75 of 109 Specialty lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Also Known As:
Mara Sopa Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Mara Sopa Lodge Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve

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