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“Nice lodge” 4 of 5 stars
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Mara Sopa Lodge
C14, Keekorok, Oloolaimutia valley (Masai Mara Reserve) | Oloolaimutia Gate, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya   |  
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Dubendorf, Switzerland
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81 hotel reviews
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“Nice lodge”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

This was a nice lodge in the Masai Mara. It's not the best location, it's close to the gates which leads to longer ways in and out on the game drives. Food was good, drinks (even water) costs extra even on full board. You can charge it to the room and pay it in the end. However, on the day of departure the credit card machine wasn't working. So better bring some cash.

One thing that was annoying us very much were the porters. All they are doing is chasing tips. Two of them are carrying your luggage (they are lurking in front of the room) to the lobby, and another two of them from the lobby to the car. Needless to say that each of them expects a tip..

Would consider this lodge again, but would probably try another one next time (maybe Keekorok Lodge).

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

The views where great,the serivce was good just be prepared to tip tip tip, the rooms were clean, nice sized, how ever the beds were not comfortable. There are no fans in the rooms for warm nights. The food was mostly disappointing, with salads that container lots of onions, and other things like fish stew, our drinks were extra, even sodas/water, and you need to bring your wallet payment is due at end of meal.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

We stayed at the Mara Sopa lodge for two nights at the beginning of a five-night safari trip to Kenya. The safari part was incredible. Maybe it was just the time we were there, but we saw 3 of the "Big Five" in our first 12 hours in the Maasai Mara!
The Lodge was a very comfortable and well-appointed place to stay. Not far from the gate, but set into a hillside with a broad view to the opposite side of the valley. The rooms are based on a typical circular Maasai design used to house cattle (I understand most true Maasai houses are rectangular!). There are two twin/double bedded rooms to each circular chalet. The bed was equipped with a good mosquito net and the room also boasted a small valuables safe, a dresser and an umbrella for protection from the rain! The toilet and shower room was spacious and included possibly the largest shower space I've ever seen, built into a chord of the circular space. the only downside to the room was the very thin walls (or possibly very loud neighbours) which caused me to reach for my noise-isolating earphones one night.
Be aware that because of the poor road leading up to the Mara, and cost, the electricity is limited and is off most of the day. If you're trying to charge batteries, you need to plan it. the difficulty of moving supplies up the road probably also accounts for the relatively ordinary food. I don't think you could guarantee an uninterrupted supply of fresh meat and vegetables to a location this remote. So on the whole I think Mara Sopa Lodge did a pretty good job. Portion sizes are also modest (same reason) but as all meals are buffet you can fill up as you need, just try not to waste too much.
Finally, being on the edge of the Mara the lodge is surrounded by wildlife. We didn't suffer any interference from the baboons we were warned about, but we did see dik dik, Mwanza Flat Headed Agama lizard and dozens of colourful Kenyan birds.
No hesitation recommending this lodge.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Elmhurst, Illinois
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207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

My husband and I recently stayed 2 nights at the Mara Sopa Lodge. The rooms were spacious and clean, with a safety deposit box, a small sitting area and a functional bathroom with shower!

The hotel offered good meals, all buffet style, with many choices for everyone. One of the days, they offered tasty mini hamburgers and fries, freshly prepared, in addition to many other choices. They also had lots of salads, meat, chicken, veggies, vegetables, curries, etc. Another day they had someone cutting fresh pineaples. Several desserts were always on offer. Service for beverages was good.
During the day and early evening, they always had complimentary tea & coffee available for guests. The swimming pool was very nice but we didn't have enough time & energy to use it during our stay.
The only negative, in our opinion was that you could hear the people next door very clearly!!!
You also had to ask for a blow dryer at reception, as there were none available at the rooms.
Bring your own bottle of water from the roo , as we found the water to be expensive at meal times, if not drink beer or wine!

Overall, we had a very nice stay at the Mara Sopa Lodge.

Room Tip: All rooms are the same. Ours was close to the pool and lobby areas.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The rooms are well lit, very clean, spacious and I love the African decor! The service was excellent with very friendly staff! The food was however too standard and the dinning room was too full to enjoy some fresh air.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

We received an extremely warm, African welcome here, however, we stayed for 4 nights and were, overall, a little disappointed. We felt that the true Kenyan hospitality was not apparent here (not a reflection on the staff who were at all times friendly, helpful and courteous) - the feel was that the hotel was focused on maximising profit rather than giving guests value for money.

The individual buildings look lovely; we liked their rustic charm. The bathroom was nice (spacious and nicely designed) - apart from the lack of hot water (only on one evening did we get enough for a quick hot shower each!). The bedrooms are also spacious and rustic. Rooms were cleaned daily, though sheets and towels could be changed more often (where necessary only, I'm not suggesting this should be done every day)

The worst thing for me was that the walls of the rooms were so thin (this is why I have rated the rooms as 'poor') and so there was a feeling of having no privacy. We could hear every word spoken by the people in the next room, we could hear them in the bathroom, and one night our neighbours were two very loudly spoken gentlemen, one of whom also snored so loudly that it kept us awake. As our neighbours changed almost daily (it seems most people just pass through for one or two nights) we were woken around 3.30a.m. on two separate occasions by different neighbours getting up and preparing for their sunrise balloon rides.

The lunch and dinner buffets were average, with very little for non meat eaters (some attempt was made at curries / dhal / etc but these were very bland). On 2 of the 4 nights the veggie main course option was stir-fried vegetables of which I was offered just a teaspoonful, then, it seemed grudgingly, another teaspoonful, until I explained that this was my whole main course and I served myself a decent portion. Even for meat eaters there wasn't a lot of variety, though the meat was apparently very good quality, and portions served were extremely small so people had to go back two or three times for extra portions. There were a few salad items as starters though, and the breakfasts were very good every day - omelettes and eggs cooked to perfection, with plenty of vegetables, sausage, bacon, cereals, yoghurt, freshly cooked pancakes,home-made bread etc. too. Good quality fresh fruit was available every mealtime. Also the barbeque they put on one night was good and that one night they even served fish.The tables were packed into the dining hall so tightly that it was often difficult to manoeuvre a route to and from our table from the buffet service. Also, the coffee was very average - not what I'd expect in a Luxury Lodge in Kenya! - but there was a nice terrace outside the restaurant to relax with your coffee or tea and enjoy the good views. Wines, beers and spirits were expensive (though that was expected!)

Staff were friendly, courteous and helpful - most of them had lovely, cheery smiles. The pool looked very nice too, very clean and enticing.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Muscat, Oman
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012 via mobile

This place was congested, especially the dining area, as it was full. Recommend facility to make coffee/ tea in room. Hot water was in limited quantity. Food was good. Staff was very courteous. Some rooms could be a long walk from the dining area.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Mara Sopa Lodge

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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