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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

We stayed here for two nights during our seven day Kenyan Safari. We were pretty happy with the quality of the room-- size, cleanliness. The decoration is like a handsome, safari, lodge with rich wood colors. It's a little dated looking, but no big deal. The mosquito net is great. It wraps completely around the bed, with the ends attached to the wall and other ends overlapping in the middle. Fool proof. The shower is spacious and kind of inviting. The hot water will run out and the electricity is limited, as it runs on generator. The only thing is, you can hear every word your neighbor is saying as if they are in your room. Terrible. Especially if your neighbors sleep later than you and wake up earlier! It's really because they stack all the guests on top of each other even if the lodge isn't fully booked. Must also be another Kenyan custom, as we do not do that in the US. We value privacy.

Skip the buffet line and the food is decent at the stir fry station, with fresh meats cooked by a chef. Apparently, it's an African thing across the board not to include any sort of beverages with meals (except breakfast). It's kind of inconvenient because water is essential. The staff is friendly, but kind of overly friendly. It's a little awkward. I would not recommend this place to couples as a romantic place because it was overrun with noisy kids when we were there. Perfect for families though! However, it was one of the better places we stayed at and comfortable for a couple of nights.

Oh yeah, this place does not have WiFi, so checking-in to brag on Facebook is a fail.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012 via mobile

This was the last stop in our safari holiday, and the must basic of the four. The location is great and this was the first one inside the actual park, although still a bumpy drive to where the animals are mainly located. The huts are adequate, however the sound proofing is not and you can hear every word from your neighbour! We had upset stomachs from the previous location so were unable to eat any food while here, but it looked delicious and the meat was freshly cooked while you waited which was different from other lodges. I do feel it is very poor that you are charged for water with meals. Water varies in cost and we bought a load from a supermarket in the end for on the safari and in the room. If you are doing a balloon flight you will find it us about one hour drive away and very very bumpy roads here! There was a small pool at the hotel and I saw the baboons, but they were not near the rooms. Overall a good experience which I'm sure we would have enjoyed more had we not been so ill!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Friendly staff, good food and excellent location. The rooms are quaint with a bush feel to them. The decor is natural and blends well into the landscape. Wildlife abound around the hotel and wandering off the property without a guide is not recommended! The little Masai village is a good place for quick souvenir shopping at reasonable prices.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Well in hindsight I would not have taken it! It is not so horrid if one can get used to no fridge and no electricity which is only available at certain hours...yes they have prime position so there is not an alternative unless you want to sleep in the bush next to the wilderness and the animals that prowl.
I was not alone in getting an upset tummy as well as being upset by the reception staff!!! Have fun it will only last 2 nights and the safari should more than make up!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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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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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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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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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