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“Nice Stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Mara Sopa Lodge
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Halifax, Canada
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34 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Nice Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

My Husband and I were on Safari in Kenya and Tanzania in Sept. 2012 and stayed at several of the Sopa Lodges.

The Mara Sopa Lodge, Amboseli Sopa Lodge, Ngorongora Sopa Lodge, Serengeti Sopa Lodge and the Tarangire Sopa Lodge.

Mara Sopa Lodge – loved the African feel to lodge. Roomy bedroom and spacious washroom. Clean stone walkways to your individual "huts" - usually two rooms per hut - very cute with thatched roofs. Nice swimming pool area; grounds nice and natural; large public/leisure areas for sitting and enjoying a drink or coffee. This was a large lodge.

We enjoyed our stay!


Here is some General Info based on our experience staying at all of the Sopa Lodges above and it applies to them all:


The Sopa Lodges actually surprised me - I was not expecting much having read various reviews online and expected they would be basic. They all had something different that was appealing about them.

While the Sopa Lodges were not Deluxe or Luxury by North American Standards, we were very comfortable, food was fine and the lodges were clean. They were nicer than I had anticipated and we had no problem with them at all.

I personally found that staff was attentive and eager to please.




• They were what I would call rustic/basic in that furniture did look locally made rather than from a mass producing factory. They had African themes to them. Both of these things were appealing to me as we felt we had "stepped into our environment rather than step out".
• On arrival to each lodge we were met by the Staff with a refreshing hot cloth and a cool drink of juice. We were told where things were, times for dining and times for hot water and electricity.
• Water was provided for brushing of teeth (two bottles nightly). Each bathroom had little soaps and shampoos which we used because we did not bring our own. Some had hairdryers in the rooms and some you asked for a hairdryer at the front desk.
• All except for Ngorongoro Cater had netting around the beds at night the hotel staff came in every evening while you were at dinner and turned down the beds and put the netting around the beds.
• Each Lodge conserves energy and hot water and electricity are not available 24/7. They tell you when you check in what the available hours are and usually it's posted in the Lobby and also on a card they give you on check in. We found the hours of operation convenient and it's different for each lodge. We found that we were gone most of the days all day - you just need to plan your "shower" time and plan your "battery boosting" time as well. We respect that this is East Africa and they don’t have same luxuries as we in North America.
• Laundry Service is available at all Sopa's and it's quick and not expensive - we used this three times!
• The rooms do not have TV's or phones in them. We would have not have used either.
• There was usually always Staff to walk you to your room in the evening, particularly if the Lodge had dark walkways or if your room was further from the main areas. We always took advantage of this and a small tip was appreciated.
• A Tip - bring a small flashlight with you - we always used ours at night and in the mornings because we started very early each day. Also, there were always Staff available on checking out to carry your luggage to Main Area - we always utilized this because sometimes you had steps to walk or your room maybe a little further.
• All Dining Rooms were large. There was always Buffet for Breakfast and either a Buffet for dinner or A la Carte. Tables were always nicely dressed and they kept you at the same table you first sat at for the first meal.
• In general, all Staff was helpful either in the Dining Room or the Porters or the Guys walking you to your room each night and we had lots of 1.00 bills with us for the most appreciated tips.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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British Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

The lodge is charming being made up of individual little buildings with grass roofs. We found it terrific. The bathroom was beautiful. One must remember that electricity is a precious commodity in the middle of the Mara and so it is used carefully. Leave North American expectations behind and you'll be happier. Electricity goes off for some periods and things like hot water while we had no problem can be in short supply some of the time.
We found the staff lovely and the food wonderful. I still miss the desserts. The Lodge had small events like Masai dancing and was very festive. Masai women were able to sell their wares at the bottom of the garden and we appreciated that very much.
The staff was very friendly and always helpful. Would go back if I were lucky enough to be in Kenya again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Martlesham Heath, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We were forced to stay at the Sopa Lodge when Somak Holidays let us down. We had booked 2 nights at Keekorok and told last minute that it was over-booked.

It was dark, dingy and not very welcoming. The rooms were below average - the walls were so thin I could hear the gent next door snoring and pretty much every aspect of the couple's conversation the following morning. The food was average, the service average. I think that about sums it up!

(No fitness centre and didn't get room service)

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Tracew
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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Nice room and food. It was a large lodge so it had a bit of a resort feel -- a bit impersonal, but good facilities. Pool with a view overlooking the Masai Mara was wonderful. Beware the baboons that hang around :p

Only negative was that the hot water ran out -- awful!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

We stayed here for 1 day during our safari trip and we really loved it. The plan was that we would arrive during lunch but we arrived later and they kept the restaurant open for us so that we could have lunch. We really loved that because we arrived at three and lunch was till two. The ambiance is great, especially the bar and lounge with all the wooden materials. In the evening there was a Masaai Mara show wich we loved. The staff is very friendly and helpfull. The rooms are clean and not so big.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

I stayed at Mara Sopa Lodge for 3 nights and my experience was good. The lodge is situated within the Masai Mara National Park and one feel very close to nature while staying in Sopa lodge. The rooms are precious and well maintained. The bathroom was clean and supplied with hot water. The dining hall is bit and staffs are friendly. There are many options of food in lunch and dinner starting from vegan options to many meat and fish options. The lodge organize BBQ for dinner once or twice a week, while I was there for 3 nights the BBQ was there for one night. The breakfast were serve early morning starting from 6:30 am in the morning and there are many options for breakfast. The lodge also organize Masai tribal dance few times a week which is very entertaining. At around 10 pm every night the lodge feed wild animals (jackal and hyena) which is also a interesting site for animal enthusiast. The only negative thing I found was the exorbitant high price for alcohol are water in the lodge. One small (500 ml) bottle of water cost 200 Kenyan Shilling while I bought 1.5 liter bottle from Nairobi supermarket for 60 Kenyan Shilling. Overall, I will recommend this lodge as a nice place to stay while in Masai Mara.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

This lodge is huge with a lot of rooms. We reserved 6 rooms for 12 people. It was a good stay.

* All meals are included in our package. Decent selections. Drinks are charged separately.
* Water and electronic are not served 24 hours. They have strict hours in the morning and night. I can understand that is to save the energy but felt inconvenient.
* The rooms were clean and basic. A lot of mosquitoes even with the net hanging.
* There is no internet. They said it has been broken for a while.
* Location is good, inside the park. Convenient for games.
* There are some activities at night, like feeding Coyotes, Baboons...
* The stuff are friendly but they like to grab your luggage aggressively for tips.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: Mara Sopa Lodge
Address: C14, Keekorok, Oloolaimutia valley | Oloolaimutia Gate, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Ranked #36 of 135 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Hotel Class:4 star — Mara Sopa Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 90
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