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Mara Sopa Lodge
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Galax, Virginia
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118 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Nice property”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

I've been to the Masai Mara twice and stayed in the Mara Sopa both times. Truthfully, I liked it better the first time. The property is lovely and the staff are very helpful, the pool is beautiful, but if there's a noisy group on the property you can hear them from five rooms away. The food is average and the distance to the reserve means that you spend a lot of time on really rough roads seeing nothing but Maasai cows and goats.

Next time I visit I'll fly in (the roads are bone jarring) and stay at one of the centrally located lodges.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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2 Thank WendyNairobi
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dubai
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

We loved Sopa Lodge. The rooms were clean and spacious. The ambience was very tranquil. The food was good especially the buffet and the breakfast. We loved having our tea infront of the fireplace. We loved it and will return. Very nice pool area.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Dubai
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

It is too far from the main entrance to the national reserve. However once you are there, it is awesome. Good choice of food, very attractive property, local style with natural ambience. It comprise of beautiful single story cottages.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Hilo, Hawaii
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

Sopa Lodge was a significant part of our enjoyable safari experience. Friendly staff, and good healthy buffet at every meal. Downside: Ceiling partition between rooms are thin so you can hear your neighbor.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank gyosh
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London, England
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

I would agree with other travellers' reviews. This was one of the lodges that we stayed at on a Pollmans/ Rangers safari, and this room was probably the "worst" but by no means was it bad. Here are the things that made it worst: pillows were awful, hardly any stuffing; there is a dearth of sockets in the room (so if you're staying here, remember to pack an extension lead). Food was pretty much the same every day. The porters are rather pushy: I know they want tips but it would be better if that was not quite so obvious.
On the plus side, the mosquito net was one that went all around the bed (rather than hanging centrally from a ceiling hook) . Complimentary drinking water (500 ml each) was supplied daily.
The night feed was interesting. Bird watching was easy from the balcony.
The Masai dance (evening entertainment) needed some explanation - none of us could work out the significance of the dance.
All in all this was OK: the pool was nice, but watch for baboons who can easily access the balcony.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Jenmaryb
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

Staying at Mara Sopa was fun because we were in a big group but we have visited much better lodges in the Mara. The rooms were average, with pretty poor scenic views and hot water ran out after 5 minutes. The food was also average and often ran out early... the desserts were not very good at all. The service was good and staff were attentive and polite. There was no WiFi at the lodge which is sad for the modern traveler has smart phones, iPads, laptops that require WiFi connectivity.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Ravinder S
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cumming, ga
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

The roads in and out of the Mara Sopa were in desperate need of repair...a telling comment on the Mara Reserve...not on the the Sopa Management. There is a huge difference between the Mara Reserve ad the adjacent Mara Conservancy when it comes to money invested in building decent all-weather roads and their subsequent upkeep. Many of the roads were nearly impassable in early January. The reserve is poorly managed considering the tourist dollars generated by these game reserves.

With that said, a stay at the Sopa will not disappoint most travelers. The friendly staff looked after all our needs. The buffet food was quite good and plentiful, the wine, beer and beverages were fairly priced, and the rooms were clean and well attended to by the staff.

Please note that like many Eco-friendly rural game lodges in Africa, the Mara Sopa had limited hours with electricity and hot water. You will need to organize your day a bit to assure warm showers and properly charged camera batteries.

This lodge is located just inside the gate on the eastern end of the greater Masai Mara Game Reserve. The game in this area were plentiful and there is certainly a change in the terrain from the more open plains areas within the Conservancy to the west. We chose 3 nights in each location and would suggest you try the same if time allows.

We again worked with Julius Nzumbi at JT Safaris to organize our entire trip. You can't go wrong working with them! Email JTSafaris@yahoo.com to put together a reasonably priced turnkey guided safari package.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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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 #40 of 138 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Mara Sopa Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 90
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