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“Great lodge. Readily recommended.” 5 of 5 stars
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Mara Sopa Lodge
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Perth, Australia
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90 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great lodge. Readily recommended.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2011

Large, comfortable rooms. Great meals. Very friendly and helpful staff. But it is on the edge of the Mara. If staying a few days in the Mara consider breaking up the stay and staying a night at a more central location, on the other side of the Mara River. Otherwise there is less variation in the safari drive routes because of the location of this lodge in the corner of the Mara. Check out the animal feeding at night! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Espoo, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2011

We stayed in two nights here in Sopa Lodge during our safari (I don't actually know how expensive it was to stay here, since transfers and game drives as well as the accomodation were all included in the price of the trip). The journey to Mara Sopa was really interesting (read: the last two three hours were bumpy and we saw many broken vehicles on the way) since the road was in very bad condition, but immediately after arriving it was like another world. Clean, nice place in order.

The location of the lodge was just outside the Masai Mara National Reserve, but you don't have to drive through the gate every time you go to the game drives. The lodge is located up on the hill, but the view isn't especially nice, and usually blocked by trees. There are some small monkeys on the area, and many baboons just outside. But the lodge area is surrounded(?) by metal fence, so large animals can't get in, I think. Electricity as well as hot water was available in the morning and in the evenings (electricity also shortly in the afternoon). The rooms were big and nice, bathrooms with shower. The mosquito net around the bed wasn't mosquitoproof, but all the windows were equipped with nets, too. And perhaps they sprayed the rooms daily, at least there was a weird odor inside after the game drive...

There was pool, but otherwise there aren't many activities in the lodge. Just a bar... and one tv in the bar, the only one(?) in the whole lodge, I think. So if you come here, make sure your days are full of game drives. But the meals were suberb! Even though I didn't eat any cold dishes (bad experiences from previous trips in other places), I always ate a lot. Especially BBQ dinners with many meat varieties were delicious, as well as warm pancakes (made by a chef in front of our eyes) were my favourites. I really miss those meals... But you had to pay for all drinks (not included)!

Some people say that the eastern side of Masai Mara isn't as good for wildlife watching as the western side. It's hard to compare if you haven't visited the western side, but I think you can see all the most important animals also near Sopa Lodge. On our second day we drove about 120 kilometres (I had a GPS with me) and didn't go west of Keekorok. Still we saw four out of Big Five. Elephants and lions were plentiful (lions were easy to spot, since usually there was five cars or so around them...) as well as buffalos. We also saw a lonely rhino, so I think we were lucky... We also saw a carcass taken to a tree by a leopard, so those shy cats were somewhere nearby, too... In addition we saw giraffes, many antilopes (wildebeests etc.), warthogs, ostrichs, zebras and so on. We even saw a lonely hippo, which was quite a surprise, since our guide thought that we are not going to see those unless we drive half a day to Mara river (in addition there was some hippos next to Keekorok lodge, but they live in an artificial pool)... The only bad thing in Mara Sopa, considering game drives, is that you have to leave every time to same direction, and to reach Mara river or any western areas of the park you have the spend much of the day for transfer drives... But as I said, you can see actually all the most iconic animals in the eastern side, too. At least if you are lucky...

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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london
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2011

we are happy to live in this unique hotel, it is in Masai Mara national park. but it is difficult to find it because of lack of sign. the room, hotel, clean, food all are good. We checked in in new year eve , happy surprised that there is a free cocktail party! and Masai dancing!
but there are not 24 hours electric and hot water. no internet, no room tv (not bother me). the swimming pool water is cold. but i noticed that i can hear clearly the people speaking in the next room. tips: must book with full board as it is impossible to find a restaurant in the park ;). The hotel can prepare free charge picnic box for your safari. but in the lunch time the animals are lazy and sleepy so better back to hotel to eat and rest, then come out again around 4pm to see animal.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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Gainesville
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106 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2010

The Mara Sopa was the first hotel on our safari and we spent two nights there. The rooms were quite a long walk from the restaurant and reception areas. We had to climb several steps to get into the building that housed one bedroom on either side of the steps and each room had an outside sitting area that was to one or the other side of the steps as well with a couple of chairs. The rooms were comfortable and of adequate size. Although there was a pool we did not use it. Electricity and hot water was off for several hours each day and you had to pay attention to the schedule if you wanted a hot shower or wanted to charge your batteries etc. My biggest criticism of ALL of the hotels on safari is their reliance on carbon copy books to keep all records. At dinner one ordered drinks that were recorded on the carbon copy books and then after finishing eating we had to wait and wait and wait for someone to come by to count up our tab and allow us to pay or charge it to the room. Then on checkout the clerk had to tally all of the checks and add them up, record them to another carbon copy book and take payment. That became tedious but it applied to all of our safari hotels.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Bangalore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2010

Although this lodge is located inside Masai Mara Reserve, it is located halfway up the hill with surrounding fence which prevents you from watching any wildlife from the lodge itself. For going to the Mara river and hippo pool and back, it is almost full day journey.
As such hotel is quite nice with large rooms decorated elegantly. But some of the rooms are quite a bit of walk up the hill from the reception which makes it slightly difficult if you have aged people in your group.

  • Stayed August 2010
    • 4 of 5 stars
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New York
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211 reviews
149 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2010

We stayed here for 3 nights and really enjoyed it. The views from the pool area and lower garden are quite good, and the sunset views are even better.

The room was not very spacious, but we didn't spend too much time in it. It has a small balcony next to it where you can relax and do some reading.

The lodge itself is the biggest one we stayed while we were on our 2 week safari, so the dining area was quite big and crowded. The food choices were pretty good, and the lounge area was very nice and relaxing. We enjoyed Masai dance show which was very entertaining.

The lodge is located on the beautiful hillside and is quite close to the game. Overall, I would recommend a stay here while you are in Masai Mara.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
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London, England
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204 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2010

Quite exotic location and lovely surroundings. Thoroughly enjoyed with very helpful staff

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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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 #39 of 137 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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