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Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort
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Belgium
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289 reviews
72 hotel reviews
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“Mind the hippos!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013

Nice bungalows located in a large garden grazed by waterbucks, zebras,... and at night: HIPPOS!
It's quite the experience to have a hippo standing right in front of your window in the middle of the night. The rooms are huge and comfortable.
The only thing I did not like about this place was it was a bit too big, too many people in the dining room in the evening which made it quite loud.
Food was very good.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Nairobi, Kenya
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

We stopped off here for a quick snack. We ordered sandwiches and fries thinking it was simple and quick. Big mistake. After an hour our food had still not arrived yet people who arrived after us were already eating their sandwiches! The waiter simply blamed his colleague. Beautiful location plus wildlife but the same is true of most of the other hotels on Lake Naivasha. Service is a serious let down at Sopa.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nairobi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

My friend and I spent two nights at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge and we both agreed the experience was worth it. We both needed a break and after checking around about a couple of hotels in Naivasha we finally settled on Sopa Lodge and it did not disappoint.

The service was excellent and the staff very friendly from the manager to the security staff (there was only one staff in the restaurant on our last day who was not very nice but we did not let that not spoil for the rest). Special thanks to Ludi, who was very understanding and accommodating and was always cheerful. Despite her busy schedule she took the time to mingle with the guests.

The chefs did an amazing job with the food. There was always variety and the food was quite tasty. The one thing that stood out for me was that the hotel had gluten free muffins available during breakfast. This was a first for me as most people are not familiar with gluten free intolerance.

The room we got was on the ground floor and it was lovely and spacious (though the bathroom needs a bit of maintenance and the pillows are not very comfortable). The grounds are magnificent and the close proximity to the animals makes it all the more beautiful.

Keep up the good job Sopa!!!

Room Tip: Choose the upper rooms as they are more ideal for hippo watching at night. Rooms 1-20 are best place...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Dubai
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

It is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the nature. The drive to the resort is excellent. The rooms are very big with all the modern day amenities. The rooms are very clean. The staff is friendly and polite. The view from the room is excellent. The grounds are lush green and Giraffes, Zebras and Deers roam around in the day time. After 7:00 pm you have to call security to escort you to the dinner area as Hippos come to graze in the grounds. Early morning walks to the lake is wonderful. The hotel is nice and food is good. We were 2 adults and 2 kids and we had wonderful time staying there.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

The drive into the lodge was very beautiful indeed and the rooms were also spacious as well. I particularly liked the view from outside the room of zebras, water buck and giraffes by the lake. There was reasonably fast, free internet and the only downside was the size of the place and congestion of the dining area. A great one night stay though!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

It is indeed a very beautiful lodge.I loved it a minute I got in .Room is very spacious ,each room has a beautiful balcony look out the view with all the animals grazing around like Giraffe / water buck ...I took one star off because the cleanness of the bathroom / Coffee Pot and the fixtures in the bathroom starting falling apart.
Might be in just a bad day for me but the coffee pot in my room was totally DIRTY ( I think they forgot to clean it ) can not be used.
I love the dinning area and the food at the Buffet and Oh I love the Scones at the breakfast This lodge is the only place I found it on 16 days travel to Kenya ,and YES it hit the spot:)
I never have a chance to see the Pool so I can't comment on that .
I can never say enough about the beauty of the Ground they have in their property sooooo Beautiful and the walk from the room to the dinning area was awesome, walking around with the Giraffe?? Unreal
At night before you go to the dinner .You should called for the escort because the Hippos around the Lake .I didn't make a call but I was very careful to look around .
I really enjoyed the Balcony ,taking the book with you and settle in the chair look out the garden and feel so relaxing .Wishing I was there now :)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Abu Dhabi
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

Sopa lodge swept us off of our feet when we first drove in through the long and winding drive way. Beautifully appointed grounds. It is a large property with zebras, giraffes, horses wandering at leisure. Staff quite efficient and friendly, though stretched due to the large number of guests flowing into the property.

Cottages are beautiful and spacious.

The only downside was the bathroom. Poor fixtures. Toilets were unclean and stained. Shower curtains old and frayed. You have to work magic with the hot water tap to have a proper shower- in the middle of your shower water can turn from the set temperature to scalding hot and then switch to freezing cold.

A bit of plumbing maintenance and proper house keeping would do this place a great favor.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort
Address: P.O.BOX 72630-00200 | Lake Naivasha, Naivasha, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Naivasha
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Ranked #1 of 41 Specialty Lodging in Naivasha
Number of rooms: 19
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