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Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
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El Paso, Texas, USA
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“Let's be honest, you stay here for the view and not much else.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

We stayed here one night towards the end of our safari and were quite disappointed.

When we arrived we were given a cold towel and drink which was very nice after the long, dusty drive up here. The lobby is very grand and nicely decorated, leading out to the pool and seating area with a view of the crater. The view was absolutely breathtaking.

Our room was large but basic, although it did have a very nice view from the enclosed patio. The bathroom could have been cleaner (there was mildew in the shower) and it was chilly in the bathroom. The window slats did not close completely and rattled throughout the night even after waking up to close them.

The food was also mediocre. This was the only large lodge we stayed in and so take that into account. The other places we stayed were small tented camps with much fewer guests. The buffet was very crowded with people who did not have very good line etiquette. The food was also not good (with the exception of the desserts). The salads looked very good, unfortunately as we were about to serve a cockroach scampered by. The night we were there they had mainly Indian food, so we mostly had vegetables, rice, and roast chicken.

You must be careful when checking out to verify your bill. After telling the lady our room number she tried to overcharge us for another room's tab. I persisted that we could not have spent that much and even showed her our room number and she kept showing me the bill for a different room. It took about ten minutes to get her to show me OUR bill.

The view from the lodge is beautiful, but the mediocre food and discrepancy at the front desk would lead me to look at other lodging next time.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights as part of a tour.

The lodge is located on the crater rim overlooking into the crater. Bi-level rooms spread out on either sides of the main lobby building. We were assigned room 22, which shares a rondavel with room 23. Both rooms are on the ground level.

There is a giant foyer with a closet upon entry.

The room had 2 queen beds and a single brought in as we were triple occupancy. There is a "sun room" area with floor to ceiling glass and 2 rocking chairs overlooking grass and trees (no into the crater views). The room was very large with adequate amount of table top surface, 3 complimentary bottles of water (nightly) and hair dryer.

The bathroom was very well lit and includes the usual toiletries. The shower didn't drain very well as the floor wasn't slanted very well. I had to push the water with my feet to get it into the drain.

Coffee/tea making amenities were provided the second night of our stay with an extra (larger) bottle of complimentary water. Not sure why the coffee/tea amenities weren’t provided the night before.

Hot water bottles warming the sheets were provided during turn down service.

Electricity was available all day. There are time restrictions with hot water. WiFi with 24 hour access code was accessible from the lobby/bar/pool area. In the lobby is a complimentary coffee/tea/snack station available throughout the day.

Breakfast was buffet style with pots of coffee and tea, for a few refills, is left on the table for you. Dinner was table service the first night and took forever! We waited over 30 minutes between the soup and our main course. I think the kitchen was overwhelmed with the large amount of people checked in the same day we did. As a result (or not) of the fiasco, dinner the second night was buffet style.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

My husband and I stayed 2 nights in this hotel as part of a tour organised by Fox travel (Dutch) and their local partner Leopard Tours.

The hotel is perched on the rim of the Ngorongoro crater, so the view is very nice.

Upon arrival we were welcomed by the very friendly staff with cool wet towels and a glass of fruit juice, and our bags were brought to our room, which was outside of the main building.

In the main building you find the reception, a computer room, a sitting area, a gift shop and 2 restaurants with huge panoramic windows. You have to pay for the use of the computer (5000 TZS for half an hour = +/- 3 US dollar or 2,2 euro, but the connection is good)

The rooms are in two-storey buildings that resemble Masai huts.
We were in upper room nr. 40, which was close to the main building.
The rooms consist of a hall with a closet and a mini-fridge, a bedroom with 2 double beds, a sitting area by the window with 2 wicker rockingchairs, and a bathroom with a walk in shower behind a wall.
Everything was very clean, and the waterpressure in the shower was excellent.

We stayed at the hotel in the month of May, and during our stay it got quite chilly in the evening and early morning. This was no problem however, because the staff put the heater on in the evening and put hot water bottles in the bed.

There is a kidneyshaped pool in front of the two restaurants, with deckchairs around it.
Our original program included a half days rest at the pool, but since there are better things you can do in Tanzania than sitting by a pool, we opted for a walk with a Masai ranger, Mathayo Nkiti Ndari.
The walk itself was not so spectacular, but we learned a lot about the traditions and the way of life of the Masai and had a lot of fun. Another option was a visit to a Masai village..

On one of the nights we were there the hotel had organised traditional dance performance of a group of Masai warriors in the lobby, and the second night there was an outside BBQ.

The food was in this hotel was delicious. Some items were laid out in buffet style, some others items were heaped on your plate by members of the kitchen staff at different stations of the buffet and the drinks are brought to your table by a waiter.

We encountered a lot of wildlife in Ngorongoro crater, and really enjoyed our stay there.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ballarat, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

Perched atop the Eastern rim of Ngorongoro Crater, the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge has unsurpassed views of the sunset, with flat-topped acacias in the foreground to really embellish those iconic sunset photos!
The accomodation is quintessential safari lodge, modeled on traditional Masai and Swahili architecture and decorated with Tanzanian artifacts. You really are catapulted into the aesthetics, as well as the natural environment of East Africa.
Groomed plantings of succulents and other indigenous species are evident close to the paths, and rooms, but soon give way to the original habitat of the surrounding conservation area.
I went out birding at dusk and was soon ably assisted by one of the security officers, who took me to the obscure spots, rarely frequented by guests, revealing bush baby nesting trees and many, many rare birds.
From the privacy of my room's glass viewing platform, I could watch not only the sunset, but the micro bats and nightjars feeding on moths, attracted to the light. Quite a nocturnal show, but remember to open up your curtains to catch it. Beats counting sheep, as a means to falling asleep.
Food was excellent, with a terrific selection of wines to match.
The lodge's working hub, housing the restaurant, WIFI facilities and reception was spectacular, hewn from raw timber logs in a circular formation, adobe walls, with site and culturally appropriate decor. It took my breath away!
Staff turned on something of a treat, with a guest birthday celebration followed by an extensive performance of traditional songs, drumming and dancing.
Staff were courteous, obliging and highly skilled in the nuances of the hospitality industry.
The head chef met with me to ensure my gluten free needs were well accomodated!
Security staff escorted us to our rooms between dawn and dusk, as buffalo and the odd lion do frequent the lodge grounds by night. Indeed there were buffalo right outside my glass viewing platform. A unique juxtaposition of the natural and built environments!
From Ngorongoro Sopa, it was quite an easy journey, into the unsurpassed proliferation of the World Heritage listed, Ngorongoro crater's amazing array of wildlife. A pride of lions greeted us as we began to descend and that was only the beginning.
So to, our journey to Lake Manyara, with an intimate encounter with a herd of elephants, bathing, feeding, nurturing their babies and surrounding our vehicles.
The stuff I'd dreamed of doing since childhood was finally a reality!
I could have gladly stayed way beyond the two nights I spent at Ngorongoro Sopa. Both the lodge and surrounding National Parks have so much to offer!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

We arrived after lunch at Manyare NP, which was lovely and went to the viewpoint overlooking the crater (amazing) before heading on to the Sopa Lodge.
The welocome was great with refreshing cool towels and fruit juice and our bags were taken to our room which was at the far end of the complex, which meant a bit of an up hill climb for meals etc. but meant we got to meet more birds lizards etc. on the way.
The room was big and clean and the only downside was the water, which is the same everywhere in Tanzania and should be drunk, except the bottled stuff.
The view form our room was fanatsti, right across the crater anf there were lots of birds right outside the window most of the time.
The Hotel staff were freindly and the food was both good and plentiful. Nothing is too mmuch trouble for these guys and we woud love to go again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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madrid
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

It's placed on the top of the crater:
You will enjoy the views, the sunset, the sunrise...
As well the bar and the staff.
Well equipped, perhaps it is too big, but in any case the restaurant has a good offer

Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

This lodge has a lovely spacious lobby with lots of seating inside and out all overlooking the pool and the Ngorongoro Crater. Free wifi in the lobby area. Rooms are throughout the property and are spacious and have lovely large showers although hot water is limited to specific hours. Fabulous food in the restaurant although the wine was expensive.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Address: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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Ranked #7 of 39 Specialty Lodging in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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Hotel Class:3 star — Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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