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Tarangire Sopa Lodge
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“Standing pools of water below the lobby smells”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Stayed here for a night as part of a tour.

To access the rooms, you go down stairs and cross underneath the lobby. Two holes in the lobby floor overlooks two pools of standing water, I guess provided for animals and to attract them to come onto the lodge grounds. This creates a smell by the area which was not pleasant.

We were assigned to room 10, not too far away from the stairs up to the lobby area, it is a ground level room with slight elevation up from the actual ground being that we were on a slight incline. Room 10 shares a rondavel with room 9.

Outside our balcony about 100 feet into the bush was a watering hole. We saw an elephant and some antelopes drinking from it. The screen door to the balcony does not lock. None of the screens in any of the windows can lock. It is held closed with a magnet. In order to lock your windows would mean closing the glass panes.

There is a large foyer/sitting area once in the door. In our room, there were two queen beds and they asked if we needed a single, we declined. It was quite warm here and we were thankful for an overhead fan. The weird smell from the standing pools of water kind of pervade the room. The room was not well lit with limited table top space even though it was a somewhat spacious room. There was a fridge, safe, coffee/tea making amenities. We were triple occupancy and yet housekeeping only left 2 bottles of complimentary water.

The hairdryer was installed against the wall in the large and not well-lit bathroom. There were the usual toiletries and very limited counter space.

This wasn't one of the better Sopa lodges we stayed at and were glad it was only for one night.

Lunch the first day was served buffet style by the pool. Eating outside meant encountering curious and hungry wildlife. Various birds, monkeys, mongoose, squirrels and hyraxes hung around us.

Breakfast next morning was in-doors and also buffet style.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

This lodge actually turned out to be one of our favourites on our ten day safari. The staff are so welcoming and friendly, the food is too, the rooms are large. On our first night we heard elephants nearby and in the morning there were elephant footprints outside our bedrooms. We had a really gorgeous lunch by the pool after a morning game drive and a herd of elephants was just on the other side of the grounds, easily visible with the naked eye. It's a wonderful peaceful friendly place which I wouldn't hesitate to recommend

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

Very simple, but nice. We had a problem with hot water, but it's Africa! Eating lunch by the pool was great and the buffet was pretty good. Lots of wildlife to be seen on site...squirrels, hyrax, monkeys, birds. Baby hyrax are the cutest! The design doesn't make the greatest use of space...the entrance room is empty and rather large. This lodge probably had the nicest dinner dining area of the 4 lodges we stayed in.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

The usual Sopa Lodge chain comfort. All of their resorts in northern Tanzania (but they still prefer to say Tanganyka!) are quite similar in appearance, level of service and (unfortunately) price, as well.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

Super food and service. the amin building with dining room, lounge and rerstaurant were beautifully in keeping with teh surroundings. The rooms were great . The upper floor rooms may have a slightly better view over the bushes but no hardship having a the lower floor.

The game drives in the park were amazing and on one drive we saw lion, elephant, cheetah as well as all huge numbers of zebra , deer etc. Not as busy as some parks.

Room Tip: Upper floor probably best choice as you can see over bushes but no issue with ground floor room.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

This was a great experience. At first we thought we saw all the animals there were to be seen in Serengeti National Park. We saw lots of elephants, zebras and giraffes and lions. It was a one day safari and very worth it. The Sopa lodge was beautiful. The animals come all the way near the dining area, if you are lucky, you might just get to see them. Good service, good staff and clean rooms.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

Our Friendly Planet group of 12 stayed here after a delightful game drive through the National Park. Deep inside the park the resort has been designed beautifully to allow wildlife viewing right up to the backside of the building. Beautiful lobby area, bar area, and dining room. Lovely gift shop. Internet in public areas. Lively local youth show at dinner. Candles on dinner table. Especially friendly and helpful wait staff. Lovely rooms; the best built of our two week tour. No noise from other rooms. Beautiful facilities. Highly recommended.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Address: Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #7 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Tarangire National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Tarangire Sopa Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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