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“All its missing is a bit of TLC”
Review of Mara Sopa Lodge

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Mara Sopa Lodge
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Reviewed 22 May 2012

This was the first lodge I stayed in as part of a 13 night Safari in Kenya and Tanzania

Staff

The staff at the hotel, were the best I had during the entire trip. They work hard and like to have a conversation. They were very helpful and friendly. The cleaners do work very hard to keep the rooms tidy.

Food

It was a buffet but theres a big selection and there was always two or three different meals I liked and I am a fussy eater. Breakfast was really good and very filling for a long day on Safari.

Location

The hotel is a good 20 mins from the main gate, but this is due to the condition of the road which is awful, but you do get to see a lot of animals on the way. Otherwise the hotel is in a nice location with good views.

Overall

A very good hotel, that does show its age in places. But with a room improvements here and there and some road improvments it would be perfect. The velvet monkeys do provide some entertainment as do the nightly animal feedings.

Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 May 2012

Nice staff, comfortable enough beds but you can hear every single word, cough, sneeze in the room next door. The food is average to poor but being a buffet in the evening you can generally find a few edible things. Roads are horrific getting to it, but selection of animals nearby is good. Pool security guard was a little over friendly talking to me for over an hour when I just wanted to read and suggesting that I would find love and happiness with him and he'd happily give 15 cows to marry me. Not quite what i had in mind.
Everything else is just average - wouldn't stay there again but didn't hate it either. Certainly not a place for solo travellers - not one other guest even smiled let alone spoke to me.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 May 2012

We have traveled several times throughout Africa, and many times to Kenya. And the Masai Mara has to be one of the top two destinations of my choice. We traveled with Affable Safaris and Tours out of Nairobi and the Sopa Lodge is their choice of lodges in eastern Mara. Yes, the roads are a little rough getting to the Sopa Lodge, but hey that's all part of the experience. With our guide Agoi, of Affable Safaris, we had absolutely no problems. Agoi's many years of experience provided a perfect safari and this part of the Mara is wonderful. The Sopa Lodge is located such that you can reach many varied sections of the Mara and see all the game you can imagine - lots of leopard, cheeta, and lion...But, back to the Sopa Lodge, this is a terrific lodge for the price and just a shade below what you might experience at the higher end Serena. The Staff were especially friendly, and we always felt welcome after our return each day from safari. We stayed at the Sopa for four nights - the rooms are very comfortable, good sized showers, and very comfortable beds. The food is good and plenty to eat - the only negative might be that because we were there four nights we got to eat the same menu more than once. But, buffet style was great. We do recommend the Mara Sopa Lodge as a great destination (and Affable Safaris and Tours).

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank Al R
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Reviewed 17 April 2012

lovely lodge
food was lovely with plenty selection, buffet
Service was good however did have to go searching for pool towels!
Dont bother with the cocktails they clearly had no alcohol content!
showers where really good sometimes cold but thats fine when you have been out all day on safari!
morning balloon ride with champagne breakfast is a must .
Luckily we werent nxt to noisy guest in our room but our friends where walls can be paper thin!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank tinkerwoman
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

The Lodge was supposed to be a great option for safari trip. The rooms are really nice and comfortable. The food is great. The staff is very helpful and friendly. They even have some animals fed regularly (hyena, bush babe, etc.)

But... Electricity and hot water is provided some hours a day only. Particular, it is not available during most of day time between game rides.

The location of Lodge is not very convenient for game rides. There is only one road leading to park and you'll end up with necessity to drive for 20-30 minutes through the same area each time when going to or returning from animals watching. It's quite boring.

And the last. Never use your credit card there!!!! Be sure that you'll be surprised with huge payment posted against your account. Unless your bank react in timely manner to stop any suspicious charges.

Room Tip: Rooms located close to reception area are very noisy during day time. (Example Room # 35, 36)
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank Igor B
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

Very comfortable rooms, good food, very friendly staff, the Mara Sopa was our first "game lodge" on our Safari in Kenya and all in all our stay here was a great experience enhanced by the architecture of the buildings.
However the road approaching the lodge is in appalling condition with pot holes and wash outs literally metres deep! This is the only road and must be travelled to do the game drives. It's sort of fun but not if you have any sort of back ailment.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

We were pleasantly surprised with our stay. We stayed 3-nights, full board (which excludes drinks). The food was excellent and was usually buffet style. The rooms are very spacious and nice. They have a friendly staff and all in all we felt very comfortable.

We stayed in a hut with two rooms. The only problem we came across was that our neighbors were very early risers and we could hear their conversations.

The lodge offers daily activities like nature walks, animal viewing and bonfire with traditional Masai dance. Make sure to check out their activities board, which isn't very well advertised.

Room Tip: Rooms close to the main lodge. If possible, a hut without neighbors.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: C14, Keekorok, Oloolaimutia valley | Oloolaimutia Gate, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
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Ranked #41 of 146 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: £141 - £258 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Mara Sopa Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 90
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