I visited the Sopa lodge on a weekend break from Nairobi with Big Time Holidays. It transpired that i was the only one and effectively had my own personal guide for an incredibly good price. It is a long way from town, 6 hours or so and there are a couple of instances where the guide stopped to speak to someone which resulted in the hounding of the Mzungu by hawkers, luckily i am well used to independent travel in this part of Africa and speak some swahili but to the uninitiated it could be a little daunting.
Sopa has a main lodge building with a nice bar area and decent size pool overlooking a small waterhole, for the first day i was the only one there and enjoyed incredible personal service and obscene amounts of good food, when a large group arrived the following day it reverted to the usual buffet style which meant I could give my bursting stomach a rest.
The rooms are well equipped with bathroom including hot water, a nice terrace and are spacious. Some of my fellow guests were vocal about the electricity only being on for a few hours a day, the lack of wifi and no air conditioning. This is the bush in East Africa, if you want that go to Las vegas.
Samburu is a wonderful reserve, it is the sixth I have been to in recent years and was the best, it is dry, peaceful and has an excellent array and variety of game. There was a tendency for guides to communicate 'finds' to each other however I did not witness any Mara style surrounding of animals.
Overall, and conscious that it was low season, I was truly impressed by this place. i will always prefer being under canvas however it was a trip I will always remember.
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- Also Known As:
- Samburu Sopa Hotel Samburu National Reserve
- Samburu Sopa Lodge Kenya/Samburu National Reserve