Sopa Lodges | Kenya & Tanzania

Sopa means “Welcome” in the Masai language, and since it was founded in 1986, the Sopa Lodges collection has gone out of its way to make sure that every guest receives the warmest welcome to its eight safari destinations in Kenya and Tanzania.

The lodges are individually designed to compliment their magnificent surroundings while reflecting the themes and influences of East African culture. They are tucked away at legendary wildlife parks like Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarangire in northern Tanzania, and Amboseli, Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, and Samburu National Reserve in neighboring Kenya.

Large open-plan areas and cottage-style guest rooms blend unobtrusively into the vastness of Africa, and are representative of the traditions of the local inhabitants who make up the rich tapestry of Kenya and Tanzania. The locations are also chosen for incredible views over the wilderness and their unrivaled African wilderness ambience.

Sopa staff are carefully selected for their dedication to personal service and a genuine, heartfelt friendliness. This ensures that all guests enjoy an extraordinary and unparalleled level of true African hospitality.

With over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Sopa knows full well that meals not only have to be savored by guests, but also family and social occasions that everyone looks forward to attending. Because of this, the highly trained executive chefs at each lodge design their menus around classical African, European, and Asian food preparation techniques fused with modern eclectic themes and influences.

Wherever possible, the lodges source their food from nearby farmland areas, ensuring that all ingredients are garden fresh, as well as continuing Sopa’s traditional support and commitment to surrounding agricultural communities.

As a leading destination for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Exhibitions (MICE), the Sopa Lodges collection offers an unmatched experience with well-executed service delivered to all clientele. A dedicated events team tailor-makes programs to suit whatever is needed to make a meeting, conference or wedding uniquely memorable. Event capacities vary from as few as 10 people seated in board-room style to 150 people seated in theater style.

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Amboseli Sopa Lodge Amboseli National Park, Kenya

monkey at amboseli sopa lodge

Set in 200 acres of private land, and with a rustic charm all of its own, the lodge nestles in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro which, at almost six thousand metres, is Africa’s highest and most famous snowcapped mountain. It was this region of Kenya that, in the 1930’s, inspired Ernest Hemingway’s unforgettable stories ‘The Snows of Kilimanjaro’ and ‘The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber’ which were turned into more than successful feature films in the late 1940’s due to their renowned actors. All forms of wildlife still abound in this wilderness which continues all the way to the Amboseli National Park, an easy twenty minute drive away from the lodge. While the park conserves over six hundred breeding species of birds as well a host of rare and wonderful wildlife, this is also home to the Maasai people, perhaps the world’s most renowned African tribe.

Amboseli Sopa Lodge is set within mature wooded gardens with a wide variety of trees and plants which include thorn trees, Acacias, fragrant Frangipanis, colorful bougainvillea and giant cacti which all thrive in these surroundings. The gardens are also home to numerous species of birds as well as monkeys, mongooses, squirrels, duikers, the occasional gazelle and, once in a while, even an ever inquisitive leopard.

 

Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort Lake Naivasha, Kenya

swimming pool and gardens

With Sopa’s traditional and conscientious care for the environment, we carefully positioned all the buildings on our property so we did not have to fell any of the many trees there. As a result of this, we had to come up with a radically innovative and artistic design for the main public area building which now snakes its way between the trees with long and graceful curves.

It is also why you might well ask just why our two swimming pools with a children’s section and a pool complex with its bar, snack kitchen, pizzeria and health spa; our tennis court; our two conference halls with their four differently sized meeting areas, and our stables are so widely set apart.

The flat area between the resort’s main buildings and the lake shore is covered with lush grass that is regularly manicured by hippos when they leave the lake to feed at night, and is bordered on all three sides by mature Acacia trees. To the right of the lounge is a small forest of tall Euphorbia – a type of cactus – whose upper limits are conveniently trimmed by our resident giraffe, and through which leads the access path to our guest cottages. The dining room to the left of the lounge has a shaded patio, and beyond this are the conference halls and the swimming pool. These are all fronted by cultivated gardens which follow through to line the access path at the rear of the guest cottages and, wherever you go on the estate, you will almost always be certain to come across giraffes and waterbuck, solemn Colobus monkeys, and the more mischievous and frivolous Vervet monkeys.

Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge Lake Nakuru National Park. Kenya

Located on a range of hills that form the western limits of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, the lodge offers spectacular views over the vastness of Africa.

The lodge also overlooks Lake Nakuru and its surrounding National Park, one that is a paradise for bird watchers and wildlife lovers alike. Lake Nakuru National Park is mainly a wooded and bushy grassland with a wide ecological diversity and characteristic habitats that range from the lake waters to the escarpment and ridges.

The lodge also overlooks Lake Nakuru and its surrounding National Park, one that is a paradise for bird watchers and wildlife lovers alike. A multitude of animals and birds can be found in Lake Nakuru National Park, including white and black rhinos and the rare Rothschild’s giraffes. The lounge, bar and dining room have extensive sheltered outdoor terraces. The infinity swimming pool overlooks the lake and has a pool bar. Board games are available and there is a gift shop and wi-fi. Nature walks are a wonderful way to appreciate the locality.

 

Masai Mara Sopa Lodge Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya

pool and lodge

Located high on the slopes of the Oloolaimutia Hills, Masai Mara Sopa Lodge was one of the first safari lodges to be built in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, a reason why its gardens and trees are so lush and mature. All the buildings follow the design of traditional African round houses with conical roofs, and these stretch along the line of the hills with the impressively large public area buildings and the swimming pool at their centre.

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