Tarangire Sopa Lodge

Tarangire Sopa Lodge

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#7 of 16 lodges in Tarangire National Park
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Service
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English
Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Business Centre with Internet Access
Banquet room
BBQ facilities
Concierge
Internet
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Meeting rooms
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Room features
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Clothes rack
Bath / shower
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms

Location

129 Km from Arusha, Tarangire National Park Tanzania
Getting there
Lake Manyara Airport
66.6 km
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles846 reviews
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Nestled amidst wildlife, Tarangire Sopa Lodge captivates guests with its lively cultural atmosphere and exceptional singing performances, according to reviews. While the lodge's room rates and additional charges for water during meals have garnered mixed opinions on value, many travelers appreciate the comfortable, albeit basic, accommodations with scenic views. The hotel's cleanliness and eco-friendly practices earn rave reviews, as does the attentive service that includes helpful staff and security measures. Amenities, including diverse dining options and entertainment, contribute to the lodge's overall charm for visitors.
Atmosphere
Lively
Rooms
Basic
Value
Expensive
Cleanliness
Meticulous
Service
Attentive
Amenities
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Claudia K wrote a review Apr 2020
Miami92 contributions83 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Hyraxes are everywhere. While they're cute, they pee and poop all over - especially right outside the rooms. While staff hoses the property down every day, it still smells.

I had a room on the 2nd floor which was really hot. There was a fan in the room, but no breeze could get through the mosquito nets. Rooms were very dark.

Bathroom was small with no place to hang or store anything. Hot water restricted to 5-10am and 5-10pm. However, each room had bathrobes.

Nice pool. Good service. Did not care for the food. Very few vegetarian options.

Power goes off in the middle of the night.

Setting in the wild. Escorts needed after dark. Heard Hyenas. Saw Warthogs and Antelope on property.
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Date of stay: March 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Msafiri Eliud, General Manager at Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Responded May 8, 2024
Thank you for sharing your experience. It sounds like you encountered some challenges during your stay. It's unfortunate that the property had a persistent smell due to the presence of hyraxes and that the room on the 2nd floor was uncomfortably hot with limited airflow. It's good to hear that the staff made an effort to clean the property daily, but, understandably, the smell was still bothersome. The limited hot water availability and occasional power outages can indeed be inconvenient. On the positive side, it's nice that bathrobes were provided in each room and that the property offered a nice pool and good service. It's also interesting to hear about the encounters with wildlife on the property. We appreciate your honest feedback about the food options and the need for more vegetarian choices. Your comments have been useful for the property to improve and address these issues for future guests. Thank you again for sharing your experience. Lodge Management.
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Lauraw991 wrote a review Feb 2020
Seattle, Washington21 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Tarangire Sopa during our safari and we are still talking about it two weeks later. While the rooms are not the most modern we have stayed in, we found them to be well appointed and comfortable. One day we came back to our room and 4 monkeys were sitting on our patio furniture. The next day, we spent all day on safari searching for cats only to find lions and their cubs only a few hundred meters from the gate. You are in the heart of it all here! Not to mention we felt very safe here, as Solum walked us back to our room after dinner every night. He remembered our names throughout our stay and even waited to say goodbye to us our final morning. Lillian also took great care of us at all meals.
The food here was our favorite. Our group really enjoyed the evening songs and the night we had barbecue. It was a treat!
WiFi is only available in the main reception area and restaurant. This did not take away from our experience, it merely enhanced it and made more time for our enjoyment of the property. Thank you Tarangire Sopa, we will be back!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from SopaLodgesKETZ, General Manager at Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Responded Feb 21, 2020
Dear Laura, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your valued feedback, we are delighted that you enjoyed your recent stay at Tarangire Sopa Lodge and that the property and team managed to exceed your expectations. Your feedback greatly motivates our team as we continue to improve our product and services. Kind Regards, Sopa Management Team.
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Dr. Satyajit Borah wrote a review Nov 2022
Tezpur, India275 contributions121 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Located inside the park, probably at one end since we were almost tired to travel in the late evening, the ambience is however soothing. The staff were very polite and helpful. Mr. Aka, the restaurant waiter will be remembered for his enthusiasm in indulging us in the delicacies from the kitchen. Food were excellent, the Baobao shots in the breakfast was exceptional. The rooms were spacious with extra sitting areas and balconies, however the room temperature was uncomfortably hot and the ceiling fan fixed was like a decorative piece only. The property has a lovely swimming pool. The WiFi access was provided in limited public areas, not inside the rooms, is not expected, neither acceptable in a luxury property, when people are staying in such remote locations.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Sopa Lodges Management, Other at Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Responded Nov 29, 2022
Dear Satyajit_Borah, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your valued feedback, we are delighted that you enjoyed your recent stay at Tarangire Sopa Lodge and that the property and team managed to exceed your expectations. Your feedback greatly motivates our team as we continue to improve our product and services. Kind Regards, Lodge Management.
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Sujit M wrote a review Sep 2023
Boston, Massachusetts34 contributions44 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Our party of 4 stayed in 2 adjacent rooms for 2 days. Beautiful and luxurious facility. Rooms were dated, they had pedestal fans which helped us to sleep comfortably during the night. We got a turn down service with bug spray and a mosquito net. Very elaborate breakfast and dinner options were available. The food was superb; there was always a great choice. The cooks and waiting staff do a fantastic job. Dinner came with a show with singing and dancing by the staff. We had lunch, which was not buffet, was pre-fixed from a menu, however, was delicious. Several wildlife including mongoose, grey monkeys are plentiful in the property. There is a large bar that is well appointed with forest views. Hot water for showers is available 6-10 AM and PM. There is no Wi-Fi in the rooms, but it’s available in the lobby areas. Awesome stay!
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Date of stay: August 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Msafiri Eliud, General Manager at Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Responded May 4, 2024
Thank you for your glowing review of your stay at our lodge! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the beautiful facility, delicious meals, and excellent service from our staff. We are delighted that you were able to experience the wildlife on the property and appreciate your feedback on the amenities provided. We are glad you had an awesome stay and hope to welcome you back again soon for another memorable experience! Thank you for choosing our lodge for your getaway. MsafirI Eliud-GM
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Maria L wrote a review Oct 2023
San Diego, California98 contributions6 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a spectacular hotel. It is an oasis in the middle of the amazing Tarangire National park. All starts with the rural gate and the welcoming by Dik-Dik, monkeys and Hyraxes. The lobby is very spacious and made with eco materials, amazing wood carvings. It is an open concept with windows everywhere where one can see the elephants, buffalos and all sort animals approaching the water hole located behind and the waterfall under the building. Obviously, there are signs outside warning people to don’t cross to avoid encounter with animals. There is a bar, a free coffee/tea area and the pool is very welcoming. There are several instructions to follow, for example the times when hot water will be available and the fact that no one should be walking at night by themselves without a proper security escort, and also to keep door always closed because the monkeys and other animals will try to get in the rooms. There are whistles in all the rooms in case of emergency and there are plenty of guards outside the rooms, ready to help and walk people back and forth. Internet is available only by the pool and at the main lobby building. The beds had a mosquito net, and the rooms have a balcony with a window facing the wilderness. The mealtimes were the most fun and plentiful. We ate BBQ by the pool and breakfast and dinner at the main building where there was a singing performance and got to meet exceptional singers like Margaret. I wish I remember everyone's names, but Goodluck and the bartenders were also very friendly with us. They also prepare for us a BBQ lunch outside the property, which was amazing!
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Listen very well to instructions they give when you get to the hotel.
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Response from , Owner at Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Responded Apr 10, 2024
Thank you so much for your lovely words and thorough review! We are so happy to hear that you had a wonderful time at our amazing hotel located in the heart of Tarangire National Park. From the warm welcome by the Dik-Dik, monkeys, and Hyraxes to the beautifully designed eco-friendly lobby with stunning wood carvings and picturesque windows that offer a view of the wildlife-filled waterhole, we are thrilled that you had such a fantastic experience. Your safety is our top priority, which is why we have clear signs in place to remind guests not to approach the animals. We can't wait to have you back soon to enjoy the bar, complimentary coffee/tea area, and inviting pool once more. General Manager-TSL
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Curt M wrote a review Aug 2022
New York84 contributions57 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived at night and left in the morning so we had no time to explore the hotel grounds and lookout points, which seemed very interesting. The location and lodge were great, and at dinner, the staff performed singing and dancing at the end of our wonderful meal-they even have produced a CD of their music. The rooms were nice , with a good balcony, but again, we had no time to experience this very nice lodge.
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Date of stay: June 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Sopa Lodges Management, Other at Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Responded Aug 23, 2022
Dear Curt M, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your valued feedback, we are delighted that you enjoyed your recent stay at Tarangire Sopa Lodge and that the property and team managed to exceed your expectations. Your feedback greatly motivates our team as we continue to improve our product and services. Kind Regards, Lodge Management.
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dannyd789 wrote a review Sep 2022
Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom65 contributions35 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The location of this lodge is brilliant with lots of opportunities to observe wildlife from your room and the various common areas. The staff were very friendly and Matle and Marlon went the extra mile to make our stay memorable. The rooms were comfortable and spacious with a very traditional feel, I think they may benefit from a little modernisation of decor but it all adds to the charm of a very characterful and warm lodge with great food, drink and staff.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Sopa Lodges Management, Other at Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Responded Oct 16, 2022
Dear Dannyd789, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your valued feedback, we are delighted that you enjoyed your recent stay at Tarangire Sopa Lodge and that the property and team managed to exceed your expectations. Your feedback greatly motivates our team as we continue to improve our product and services. Kind Regards, Lodge Management.
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Clyde04 wrote a review Jan 2020
Island of Malta, Malta29 contributions18 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The climate surrounding the hotel is very warm but the BBQ by the pool in the afternoon on our arrival was very refreshing.

The hotel does not offer panoramic views like the other Tanzanian Sopa Lodges, but it surely makes up for it in ambience, food quality and variety.

Clean and friendly staff as in all the other Sopa Lodges. Consider it as a good option if you’re visiting the area.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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aashmoi wrote a review Oct 2023
Los Angeles, California118 contributions19 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our first stop on our Tanzanian safari and we were definitely spoiled by first and foremost the amazing food at this lodge. The lodge has all amenities needed in the jungle especially with its unbeatable location inside the park. We saw over 30 wild elephants just outside the hotel lobby and from our room balcony everyday - how can you beat that!

The outside deck in the bar area has amazing views of the sunset and we saw many monkeys, deer and Dik Diks just enjoying drinks there. The staff especially Salman and the gentleman who runs the bar couldn't do enough to make us feel welcome. the chef and team really know what they are doing in the kitchen too.

The rooms are comfortable albeit basic but the extra fan is VERY needed in August because the ceiling fan is just for show. Appreciated the hair dryer and amenities in the bathroom though some more surfaces are needed in the bathroom to keep toiletries in the shower area and by the sink. The hot water timings were never an issue for us but the pressure could be improved a bit.

The only drawback is the lack of wifi in the rooms. I am all for the "wild" experience but we were traveling with family and often needed to contact each other which was a hassle. A small thing which could be considered given that cell connectivity is negligible in the jungle!

All in all a great stay and hope to be back one day!
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Date of stay: August 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from , Owner at Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Responded Apr 23, 2024
We appreciate your overwhelmed comments about the Lodge and overall service rendered to you during your stay with us! We look forward to hosting you in the not distant future. We say Karibu sana Tanzania, KARIBU sana Tarangire Sopa Lodge! Warm Regards, Msafiri Eliud-GM
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PateLisbon wrote a review Aug 2022
Lisbon, Portugal944 contributions157 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
One of my favorite parks in Tanzania- tarangire park and of course the tarangire sopa lodge was the ideal location to stay into the park. We were lucky to stay on the last bungalow nearby the area where all the animals came to drink water. So we start our safari on Our balcony room🤣. The room were super clean and warm. At night we needed to be escorted to our room. The food was fabulous and the staff super friendly. Good spot to stay
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Sopa Lodges Management, Other at Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Responded Aug 29, 2022
Dear PateLisbon, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your valued feedback, we are delighted that you enjoyed your recent stay at Tarangire Sopa Lodge and that the property and team managed to exceed your expectations. Your feedback greatly motivates our team as we continue to improve our product and services. Kind Regards, Lodge Management.
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C$340 - C$566 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
TanzaniaArusha RegionTarangire National Park
NUMBER OF ROOMS
24
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tarangire Sopa Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Tarangire Sopa Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Tarangire Sopa Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Tarangire Sopa Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Tarangire Sopa Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Tarangire Sopa Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Is Tarangire Sopa Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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