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“Beginning of our honeymoon safari”
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Mara Sopa Lodge
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Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

We stayed at the Maasai Mara Sopa Lodge for 2 nights to begin our safari. Room was basic but clean and the staff were lovely. Good variety of food available to suit all tastes and enjoyed sitting by the fire in the bar after dinner with a glass of wine. Found the baboons that roam in the grounds very entertaining! Very close to the park so game drives started within 10mins of leaving the lodge. Great place for a comfortable base while exploring the Maasai Mara

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Kimberley C
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Reviewed 27 October 2017

The lodge is quite close to the entrance of the Mara national park and the Maasai Mara village. After the delicious food eaten at other camps, we found the menu here quite boring. Beds were quite comfortable and we had a good night's rest.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
Thank Rochelle R
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Reviewed 27 October 2017

We stayed at the Mara Sopa Lodge for four night as it was a base for our safari at Masai Mara. The road up to the lodge is quite bumpy and in bad need of repair but you can say it's part of the safari experience.

Our tour company, Gametrackers, arranged the accommodation for us. The food for breakfast, lunch and dinner was buffet style. Sometimes they served local food which was great like ugali and sukuma wiki. One night they had a BBQ and served barbecued meats and grilled vegetables which was a nice addition to the buffet. Lots of Indian food on offer. For breakfast there is someone who cooks eggs and pancakes. All the staff were really friendly and nice. We got the same wait staff for every meal so we got to know Charles really well. There are monkeys who try to come into the restaurant and try to steal food which is hilarious to watch.

Our room were comfortable and clean and each bed comes with its own mosquito net. We got a bit stuffy so we opened the windows for air circulation. There was enough hot water for three people and soaps and shampoos were also provided.

Fresh towels and bottles of water are provided every day but you can't bring the water into the restaurant and have to buy the water from the restaurant.

There is a Masai dancing performance in the evening around 9pm and sometimes there is an educational talk about the Mara. Most people hang around in the lobby area and the pool area because of the wifi which could be a bit stronger.

The electric generators are shut down at certain hours of the day so there is no electricity for charging and no wifi just after breakfast and are switched back on around dinner time so bring a kindle or some books to read. The wifi could be a bit stronger but because a lot of people were sharing the bandwidth the signal might have been diluted. Suggest you use the wifi in the lobby instead of the common area.

There is a nice outdoor area to relax and read books and a refreshments table for tea and coffee and in the afternoon they put out little sandwiches and cakes free of charge.

On our last night there we were surprised with a song and dance from the staff where they dimmed the lights and sang Hakuna Matata Jambo and presented our table with a cake for being great guests. We're not sure if this is a regular thing but we felt extra special and it made our trip which was already amazing even more memorable.

I would like to thank the staff at the Mara Sopa Lodge. Your hospitality is out of this world!

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
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2  Thank wildawai
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

The Mara Sopa lodge is an excellent choice for a stay while visiting the Masai Mara National Reserve. The lodge is well situated close to the entrance of the park - although your travel time may vary depending on the condition of the 'roads'. After a long, rough journey to the Mara the amenities at the Mara Sopa are welcome comforts. The staff are friendly and helpful - Daniel in the dinner hall and Edward at the Main bar were especially pleasant!
The lodge is somewhat sprawling - we had room 88 which had an excellent view but a slightly uphill walk! The grounds are beautifully landscaped and maintained with many flowering trees and plants. Loved walking the pathways and seeing all of the foliage & lizards. The main areas are clean and cozy. The main bar features large fireplaces for warmth in the evenings, as well as well-priced drinks and evening entertainment. Masaii woman form the nearby village sell goods in the evenings - they offer the BEST prices for traditional goods and are willing to haggle a bit. We found them pleasant and not too pushy.
The food is all buffet style with a wide assortment of dishes for both breakfast & dinner including an omelette bar in the mornings and a pasta bar in the evening. We were never around for the hot lunch service but the boxed lunches leave something to be desired - pack extra snacks if you can or make a sandwich at breakfast to bring with you!
Overall a great place to stay. Sad we didn't get to use the pool as it was rainy and cool when we visited. We would definitely consider staying at the Lodge again as well as the sister properties in Kenya & Tanzania.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MdallasM33
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

We spent two nights in Mara Sopa a Lodge in October,
Our cabin was very comfortable...two double beds and an excellent mosquito net that went right around both beds, Jonathan our room attendant sprayed the room each night and we escaped any bites, we were up early on our second morning to go ballooning, we got a wake up call and an escort waited to walk us up to the lodge, also at night, always someone to walk you back although only saw monkeys and dik dik’s in grounds
Communal areas were comfortable, food good and plentiful, pool looked nice but rain both days so didn’t get to use it
Road driving into lodge is pretty rough, be prepared for a bumpy ride!!

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
Thank minster17
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

In August 2017 I went on an 8 day safari with my sons (ages 16, 14) arranged by Tekko Tours which I have reviewed separately. We liked Mara Sopa. It is bigger and feels bigger than the other tented lodges we stayed at - more like a hotel. We stayed 2 nights. The lobby is busy, and there is a lot going on. At night there was a brief dance presentation by local Masai, and handicrafts and wraps were also being sold by the locals. Our room was big enough and clean enough, though I did have to ask for the toilet to be unstopped - which was done immediately.
We were especially impressed by and are grateful to Chef Bilal who took really good care of us. We were doing a self made kosher safari which requires some coordination and help from the kitchen staff. He really was very helpful dealing with our special diet.
Bottom line, we would definitely stay here again.
This was my second trip to Masai Mara. The traveller should be aware that this lodge is on the east side of the park. This means that your game drives will also be on the (larger?) east side of the park up to but not crossing the Mara river - unless your agent paid double park fees in advance. The first time I came I stayed in a lodge just northwest of the park and toured the more classic Mara Triangle. Both sides are beautiful and have plenty of animals to see, but they are different. If the focus is on the great migration, I think the triangle is better.

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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Thank bridely
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Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Let's start by saying that the road leading to the park - and the hotel - is more of a dirt path with an uncountable number of wholes your driver will try to miss, but will fail while doing so, because it's an impossible chore.
You will get to the hotel extremely tired, but you will definetely have the chance to relax here.
Staff is very nice and courteous, the swimming pool area is nice and open, the food at the restaurant is good and there are quite a few vegetarian options available.
Rooms are ok, they have what you need and not more. There is now always hot water or electricity, but that is common in the area and staff will advise you.
Close enough to the park, it was a good choice!

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
Thank Ines M
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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 #39 of 146 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: C$244 - C$363 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Mara Sopa Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 90
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