Nestled on the Oloongams Hills’ slopes in the Oloolaimutia valley on the rim of the famous Masai Mara National Reserve, Mara Sopa Lodge is among the first lodges to appear in the game reserve of this famous park. It is run by the Sopa Hotels Lodges that operate in Kenya and Tanzania. The lodge reveals the traditional Masai style very benevolently, which is flanked by a lavish landscape of fauna ranging right from aromatic jasmines to the high desert cacti. This ethnic design due to its location within the Masai Mara game reserve offers many opportunities for game viewing accessible via a short drive. And yes, the forested slopes act as spots to view the black rhino and elephant. As the Mara Sopa Lodge is centrally located, tourists can easily explore the major highlights of the Masai Mara National Park.
The lodge is at 240 km from the Kenya capital via a tarmac road to Narok that takes some 5 hours including the drive on all weather Murram Road. Alternatively, you can come here by flight to land on the nearest airstrip from where half an hour is enough to reach the lodge. Take the Air Kenya flight and transfer to the lodge is offered by the African Safaris adventures.
In the Masai dialect, Sopa stands for ‘Welcome’ and so as per the name, this lodge always welcome you anytime irrespective of whether it is warm day or cool evening. So, do carry your sweaters.
At the Mara Sopa Lodge, there are 86 rooms, 1 Presidential suite, and 12 suites all of which offer 200 beds and are adorned in a ‘rondavel’ style. Further, all are well equipped with the en-suite bathroom, hairdryers, direct phone, TV, satellite channels, video options, shaving sockets, privately uplifted verandah for great vistas across the valley and watching the wildlife and birds, and mini bars. In the suites, six on each side, expect a big large living area, en suite bathroom with a shower, private spacious bedrooms featuring a mosquito net and 2 queen size beds, coffee table, chairs, dressing table, and ornamental fire place.
All of these 99 rooms cater well to the business or family safari goers residing at this 5-star hotel. You are guaranteed 100% comfort and style.
- Parking • Gift shop • Laundry • Resident naturalist • Pub • Dry cleaning • Garden • Evening turn down service • Baby sitting • Foreign exchange • Reception • Conference room • Special areas for presentations and parties hosting 120 guests • Catering services • Bush breakfasts/lunches • BBQs • Gala dinners • Theme evenings • Dedicated staff
- Swimming pool • Bird watching • Mountain climbing • Archery • Balloon safaris • Guided nature walks • Walking safari • Masai cultural talks • Visit to Masai village.
There is no restaurant here. However, a circular structure that is called the dining room where you can savor the classical Asian, African, and European vegetarian meals blended with contemporary influences. The décor here features red painted walls showing the Masai life paintings, high ceiling, walls with beaded necklaces, and a centrally located, embellished fireplace.
The spacious reception is adorned with the red colored walls identical to the Masai, light-colored painted beads, big table with stone slabs in the middle otherwise seen in the region, light fixtures hanging from a soaring thatched roof, and Masai artifacts, as well as woven batiks on the walls.
Similarly is the lobby scene accessible down a few steps where there are walls with the hanging woven batiks, high thatched roof, centrally located fire place, comfortable seats, animal paintings on the walls, glass doors, verandah that is fronting the garden as well as the swimming pool, and fragrant jasmine plants.