Set in 200 acres of private land, and with a rustic charm all of its own, Sopa Lodge nestles in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Among a canopy of indigenous thorn trees, Acacias, fragrant Frangipanis, colourful bougainvillea, and giant cacti, the cottages meander through the vast expanse of the property’s mature gardens. Housing 83 guest rooms, the cottages are vibrantly decorated with Masai themed wall murals, and each room has been purpose built to contain either one or two queen sized beds, as well as an atmospheric veranda. The dining room features a menu of Pan African and continental cuisine within warm and welcoming surroundings with exceptional hospitality.
Nestled in 190 acres of wooded Masai land, the lodge sits on the foot hills of Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. Flying from Nairobi is approximately 40 minutes, and an hour’s transfer time to the lodge. The reception desk is designed to imitate the entrance into a Masai hut, with wall paintings in bold brown strokes and decorated with silver spear heads and Masai beaded necklaces. The lobby is open, spacious and airy. It has a high ceiling, with painted glass and colourful Masai paraphernalia sketches.
Sopa Lodge offers 83 rooms in total. There are 40 rooms with 2 queen size beds, with 6 of them featuring interconnecting doors. 24 of these rooms can be turned to triples upon request. 2 of the 24 rooms fitted with one king size bed are wheelchair accessible, and the Lodge features 1 plush honeymoon suite. The rooms are constructed as spacious, individual huts, with en-suite bathrooms and a verandah. With the walls painted in cream and a contrasting ochre colour, local materials like sisal, driftwood, Masai blanket fabric, canvas, and wrought iron are all used for furnishings to create a rustic African ambience.
In a round hut with a thatched papyrus covered roof, you will find Kibo, the lodge’s restaurant named after the tallest peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Commanding attention to the centre of the dining room, a fireplace sits adorned with carvings of local wildlife and babuka fabrics for an African bush like ambience. The walls are painted in mustard and contrasting terracotta colours, and are decorated with wooden panels carved with African artwork. The restaurant opens out onto the terrace which, weather permitting, is used for dining with a fantastic view of the world’s highest free-standing mountain, resting majestically right before your eyes.
Whilst staying at Sopa Lodge, there is ample opportunity to get up close and personal with the wildlife of the area. Balloon safaris, flying safaris, nature walks, and bird watching are just some of the authentic African experiences offered by the lodge. While the park conserves over 600 breeding species of birds as well as a host of rare and wonderful wildlife, it is also home to the Masai people, perhaps the world’s most renowned African tribe. To the left of the lodge is a Masai market, where all proceeds help to run their local community. Amenities and services include a gift shop, swimming pool, children’s pool, and sauna.
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