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. 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.
Rustic, well spaced cottages meander through the vast expanse of the mature gardens and house the guest rooms. These are all brightly decorated with Maasai themed wall murals, and each room has been purpose built to contain either one or two queen sized beds as well as a veranda.
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.