Like an African castle in the sky, Sopa Lodge Naivasha spins wondrous safaris from natural treasures below the golden Kenyan sun. It is situated on the southern shores of Naivasha, the largest freshwater lake in the Great Rift Valley. Let this dazzling resort of 21 cottages prepare you for mouth-dropping silence. Feast on the succulent meats and preparations of the hotel’s talented chefs. Allow your eyes to indulge in the scenery and wildlife that draws so many to visit this hotel, built for open views of nature’s activities at their most untouched. Make sure to wander around the compound. You will be enchanted by the fine architecture, cathedral ceilings, and grand windows. Stroll around the gardens, and take a swim. It’s hard to leave this heavenly escape.
Naivasha is a Masai name given to the area where the resort is located, denoting the characteristics of the lake including size and its tendency to roughness when windy. The history of the area has always been important as it formed the main route of the slave trade from Uganda and the highlands of Kenya, including in 1884, the Scottish explorer Joseph Thompson’s epic journey through Masai land – where he writes in his journals of his time in Naivasha. The drive to the reception centre is through beautiful green lawns which bring you to the entrance. Crossing a little walk way with a small pond on one side surrounded by plants, is the reception desk and cashier on one side. Right in the centre is a tree trunk that has been converted to beautiful table with a beautiful floral arrangement in the middle. Hanging above it is a magnificent conical wrought chandelier.
Sopa offers 21 cottages built in a crescent shape, and each has 4 rooms, 2 on the ground and 2 at the top, which totals 84 rooms. 2 of these rooms are suitable for the physically challenged. Part of the pathway from the reception to the rooms, is lined with giant cactus and different kinds of plants with colorful flowers. Little rock gardens are scattered along and these too have vibrant coloured flowers which gives it a beautiful contrast with the greenery of the well manicured lawns. Monkeys are playfully rolling on the lawns and different species of birds chirping in the trees and some building their nests. Colobus monkeys are easily spotted as well. The rest of the pathway is in the open lawns and rock gardens are strategically placed, and frangipanis, aloes, proteas to name are few, are growing in abundance. The acacia trees are plentiful in this area and are growing everywhere, providing shade.
The main restaurant is located at one side of the lobby. In the centre, hanging from a high wooden paneled ceiling, is a huge intricately done wrought iron chandelier and smaller light fixtures complimenting it around the rest of the dining room. The colours are a rich dark green, which is carried through the upholstery, carpet, and to break this are maroon coloured table cloths and napkins. A dispense bar sits on one side and on the other, the buffet and tea/coffee station. A tree grows right by the buffet area and adds on to the character of the dining room. This room opens out to an area where guests can sit and enjoy the garden in front of them, and have their pre or after dinner drinks and coffee. The main bar is in the lounge area, with the second one being the dispense bar in the dining room and the pool bar. The pool snack bar serves a light a la carte menu with a pizzeria next to it to compliment it.
Hop aboard a morning or afternoon boat ride on Lake Naivasha (Sun downer). Watch some game interact on the island or ask your guide about the nearby parks and lakes, with the possibility of setting up a picnic and the swimming pool is always open for a refreshing dip.
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