Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Reviews of Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Good(80%) From 8 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 8 of our travellers who have visited Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Ms K & Mr B - Connecticut
Arrived on: 17-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Hard to leave the Lodge its too nice!

Beautiful views. Excellent food. Great bedding. Good service.

Top notch except for boxed breakfast packs which were terrible. Chips and a candy bar in a breakfast pack? Really?

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Mr & Mrs H from Middlesex
Arrived on: 28-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge review

Having read other reviews we did not have very high expectations of Sopa Lodge but we were very pleasantly surprised.

We had chosen to stay there because of its wonderful location right on the crater rim and its closeness to the eastern descent road which meant that we were the first vehicle into the crater on the day we visited.

Although the lodge is busy the staff were very attentive and the food was good. Evening meals alternated between a set menu with choices on one night and a buffet on the next. The choice of food was good though some of the buffet food we chose was luke warm ( a little surprising as we went into dinner shortly after the restaurant opened).

On our first night the restaurant staff brought us an anniversary cake accompanied by singing from the Lodge choir which was a nice touch.

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The S family from Lewes
Arrived on: 18-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge review

Fantastic location with breathtaking views over the crater. The rooms upstairs have a much better view. Despite a request to be given upstairs rooms we were allocated a downstairs room which has the view of the crater obscured by vegetation. The rooms were in a much better condition than Tarangire Sopa.

Food choice and quality was excellent. Again the table service from Joseph was excellent and as our children were very tired he speeded up the service to enable them to quickly go to bed.
We were able to ask for Breakfast boxes so that we could go in to the crater early. The children were even able to request pancakes in their breakfast box, which was done without fuss by the catering staff.

Massai dancers came in and danced in foyer which was interesting. (I caught a 48 hour stomach bug here - I was the only one in the family to get it, but I chose different dishes from the rest of the family, But then equally it could have been the lunch boxes which were in a hot vehicle for 8 hours as we left before breakfast)

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Mr & Mrs M from Bracknell
Arrived on: 1-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge review

Yes, it’s large and ugly, but we found the service good and friendly and if you want to stay on the crater rim it is a perfectly good place to stay without going bankrupt.

If I were to go there again I would stay “off crater” at somewhere like Gibb’s Farm

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Dr N - Virginia
Arrived on: 2-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Comfortable lodging on the crater rim

A very nice place to stay on the Crater rim. Excellent access to road down into Crater is the biggest plus.

Orientation (facing West) is not ideal, at least in May-June, as crater was socked in by fog and clouds in the morning and the view was overpowered by the glare of the setting sun in the afternoon. Facilities and rooms were very nice. However, there was a tendency to raise expectations as a luxury facility that were not really realized in terms of food and service. But nevertheless a fine site for a Crater rim experience.

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The C family from Wiltshire
Arrived on: 23-Dec-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Poor
Poor
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge review

You get what is advertised on the tin.

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Mr & Mrs S from north London
Arrived on: 25-Jan-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor

Attractive building with superb crater views!

This place looked great as we drove up with its impressive entrance, but we found it sombre and darkish internally, as the whole placed seemed to be washed in the same shade of russet red or pink.

we arrived late evening and it was quite cold and misty so also difficult to judge accurately.also the following morning the same , so we did not get the unclouded view of crater.

bedrooms were large clean pleasant with all the facilities but no real special touches, but in our case we had chosen to stay in a less expensive place for this night, next time i would choose something smaller and more personal. . also the food was not good.

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Mr G & Ms L - west London
Arrived on: 21-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge review

Wonderful location but the size of the hotel, where it catered for groups, meant there was a lack of ambience and rather impersonal.

Much to our surprise, the standard of food was impressive and the restaurant service excellent - we did arrive as soon as it opened, so missed the mass rush later in the evening.

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