Reviews of Sosian
Wildlife sightings and reviews
16 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Sosian and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
Fly camping was planned but didn’t take place due to bad weather. The staff were more than happy to adjust things as we or the weather dictated.
For most of our time at Sosian we were the only guests, so we did get rather spoilt. The buffet lunches were particularly tasty.
The lodge is lovely and we did see a lot of game but it was interesting that it is rather different habitat to what you might think of as the traditional safari scene. The habitats are much more scrubby and this impacts the game viewing somewhat. But would recommend it as a contrast to the Masai Mara." See all these reviews: 13n in Kenya
The staff are very friendly and accommodating. I went riding and we went swimming at the waterfall. We had an excellent bush dinner in what is best described as a treehouse overlooking a hippo pool. Lunches by the pool were another highlight.
In these Covid times Sosian are trying to keep guests separate for meals and activities, although we did all meet for afternoon tea. This made our visit a bit less sociable than normal, although it did mean we had our game drive vehicle to ourselves." See all these reviews: 13n in Kenya
It was smart to make it the first stop, since the comfort of the room and the lodge gave me a chance to relax. And of course the game viewing would have been a disappointment if I'd gone to the Mara first, but as it was my first game drives, I loved them all.
The manager, Aisha was great company and the food was wonderful. I really enjoyed a couple of bird walks I did with my guide Simon and even the gift shop was well done!" See all these reviews: 10n in Kenya
"Sosian Review Feb '20"
The other change from the usual offered at Sosian is the opportunity to go out on horseback (if a competent rider; we are not) or on a camel (no experience necessary). We went for a camel ride one afternoon as a precursor to the evening game drive, which was great fun. The back of a camel is quite high, providing a good view over the bushes and scrub, and we had a couple of good sightings of elephants in the river and some kudu.
Being a ranch, rather than a national park, it is also possible at Sosian to extend the game drive beyond sunset and to try to spot some of the nocturnal wildlife. This seemed to consist mostly of scrub hares during our excursions but it was still good to have the opportunity.
As a game viewing location, one comment we would make about Sosian is that the wildlife seemed to be less habituated to safari vehicles and more shy than in other places we have visited. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it did mean that a lot of our sightings were from a slightly greater distance.
Our guide, Simon, was very knowledgable and enthusiastic, which made our game drives interesting and informative. He was preparing to sit his Silver Guide exam, which has hopefully gone well. From our point of view he deserved to pass with flying colours!
Something we particularly liked about Sosian was their flexible approach to the activities they provided, without being driven by a particular schedule or agenda. This meant that there was never any feeling of being rushed or following a particular timetable; having said that, we were not there during peak season, when it must be much harder to try to keep everybody happy!
And finally, a comment about the food and accommodation, both of which were of very high quality. Delicious meals and a very comfortable bed to sleep in after a hard day watching wildlife – what could be better?" See all these reviews: 7n in Kenya
"Beautiful luxury home"
We are ranchers so enjoyed visiting with the ranch manager, Shawn, who was very patient in visiting with us about the ranch management and we took a tour of the cattle and the facilities.
There is plenty of wildlife. We were fortunate to see a cheetah just 30 minutes in to our first safari drive with the tourist manager, Simon. This animal is not commonly seen. You also have the opportunity to see wild dog. We were also having good luck on this sighting with watching them on the hunt and then seeing them finish up eating their kill. Our guide Michetk, worked very hard to give us the opportunity to see the dogs.
I would consider this property as a great place for a family with younger children. there are many other activities for them to keep them occupied and interested. You can do horse riding, camel riding, float down the river, fishing, walking, swimming and picnics. We had a river side breakfast after our safari with the wild dogs. They also do an evening meal out in the bush.
This place was a good stop for us with stays at tented camps on both sides of it. There were so many other fun activities for us to do besides just game drives, that it was a nice break to the total safari experience." See all these reviews: 14n in Kenya
Enjoyed breakfast in the bush with freshly cooked breakfast to order, an evening meal by the river and a special dinner for two near the swimming pool.
Managed to track the wild dogs, spent a special time with them just as the sun was going down, a real treat after a long drive and persistence of our wonderful guide makesh.
Lots of activities on offer, you can do as much or as little as you wish. Enjoyed a walk with Simon along the river.
Food was very good, breakfast usually taken at the lodge after a game drive or activity." See all these reviews: 8n in Kenya
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