Sosian

Reviews of Sosian

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Below are independent comments from 12 of our travellers who have visited Sosian, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs C from Bristol
Arrived on: 22-Feb-2020 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sosian Review Feb '20

One of the reasons we chose to stay at Sosian is that it is possible to go out on foot, which we did twice during our stay. The first occasion was on the afternoon of our arrival, as a way to acclimatise ourselves after travelling from the UK. With Craig (one of the Sosian management team) and a spotter we enjoyed a pleasant walk, looking at birds, some antelope, and a leopard! Not bad for the first outing. The leopard was some distance away in a tree but it was nevertheless a thrill to see it. The second occasion, for contrast, was a morning outing, culminating with a bush breakfast by the river and with some hippos for company. Both were very enjoyable experiences and a good change from the more usual drives in a safari vehicle.

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?

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Mr &Mrs W from Bamford
Arrived on: 22-Dec-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Christmas

Staff and hosts were very friendly and ensured we were able to make the most of our first family safari experience. They created a wonderful memory on Christmas Eve with tree top sun downers singing carols round a fire pit. Sampson our guide ensured we saw everything possible and the best of the conservancy. A climb up Baboon rock, rewarded with drinks and nibbles and being closely watched by hyrax as the sunset was a favourite moment for us all.

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Mr D from Cobham
Arrived on: 30-Dec-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sosian review

Went here from Off Beat Mara. Very different. Great staff and all very friendly. Biit of a family atmosphere with some other residents from the area joining us (it was New Year). Not as much game as the Mara Conservancy - had to work a bit harder to find - but still plenty - and we saw the wild dogs. A couple of them are tagged - made finding them easier!! Good food and wine - and facilities with a pool and tennis courts. Camel riding for those that don't do horses. Would go back.

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Mr D from London
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Sosian review

We all enjoyed Sosian the staff led by Rosie and Simon were cheerful and friendly, it had the right mx of social activity with other guests and time to be together as a family would highly recommend.

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Mr & Mrs M from Kansas
Arrived on: 17-Jan-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Beautiful luxury home

Sosian is a working cattle ranch that coexists with wildlife. The main house is a beautiful old colonial Africa style home with formal dining, large family room with fireplace and a billiard room. We stayed in the Italian Cottage which would be considered the honeymoon cottage. It is the largest of the 7 accommodations and apart from the others. All are very nice and comfortable.

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.

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Mr & Mrs S from Wimborne
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Sosian lodge

Wonderful location with stunning scenery. Hospitality from Simon, Rosie and daisy was excellent.

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.



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Mrs & Mr Y from Paris
Arrived on: 4-Apr-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great lodge in the wild scenery of Laikipia

The lodge was absolutely great in one of the best parts of Africa. Laikipia is captivating and I hope it remains like that. The lodge had many activities in a way that you avoid the usual routines that you have in the lodges where you are having two safaris within the day and then you eat lunch and dinner. It is a perfect place for kids as well.

On the down side, the showers in the bathrooms where we had problems in both rooms. The owners were not there and I m not sure what we have lost without them being there. There were a brother and a sister that were replacing them. The girl, Camilla was just amazing, engaging and very pleasant person.

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Expert Africa comments

Sosian have got in touch with us and while they are delighted that Mr and Mrs Y and their son enjoyed their stay so much (and they honestly don’t believe these guests missed anything by the owners not being at the lodge) they wish to apologise for the problems with the showers in the family unit which unfortunately were not mentioned during theses guests’ stay. One of the shower hoses had developed a leak which was not reported or noticed and has now been repaired, but the shower in the other bathroom was and is in perfect working order, as far as they know.

They say the wood-fire heated water sometimes has a faint, but not unpleasant smoky aroma that some guests remark on. However, all the usual room checks were done before these guests’ arrival, so it is a mystery where the problem in the other bathroom lay. Sosian’s response underlines how worthwhile it is to deal with any niggles at the time they appear.

Mrs B from Richmond
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 6 nights
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Sosian review

a marvellous experience. we all had a delightful, eventful and happy holiday. superb service with great attention to all our 'whims'
would visit again tomorrow!!

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Mr & Mrs H from USA
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sosian review

Very luxurious. Lush grounds, outstanding food and rooms (especially after the tents). Rosie is wonderful hostess.

Guides very determined for us to see the wild dogs. We did see all 22 of them after some wild chases. Animals not as prolific but had some great safari breakfasts, lunches and sundowners. Visit to village and school was very interesting.

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Mrs S from Kansas
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wonderful Lodge; pure luxury

This setting was outstanding. The rooms were beautiful and the food and service were the best of the trip. Our hosts were very attentive. One morning after we had been out on safari for several hour, we drove into a little valley where there was a wonderful brunch set up for us. We at by a river eating food that had been prepared on the spot.

This same day we saw the wild dogs. Our guides made such an effor to be sure we got to see them. I am so impressed that all the guides took their jobs so serioulsy and were alway more than willing to search out the special animals for that area.

I visited a school and read a book to a group of children; one of the highlights of my entire trip. I encourage anyone who makes this stop to include a school visit. We also visited a village; another must.

The setting of Sosian was superb. The hosts and food were the best we had.

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