Reviews of Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
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Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge Review
We chose to stay at Sopa Lodge for two reasons:
1) it's got the best access into the crater on the only two-way road, so getting to the crater floor at the crack of dawn is possible.
2) We knew that the lodge was the largest on the crater, and hence the most impersonal, but had great views and was quite decent.
And it was all of the above. Rooms were large, showers (hot water only during certain hours - not a problem) were also large, each room had its own little sunroom, the common outdoor areas were spacious and perfect for amazing sunset views. There is a pool for those brave enough for the slightly chilly temps. The elevation is over 8,000' so don't be surprised if you find yourself slightly out of breath after hopping upstairs. Take advantage of the guards after dark on the walk back and forth to the dining room. Two large water buck were hanging outside our room! Breakfast and dinner were buffet style with many options and lunch was a la carte. The food was perfectly fine but not the highlight.
However, the experience on the crater floor and being literally the first car there in the morning, was remarkable and for that reason alone I would stay in Sopa again. However, the road along the crater rim to arrive at the camp - wow - and hour plus of really bad road. but this seems to be the case throughout the crater.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge review
Upon entering Sopa, I couldn't believe that I was actually staying here.
A cross between a circa 1975 East German mountain retreat for Honecker's top politburo people.....meets Romanian orphanage.
Between the limited rationed hot water and the cigarette burn holes in my WW2 era scout blanket....the common area only wifi -- I was not happy to say the least.
However, in spite of the dismal interior with no terrace or balcony... the view of the crater was stunning and the staff could not have been more proactive or eager to satisfy. The food in the main dining room was surprisingly good, especially the curries.
Expert Africa comments
We are delighted that Mr S enjoyed the views and food here, and rated the staff and food so highly. However, we are very sorry that he found this lodge so below his expectations. It is indeed quite dated, and does not offer in-room Wi-fi, but we believe it still offers good value and is very well located.
A taste of luxury
A very different accommodation from the two previous nights. Modern in comparison. Incredible views from each bedroom's bay window across the crater.
Really enjoyable entertainment on Christmas Eve by an acrobatic group and a performance from the staff choir. A nice touch that each room received a Christmas gift. Great atmosphere. Excellent food and service. Opened for breakfast especially early so that we could get an early start to the day's game drive.
The rooms were so incredibly spacious that we could have easily made do with one room instead of 2 (each room had two double beds). Might be worth giving families this option.
An amazing position
The Sopa lodge seemed much bigger and busier rhan the Duluti near Arusha. Arriving up on the ridge was exciting in itself and one can not fault the staff. Entertainment in the form of a short Masai dance or similar occurred each evening before dinner which added to the thrill.
The back of the hotel which was like being on a precipice looking over the pool and down into a vast caldera and its squally changing micro climate was fascinating to see giving an air of mystery to the whole crater rim.
Convenient to the Crater Entrance
Our room at Sopa was spacious and clean. In good weather, the lodge offers a lovely view of the Crater.
The food is fine - nothing special, but we weren't expecting a gourmet experience. The staff was generally good. The very best reason for staying at Sopa is its proximity to the Crater entrance - we were always among the first few cars into the Crater each morning, as the entrance gate is just a few minutes away from the lodge.
One aspect of the Sopa Lodge experience which could be improved upon is their box breakfasts, which included a strange assortment of things: a full sized candy bar, a bag of flavored chips (crisps), peanuts, together with buns and a cold sausage.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge review
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Two night stay
Much better than we were led to believe by Expert Africa comments. Stunning location, great pool excellent meals, friendly staff, Although it wasn't small, it wasn't as big as we expected and there was plenty of room.Read more about the whole safari
Fantastic Lodge, stunning views, large rooms.
Our driver/guide collected us from Ndutu Camp and we drove to the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge via the Oldupai Gorge., where we had stunning views of the gorge and visited the Museum which was very interesting.
We then continued our drive, climbing higher up the side of the Ngorongoro Crater to the rim. The Lodge was a beautiful building with stunning views of the crater, huge rooms with balconies overlooking the crater. The room had everything we needed for our stay and was quite luxurious.
Our driver organised picnic lunches so we could do a day drive into the crater. It was wonderful and we saw many different animals including 2 black rhino in the distance. There were flamingoes on the lake and pelicans at the picnic spot. The crater is a fascinating place with a diverse range of animals and habitats and well worth visiting.
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?
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.