Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Reviews of Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Good(87%) From 22 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 22 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.
Mr & Mrs D from UK
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Perfect location for Ngorongoro

A perfect location for a visit to the crater. The lodge is excellent (much better than expected). Very good accommodation, excellent food, helpful friendly staff - it couldn't be better. A tip: spend two nights here to guarantee a full day in the crater. We had an eleven hour crater visit and it was every bit as good as we had hoped.

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Mr & Mrs M from Weymouth
Arrived on: 15-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wonderful views when the mist clears

Alfred "Papa" Sakita was a great guide who was with us for the whole of our stay at the amazing Ngorongoro Crater, he knew exactly where to go for the best places and positions for wildlife photography, including finding three black rhino, two of whom were mating - and yes, I have the photograph.

The crater is quite amazing in its size and the amount of big game and birds that are there, the view from the hotel on the crater edge is spectacular when the early morning mist burns off.

We managed to see our first leopard standing in the mist beside the track as we left on our last day.

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Ms H & Mrs J from London
Arrived on: 25-Jan-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Excellent
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Excellent
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Perfect

The two night stay was just perfect.

Arriving early evening, time to settle in, have dinner and then an early start the next morning to go down to the Crater.

Spend most of the day in the amazing Crater with picnic breakfast and picnic lunch; then late afternoon visit a nearby Masai village before returning to the Lodge for dinner.

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Tim from USA
Arrived on: 21-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent
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Great view - too big

This lodge has an excellent location on the rim, however it is big. Lots of people.

However the rooms are hotel like, so if you need a break from the tents it is a good option.

Food was a big average buffet. Staff was mixed. Rooms were big and nice.

The ride to the lodge is long and bumpy, however worth the trip since the crater is unbelievable.

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Mr Peter P from USA
Arrived on: 7-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge review

The lodge itself was excellent along with the view.

Quick access to the crater was a big plus. The game drives were fantastic.

We saw lions attempt to catch a water buffalo.

The hippos pools were outstanding.

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Ms J from USA
Arrived on: 26-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
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Good
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Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge review

Overly commercialized lodge. Didn't feel like Africa at all.

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EBL from Brookline
Arrived on: 13-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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.

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Mr S from Hong Kong
Arrived on: 10-Jan-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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.

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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.

Mrs A from Haslemere
Arrived on: 24-Dec-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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.

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Carolita from UK
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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.

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