Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Reviews of Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Good(86%) From 13 travellers
Excellent
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Below are independent comments from 13 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.
Carolita
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent
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Food:
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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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Laura from Spring, Texas
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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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.

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Mr Z - California
Arrived on: 22-Jul-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge review

great lodge

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Mr P. from Seattle
Arrived on: 20-Feb-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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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.

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Mr & Mrs P . from Hockley
Arrived on: 21-Jan-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent
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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.

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Ms K & Mr B - Connecticut
Arrived on: 17-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Excellent
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Food:
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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
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Excellent
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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
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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
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Excellent
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Rooms:
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Food:
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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
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Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
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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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