Mara Sopa Lodge is set in the Oloolaimutia valley within the Ngama Hills and on the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve. The lodge has been sympathetically built in traditional Maasai style and its location provides ample opportunities for game viewing within the park, which is only a short drive away. The forested slopes of the Ngama Hills provides one of the more likely places to view the Mara's 20 or so black rhino as well as offering some great elephant sightings on the fringes of the forest.
The lodge has 90 rooms, all of which are 'rondavel' (round huts) style and have en-suite bathrooms. Every room has a private, elevated verandah on which guests can relax and enjoy the views.
As is to be expected at a large lodge there is a wide range of facilities available including direct- dial telephone facilities as well as satellite television, the lodge has a freeform, fresh-water pool, which offers spectacular views over the valley and the shop stocks a wide selection of curios and gift items. The lodge welcomes children of all ages and can provide special meals at convenient times and babysitting.
Activities available through reception include balloon safaris offering you the opportunity to view the Masai Mara plains as the sun rises. You can also visit Maasai manyattas to learn about the Maasai way of life. Other activities include walking safaris, bush breakfasts and sundowner cocktails.
Open: Mara Sopa Lodge is open all year.
Location: Mara Sopa Lodge is in the Oloolaimuita Hills on the eastern edge of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. It is about a 5 minute drive from the Oloolaimutia gate of the park. The nearest airstrip is a 30-minute drive from the lodge.
Rooms: There are 90 rooms in traditional round buildings with thatched roofs. Standard rooms have wooden floors, a fireplace, dressing table, coffee table and chairs, en-suite shower room and a veranda. Suites have a large living area and a minibar and the honeymoon suite is still more spacious and has a sunken bath as well as a shower.
Activities: The lodge provides game drives in the national park, visits to local Masai villages and walking safaris. You can also treat yourself to a hot air balloon ride over the Mara. The lodge arranged bush meals.
Facilities: The lodge has spacious reception and lobby areas with high thatched roofs, decorated with paintings and batiks. The lounge has an open fire and there is a bar. Buffet style meals are served in the dining area around the huge central fireplace and can also be enjoyed on the terrace. Gifts and clothes are sold in the shop. There is a swimming pool and a sun terrace with sun loungers. There is a gift shop, currency exchange and a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Babysitting can be arranged.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is no internet access.