About Samburu Sopa Lodge
- high speed internet in room
- swimming pool
- free internet
- bar lounge
- free parking
- wheelchair access
- non smoking rooms
- laundry service
- family rooms
- breakfast buffet
- free breakfast
2 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Great lodge, still looks new, nice and peaceful
"This is a very nice lodge, situated well inside the park, but with plenty of wildlife around. It had only been open for 2 years when we were there but still manages to look like it has just recently opened. We were greeted by the staff and given welcome drinks and cold towels (always a nice touch after a game drive). After a simple check-in process we were show to our lodge, which was very large with 2 double beds and small balcony (though the lodge is all single level). There were very good mosquito nets over the double beds, and the bathroom was very good. The beds themselves were probably the best we experienced in Africa (testament to the 'newness' of the lodge!).
There was a very nice pool, though the in-pool bar was not operating but the main hotel bar was literally 2 metres away anyway. Food was served at in a buffet style, and while there was plenty, it was little unimaginative but very nice all the same. They have to cater for many tastes and nationalities so it's hard to be too creative I expect!! Staff were very attentive throughout the hotel, though they survive on tips so please make sure you are prepared for that.
The lodge is located near the airstrip (perfect of course if you are flying in), and despite other comments we found the lodge in a very good location even though we drove into the reserve. We saw much game nearby, and only rarely had to venture to the river to find game.
The lodge itself is very quiet during the day, but given the heat thereâs not much else youâd like to do other than laze around the pool. Thereâs a small watering hole in the centre of the lodge, which on the second night attracted the rarer Striped Hyena and numerous jackal. (we now knew why the guards escort you back to the roomâ¦)
All in all, a very good introduction to Africa, and I would recommend to anyone."
- Travel date: Mon 29th of October 2007
Avoid this hotel
"This hotel is 45 minutes on a very rough road to see the animals. African Safari Company booked us in this hotel (avoid this travel agent as well). The Samburu Sopa Lodge is promoted as having a waterhole. There is no water in this hole and since it is surrounded by bungalows, no animals enter. The swimming pool is only half filled with water, and the food is marginal at best. Worst, it takes 45 minutes to get to the animals, so much of your day is spent driving on a very rough road. Avoid this hotel -- and African Safari Company. We asked our guide to show us the Samburu Serena and it is in a much better location, and is surrounded by greenery, unlike the Samburu Sopa that is surrounded by desert."
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of August 2007