Serengeti Sopa Lodge
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Serengeti Sopa Lodge

Nyarboro Hills Nyarboro Hills in the South West, Serengeti National Park Tanzania
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#25 of 43 lodges in Serengeti National Park
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HOTEL STYLE
Family
Mid-range
Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Meeting rooms
Concierge
Gift shop
Internet
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
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Mosquito net
Sun terrace
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Private balcony
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Complimentary toiletries
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Non-smoking rooms
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Location

Nyarboro Hills Nyarboro Hills in the South West, Serengeti National Park Tanzania
Getting there
Seronera Airport
22.2 km
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Kirawira B Aerodrome
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Bel M wrote a review May 2020
Sydney, Australia663 contributions15 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful and big hotel in the middle of nowhere with the most amazing views!

The room:
One of the biggest rooms we had on our safari. Had a balcony overlooking the Serengeti with giraffes right outside our window every morning. Beds had mosquito nets which were in good condition. 4 bottles of water replaced every day. Bathroom was huge with loads of space. Beds were a little firm to what we were used to

Food & Drink
Bar was secluded with comfy seats and a spectacular view but hard to find so make sure you find it and enjoy the great service and cold drinks there.
Dinner was served a little late for my liking, particularly when you have such long days.
Lunch and dinner were set meals based on a couple of options. It was too much food for us so we just tended to skip some of the courses. Food was really tasty and nice – highly recommended
Be careful when you first sit down as the waiters ask if you want some water, but forget to mention that you have to pay for it. We just brought the bottles from our rooms and had it there
Only other frustrating part is you are ‘assigned’ a table that you go back to for every meal but they don’t rotate you around so the same people get to sit on the outside tables.

Wifi
A little patchy in our room – am sure the closer rooms to reception would have been better, but back in the main reception area was really good and reliable with no issues

Laundry
Cheap and easy and fast. Only good things about this

Check in/check out
Greeted with juice and a wet towel which was just perfect! Only negative is during check out I paid with USD and I only had a large note for a very small outstanding bill and they took the note and walked off. I had to ask them for some change (which mind you was going in the tip box anyway) and they looked extremely annoyed that I dare ask for some change. Unfortunately this was a bad end to an otherwise great stay
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Date of stay: October 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Archana N wrote a review Mar 2020
San Francisco, California129 contributions32 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 2 nights as part of our safari. Sopa lodge also packed boxed lunches for our safari. The hospitality was among the best that we had during our trip. The food is excellent. The rooms are spacious and well stocked. While we were out at dinner, rooms were sprayed with mosquito repellent and the nets brought down. The dark skies above and the vast open space in front makes the patio feel expansive during nights and day. We woke up to elephants and giraffes very close to our room.

We had a dedicated butler Ombeya and Happyness taking care of us and we couldn’t be happier.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from SopaLodgesKETZ, General Manager at Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Responded 11 Mar 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for choosing to stay with Sopa and taking the time to provide us with your valued feedback. We are delighted that our Team managed to exceed your expectation, be assured that your feedback helps to inspire our Team to continue to improve our product and service. Kind Regards Management.
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Petitewave wrote a review Oct 2020
Perth, Australia990 contributions137 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This Lodge is situated inside Serengeti National Park, surrounded by nature and animals. Its deco may not be to everyone’s taste, but its view from guest rooms and the restaurant will take everyone’s breath away.

Both our bedroom and bathroom are very spacious, there is a separate little sitting area as well. all the amenities are there. The balcony opens to an incredibly beautiful vista. Truly amazing.

The restaurant serving staff are warm and friendly, there are both normal western food and local dishes, I enjoyed local choices.

The only criticism is the lighting in the room, it’s quite dark.

Overall, it’s a nice place to stay for the safari. Happy to recommend it.
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Date of stay: November 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Dipayan_Chakraborty wrote a review Dec 2020
Bengaluru, India1,386 contribution187 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We came to Serengeti after staying at Ngorongoro. We were staying at the Sopa in Ngoro as well. The one at the Serengeti is not as grand as the one in Ngoro, but is amazing in it’s own way.
The rooms are adequately sized and done up. The balcony opens up to the Serengeti. The hotel is perched on a cliff in the middle of the plains, so you have a great view of the sunrise. You are surrounded by wildlife, and we heard Lions roaring all night. It feels like they are roaring right under your balcony. They have been known to come to drink from the hotel pool :-).
Food is good, with plenty of continental/Indian and local options. I would advise you to go for the local options. There is a space in the balcony of the restaurant, and I would always recommend eating there. Feels like a dinner in the middle of the bush.
The staff is awesome, and they put on quite a show for your entertainment. My 7 year old kid joined in their dances and they were very kind to her throughout. I would highly recommend this hotel.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Anni F wrote a review Mar 2020
Upper Seagry, United Kingdom39 contributions54 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited during the shoulder season this year, this should be a dry season but it has rained from October to now. Therefore the road to the lodge was horrendous. We had to drive the long way round which meant each journey from the plain to the lodge took nearly 2 hours over very muddy slippery lumpy road. Any other year or in dry season July/August should be fine. Having said that, the jeep drivers are skilled at dealing with the conditions and although not pleasant it was really ok.
The lodge was very friendly our room comfortable and the food good although would have preferred a buffet, due to low numbers in the off season no buffet. Loved the staff....only problem was the road!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Marc D wrote a review Apr 2020
Leeds, United Kingdom61 contributions7 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stopped for two nights in the Serengeti Sopa Lodge for our honeymoon. The lodge is deep into the Serengeti, about 40 minutes drive from the main game areas. It is beautifully decorated as all the lodges. The accommodation is lovely, with the standard mosquito nets in your room. Service is provided twice to clean and turn down the room. There is a lovely food selection - as we were there for Christmas Day we had an a la carte Christmas dinner. The staff are attentive and polite, and the views are phenomenal. We went during mini rain season, you have occasional big showers at night but otherwise the weather is lovely. The trails werent crowded and we saw 4 of the big 5 in the Serengeti. Highly recommend this over Serena lodges which are the same just more expensive.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ambie wrote a review Oct 2006
Toronto, Canada1 contribution21 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My accommodation was booked and paid for by Zara Tanzania Adventures, approx $500 U.S. for 1 night's stay.
When I arrived I was given a room that faced a brick wall instead of the Serengeti Plains. The Manager did not give me, or offer me, a refund or other Sopa accommodation for the night as the booking agent had asked him to do. I would not have paid $100 Canadian for this room. I was blatently robbed, possibly because I am a woman travelling alone?
The lunch box provided for the next day's drive was abismal and contained left over rice from dinner, a thick sandwitch with 5 pieces of chicken the size of my thumb nail, 1 slice of fruit and a juice box.
All this for $500 U.S.! If you have money to throw away stay at Sopa Serengetti!
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Date of stay: October 2006
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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alturner007 wrote a review Sept 2005
Memphis, TN49 contributions195 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Before coming to Tanzania, I had no idea what to expect in the way of hotels and expected something quite primitive. I was presently surprised by all of your lodges while on safari. They were all unique and had character. Each room/lodge provided everything you would need. If you come to Tanzania, expecting the Holiday Inn or a JW Marriot, you will be sadly disappointed. Go to Tanzania for the experience with no pre-conceived notions and you will high enjoy yourself! A safari in Tanzania is one of the greatest vacations and an awe-inspiring experience!

The Serengeti Sopa Lodge was nice and I enjoyed my stay. The view from our room was good, but the view from the lobby and dining room were wonderful. Be sure to catch the sunrise one morning. There is a pool, but the water did not seem too clean (could be due to the rain we received both nights). The mornings and evening were chilly, so we were not interested in the pool anyway. The lodge is located in the Serengeti National Park, so animals are free to roam around the hotel. We saw baboons and a buffalo right by the hotel. There are signs warning you to stay on the path, but this did not worry or frighten us. At night, escorts walk you to your room.

The lodge (like all Sopa lodges) has a sit down menu for dinner with a few choices for each course, except soup. You either want soup or don’t want soup. The service in the dining area was the best of the whole trip. Our host, Moshi, was wonderful and remembered our names from the first minute we sat down. One night, we had entertainment by the staff with singing of African songs during dinner.

Our room was quite large. There was a sitting area when you entered and two queen beds and a nice size bathtub. The furnishings were old, but the lodge is in the process of renovations. Sliding glass doors led out to a balcony. All the lodges must generate their own electricity, so the lights are usually dim. There is also hot water available for a limited time at night and in the morning. You are dusty after all day on safari and want a bath when you get back, so we had no problems. A blow-dryer was in the room. The normal mosquito net surrounds the beds. The only problem was night stand was outside the mosquito net and the light switches were located behind the nightstand. It is extremely dark in your room at night. In the middle of night, it is near impossible to find the light switch if needed. I ended up bringing a flashlight to bed with me. The walk to our room from the lobby was somewhat long, but we needed the exercise after sitting all day in a Land Rover. There was no air-condition in any of our lodges. The evening and nights are cool due to the dry air. With screens over the windows and on the balcony, you can leave them open and be quite comfortable.

At check-in, you are warmly greeted and given fresh juice and a warm washcloth. This was exactly what I needed after the long extremely and bumping trip to reach the Serengeti Sopa Lodge. After a long day on safari, you can come back to tea or coffee and snacks. Complimentary water was placed in the room each day. Upon check-out, you will be greeted right outside your door by one or two people waiting to carry your bags.
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Date of stay: September 2005
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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jj-the-jetsetter wrote a review July 2005
Dartford, United Kingdom475 contributions625 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We had two nights here on a Kuoni Tour (see also my reports today on Ngorongoro and Tarangire Sopa Lodges).

Large, busy, usually full hotel, long long way from Ngorongoro, and unmade road all the way up to it, but then that's the same with all the game parks. In early June, the rains were over, but the roads have to be re-graded each year.

Food not as good as the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, but OK. Rooms were fine and quite spacious with lovely views night and morning over the vast Serengeti plains. The pool was inoperative due to refurbishment, and the dining room was only finished the second night of our stay. Imported wine (mostly South African) and drinks are expensive as usual.

Remember you are in a remote place in a very poor (average income US$1 per day) third world country, where English is not the mother tongue, and then you realise that you are actually getting quite good food and service. Don't be stingy with the tips for the staff who carry your bags, etc, and your safari drivers, whose knowledge and ability to find that special viewing is usually excellent - our's was!
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Tony_Sharp wrote a review Sept 2006
Northants3 contributions26 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I stayed at the Serengeti Sopa for three nights as part of our Honeymoon safari. We have to say it was a superb experience from the moment we were greeted on arrival with complimentary fruit juice and cold wet cloths to freshen up.

The foyer is a visual treat and although from the outside the rooms look a bit bland, inside they were comfortable and well appointed. Our room was not air conditioned and that, along with the narrow bath was the only minus factor.

The restaurant is the jewel in the crown. It has a commanding view over the Serengeti plain and is quite airy. The food was simply superb and the waiting service was friendly and attentive. A wide range of dishes were served during the stay and each one had quality stamped over it. Drinks were reasonably priced and everything was nicely chilled.

We made use of the same day laundry service and were not disappointed. Our dirty khakis, underwear and socks were well cleaned, dried and neatly folded when returned all for less than $10 (preferred currency to the Tanzanian schilling).

The staff are simply excellent. Nothing is done without a smile and a cheery Swahili greeting of 'Jambo'. If you take a few moments to learn the Swahili for hello, goodbye, please and thank you the staff beam with pleasure.

Only two words of caution. Firstly, avoid the gift shop. Although well stocked the items are not priced up and the man behind the counter will ask for an inflated price if he thinks he can get it. Be prepared to haggle even here or to walk away. Make sure you get the change in the currency you paid in. Tanzanians have a habit of accepting dollars and giving change in the schillings usually leaving you short changed.

Secondly, keep the windows closed at night. The mesh screens are effective and keeping out mosquitos and moths, but baboons are just a little more robust if they decide to join you for a nightcap.

Enjoy your stay, you'll have a good time at the Sopa.
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Date of stay: September 2006
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from Sopa Lodges
Arusha, Tanzania
Yes, towels are available at the pool. Weather is a cool but later afternoon is good for a swim.
Suhela K asked a question May 2017
Ratnagiri, India26 contributions2 helpful votes
Hi how do i look forward for bookings?
Bukoba, Tanzania36 contributions10 helpful votes
still you can choose Tanzania operators to organise your booking like Kiroyera Tours highly recommended
Bukoba, Tanzania36 contributions10 helpful votes
No problem with 4 by 4 hardtop land cruiser no problem
Grams98 asked a question Apr 2016
Lockport, Illinois837 contributions137 helpful votes
Is there air conditioning in the Serengeti soap lodge rooms? Thanks, grams98
Answer from Aby E
hi Grams98 there's no AC in the rooms and there's no need too... nights are cool (altitude ~4000 feet) daytime best to be in the park (+ lunchbox!) in case you are in the lodge on a hot day - enjoy the pool
theproclaimers wrote a tip Oct 2019
St. Albans, United Kingdom312 contributions106 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure you can check out the Serengeti from your balcony"
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Tamara B wrote a tip Sept 2019
The Netherlands383 contributions108 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"we were in room 50...excellent view on the Serengeti"
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John Hudson wrote a tip June 2019
Troutville, Virginia52 contributions21 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Because of presence of wild animals on the grounds at night and because of the strange ramps and steps, ask for a room on the upper level."
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Q Ball wrote a tip June 2019
Canada160 contributions93 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose a room at another location. Avoid the meat"
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DGANIT P wrote a tip Apr 2019
METAR46 contributions31 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"all rooms turn to the view, for some there is a relatively longer walk. if you want shorter walk ask for a closer room"
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
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