Amboseli Sopa Lodge; Amboseli Sopa Lodge nestles in 190 acres of wooded Masai land on the foot hills of Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. The lodge is 250 kilometers from Nairobi, approximately 4 hours drive on tarmac and murram all weather roads. Flying from Nairobi is approximately 40 minutes, and an hour’s transfer time to the lodge from Amboseli Airstrip.
Amboseli Sopa Lodge has mature wooded gardens with a variety of trees and plants, from thorn trees and acacias, to fragrant frangipanis, colorful bougainvillea and giant cactus plants thrive in these surroundings. Different species of birds build their nests while monkeys with babies clinging under their bellies and squirrels dart through the gardens.
Amboseli Sopa Lodge reception desk is designed like the entrance into a Masai hut, and the wall behind is painted in bold brown strokes, and decorated with silver spear heads, and Masai beaded necklaces. The lobby is open, spacious and airy. It has a high ceiling, with glass painted with colorful Masai paraphernalia sketches, and the bottom of this are beautiful green plants.
Amboseli Sopa Lodge light fixtures are long and round calabashes, cleverly put together giving a warm lighting effect in the evenings. On one side of the wall are long, thin wrought iron Masai figures. To carry on the theme, silver spear heads are hanging from the roof. Large comfortable seats complete the décor.
Amboseli Sopa Lodge has a Masai market, which is owned by the local community, and the proceeds help run their community located near the lobby. Besides the market, is a well stocked boutique (gift) shop stocked with varieties of African souvenirs. A walkway over a fish pond, from the lobby, extending from the lobby, leads to the Kibo restaurant and Mawenzi bar.
Amboseli Sopa Lodge Accommodation
Amboseli Sopa Lodge accommodation consists of 83 rooms in total. 40 rooms with 2 queen size beds of which, 6 of them have interconnecting doors, ideal for families and 24 rooms can be turned to triples on request. 21 rooms with one king size bed, of which 24 rooms can be turned to triples on request.
Amboseli Sopa Lodge dining is called the Kibo restaurant, named after the tallest peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, is a round structure with a thatched papyrus covered roof and an exterior giving it a feel of an African hut, with the exterior walls plastered to look like rough and painted earth red/mustard color, giving it an African bush like ambiance.
Amboseli Sopa Lodge glass windows and doors face the mountain and right in the centre is a fire place with bakuba fabrics extended and tied to the ceiling.
The fireplace is decorated all around with carvings of wild life. The walls have wooden panels carved with African artwork and framed bakuba fabrics completing the décor. Light fixtures are calabashes hanging from the high ceiling cleverly hung with goat skin shade lamps.
Amboseli Sopa Lodge Amenities & Services
* Gift shop
* Nature walks
* Masai market
* Balloon safaris
* Swimming pool
* Children’s pool
* Evening turn down service