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Amboseli Sopa Lodge sits on the foot hills of Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. You can get to Amboseli Sopa lodge by road: transfers by road from Nairobi take approximately 4 hours. By air: the airstrip is 12 kms from Camp and a ‘meet and greet’ and transfer service are organized to the Lodge.
The 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.
The 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.
On the left hand side is a Masai market, which is owned by the local community and the proceeds help run their community. 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 has 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 2 rooms are suitable for the physically challenged and 1 room is a honeymoon suite.
22 rooms have one queen size bed.
6 of the rooms have interconnecting doors ideal for families.
Other facilities in the lodge includes
The pathways leading to the rooms are sheltered with beautiful plants and trees.
The rooms are constructed as individual huts, and they are all spacious, with en-suite bathrooms, and verandah.
The same building materials are used for all, but in different combinations.
The interior is painted with cream walls and a contrasting ochre color. Local materials like sisal, driftwood, Masai blanket fabric, canvas, wrought iron, are all used for furnishings, maintaining the African theme.
Light fixtures include hurricane like lamps as bedside lamps.
The honeymoon suite is perched up in a very strategic location. This is a large and spacious room with beautiful drift wood furniture, including the king size bed. An ornamental fireplace separates the bedroom and the lounge which faces the mountain. A spacious verandah surrounds the suite, ideal for lounging early morning and evening, when the mountain can best be seen in its glory.
It also has a kitchenette and one is accorded total privacy.
Amenities & Services
• Gift shop
• Swimming pool
• Children’s pool
• Evening turn down service
• Baby sitting
• Masai market
• Balloon safaris
• Nature walks
• Car wash
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 colour, giving it an African bush like ambiance.
The 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.
The whole restaurant is painted in mustard and contrasting terracotta colours, and opens out onto the terrace which is used for dining weather permitting ad this has an awesome view of the mountain, sitting majestically right in front of it.
Right in front of the terrace is an area which has a bon fire pit and seats around it, perfect for after dinner drinks with a nearby by fish pond with colourful zebra fish.
Mawenzi bar is named after one of the peaks of Mt Kilimanjaro. It has a lot of character with beautiful furnishings made of authentic African driftwood.
The wall is tastefully decorated with spears, calabashes, wood carvings, shields and Masai beaded wall hangings.
The bar counter has a clay top finishing, and on the side, carved wood panels, with high wooden and wrought iron stools.
In the center is a large fire place with wood carvings around the perimeter, and when lit at night, it gives the whole room a very cosy and intimate atmosphere.
A high ceiling covered with papyrus reeds keeps it airy and light.
The other side of this bar area has comfortable hyacinth seats, and the ceiling lights are covered with huge patch work goat skin hide lamp shade. In the center is a tree growing that has been cleverly utilized as a table with high bar stools around it.
Glass windows allow a magnificent view of the mountain. A terrace extends out and is ideal for relaxing and holding barbeques while enjoying the view during the day, and on warm nights.
Traditional Masai dancers entertain the guests here on alternative nights.
Hemingway’s bar is a unique historical structure, designed like the shape of Africa, sitting right at the top if the property between rocks, and has an uninterrupted view of the park. A marbel stone-decorated fire place is strategically in the centre. Underneath is a natural beautiful cave furnished with the original African wooden stools.
The late Ernest Hemingway built it as a house and has a lot of history attached to it, and old pictures of this grand man in his hunting days, are framed and hung on the walls. Very old wooden lounge chairs with leather backs, add on to the character of the bar, and the drinks display counter is built on a natural volcanic rock.
Right at the bottom is a feeding area and water hole which is often frequented by elephants, mongoose and hyenas.
Painted in bright orange colour and blue mosaic tiled counter, it is situated in one corner, and adds a contrast to the greenery of the garden around the pool area and the azure water of the swimming pool.
Bush breakfast with champagne
African night + khanga
Are arranged within the lodge grounds, and decorated according to the theme.
Sundowner + bar snacks
Sundowner + canapés
Sundowner + canapés + 45 minutes open bar
The venue is an open area which has a magnificent view of the stunning sunset, and the mountain as a back drop
Sopa is the ideal setting for small wedding ceremonies. Wedding packages are tailored for intimate events.
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• Wildlife Safari at Amboseli National Park
• Kilimanjaro Mountain Climbing
• Specialist Cultural Entertainments
• Nature Walks
• Game drives
• Team Building
• Private Dinners
• Dinner in the bush, breakfast on the plains Bird watching
• Visit Maasai Cultural Villages
• Cocktails in the Bush
• Sundowner Cocktails
• Hot air balloon safari
Amboseli is famous for its big game – elephants, lions and cheetahs are the main attractions – and for its great scenery beauty. Amboseli embodies five main wildlife habitats, plus a generally dry lake-bed – Lake Amboseli. These are open plains; extensive stands of yellow-barked acacia woodland; rocky, lava strewn thorn-bush country; swamps and marshes; and at the western end of the reserve, above Namanga, the massif of Ol Doinyo Orok rising to over 2,760m (8.300ft) and still for the most part zoologically unexplored.
The landscape is dominated by the glistening majestic snow cap of mount Kilimanjaro immediately to the south.
Main game viewing lies in the eastern half of the park, in the vicinity of Ol Tukai lodge and lakes Engoni Naibor and Loginya. Leading here is a network of roads and tracks. Game includes elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, maasai giraffe and buffalo. Also common game such as zebra, eland, coke’s hartebeest, white-bearded Gnu, waterbuck, Thomsons and Grant gazelle and impala. Black rhinos are seen though occasionally as they are rare due to poaching in the mid-1970s.
In the dry bush country towards Namanga you can find two interesting antelopes; the long -necked gerenuk (giraff-necked antelope) and the fringe-eared oryx. In addition are smaller animals such as;black faced vervet monkey and yellow baboon, black-backed jackals, spotted hyena and bat-eared foxes which are often seen basking in the sun outside their dens.
Bird life is in abundance especially near the lakes and swamps where you may find water birds. The Madagascar Squacco Heron shows up in intervals and the long toed lapwing is a resident in small numbers. Yellow-throated, chestnut-bellied and black-faced, water in hundreds during the dry season.
Birds of prey include the six species of vultures, the Taita falcon and the Southern branded Harrier eagle.
Birds common around the lodges and camps are the yellow weaver bird, Taveta golden weaver and Superb starling.
During your holiday you will have the chance to see the animals pictured below
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