Unfortunately this blog is a little late as there is currently no Internet connection at Masai Mara Sopa Lodge.
Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge – Masai Mara Sopa Lodge: 220kms or 4 1/2 hrs driving, half of this is on good Tarmacroads and the other on rough dirt roads.
Masai Mara Sopa Lodge – Nairobi: 250kms – 5-6 hrs driving.
Masai Mara Sopa Lodge has 99 rooms of which 1 is a honeymoon suite, 12 are suites, 86 standard rooms of which 58 have 1 king sized bed and 41 have 2 queen sized beds. 8 rooms are interconnecting and all the suites share the same enclosed verendah. It is possible to add and extra single bed into the twin bedded rooms. Like the hotel all the bathrooms were renovated in 2008 and all have showers. All rooms have a safe and room service is also available free of charge.
Electricity runs in from 1730 – 1000 and again from 1230 – 1400.
There is 1 main restaurant and 3 bars, the main bar, the pool bar and the Ol Morani which is close to the Masai dancing which takes place every other night.
There are currently no rooms with wheelchair access and there are a lot of steps in the property.
There is a very nice pool overlooking the Mara.
Last night as usual some bushbaby’s paid us a visit at the main bar.
We took an early morning game drive to explore this part of the Masai Mara National Reserve. Shortly after leaving thelodge we started to see the wildlife, this included dik dik, wildebeestwith calves, buffalo, zebra, 3 cheetahs, hyena, martial eagle, hartebeest, impalas, gazelle, topi and ostriches. Not bad for a short 1 1/2 hr game drive. The migration is in the Masai Mara August, September, October and in those months it is possible to take a full day safari from the lodge to the Mara River, with picnic lunch to see the wildebeest crossing.
Back at the Lodge it is possible to take nature walks in the lodge concession, these cost US$10 for 1 hour.
Sorry for the lack of a photo today. Tomorrow we head north to Samburu.