We are sitting here with Fred the manager at Samburu Sopa Lodge after another tiring day’s work.
Samburu Sopa Lodge is approx 350km from Nairobi which takes approx 6 hrs driving. We were lucky enough to fly up which took just over an hour. There are 2 airstrips which are currently in use, Buffalo Springs approx 15kms away or Sasaab approx 25kms away or 1 hour driving. As the bridge across the Ewaso Nyiro River is broken we landed at Sasaab. There is also an airstrip directly behind the lodge called Oryx which can be used for private charters. As it is only 7 Kms from the river game drives are always rewarding.
Samburu Sopa has 60 rooms set in 30 separate units which look like Samburu Manyatta’s which helps it blend in beautifully with its surroundings. All the rooms have 2 queen sized beds and an extra bed can be added to them to make a triple. 2 rooms are interconnecting and one room is wheelchair friendly.
Electricity runs in between 0500 – 0900, 1230 – 1400 and again between 1830 – midnight.
The public areas consist of a dining area and a bar area with a large swimming pool just outside.
Meals are buffets and at night there is a lit waterhole directly outside the dining room where the wildlife comes to drink in the evenings.
We took a late afternoon game drive from the lodge, some of the animals we saw included: reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Besia oryx, gerenuk, 2 cheetahs, elephants, vulturine guinea fowl, crocodiles as well as the usual plains game. Like Amboseli and Masai Mara Sopa Lodge, Samburu Sopa have their own open sided vehicle which can be used for game drives when you fly in.
Back at the Lodge it is possible to take nature walks in the lodge concession, these cost US$20 for 1 1/2 hours.
Tomorrow we fly to Diani Beach to have a look at Elewana’s AfroChic.