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    Amboseli Sopa Lodge | Sopa Lodge Amboseli National Park Kenya

    Amboseli Sopa Lodge is located in Amboseli National Park and is nestled in 190 acres of wooded Masai land and sits on the foot hills of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli Sopa Lodge makes a great base to explore the neighbouring Amboseli Safari Park. The Sopa Lodge Amboseli has mature wooded gardens with a variety of trees and plants including thorn trees, frangipanis, colourful bougainvillea and giant cactus plants. There are many different species of birds to be found in Amboseli Sopa Hotel that build their nests in the trees, while monkeys with babies clinging under their bellies and squirrels dart through the gardens. 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. A walkway over a fish pond connects the lobby to the Kibo restaurant and Mawenzi bar. There is also a Masai market, which is owned by the local Amboseli community and the proceeds help run their community. Besides the market, is a well stocked boutique (gift) shop stocked with varieties of African souvenirs.


    In Sopa Lodge in Amboseli there are 83 spacious cottage-style rooms’ in total, and each room is en-suite and has a verandah, 40 of the rooms have 2 queen size beds, of which 6 also have interconnecting doors making them ideal for families. 24 rooms can be turned to triples on request. The Sopa Hotel Amboseli features an outdoor pool and a kid’s pool, along with rooms with TVs. The Sopa Hotel Amboseli features a hair salon, a laundry service and a safe. Amenities at the property include a currency exchange, a terrace and a TV room. With a relaxing setting, the Amboseli Sopa Lodge's on-site bar offers a choice of premium drinks. The Sopa Amboseli Lodge is located 250 kms from Nairobi, approximately 4 hours drive on tarmac and murram all weather road. Amboseli Flying Safari from Nairobi is approximately 40 minutes, and an hour’s transfer time to the lodge. Although the attractive Amboseli Sopa Safari Lodge wasn't around when Ernest Hemingway wrote The Snows of Kilimanjaro, he would have enjoyed much the same spectacular views and wildlife as you, because he stayed nearby while writing it. The Aboseli Sopa Lodge is in lush established gardens in the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro near the Tanzanian border. You'll stay in roomy mud-and-thatch en-suite hut, gaily decorated with wood, animal motifs, and brightly colored soft furnishings. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and lunch buffet inside in the big African-theme dining room, or eat out beside the pool, where there's also a pleasant poolside bar. In the evening sit down to a four-course meal where you can choose between European, African, or Asian dishes. There is a stunning lounge area and great viewing deck. It's also a great place for kids—there's plenty of room for them to run around and babysitters are always available if you want to be child-free for an evening.


    The Amboseli Safari lodge offers lots of activities, which are an additional cost, including game drives, guided walks, and trips to Masai villages. If you want to book Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing, we can arrange that, too. Activities offered by Amboseli Sopa Lodge include guided nature walks, an in-house cultural centre and visits to nearby Masai villages, Masai dancing and nightly wildlife feeding. At Ambosali Sopa Lodge there are 3 bars, the main bar, Hemingway’s bar which has a waterhole for great nighttime viewing and the pool bar. If relaxing in the pool is not enough for you there is also a Sauna which has a supplement cost of US$10 for 30 minutes. As well as the stunning views of Mt Kilimanjaro you will see large herds of elephants, Zebra, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Buffalo, Hyenas with cubs, Ostriches, Grant’s and Thompson’s Gazelle, Waterbucks, Hippos, Silver Backed Jackals and many birds including Cranes, Storks, Plovers, Hawks, Jacana and many more. If you want to spend a full day in the park Amboseli Sopa Lodge has its own bush restaurant near the entrance to the park where you can have a hot buffet lunch with great views of Kilimanjaro. The lodge is guarded 24 hours a day by Masai warriors (guards). After dark, security escorts guide guests through lodge property. Communication: International telephone and fax service are available at the reception. Water is supplied by a bore hole and local springs. Guests are requested not to drink the tap water. Complimentary bottles of water can be found in each room. Safety deposit facilities are available from the reception, free of charge. Resident Lodge Nurse and local dispensary. Doctor on call. Flying Doctor services. Rooms for handicapped guests are available and ramps access all public areas. All bars carry a wide selection of soft drinks, beer, wine, spirit, cocktails and hot beverages.


    Amboseli Sopa Lodge Accommodation


    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. 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 interior is painted with cream walls and a contrasting ochre colour. 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.


    Amboseli Sopa Lodge Reception


    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 Dinning


    Dining at Amboseli Sopa Lodge's Kibo restaurant is a delight with an array of multi ethnic available to suite every palette. A combination of Asian, African and European, all made with fresh produce and are served buffet style. The Kibo restaurant is painted in terracotta colours, and opens out onto the terrace which is used for outdoor dining offering breathtaking views of Kilimanjaro. Next to the terrace is the open-air bonfire which is perfect for relaxing on the comfortable seating area enjoying a traditional sundowner' and watching the colourful Zebra in the nearby pond. The Mawenzi Bar is named after the peaks of Mt Kilimanjaro, made with authentic African driftwood and decorated with wood carvings, Masai beads; Shields, Spears and Calabashes. This cosy and intimate bar has a tree as the centre piece which has been cleverly utilized into a table with bar stools around it. Floor to ceiling glass windows offer panoramic views of the mountain. Traditional Masai dancers entertain guests enjoying the barbecue on the terrace. Hemingway's Bar is designed like the shape of Africa with uninterrupted views of the park. The stone decorated marble fire place is the centre piece, and the underneath beautiful cave with original African wooden stools offers a unique historical structure. The late Earnest Hemingway built it as a house so has a lot of history attached to it, gaze at the old pictures of this grand man in his hunting days, which are framed and hung on the walls. Leather backed wooden chairs add too the character to the bar and the drinks counter is built on volcanic rock.



    Amboseli Sopa Hemingway’s bar


    This 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.


    Amboseli Sopa Hotel Mawenzi bar


    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 barbecues while enjoying the view during the day, and on warm nights. Traditional Masai dancers entertain the guests here on alternative nights.


    Amboseli Sopa Lodge Pool bar


    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.


    Leisure at Amboseli Sopa Lodge: The 2 pool areas offer stunning views of Amboseli National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro, a seperate children’s pool ensures relaxation. With a wealth of other facilities available there is plenty to keep you busy. The traditional Masai market which is owned and managed by the local community is the perfect place to buy all of your hand carved souvenirs which are hand made by the local villagers. Board Games are available from the bar area, mountain climbing, Masai dancing, babysitting, game drives and visits to local Masai Villages can all be arranged at the Amboseli Sopa Lodge. The luxury Amboseli Sopa offers its own conference facility. The lodge is also ideally adapted to the presentation of atmospheric weddings - a series of wedding packages are offered. To experience the true Maasai culture, we offer a visit to a traditional Maasai village or En'kaang. Here guests will be given a traditional Maasai welcome (with dance and song), experience a unique insight into the Maasai lifestyle, learn more about Maasai handicrafts (beading and leatherwork) and have the opportunity to purchase Maasai artifacts direct from those who make them. One of the high points of the park, Observation Hill towers above a small car park and its summit is accessed by a winding stone stairway. Once at the top the views are tremendous, the photo opportunities countless and, as the sun begins its descent, it provides one of East Africa's finest sundowner venues.


    Sopa Lodges


    Throughout time, the haunting image of the East African landscape has captured the hearts and souls of many. Perhaps one of the few places left on earth where adventure still awaits, this evocative land of rolling savannas, dense forests, mighty mountains, rivers, lakes and unrivalled wildlife provides a unique backdrop for a truly memorable experience. Kenya and Tanzania claim some of the world's most beautiful National Parks, teeming with game - large and small. It is nestling within them, complementing the magnificent surroundings that the Sopa Lodges will be found. Seven safari lodges which make up the Sopa Lodges portfolio have been individually designed to compliment their environment while reflecting the themes and influences of culture and custom within. Large open-plan areas and rondavel-style guest rooms represent both the local landscape and the inhabitants who make up the rich tapestry of Kenya and Tanzania.


    The location of every guest room has been carefully chosen to promise the best views over the parkland while offering cool and elegant surroundings. The magnificent standard of the lodge accommodation is matched by the attention bestowed on each guest. Staff are carefully selected for their dedication to personal service combined with a genuine friendliness which ensures that all guests experience an unrivalled level of hospitality. Dining is given great importance within Sopa Lodges, with menus drawing from the classical African, European, and Asian origins, fused with modern eclectic themes and influences. Wherever possible, produce is sourced locally from the rich farmland areas nearby, allowing Sopa Lodges to continue with their support and commitment to local communities. The seven luxury lodge that sopa lodges owns are among the 20 Top Lodges and Resorts in Africa and the Middle East selected by Travel + Leisure magazine’s readers’ choice World’s Best Awards. Travel + Leisure has the largest audience of any travel magazine, with a readership of over 1.5 million people, The Sopa Lodges are nestled amidst the most exuberant wilderness, perfectly complementing the magnificent surroundings for unforgettable holidays lost amidst the most amazing natural wonders, the Sopa Lodges properties in Tanzania designated World’s Best are Serengeti Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Tarangire Sopa Lodge, Masai Mara Sopa Lodge, Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, Amboseli Sopa Lodge, Lake Nakuru Sopa Loge and Samburu Sopa Lodge


    Amboseli National Park Information


    Amboseli National Park Kenya formerly Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve, is in Kajiado District, Rift Valley Province in Kenya. The Amboseli Park is 39,206 hectares (392 km2; 151 sq mi) in size at the core of an 8,000 square kilometers (3,100 sq mi) ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border. The local people are mainly Maasai, but people from other parts of the country have settled there attracted by the successful tourist-driven economy and intensive agriculture along the system of swamps that makes this low-rainfall area (average 350 mm (14 in)) one of the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world. The Amboseli Game Park protects two of the five main swamps, and includes a dried-up Pleistocene lake and semi-arid vegetation. 140 kilometers (87 mi) south of capital city Nairobi, Amboseli game reserve is the second most popular national park in Kenya after Maasai Mara National Reserve and a safari can easily be done in a weekend. The Amboseli National Park constitutes five important wildlife habitats which are open plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush country, swamps and marshland. A temporary lake, Lake Amboseli, which floods in heavy rainfall, is situated within the Pleistocene basin. Amboseli is so famous for its exotic beauty and big game. The main attraction of this splendid Park is the view of elephants grazing in front of the majestic mountain which is visible early in the morning or late afternoon.


    Amboseli Kenya is indeed a tourist safari spot which you don’t want to miss ever. The ancient and most studied elephant population in sub-Saharan Africa lives in Amboseli.You can experience a so eye-catching scene of water seeping up from the lava rocks at Enkongo Narok which is in the mid region of the park. In 1883, Joseph Thompson was the first European to penetrate the feared Maasai region known as Empusel (meaning 'salty, dusty place' in Maa). He, too, was astonished by the fantastic array of wildlife and the contrast between the arid areas of the dry-lake bed and the oasis of the swamps, a contrast that persists today. Amboseli Kenya was set aside as the 'Southern Reserve' for Maasai in 1906 but returned to local control as a wildlife Game Reserve in 1948. Gazetted a Kenya National Park in 1974 in order to protect the core this unique ecosystem, it was declared a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve in 1991. The Amboseli Wildlife Park is home to a great selection of wildlife and wildlife safaris, including the rare African Hunting Dog, the lightning fast Cheetah, Crocodile, the scavenging Hyena, Masai & Reticulated Giraffe and the legendary ‘Big Five' (Masai Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Black Rhino). There are also some amazing bird life inhabitants that reside in the reserve, such as the loud and powerful Fish Eagle, the odd looking Crowned Crane and the tiny Malachite & Pied Kingfisher. On a clear day in Amboseli animal reserve, you will be able to see one of the greatest views of a Mountain from any game reserve in Africa that being the snow tipped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro. It really is breath taking to see such a close up view of a huge mountain in the same area as so much unbelievable wildlife, the snowcapped peak of Mt Kilimanjaro rising above a saucer of clouds dominates every aspect of Amboseli. Kenya Amboseli is also the home of the Maasai people, those tall, proud nomads whose legendary prowess in battle and single handed acts of bravery in fights with wild animals has spread across the globe, Perhaps more than any other community in Africa the Maasai have learned to live in complete harmony with their environment and the wildlife which surrounds them. All round the park are occupied and abandoned manyatta - Maasai villages - quickly built out of bent poles and sticks and plastered with cow dung and equally swiftly abandoned when the grazing is finished and the herds must move on.


    A part of the Ambseli Park is composed of a dried-up lake bed which in the shimmering heat produces mirages, Swamps and springs, fed by underground rivers from Mountain Kilimanjaro melting snows, form permanent watering places for the wildlife through times of drought, The lake bed is subject to sporadic floods and noxious salts in the gravel bed are dissolved to serve as a deadly poison for what is left of the local woods; very few of the fine acacias, once a feature of this region, remain. The snows of Kilimanjaro Amboseli, white and crystalline, form a majestic backdrop to one of Kenya's most spectacular displays of wildlife - lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, cheetah, buffalo and hosts of plains' game, creating Kenya's most sought after photographer's paradise. But the Park's popularity is also causing serious concern. The combination of wildlife, tourist vehicles and Maasai cattle are destroying the delicate but precious grassland. Amboseli Park rules now insist that vehicles stick to roads and tracks, The Park's best game runs are around the swamps and there is a fine lookout on observation Hill which offers views over the whole of the Park and beyond. Amboseli National Park Kenya is home to more than 1700 African elephants who have been studiously observed, catalogued, and protected by the Amboseli Elephant Research Project (AERP) since 1972, when internationally-renowned researcher Cynthia Moss founded the project. Over the last 30 years, Cynthia and her research assistants have identified and named every elephant in the park, following and recording each individual's social behavior, reproductive history, feeding habits, and communication with the herd. Because AERP is the longest-running elephant study in history, the base of information collected in their fieldwork represents a truly unique resource, valued by elephant researchers and elephant institutions around the world. Between 1973 and 1989, 85% of Kenya's elephants were poached for ivory. Thanks to the hard work of AERP researchers and the local Maasai people, the elephants of Amboseli were spared. Today, the elephants in the Amboseli group represent one of the world's last undisturbed natural elephant populations. Responsible tourism to Amboseli brings in money that helps Maasai communities living in and around Amboseli. The elephants of Amboseli in Kenya are the most celebrated wild elephants in the world. Since 1972, close observation by Cynthia Moss and her elephant research team has led to intimate knowledge of these intelligent and complex animals.


    The revelations from Amboseli form the basis of contemporary understanding of elephants and provide the knowledge needed to conserve and protect them. ATE, the Amboseli Trust for Elephants, is a not-for-profit trust registered in Kenya and the USA (501(c) 3). Amboseli Elephants Research Project operational focus is in Amboseli National Park Africa and the surrounding ecosystem; its influence reaches out to elephant conservation, management and policy-setting worldwide. Amboseli Elephant Research Project has an administrative, fund-raising and advocacy office in the United States, a program management office in Nairobi, and a field research office and safari Camp in Amboseli national park. The Amboseli Elephant Research Project Nairobi office provides a base for administration, project support and field support. AERP, the Amboseli Elephant Research Project is the trust's research arm. Since 1972 AERP has studied the African elephants, making it today one of the longest studied populations of free living large mammals in the world. Mt Kilimanjaro is an extinct volcano located in the Kilimanjaro National Park in the north of Tanzania and Amboseli National Park Kenya and consists of three cones namely Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. The Uhuru peak on the Kibo-rim is at 5895m a.m.s.l. Africa’s highest point and also marks the world’s highest free-standing mountain. Mount Kilimanjaro roughly only about 300km south of the equator, the region has no distinguishable seasons in terms of temperatures, but rainfall is more common during certain months. Mt Kilimanjaro (which is Swahili for Shining Mountain) with its permanent ice cap almost looks out of place in this tropical location. Mountain Kilimanjaro is a natural wonder in the sense that its slopes can be distinctly divided into six different ecological zones. The rich volcanic soil has attracted people to settle at, and cultivate the slopes up to about an altitude of 1800m. Above these cultivated areas, a lively rainforest stretches up to about 2800m. This rainforest receives an average of 2000mm annual rainfall which mostly falls during the monsoon of March to May and then also during October and November. Mount Kilimanjaro is getting to be a very popular destination for mountain climbing safaris and there are many popular routes. Kilimanjaro is unique in that during the ascent you will climb through all climatalogical zones. Starting in tropical rain forest through moss and desert to the snow on the summit. Mount Kilimanjaro climbing safaris prices tend to be average for a climb depending on route and number of days. Today it seems the Machame route is becoming much more popular due to the fact that a higher percentage of mountain climbers make the summit on this route.


    The Marangu route is still the quickest and cheapest... but it also has the least chance of actually making the summit (approximately 30%) There are many hiking routes to reach Mt Kilimanjaro Kibo’s summit (aka Uhuru Peak) and it is easier to explain these by first discussing the "around-the-mountain" circular trail that is comprised of the North Circuit Path and the South Circuit Path. The most common routes are from Nairobi or Dar es Salaam then land to Arusha and Moshi. Some airlines will fly directly into the smaller Kilimanjaro airport also. If you are on an organized tour group they will usually pick you up at Kilimanjaro International between Arusha and Moshi. The closest international airport to Kilimanjaro is Kilimanjaro International Airport (aka KIA, symbol: JRO). The 7 km airport access road connects to the town of Sanya on the A23 Arusha-Moshi road about halfway between the two towns and half way between Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.


    There's no public transportation from the airport so you would have to hitch a ride or walk to the A23 if you didn't want to hire a taxi (or have a tour operator pick you up). Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed at any time of the year but the best time is considered to be from August to October and January to March. It is wet in the rainforest during the rains in April, May, June and November. December through to February are the warmest months but then weather is very unpredictable in this area and therefore you should check with us nearer your adventure trekking departure. With the help of our experienced mountain guides and porters, it is possible to walk all the way to the summit without specialized mountaineering experience. The Mount Kilimanjaro climb normally takes five to six days and involves four or five overnight stays in comfortable mountain huts when using Marangu Route. Machame Route, Lemosho, Umbwe and Rongai do not have huts and therefore tents are used. Thousands of trekkers reach Gillman's Point or Uhuru Peak successfully each year without any difficulties. To avoid altitude sickness and failure, it is recommended to acclimatize by ascending slowly and steadily instead of rushing to the next stop.


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