Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania - Classic 4
Sopa means welcome in the Masai language and is representative of the warm welcome you will receive at the Sopa lodges. Ngorongoro Sopa is spread out along the uppermost rim of the Ngorongoro World Heritage Site, an ancient extinct volcano that contains the largest permanent concentration of game in Africa. Ngorongoro Sopa offers breathtaking views of the crater floor far below. A sparkling swimming pool refreshes those returning from game drives. The rooms are cool and comfortable.
Opened in 1992, the lodge can accommodate 190 guests in 92 suites, each enjoying wall-to-wall carpeting, central heating, a private lounge with a mini bar, a bedroom with two queen size beds and ample room for a third, an en-suite bathroom with shaver sockets and a hair dryer, and a private solarium which offers stunning views of the crater floor below and the sun setting over the western horizon.
The lodge has direct-dial satellite telephone facilities as well as satellite television and wildlife-video-film options. A number of lodge electrical generating systems provide 240 volts, 50 cycles 24 hours a day. The water supply comes from nearby springs but guests are provided a complimentary bottle of mineral water for drinking. Children of all ages are welcome and special meals at convenient times can be arranged together with a non-professional baby minder.
A swimming pool is situated on the very edge of the crater itself and the cool water is bracing, even invigorating, at any time of year. The pool is also a super area to unwind and relax while enjoying the views of the crater floor below or the stunning sunsets.
In addition to all these modern facilities is a well-stocked shop selling curios, clothing, jewellery, general accessories and personal requisites and toiletries. The lodge has spacious conference facilities for up to 120 guests and is an excellent venue for special occasions. It can cater for birthday and anniversary parties, bush breakfasts, lunches or bar-b-ques, sundowner cocktail parties, gala dinners or theme evenings. The Sopa has got all the facilities that a modern traveller could wish for and more - a stunning location in one of the greatest wildlife havens in the world
A special excursion to The Empakaai Crater, a little-visited, high altitude volcanic crater, offers scenic views over the mineral-rich waters of Lake Natron and of the nearby sacred volcano of Ol Donyo Lengai. Ol Moti is yet another forgotten volcanic crater where it is possible to hire a guide and walk up to the top of the crater rim itself.