Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is located on the northeastern rim of the crater with the closest access road down to the crater floor. Each of the 73 rooms offers en suite facilities and has a sitting room "porch" overlooking the crater. The lodge’s swimming pool provides a fabulous view for you to enjoy in between activities.
We were also thrilled with our decision to upgrade our accommodations to Mara Explorer. We requested Tent 4, which was incredibly located at the river bend where the hippos hung out and the baboons and mongoose came to play in the afternoon. I can't say enough about this wonderful camp. The service, the food, the beautifully appointed tent and the overall hospitality surpassed all expectations. This was truly a highlight of our trip.
The Norfolk Hotel was great. I loved it. I felt very much at home there. They upgraded us on both stays. We enjoyed the restaurants, p articularly the atmospheric Delamere Terrace. I was glad you convinced us to stay in Nairobi.Read More
- Pat & Bob Sharkin
Each camp would leave us more and more amazed at what you can do with canvas and what qualifies as a tent. They were all very comfortable with extra touches that really made us feel like we were royalty. Our favorite place was Tarangire Treetops as we loved the unique ness of being 'in trees' and we were absolutely fascinated with and grateful for the bats to keep down the bugs. The staff went above and beyond in their help in celebrating our daughter's birthday. It was one of the most wonderful experiences a person cou ld have and none of us will forget it.
Ngorogoro Sopa Lodge was impressive perched up on the crater edge and a great location. We loved the special touch of the hot water bottles in the beds, but it was a bit too touristy for us and our least favorite place. The menu in the restaurant was probably the best feature as we were able to choose African dishes that we couldn't get anywhere else. Dining room staff was extremely friendly and solicitous.
Rufiji River Camp- The tent was nice and we really enjoy ed the veranda and the swing, but felt like we were in a sauna while in the tent (no air circulation). Service with the staff'¦ they really lived the motto of 'poli poli' there (Slowly, slowly). We were really able to appreciate the night sky and the difference in
constellations at this camp. Animals around our tent at this camp were some of the most exciting as there was a hippo, elephants and monkeys that entertained us on our veranda. We loved hearing the 'talking' of the hippos during the day.
Ndarakwai was the most rustic of all the camps, but we enjoyed that aspect. The beds were huge and very comfortable and the tents were set up in a way to make you feel like you were by yourself in the wilderness and we had a great view. The staff was phenomenal there and we really enjoyed Thomas, our guide. Our safaris with him were fun and entertaining. He, too, was very knowledgeable and we learned a great deal. We felt very welcomed and each person there seemed genuine and friendly. We were very impressed wit h this private reserve and how important it was to protect and conserve. Very impressive that they had their own garden and could provide most if not all the food they served. This camp was the one we felt most comfortable and relaxed at.
Mbuzi Mawe is in an amazing location and was one of the most fun and interesting animal experiences. The tent was the most stunning but we were left a bit cold by the staff . The food in all camps and lodges was incredible and very well done. Every meal was delicious and offered unique twists on standards, so much so that I preferred several dishes the way it was served on this trip. Our only concern was how much food we were served. There was so much and so many courses we couldn't possibly eat it all and the idea of food going to waste and being thrown away bothered us. We were hoping there was a conservation system or way to put the extra to use feeding those who needed it. In regards to wildlife, we felt like we had a uniquely charmed experience because if we stated what we wanted to see, we saw it that day. What I loved most was being able to sit in one spot for 10 -30 minutes and just watch the animals being natural. To catch two young hippos wrestling/sparring, a couple of young impalas sparring with their horns, or two young Zebras playing about and nipping each other's heels like my dogs do. Or the courtship of a dung beetle. To be able to study them, enjoy them in their natural habitat and doing what they do in nature and to appreciate their coloring, marking, bearing, etc was a life changing experience. We had great viewings in each park and were very impressed with each park and reserve. Ngorogoro is definitely a must -see stop and the Serengeti was everything and more than I could have imagined. We were awe-struck with the stop at the Oldupai Gorge and the implications of the discoveries there.Read More