Hello! This post is about our stay in Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort.
This time we were looking for a place to relax over the weekend not far from the bustling city of Nairobi so we chose lake Naivasha (which is not very far from Nairobi (about 1 hour drive) and decided to stay in Sopa resort. We expected to spend the whole weekend exploring these extensive grounds while listening to the shrill cry of the Fish Eagle and the snorts of the hippos that live in the lake.
When we arrived to the Resort, we were welcomed by some giraffes, wandering around and colobus monkeys playing on the trees.
The architecture of Sopa Resort is on point, blending the African Safari theme and the environment without seeming imposing or overdoing it. It has an amazing garden, in which you can walk to the lake, mix with animals which are always very close to the lodges.
The resort is set in 120 acres of well-manicured grounds close to the shore of Lake Naivasha birds and butterflies abounded and animals such as monkeys, giraffes, zebras and waterbucks always seemed to be present.
These stunning cottages, each containing 4 rooms, 2 downstairs and 2 upstairs, are built in a long crescent shape ensuring that all rooms have a lovely view over the gardens and grounds. The setting is really spectacular, lots of animals walking in the garden, including hippos in the evening and at night. We were a bit suspicious of the armed security to escort you for a dinner and then to your room but it is necessary, the hippos really do roam the grounds, along with giraffes, monkeys and zebras. We actually saw several hippos walking on the grass area after dark.
Our room was really spacious with floor to ceiling windows, and from the balcony we had a splendid view of the surroundings. It's the first resort that I have visited which has 2 double beds in the room, hence you can imagine the size of the room, which because of a lack of furnishings actually felt too big. The rooms and especially bathrooms are in need of renovation and refurbishment.
The bathrooms are in dire need of bleach.There was also no hairdrier in the bathroom.
However the good thing was a cable TV with international (not African) channels.
The common areas are more spectacular then the rooms, including attractive dining room, large bar area and ample comfy seating with great views from the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the grounds and wildlife. The main building where dinner is served is very impressive with huge high ceilings and a spacious feel. There are nice patio tables, a large pool area, a tennis court, and very attractively landscaped areas around the buildings.
Food, served in the Resort was good and
The meals are all buffet, which also included local dishes. Even though there is a limited choice of food what they had was tasty and we had several visits to the buffet to get seconds of some food. The service we received from the Restaurant was very good and very friendly, the chefs and waiting staff were very pleasant.
After the lunch we decided to go and look for some wildlife on the premises of the Resort. Fortunately the wildlife cane to us. Just outside the dining area we found dozens of monkeys playing and eating around. They were the whole families with the tiniest baby-monkeys we have ever seen.
After monkeys fed up posing to us and other annoying humans, they left. We also preceded to another areas of the Resort and found the pool area. The pool is huge and welcoming. Next to the pool there is a sauna and a seemingly well equipped good gym (which we have not tried).
Just next to the pool there are several swings, where I had a lot of fun :)
While swinging we noticed a fantastic group of giraffes walking around. It was a crazy feeling to see so many of them so close. This time we manage to count 15 of them at the same time that seem to be permanent guests of the hotel :)
After taking an immense number of giraffe photos we went to spot some hippos in the lake and enjoy bird-watching...
If you want to make a water safari or hippo drives in lake Naivasha, you can do it in Sopa Resort as well. We have not done it here, thou. Their price is much higher than in other places available just in a few-minutes drive from Sopa Resort. All details about our hippo drive I will tell you in my next post.
Anyway, if you are ok with paying 2700 Ksh pp/hour for this drive, do it in Sopa Resort.
To sum up, we had an amazing time on the banks of Lake Naivasha (where parts of Out of Africa were filmed). It gives you a real sense of being part of Kenya.
For those who decide to visit Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort and stay there here are my advices:
- All in all there are 84 rooms in the Resort. The higher the room number, the further away it is from the lodge - can be a fair walk from reception and dinner. The best rooms are from 1 to 20th.
- Only problem is the lack of wifi in the rooms, however the closer you are from the reception - the higher your chances to have that wifi in your room.
Fortunately, it is available at the lobby.
- The administration lights fire pits in the communal areas, but as the nights can be a bit cold - take some warm clothes.
- Do not forget to spot hippos in the evening on your way to the dinner or back to your room. They will be there, believe me:)