Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

With a westerly aspect to best appreciate magnificent East African sunsets, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge sits on the highest point of the Ngorongoro Crater rim, well over 500m above the floor affording guests unrivalled views over the caldera. Decor at this rustic property is classic – with African woodcarvings and sculpture adorning the 97 comfortable rooms and public spaces. Every guestroom comes with a view, and hot water bottles tucked beneath the sheets during the evening turndown service.

The restaurant offers continental and local cuisine, while the welcoming bar has a large fireplace where you can enjoy a local beer or single malt whisky. The lobby lounge is another inviting place to unwind, offering premium coffees and teas grown in the cool Tanzanian highlands.

Recreational facilities at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge include an outdoor pool. Activity options include naturally, game drives within the crater and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Maasai cultural interactions and visits to the nearby Empakaai Crater.

Location

How to get to Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is 220km from Arusha. The journey takes approximately 4 hours by road, or 40 minutes by air followed by a 2 hour transfer from the airstrip to the lodge.

Activities at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

  • Game drives within the Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area
  • Empakaai Crater visit
  • Maasai cultural performances
  • Sundowner drinks and bush dining

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge Highlights

  • A classic African-style lodge situated on the highest point of the Ngorongoro Crater rim
  • Amazing views over the caldera
  • A warm and friendly ambience
  • Large grounds with a swimming pool
  • Easy access to the crater floor

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Below are some of our preferred tented camps and safari lodges in the Ngorongoro Crater and Karatu regions. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

Entamanu Ngorongoro

Entamanu Ngorongoro is located high on the caldera rim offers views of sunrise over the Ngorongoro Crater and sunset over the Serengeti plains. There are just 6 stunning canvas guest tents

Gibb’s Farm

Gibb’s Farm is a former colonial homestead comprising of a central farmhouse and 17 charming guest cottages located in Karatu, a lush area of flower farms and coffee plantations.

Kitela Lodge

Exclusive Kitela Lodge overlooks the eastern wall of the Ngorongoro Crater, lush coffee plantations and a cascading waterfall. Guests are accommodated in 20 beautiful romantic suites.

Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp

Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp is set in ancient forest on the Ngorongoro Crater rim, and provides guests with privileged access to the game-rich crater floor.

Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge

Nestled in 50 acres of pristine bush just 5 minutes’ from the Crater entrance, Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge comprises of 20 standalone, sumptuously appointed guest cottages.

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Clinging to the edge of the rim, the exquisite Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is like something out of a fantasy. The property is renowned for its unique design and high standards of service.

Ngorongoro Farm House

Featuring 52 beautiful ensuite rooms, Ngorongoro Farm House is reminiscent of an old colonial homestead with its tasteful decor, thatched roofs and tranquil flower gardens.

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Perched on the rim of the caldera, Ngorongoro Serena Lodge features 75 comfortable guest rooms built with local stone, each featuring uninterrupted views over the Ngorongoro Crater.

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge sits on the highest point of the Ngorongoro Crater rim. Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, it features 97 comfortable rooms all with a view.

The Highlands Ngorongoro

Located the slopes of the Olmoti Volcano to the north of the Ngorongoro Crater, the Highlands Ngorongoro offers guests an exclusive wilderness experience with all the trimmings of a premium

The Manor at Ngorongoro

Nestled in hills to the south of the Ngorongoro Crater lies The Manor at Ngorongoro masterfully blends old-world Afro-European grandeur and service with modern-day East African style and hospitality.

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Tanzania Overview

Why travel to Tanzania? Few places in the world can offer the immense diversity and quantity of game found in Tanzania, nor the ease of viewing it. Tanzania is also the arena for the great wildebeest and zebra migration and has some of Africa’s most stunning scenery.

When is the best time to view animals in Tanzania? The best time to visit is November to May when the wildebeest herds amass on the Serengeti’s southern plains. Feb/Mar is when the herds are calving. The dry season (Jun to Sep) is the best time to visit Tarangire and the Selous.

What is the culture of Tanzania?With some 120 tribes, Tanzania is culturally very diverse, with peoples ranging from the Nilotic Maasai to Hadza bushmen, the Makonde (famous for their wood carvings) and Swahili-speaking coast-dwellers, some descended from Arabs.

What is the climate in Tanzania? Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000 ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between Nov – May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

What can I combine with Tanzania? Kenya. Most visitors arrive via Nairobi in Kenya so it is easy to combine parks in the two countries. Kenya’s famous Masai Mara is an extension of the Serengeti and the wildebeest migration can be found here in September/October.

How to get to Tanzania? You can fly via Johannesburg in South Africa then north to Nairobi in Kenya. Or fly via the Middle East to Nairobi. We can organise road transfers from there to Arusha, the “safari capital” of northern Tanzania; alternatively, you can fly into Kilimanjaro Airport.

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