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Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Gold price level

Mango Opinion

This is one of the big chain hotel options on the rim of the Crater that focuses on the packaged tour market. Accommodation is simple - similar to that of a Holiday Inn and the food very basic. Since accommodation options in this popular area are limited, the Sopa is a value-oriented option. 

The Sopas road to access the crater is much smoother than that of the other lodges, so this can be a consideration to people who are extremely sensitive to the bumps in the road.

The Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is located on Lemala Hill on the uppermost, eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site, in the volcanic highlands of northern Tanzania. The crater forms part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which covers 8,300 sq km. This site has been set aside to preserve and integrate the diverse values and interests of wildlife, local people, archaeology, flora, tourism and the areas environment and ecology.

The Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is the only tourist development on the eastern rim of the crater and thus offers our guests unique and spectacular views down into the crater floor and of the sunsets over the western horizon. 

The lodge has 96 suites each enjoying a private lounge with a mini-bar, a bedroom with two queen size beds and an en-suite bathroom.

The swimming pool provides a spectacular view as it is situated right on the crater edge. The water is bracing, even invigorating to say the least, at any time of year.  With an altitude of 2,375 meters, the lodge experiences cool and even cold weather, especially during the winter months of June and July when temperatures can get as low as 50F.