Located inside Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya, Samburu Sopa lodge is built atop high ground allowing panoramic views of the vastness of Samburu shrub land and the hills beyond.
Samburu Sopa lodge is built to reflect the architectural heritage of the local communities whose sons and daughters make up the majority of the work force at the lodge. Fifteen cottages, each with two bedrooms are built in an arch formation on either side of the public areas to surround the waterhole but leaving a wide gap to allow the animals free movement to the water.
The Samburu National Reserve forms a part of a far larger wildlife conservation area which incorporates the Buffalo Springs National Reserve to the south, and the Shaba National Reserve to the east between which the resident wildlife freely migrates.
Samburu Sopa Lodge is built on top of raised ground allowing panoramic views of the distant Samburu Hills to one side and El Ndonyo Keri – the Samburu name for Mount Kenya – on the other.
Thirty cottages, forming a buffalo-horn pattern, converge at the public facilities area allowing the resident wildlife to access the lodge’s waterhole at its open end.
The architecture blends in with the area, similar to the style of the local Samburu housing. Each cottage has two tastefully appointed bedrooms, each with two queen-size beds, shower and private verandah. Local materials have been used in the construction, furnishings and interior decorations. High ceilings and space ensure that the rooms are airy and comfortable. Two rooms next to the reception and public areas are designed for the physically challenged.
Location: Samburu National Reserve. 350 Km from Nairobi.
Global Cordinates: N 0° 36’ 30.856” E 37° 31’ 23.584”Access: 6 hr drive from Nairobi. 50 min fight from Wilson Airport to Samburu Oryx airstrip. 10 min transfer from the airstrip to the Lodge.
Accommodation: 60 rooms. Includes 2 inter-connecting wheelchair accessible rooms.
Facilities: bar, lounge, restaurant, out-door dining area, swimming pool, gift shop. WiFi in public areas.
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The coolness beneath the high ceiling of the circular, grass thatched reception area and its adjacent boutique is a welcome respite from the outdoor heat of the equatorial sun, and its earthen colours and traditional Samburu decorations blend in perfectly with its surroundings. Like all the public areas in the main building, there are no windows and cooling breezes flow freely through the large, amorphous spaces in the walls.
The lounge also has an extremely high ceiling but, by way of a complete contrast, this spacious, comfortably furnished area has no front or side walls whatsoever except for a low, non-invasive safety barrier. As soon as you walk in from the reception, you feel like you are standing on top of the world as you come face to face with one of the most stunning, panoramic views of Africa you are ever likely to see.
And once you have taken a deep breath and recovered from that, you might just notice the nearby waterhole with its regular animal or avian visitors right in front of you.
Samburu Sopa Lodge guest cottages follow the exterior design of centuries-old, traditional Samburu housing, but the similarity stops there. Instead, our structures have much higher ceilings; far larger windows; much more floor space; and en suite bathrooms.
Samburu Sopa Lodge well-spaced cottages have two airy and comfortable, tastefully furnished guest rooms, each with two queen size beds; a large dressing table; a lavishly appointed bathroom; and an open air veranda which overlooks the waterhole.
The two guest rooms closest to the reception area provide for the physically challenged.
The dining room at Samburu Sopa Lodge is on a slightly higher level than the lounge, and it shares the totally open air atmosphere to allow you views over both the waterhole and the panoramic landscapes beyond.
While artistically positioned wall niches house various forms of natural decorations, and the furniture follows traditional designs, the curvaceous buffet tables and live cooking areas offer a wide selection of delicious fusions of different culinary disciplines coupled with garden fresh fruits and vegetables.
Samburu Sopa Lodge tastefully decorated main bar is located against the rear wall of the lounge, and is adjacent to the walkway and sunbathing area around the swimming pool with its shaded sunken bar where you can sit and talk to our Samburu barman at will.