Tarmac Road, Naivasha, Kenya
Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge is situated by the shores of Lake Naivasha, a sweet water lake approximately 177sq kms in size and home to many varieties of flora and fauna. The resort is on 120 acres of prime land. The construction of the lodge features 3 fireplaces with huge inverted copper funnel shaped chimneys, a high roof with glass panels which open out to a small terrace with beautifully manicured grass and colorful flowers, wrought iron chandeliers, and walls decorated with intricately carved wooden panels.
Naivasha is a Masai name given to the area where the resort is located. It denotes the characteristics of the lake including the size and its tendency to be rough when windy. The history of the area has always been important as it formed the main route of the slave trade from Uganda and the highlands of Kenya. This includes the Scottish explorer Joseph Thompson’s epic journey through Masai land – where he writes in his journals of his time in Naivasha in 1884.
The Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge has 21 cottages built in a crescent shape comprising 84 rooms total. The pathways from reception to the rooms are lined with various kinds of plants and colorful flowers. Little rock gardens are also found along these paths creating a beautiful contrast with the greenery of the well manicured lawns. Several species including Colobus monkeys are often spotted playfully rolling on the lawns.
You will also hear many different species of birds chirping in the acacia trees scattered about the property. All 84 rooms are tastefully furnished with mahogany colored furniture. The walls have paintings and locally woven sisal pieces placed in embedded concrete frames which form part of the wall. The rooms are spacious, airy and light. They are also equipped with sunken bath tubs and bidets, mini bars, TV’s, telephones and safes.
The main restaurant is located at one side of the lobby. In the center, hanging from a high wooden paneled ceiling, is a huge intricately done wrought iron chandelier. The colors are a rich dark green, which is carried through the upholstery & carpet. There is a bar which sits on one side and a buffet station on the other. A tree grows right by the buffet area and adds to the character of the dining room. This room opens out to an area where guests can sit and enjoy the garden in front of them, and have their pre or after dinner drinks and coffee. There is also a snack bar at the pool which serves a light a la carte menu, and a pizzeria next to it. This is a very pleasant and relaxing area with the swimming pool next to it and the beautiful gardens right in front. The main bar is in the lounge area, with the second one in the dining room.