Amboseli Sopa Lodge is set within mature wooded gardens with a wide variety of trees and plants which include thorn trees, Acacias, fragrant Frangipanis, colorful bougainvillea and giant cacti which all thrive in these surroundings. The gardens are also home to numerous species of birds as well as monkeys, mongooses, squirrels, duikers, the occasional gazelle and, once in a while, even an ever inquisitive leopard.
The enclosed and domed reception area is designed around the curves of a traditional Maasai house, and its walls are decorated with Maasai beaded necklaces and tribally themed murals.
The lobby is open, spacious and airy. It has a high ceiling with elevated and painted glass forming an atrium above an indoor garden. Both round and tubular calabashes form the suspended chandeliers above walls decorated with a Maasai theme, and comfortable, colorfully cushioned, rough timber furniture above bright, locally woven carpets complete the décor.
Attached to this area is a colorful and vibrant Maasai handicraft market where traditional beadwork and woodcarvings are manufactured, sometimes to the designs requested by our guests. And just beyond this is a well stocked boutique with a wide variety of souvenirs, books, safari clothing, T-shirts and toiletry items.
Leading away from the lobby towards Kilimanjaro there is a bridge over the large, split-level fishpond which leads to the Kibo restaurant and the Mawenzi bar.