The Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is an impressive lodge, spread out along the uppermost rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. It boasts large, well-equipped rooms - all with breathtaking views of the crater floor far below. It has an imposing lobby and dining room/observation deck. The Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is the only tourist development on the eastern rim of the crater and offers its guests unique and spectacular views down into the crater floor and of the sunsets over the western horizon. The Sopa Lodge has the best access to the crater of any of the Ngorongoro lodges. A gently sloping two-way road leads into and out of the crater, so a crater safari from this lodge begins within ten minutes of leaving the lodge. With an altitude of 2,375 metres (7,800 feet) the lodge experiences cool and even cold weather, especially during the winter months of June and July when temperatures can get as low as 10-C or 50-F degrees. Rain can normally be expected between November and May. The evenings and early mornings can be cool and sometimes cold so we recommend sweaters and light jackets, bearing in mind that the temperatures down in the crater itself are always a lot warmer than those on the rim. All suites are centrally heated and the bar and dining room feature large log fires in the evenings. Opened in 1992, the lodge can accommodate 190 guests in 92 suites, each with wall-to-wall carpeting, central heating, a private lounge with a mini bar, a bedroom with two queen size beds and ample room for a third, an en-suite bathroom with shaver sockets and a hair dryer, and a private solarium which offers stunning views either down into the crater floor below or of the setting sun over the western horizon. The lodge has a swimming pool which is situated on the very edge of the crater itself.
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