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Located inside the 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.

The lodge is built to reflect the architectural heritage of the local communities whose sons and daughters make up the majority of the workforce 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.


  • Samburu National Reserve
  • 350 Km from Nairobi


  • 6 hr drive from Nairobi
  • A 50-minute flight from Wilson Airport to Samburu Oryx airstrip
  • 10 minutes transfer from the airstrip to the Lodge.


  • 60 rooms
  • Includes 2 inter-connecting wheelchair accessible rooms


  • Game drives
  • Bush dining
  • Bird watching
  • Nature walks
  • Board games


  • Reception & Lounge Areas
  • Bars
  • Swimming pool

What a pleasure in this arid, semi-desert region with its dry heat and low humidity!  Tiled with various shades of blue mosaic tiles, and surrounded by a local flat stone sunbathing area, our large free form pool – with its adjoining children’s pool, outdoor shower, and sunken bar as well as views over the waterhole – provides you with the perfect solution when you want to be outdoors but keep cool at the same time.

  • Dining

The dining room is on a slightly higher level than the lounge, and it shares the totally open-air atmosphere to allow you view 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.

Hotel Facilities

  • Adjoining Rooms
  • Baby Sitting
  • Bedroom Kettles
  • Bird Watching
  • WiFi in the Lounge
  • Swimming Pool
  • Nature Walks
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Gift shop
  • WiFi in public areas.



Our 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
  • En suite bathrooms

All our 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.