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Getting there
Seronera is situated 6–8 hours' drive from Arusha (or 330 km/205 mi), the first 2.5 hours on good tarmac road, followed by poor dirt road. The road passes Lake Manyaras National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. Serengeti Sopa is set in the hills south-west of the Seronera River.
The lodge is situated an hour's drive from Seronera airstrip, which is served by a number of scheduled flights from Arusha every day. The flying time to Arusha is one hour.
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Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti Sopa Lodge is a large lodge not very far from Seronera Valley in central Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The lodge offers good standard, and is set in the hills with wide views of the savanna.

There are about 80 rooms, all with bedroom, lounge, bathroom, minibar and a veranda or balcony (with little privacy) with a savanna view. They are all double rooms, with space enough for an extra bed. There are 220–240 V wall outlets for charging batteries etc. The power is on 24 hours per day.

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The lodge has restaurant, bar, souvenir shop and conference facilities. The swimming pool overlooks the park.

Swimming pool area in Serengeti Sopa Lodge overlooking the park.

Rhinos at Moru kopjes
Serengeti Sopa Lodge is the southmost lodge around the Seronera area, and is not very far from Moru Kopjes, where Serengeti's main population of rhinoceros may be found. The population is small, like your chances of spotting the rhinos, but Moru kopjes is a beautiful savanna area and is well worth some game driving. Apart from the wildlife, you may stop to see Maasai rock paintings and an odd music rock set on a cliff.

The game driving in the areas surrounding the lodge can be rewarding, but is set back by the tsetse flies that favour the type of woodland found here.

The migration
The vast herds of the migration spend December to March in the southern parts of Serengeti, and you may reach these areas in day tours starting from the lodge.

Arrangements and outings
The lodge offers arrangements such as game drives, visits to Maasai villages and balloon safaris. The game drives are probably mainly of interest to guests arriving by air (those arriving by road can do those outings in their own vehicle).

Room and restaurant in Serengeti Sopa Lodge.

Seronera Valley
The Seronera Valley is a transition zone between the open grass savanna to the south and the more densely vegetated tree and shrub savanna to the north.

Such transition zones are generally good areas for game viewing, as they can support a wider span of species. Seronera is no exception. The nearby Seronera River is a permanent source of drinking water for the animals, never drying out, and one more type of habitat for birds, mammals and reptiles, for example hippos and crocodiles. Elephants and herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra come here to drink.

Good for leopards
The river is bordered by large trees, among these yellow-barked acacias and sausage trees, a habitat favoured by vervet monkeys and leopards, while reed beds attract reedbucks. Leopards are regularly observed here, either by the Seronera River itself, or along its tributaries.

Hartebeest and topis, two fairly large antelopes, are often seen in the grassland of the southern parts of Seronera, while impalas prefer the more densely vegetated north. A good 2–3 hour game drive route for cats follows the Seronera River southwards, and continues to Maasai Kopjes, a grassland area dotted with kopjes. Lions, leopards, cheetahs and servals may be seen.

 
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