| The lodge has restaurant, bar, souvenir shop and conference facilities. The swimming
pool overlooks 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 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).
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
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 23 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.