Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge split-level reception area and lobby are vast and colorful with a high, domed ceiling, wide bay windows and a magnificent view. There is a gift shop, internet cafe, bar, TV lounge and canopied verandah overlooking a large, unheated outdoor swimming pool. Swimming can be a breathless effort at this altitude. 97 spacious en-suite rooms accommodate 376 maximum numbers of guests on tour in Tanzania staying at the lodge. Most have excellent views of the Ngorongoro Crater from cane rocking chairs on glassed-in balconies. Because it can be quite cool at this altitude, central heating and wall-to wall carpeting are standard. No mosquito nets are necessary due to the high altitude and coolness. All 91 double rooms have two queen beds (maximum 4 AfricanMecca guests) with curtained dressing area, and en-suite bathroom with hand basin, WC, bidet and shower. The room also has a writing desk, fridge with bottled water and mini-safe. A mini-bar, hairdryer, laundry and baby-sitting services are available on request. Complimentary bath sundries include tissues, soap, shower gel and shower hat. Hot water pumped and heated from local springs and a borehole, is only provided between 5 and 8 o’clock morning and evening. The lodge has three generators. Power is limited, so candle-lit dining is complemented. Families on safari and independent groups are very welcomed and the norms of independent travelers and couples.