Elsa's Kopje


Unashamedly romantic and beautifully styled, Elsa’s Kopje is sculpted into Mughwango Hill, above the site of George Adamson’s original camp where he raised and released orphan lions, long before conservation became fashionable.


Guests can enjoy inimitable seclusion in the vast expanse of Elsa’s Kopje, boasting 870km² , the equivalent of 215,000 acres, of authentic African landscape. The park offers a thriving rhino sanctuary, and is famous for large elephant herds, hippo, lion, and bird life; Meru National Park is recognized as having more diversity of animal species than any other park in East Africa.


The rugged and remote Meru National Park was rescued from oblivion thanks to Elsa’s Kopje, an environmental award-winning, boutique lodge. Winner of the Good Safari Guide’s ‘Best Safari Property in Africa’ award, Elsa’s Kopje is widely renowned as one of the most elegant lodges in Africa.


Cottages at Elsa's Kopje


Nestled into the hillside, and overlooking the vast plains of Meru National Park, each of Elsa’s Kopje’s nine en suite open-fronted cottages are unique in design and offer an elegant safari style. Each cottage consists of a main bedroom, en suite bathroom (some have outdoor baths) and private deck.


Honeymoon Suite at Elsa's Kopje


Overlooking the vast plains of Meru National Park, Elsa’s Honeymoon Suite is a large 3-tiered cottage featuring a private sitting room, main bedroom, en-suite bathroom, and a small private deck.


Elsa's Kopje Private House


Overlooking the vast plains of Meru National Park and facing Mt Kenya, Elsa’s Private House consists of one en-suite master bedroom with dressing room, one en-suite twin bedroom, a large dining and sitting room, a private garden and infinity swimming pool.


The Private House can fit two extra beds, for children under 16 years of age.


Activities at Elsa's Kopje


Activities at Elsa's Kopje include morning and night 4x4 game drives through Meru National Park with spectacular guides, walking safaris including a climb up to the very top of Mughwango Hill, fishing on the palm lined banks of one of Meru’s many rivers, swimming in the camps hill side perched infinity pool, cultural visits with the Tharaka community, an al fresco bush breakfasts and sundowners while you watch the last of the light give way to the perfectly stary African night sky.


Elsa’s Kopje also offers massages as a wonderful way to ease the stress out of tired shoulders and backs. As well as manicure and pedicure to compliment those tanned limbs after a long day on game drive.


Dining at Elsa's Kopje


Elsa’s Kopje is renowned for its delicious cuisine. With sumptuous fresh salads and pastas for lunch, combining North Italian recipes with more unusual dishes (such as crispy Tempura Vegetables, Aubergine, Feta and Tomato Stacks with Parmesan ‘Snaps’ and Danish Layer Cake), meals here are simply heaven.


Using fresh salads and herbs from its own garden, and serving homemade bread freshly baked in the camp’s own traditional outdoor pizza oven, you will feel absolutely spoiled.


At Elsa’s Kopje, guests eat on their own individual tables. Dinner is almost always outside, with candlelit tables laid out under the stars. Private romantic dinners can also be arranged.


Meru National Park


Meru National Park covers 1800 sq kms, and is the core of an ecosystem that includes Kora, Bisandi, North Kitui and Rahole Reserves, an additional over 5000 sq kms of wilderness.


Elsa’s Kopje is in the heart of the park, on small rocky Mughwango hill that affords 360 degree views that stretch from the 17,000 foot peak of Mt Kenya to the east, to virtually infinity to the east. Below the hill is the site of George Adamson’s camp, and the hill was the playground of Elsa the lion. There is a fertile spring to the east of the hill and guests can watch vast herds of elephant, buffalo and giraffe make their way across the plains below. Elsa’s Kopje is the only operational lodge in the park, and so guests have this vast wilderness to themselves.


The park was made famous in the 1960's by Joy & George Adamson, who reintroduced their beloved lioness “Elsa” into the wild in Meru National Park. They wrote a book about their experience which was made into a feature film “Born Free” starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers – a ground breaking movie; the first to depict wild animals as endearing creatures, whose plight the audience could sympathize with. George Adamson continued to work with lions, living to the south of Meru National Park, until his death in 1989. Both Joy Adamson, and Elsa the lioness, are buried in Meru National Park.


The park has enormous diversity of habitat and wildlife, from cool forests at 3400 ft to the west, dropping down to 1000 ft semi-desert plains with giant baobab and commiphora trees. It has thirteen clear spring fed rivers lined with palms and riverine forest, and home to basking hippo. This is lion and elephant country, but also Meru has many rare species including caracal, the beautiful Lesser Kudu, aardwolf, and over 400 species of birds.


The park also has an 84 sq km rhino sanctuary housing over 60 black and white rhino. The area is so large that finding the rhino can still be a game driving challenge.


Elsa's Kopje


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