• Location: Kenya, Meru
  • Type of Accommodation: Lodge
  • Comfort Level: Comfortable

overview

Elsa's Kopje is an award-winning and private safari lodge in Kenya's Meru National Park. Named after the famous lioness reared by George and Joy Adamson of Born Free fame, the camp is located in an area of open plains, doum palms, baobab trees and lush flora. The cottages at Elsa's Kopje are designed to incorporate the natural rocky hillside and make for an exclusive safari retreat.

Enjoy game drives in open 4x4 vehicles in the company of knowledgeable driver-guides. Nature walks and night game drives can also be arranged in the national park, while a rafting trip on the Tana River provides a unique way to view wildlife. In between safari activities you can enjoy the additional activities such as taking a dip in the pool, unwinding with a massage, or browsing the library and on-site gift shop.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Eco Tourism Kenya - Gold Eco-Rating 2013-2016

highlights

  • Diverse landscape & variety of wildlife
  • Site of the original camp from the book & film Born Free 
  • All cottages have beautiful views
  • Honeymoon suite for something special
  • Elsa's Private House is set apart from the main lodge

 

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Facilities

Enjoy game-drives in open 4x4 vehicles with experienced guides and rafting on Tana River.

Unwind beside the swimming pool that offers exceptional views; pamper yourself with a massage, or browse the library and on-site gift shop.

General Facilities

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    Bar
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    Swimming Pool
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    Curio or Gift shop
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    Laundry service
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    Spa
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    Wi-fi available

Dining

Meals at Elsa's Kopje feature traditional northern Italian cuisine blended with a selection of local and international dishes, freshly baked bread, crisp salads, and locally-grown vegetables.

The staff can also arrange a bush breakfast, a picnic lunch or sundowners in the park.

Cottage Suite

There are six spacious en suite Cottages at Elsa's Kopje; five have double beds and one has twin beds.

Honeymooners can choose between two suites that each have a double bed, private decks and a romantic outdoor bathtub or a large triple-volume cottage with a sitting room and a private deck.

The Family Cottage has two en suite bedrooms (one double bed and one set of twin beds, making it ideal for a couple with two children), a sitting room and an expansive private verandah.

Built of stone and thatch, the guest cottages at Elsa's Kopje are crafted around the natural features of the hillside. Every cottage is uniquely designed to a specific theme - with historic artefacts enhancing the decor - and furnished with generously sized double or twin beds that are draped in mosquito netting. The elegant en suite bathrooms feature stone showers or bathtubs, flush toilets, bidets and double basins.

 

Cottage Suite AMENITIES

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    En-suite bathroom
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    Mosquito net
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    Outdoor area

Other Room Types

A 2-bedroom cottage is set slightly apart from the others and is ideal for families with children or small groups. Elsa's Private House is set apart from the rest of the lodge, providing you with complete exclusivity and privacy. This villa consists of a double bedroom and spacious twin room, en suite bathrooms for both rooms, and a living area that spills onto a private deck with your own swimming pool.

Activities

  • Bush dining
  • Cultural tours
  • Picnics
  • Game drives
 

Traveller Reviews

  • Elsa's Kopje... wow! The bungalows constructed in the rocks with the myriad Bush Babies everywhere including on my bed was just another out of body experience. The walk to the restaurant along the rock ledge and the wet edge pool gave a sense of really being in the bush. Looking down on the plains and seeing for miles was spectacular and we really enjoyed our meal times which were exceptional.

    Paul Harris, September 2011
  • Elsa's Kopje Lodge is very beautiful, the manager Julia and the rest of the staff are fantastic.

    Talal Alnafisi, July 2011
  • Elsa's Kopje was really great as well. The lodgings were really unique and charming. This was one of the best-run camps we've ever been in over our five safaris and the level of service was outstanding. They cleaned the rooms every time we stepped outside, four or more times a day, without being the least intrusive. The outdoor breakfast was so memorable.

    Robert England, August 2010
  • To begin with Elsa's Kopje resort in Meru National Park for being our first itinerary and stop. The lodge was fascinating and we felt like being out of no where in top of the hell with magnificent view of the whole park. The staff and the services were just perfect; they did their best to accommodate our needs. The food was delicious and very well served in elegant way. The guided safari Mr. Josef was so professional in spotting animal tracks and made our safari so enjoyable and informative.

    Weam Behbehani, January 2010

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Anza Snyman

Anza Snyman

Africa Safari Expert

"Spectacular setting on a hill with beautiful views over the park, the entire park to yourself as there’s no other camps in the park, superb food, excellent service and hosting, beautiful romantic accommodation with a view, excellent game viewing and a rhino sanctuary within the park – absolutely WOW!!!"

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Elsa's Kopje... wow! The bungalows constructed in the rocks with the myriad Bush Babies everywhere including on my bed was just another out of body experience. The walk to the restaurant along the rock ledge and the wet edge pool gave a sense of really being in the bush. Looking down on the plains and seeing for miles was spectacular and we really enjoyed our meal times which were exceptional.

Paul Harris, September 2011 >View more reviews