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  • Location: Kenya, Meru
  • Type of Accommodation: Lodge
  • Comfort Level: Mid-range

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 & 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 and nature walks in the company of knowledgeable driver-guides. Night game drives are also offered in the reserve, 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 fishing, taking a dip in the pool, unwinding with a massage, or browsing the library and on-site gift shop.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Andrew Harper Grand Award Winner 2012
  •  Good Safari Guide Awards - Finalist for Best Safari Property in Africa and 3rd Place Best Safari Property in East Africa 2011
  •  Silver Eco-Rating by Ecotourism Kenya 2011, 2012, 2013
  •  Tatler Travel Guide - 101 Best Hotels in the World 2007
  •  Ecotourism Kenya - Eco Warrior Award for Best Lodge 2011
  •  Good Safari Guide Awards - Best Safari Property in Africa and in East Africa 2010
  •  Good Safari Guide Awards - Best Safari Camp in East Africa 2009

highlights

  • Diverse landscape & variety of wildlife
  • Site of the original camp from the book & film 'Born Free' 
  • Best luxury location to view rhino in their natural habitat in Kenya
  • Variety of safari activities - night game drives, guided walks & fishing
  • All cottages have beautiful views - request the honeymoon suite for something special
  • Elsa's Private House  - exclusive & set apart from the main lodge

 

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Facilities

Enjoy game-drives in open 4x4 vehicles, nature walks with experienced guides, fishing, night drives, 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

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.

Standard Cottage

The nine stone and thatch guest cottages at Elsa's Kopje are crafted around the natural features of the hillside. Every cottage is uniquely designed and furnished with generously sized double or twin beds which are draped in mosquito netting. The elegant bathrooms feature stone showers or baths, modern flush toilets, bidets, and double basins.

Standard Cottage AMENITIES

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    En-suite bath and shower
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    Outside area
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    Twin bed available
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    Mosquito net

Other Room Types

A double 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 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 which spills onto a private deck with a swimming pool.

Activities

  • Bush dining
  • Cultural tour
  • Day tours
  • Fishing
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Night drives
  • Picnics
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 16 Mar 2014 - 31 May 2014 $280 Full Board
  • 01 Jun 2014 - 30 Jun 2014 $430 Full Board
  • 01 Jul 2014 - 30 Sep 2014 $540 Full Board
  • 01 Oct 2014 - 20 Dec 2014 $430 Full Board

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most curent rates available.

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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Maureen Stover

Maureen Stover

Africa Safari Expert

"This hidden gem with its spectacular setting makes it one of my favourite lodges in Kenya. The open-fronted cottages offer the ultimate 'room-with-a-view'."

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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