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Meru National Park, Kenya

Elsa’s Kopje Meru

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Elsa's Kopje Meru is a luxury safari lodge located within the Meru National Park in Kenya. The lodge is named after Elsa, the lioness made famous by the book and movie "Born Free," who was raised by George and Joy Adamson in the nearby Shaba National Reserve.

Elsa's Kopje Meru offers guests a unique safari experience, with the lodge blending seamlessly into the rocky outcrops on which it is built. The lodge has a total of nine cottages, each with its own private deck offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The cottages are spacious and comfortable, with en-suite bathrooms and large four-poster beds.

Unashamedly romantic, Elsa’s Kopje – situated above the site of George Adamson’s camp from where he raised Elsa the orphaned lioness – is sculpted into the rocky outcrop of Mughwango Hill. The spacious Elsa’s Kopje cottages, each with en suite bathroom and large open living room, have views from the private verandas across the adjacent plains.

At Elewana Elsa’s Kopje luxury blends effortlessly with Meru’s remote and rugged beauty.

Named after the lioness made famous by George and Joy Adamson’s biographical book and film “Born Free”, Elewana Elsa’s Kopje remains one of the most elegant lodges in Africa, in one of the most spectacular settings.

Almost invisible to the eye as you approach its home on Mughwango Hill, Elsa’s Kopje blends into the rocky crags of the “kopje” (small hill), above the site of George Adamson’s campsite. Every cottage is the ultimate ‘room-with-a-view’, uniquely designed and crafted, incorporating the natural features of the rocky hillside.

A wild and semi-arid landscape, dotted with doum palms and traversed by weaving green lines of the 13 life-giving rivers, Meru National Park offers wonderful game watching opportunities, and is one of the best locations to view rhino in their natural habitat.

Each cottage is crafted around the rocks, with a large bedroom, honeymoon suite, Cottages, open sitting room, veranda and spacious bathroom, each with breathtaking views.

Guests can enjoy inimitable seclusion in the vast expanse of Elsa’s Kopje, boasting 870km², the equal of 215,000 acres, of an authentic African landscape.

The park offers a thriving rhino sanctuary, and is famous for large elephant herds, hippo, lion, and birdlife; 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 has 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.

HOW TO GET to Elsa’s Kopje Meru

  • Mughwango Airstrip is 5 min drive from the lodge, while Kinna Airstrip is 45 min drive from the lodge.
  • Once daily scheduled Air Kenya flight departing Nairobi Wilson at 09h15 to Kinna airstrip
  • Once daily scheduled Air Kenya flight to Nanyuki from Nairobi Wilson departing at 09h15 to connect with a private charter to Meru
  • Twice daily scheduled Safarilink flight to Nanyuki departing Wilson at 08h00 and 10h20 to connect with a private charter to Meru
  • Private charters from anywhere. Private charters can operate into Mughwango Airstrip
  • A helicopter pad is 1 minute drive from the lodge
  • Road directions available on request


ENCOUNTERS at Elsa’s Kopje Meru

  • Day and evening game drives within the Meru National Park in custom- designed 4-wheel drive game-viewing vehicles
  • Guided walks up Mughwango Hill offering breath taking 360 degree views
  • Day excursions to the Tana River & Kora National Reserve
  • Visits to rhino sanctuary
  • Line-fishing in spring-fed streams
  • 360 degree views of Mount Kenya, the Nyambene Hills and the eastern plains
  • The ‘Born Free’ heritage



  • 6 spacious Cottage Suites (4 doubles & two twins)
  • 1 Family Cottage (1 double & 1 twin)
  • 1 Private House (1 double & 1 twin)
    including private swimming pool and garden
  • 3 Honeymoon Cottages each with a large master bedroom and en suite facilities
  • Infinity swimming pool, massage room gift shop
  • Free wifi available in all public areas
  • Gold level eco-rating

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Guests can enjoy a wide range of activities during their stay at Elsa's Kopje Meru, including game drives, bush walks, and visits to the local community. The Meru National Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions, cheetahs, and giraffes, and is also known for its birdlife.

Elsa's Kopje Meru offers a luxurious and unforgettable safari experience, with its unique location, comfortable accommodations, and wide range of activities making it an ideal destination for those looking to explore the beauty of Kenya's wildlife and landscapes.

  • 5 Hrs from Nairobi - 1hr Flight / Drive Scenic route
  • Complete Luxury Experience
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Perfect for Families and Couples
  • Game Drives opportunities

What are the 2024 Prices for Elsa’s Kopje Meru?

Here are Elsa’s Kopje Meru Resident Rates:

Elewana Elsa’s Kopje Rates

Min Stay: 2 Nights Elsa’s Kopje Full Board Elsa’s Kopje Game Package
Safari Cottage
Elsa’s Kopje Prices
Sharing Single
Sharing Single
1st Feb 2024 – 31st May 2024 KES 22,200/- PPS KES 33,200/- PP KES 35,600/- PPS KES 46,600/- PP

Elewana Elsa’s Kopje Meru Rates/Prices are in KES, Per Person, Per Night
Elewana Elsa’s Kopje Drinks Supplement: KES 6,300/- Per Person, Per Night
Drinks Supplement Excludes: Champagne, Private Cellar Wines and Spirits
Elsa’s Kopje Resident Rates are in KES, Per Person, Per Night

Elsa’s Kopje Meru Full Board Rates:

Meals(Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast), Water, Tea & Coffee
Full Board Rates Exclude: Drinks, Meru National Park Fees and other Extras

Elsa’s Kopje Game Package Rates

Meals(Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast), Water, Tea & Coffee
Safari Activities such as Shared and Scheduled Game Drives, Transfers to Elsa’s Kopje to/from designated Airstrips

Game Package Rates Exclude:
Drinks, Meru National Park Fees and other Extras

Elewana Elsa’s Kopje Children Policy/Rates:

Up to 5.9 years, Sharing with Adults: FREE
6 – 17 years, Sharing with Adults: 50% of PPS
6 – 17 years, in own Room: 75% of PPS

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What Hotel Facilities are available at Elsa’s Kopje Meru?

Elsa's Kopje Meru offers a range of facilities and amenities to ensure guests have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Some of the available facilities include:

  1. 24-hour Security: The lodge has round-the-clock security personnel and surveillance systems to ensure guests' safety and security.
  2. Bar: Guests can relax and enjoy a variety of drinks at the on-site bar, which serves a range of local and international beverages.
  3. Battery Charging Facilities: The lodge has facilities to charge batteries for electronic devices such as cameras, laptops, and phones.
  4. Eco-Friendly: Elsa's Kopje Meru is committed to sustainability and eco-friendliness, with measures such as using solar power and minimizing plastic waste.
  5. Internet Access (Complimentary): The lodge provides complimentary Wi-Fi access to guests, allowing them to stay connected during their stay.
  6. Laundry Service (Complimentary): Guests can take advantage of the complimentary laundry service, which ensures their clothes are clean and fresh.
  7. Malaria Free: The lodge is located in a malaria-free zone, ensuring guests' safety and health.
  8. Mobile Connectivity: Guests can stay connected with the outside world as the lodge offers mobile connectivity.
  9. Pool: The lodge has a swimming pool where guests can relax and cool off during hot afternoons.
  10. Restaurant: The on-site restaurant serves a range of delicious dishes, including local and international cuisine.
  11. Spa: Guests can indulge in a range of spa treatments and massages, which help them to relax and rejuvenate.
Which Rooms Types are in Elsa’s Kopje Meru?

Elsas Kopje Meru Private Houses

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.

Elsas Kopje Meru Honeymoon Suites

Overlooking the vast plains of Meru National Park, Elsa’s has three Honeymoon Suites. Two of the suites have romantic outside baths and one suite has three levels featuring a private sitting room, main bedroom with en-suite bathroom, and a small private deck.

Elsas Kopje Meru Family Cottages

Brand new and with panoramic views of the Park. The Family Cottage is a spacious 2-bedroom cottage with a double and a twin room, both en-suite, a beautiful living room, large private deck and an outside bath by the master bedroom.

Elsas Kopje Meru Cottages

Nestled into the hillside, and overlooking the vast plains of Meru National Park, each of Elsa’s Kopje’s open-fronted cottages are unique in design and offer an elegant safari style.

What are the Foods & Drinks options at Elsa’s Kopje Meru?

At Elsa's Kopje Meru, guests can enjoy a range of delicious food and drinks. The lodge offers a variety of meals, including local and international cuisine, prepared using fresh ingredients.

The on-site restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a choice of indoor or outdoor dining. Guests can enjoy their meals while taking in the stunning views of the Meru National Park.

The lodge also has a well-stocked bar where guests can enjoy a variety of drinks, including beers, wines, spirits, and cocktails. The bar is a great place to relax after a day of adventure in the park, and guests can enjoy their drinks while socializing with other guests.

Elsa's Kopje Meru also caters to guests with special dietary requirements, including vegetarians and those with food allergies. Guests are advised to inform the lodge of any special dietary needs in advance so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Guests at Elsa's Kopje Meru can expect to enjoy delicious and satisfying meals, as well as a range of refreshing and indulgent drinks, during their stay at the lodge.

Which Hotel Activities are available for guests at Elsa’s Kopje Meru?

Day & Night (pre-dinner) Game Drives

The Elsa’s Kopje guides know their backyard intimately. All the guides are Bronze, Silver and Gold level KPSGA certified.

Meru’s rich wildlife diversity includes rare species specific to Northern Kenya, such as Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, as well as an abundance of common game. An 84km2 sanctuary at the heart of the park is home to some 70+ Black and White Rhino.

Game drives are included in a Game Package.

Guided Bush Walks

Take the time to leave the car behind and enjoy a slower pace. Talk a walk up to the very top of Mughwango Hill at Elsa’s Kopje, enjoying a 360 degree view from snow-capped Mt Kenya in the west to the vast Meru plains to the east.

Bush walks are included in a Game Package.

Bush Breakfasts

Alongside a freshly brewed coffee, drink in the sights and sounds of the African bush over a full breakfast, served with a view over the plains or along the Tana river.
Bush breakfasts are included in a Game Package.


“Sundowners” are an old tradition after a day of safari: stop and watch the spectacular sunset at Elsa’s Kopje with, traditionally, a gin and tonic in hand.

Sundowners and drinks are included in a Game Package.


From the cool waters infinity pool perched on the side of the hill, the views are indeed infinite! The Elsa’s Kopje pool has bar service.

The Private House has its own private swimming pool.

Line Fishing (Catfish, Tilapia and Barbel)

Take your rod, afternoon tipple with some canapés and a good book, and settle on the palm lined banks of one of Meru’s many rivers. The fishing is fun, with plentiful catfish, tilapia and barbell.

Fishing is included in a Game Package.

Visits to the local school and community

Elsa’s Kopje works with closely with the local community, and there are ways that you can get involved. For example, visit the Ura Gate Primary School that is supported by Elsa’s Kopje.

School visit included in Game Package accommodation but guests are encouraged to donate towards ongoing projects, or purchase school books and supplies.

Massage and Spa

Elsa’s Kopje has one of the most memorable spa’s of any lodge, with a breathtaking view from the massage table. Gushing reviews and regular bookings of second and third massages during a stay are testament to this lavish indulgence to the senses.

Massages can be booked during your stay and are at an additional cost.

Honeymoons Elsa's Kopje Meru

Elsa's Kopje Meru is a perfect destination for honeymooners, offering a unique blend of luxury, comfort, and adventure. The lodge is set in the heart of the Meru National Park, surrounded by pristine wilderness and stunning landscapes, providing the perfect romantic setting for couples.

The lodge offers a range of honeymoon packages that are tailored to suit the specific needs and preferences of couples. The packages include a range of activities, such as game drives, bush walks, sundowners, and romantic dinners under the stars.

Couples can enjoy a romantic private dinner in a secluded spot, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the African bush. The lodge also has a spa where couples can indulge in a range of spa treatments and massages, designed to rejuvenate the body and soul.

Accommodation at Elsa's Kopje Meru is luxurious and spacious, with each cottage offering breathtaking views of the park. The cottages are elegantly decorated and furnished with comfortable beds, sitting areas, and private decks.

Elsa's Kopje Meru is a perfect destination for honeymooners, offering a romantic and unforgettable experience in the heart of the African wilderness.

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