Elsa's Kopje



Perched on a hill overlooking the Meru plains, Elsa’s Kopje is as enchanting as any boutique hotel. Its 11 luxury cottages and suites blend in perfectly with the environment and are barely visible from the plains below. Elsa’s Kopje is one of only two lodges inside Meru National Park and is the destination for the safari connoisseur. This Chic Retreat has gained the reputation of being one of the most elegant luxury lodges in Africa, with the most spectacular setting. The lodge is named after Elsa the lioness, made famous by George and Joy Adamson’s biographical book and film “Born Free”. The cottages and main buildings that house the bar, lounge and dining room are beautifully decorated; polished wooden floors dotted with Persian inspired rugs, comfy chairs, sofas and old black and white photos create a stylish and laid-back setting. Across the lawn is the sparkling infinity pool and adjacent spa treatment areas, all with the most stunning views across the plains of Meru National Park. This boutique hotel sits above the Adamson’s original camp in the very heart of the park. 


Activities at Elsa Kopje are focussed on game drives. Meru National Park is unrivalled; its diverse terrain varies from dense thickets and wooded grasslands through to craggy hills, rivers and open plains, and it is this variety that provides the home for Meru’s incredible wildlife. Guests may see elephants, lions, cheetah, leopards, giraffes, Grevy’s zebras, gerenuks, Somali ostriches, buffalo, hippos, lesser kudu and greater kudu. Meru is also a Rhino sanctuary and houses over 70 black and white rhinos, making Meru the best high-end destination in Kenya to see rhino in their natural habitat. Bird watchers will not be disappointed either; the bird life is extraordinarily colourful and abundant here with over 400 species of birds. The lodge uses open game vehicles that have been cleverly designed with viewing, comfort and photography in mind. The guides pride themselves on their knowledge, and their enthusiasm for the Meru lions and leopards is infectious. They are keen birders and mad about plants too, taking the time to find and explain the medicinal properties of the different plants in the area. All the guides hold at least a Bronze or Silver Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association certificate. 

Guests are encouraged to get closer to the bush and the lodge can organise guided bush walks and cultural visits to the local Tharaka communities. You can also enjoy the thrill of a night drive or spend some time fishing in the nearby rivers. Back at the lodge one can relax by the pool or enjoy a massage whilst soaking up the magnificent views.


Dining at Elsa’s Kopje has an elegant, boutique hotel feel to it. Guests dine at their own candlelit table under the stars. The polished stone floors and huge natural rocks form the centrepiece of the serving table and gives the room a rustic feel, yet this simplicity has an undeniable elegance to it. The Italian inspired dishes are renowned and the lodge has its own garden meaning the salads and herbs are handpicked and deliciously fresh. If pasta isn’t’ your thing, there are plenty of other options. For a real treat, experience a Bush Breakfast; your table is set up out on the plains, so you can enjoy a delicious breakfast surrounded by the beautiful landspape and awe-inspiring wildlife. 

The chefs at Elsa’s are happy to cater for special diets and only ask that guests advise them of their needs prior to arrival so that the camp managers can make the necessary arrangements.

Why is it chic?
  • Chic and elegant hideaway 
  • Spectacular setting
  • The ideal safari experience

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Please note: rates indicate FROM price for the given period and may differ for higher number of visitors. Rates currency is USD.

Open all year round; Minimum 2 night booking. Children under 5 sharing are free of charge; A child in his/her own room will be charged single room rate.  Private house can accommodate a maximum of 6 people; Honeymoon Suite can accommodate a maximum of 4 people; additional children charged at the child sharing rate.

Valid 03 Jan - 31 Jul 2014 & 01 Sep - 20 Dec 2014 (excludes August 2014 & 21 Dec 2014 - 02 Jan 2015).Receive a 10% DISCOUNT OFF accommodation rates when booking 6 nights or more at 2 of the following: Tortilis, Cottars 1920's Safari Camp, Elsa's Kopje, Elephant Pepper Camp, Lewa Safari Camp or Joy Safari Camp which are all within the C&P Portfolio.

Park Fees: Please note some park fees may apply. Park fees are included on client invoices for flying-in package guests; drive-in clients must purchase tickets from KWS - Please note that KWS Park fees are exclusive of VAT and subject to change without prior noticeKWS Safari Cards are valid for 24h; an extra day's park fees will be charged if clients arrive AM and depart PM 

Package rates at Elsa’s Kopje include: 

  • Full board accommodation 
  • Day & night (pre dinner) game 
  • Line fishing (Catfish & Barbel)
  • Bush meals & sundowners
  • Local airstrip transfers & limited laundry
  • All statutory taxes (approx. 25%)


All tips are at the guest’s discretion.  Staff tips are collected in a central tip box, then distributed evenly to all staff members. We recommended approx. US$ 5-10 per guest per night. Guides are tipped separately (same recommendation of US$ 5-10 pppn). 




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