• Rooms

    The ten cottages are carved into the hillside and have been rustically designed with wood furnishings and wooden ceilings. Most are open-fronted and feature their own private terrace, which looks out over the breathtaking Meru plains. Family options are available.

    Need help? Speak to our Reservations Team on +44 203 397 0085 or email us
    Opening Hours 09.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)
  • Overview

    Expect character and romance aplenty at this enchanting boutique lodge, from its sensational views to its extraordinary history. The award-winning hotel is perched on a hilltop in Meru National Park, enjoying breathtaking views out over the African plains - not to mention some otherworldly sunsets.

    As for history, Elsa’s Kopje is nestled on the site where George Adamson set up his orphaned lion sanctuary (yes, really!), made famous in the biographical book and film ‘Born Free’. It’s from this remarkable story that the hotel takes its name, recalling one of the orphaned lionesses. 

    The romance doesn’t end there; step inside the lodge and you’ll be greeted with rustic chic décor, from the polished wooden floors dotted with Persian-style rugs, to the cosy domed wood ceilings. 


    The diversity of wildlife at Meru National Park is unrivalled; its 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. 

    While you can expect to see anything from elephants and giraffes, to lions and leopards, most notable of all is the incredible array of rhinos - Meru is a rhino sanctuary holding over 70 black and white beasts. All guides at Elsa’s Kopje are highly certified and well-versed in the area. 

    After a day’s wildlife-spotting, there is an outdoor pool to unwind in. 


    With a range of Italian classics - the hotel has an outdoor pizza oven - and international dishes, there’s plenty to choose from come dinner time. Meals are served outdoors, so you can tuck into your dish at your own private table under the stars - romantic indeed. 

    Light lunches are also served and there is also a cooked-to-order breakfast which is included in most room rates (see rate detail below).

    Why so chic?

    Why travel experts chose this hotel
    • 10 rustic tents

    • Expert guides

    • Intriguing history

    Why book with Chic?

    Your trusted travel partner

    Curated collection

    Personal service

    Insider knowledge

  • Facilities
    • bar

    • WiFi/Internet

    • car parking

    • swimming pool

    • restaurant

    Facility details:

    24-hour front desk, Airport transportation (surcharge), Bar/lounge, Barbecue grill(s), Concierge services, Designated smoking areas, Dry cleaning/laundry service, Free WiFi, Free breakfast, Free self parking, Luggage storage, Outdoor pool, Pool sun loungers, Pool umbrellas, Restaurant, Safe-deposit box at front desk, Terrace, Total number of rooms - 11, Tours/ticket assistance.
  • Location

    Meru National Park, - Meru National Park, Kenya

    How to get there?

    The hotel offers airport transfers; please arrange with hotel ahead of arrival (extra charge applies)

    Nearest airport

    Isiolo Airport is a 2 hour 20-minute drive from the hotel (102km)



Each hotel specially selected for its unique charm


Special benefits only guests booking through Chic Retreats obtain.


If you find your stay cheaper elsewhere we will give you £50 towards your next stay with us.


Please ask for details about our airport transfer service

Need help? Speak to our Reservations Team on +44 203 397 0085 or email us
Opening Hours 09.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)