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Elsa's Kopje

From $560 Night Kenya, Eastern Province

Why so chic? Why our travel experts chose this hotel

  • Chic and elegant hideaway

  • Spectacular setting

  • The ideal safari experience

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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.


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spa treatment room
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Address: Meru National Park, Meru, , Kenya

Nearest airport:

Isiolo Airport, 2 hours and 30 minutes by car
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Embakasi, Nairobi, 7 hours by car


The 9 luxury boutique cottages at Elsa’s Kopje have been shaped into the curves of the land. Each cottage has been carefully designed; ceilings are thatched, the walls are white washed with exposed beams and each has its own special features, intriguing quirks, and, without fail, a devastatingly beautiful view of the African plains below. The 9 uniquely designed cottages (7 doubles and 2 twins) have en-suite bathrooms and gorgeous verandas, while the Honeymoon Suite has all of this plus a lovely sitting room. The Private House is a chic and exclusive hideaway set slightly apart from the main areas, offering 2 bedrooms (one double and one twin), en-suite bathrooms and a sitting room leading to a private garden and infinity pool.  


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Cancellation policy

For certain times of the year when there is high pressure request for accommodation, or for very large groups, you may be asked to make a non-refundable deposit of up to 30% of the booking value in order to confirm your booking. This deposit will override cancellation policy 1 & 2 below.  

A Confirmation Voucher will be issued only on receipt of 100% payment of booking. Bookings may be lost if payment has not been received within 2 weeks from accommodation date.  

Cancellations are only effective on receipt of written notification.

  • If you cancel 8 weeks prior to departure your 15% deposit is forfeited. 
  • If your cancellation is made after you final payment is due, the below charges will be levied as a percentage of the booking
  • Between 60 & 45 days, 15% of the total costs will be charged (except High Season).
  • Between 44 & 30 days, 25% of the total cost will be charged.• Between 29 & 22 days, 50% of the total cost will be charged.
  • Between 21 days & a ‘No Show’, 80% of the total costs will be charged.
There continues to be no Ebola in Kenya or Tanzania, which are over 5,000 km away from the affected West African region.  There are no Ebola cases in neighbouring countries or the surrounding East African region.  
The medical facilities at both international airports and major hospitals within Kenya and Tanzania are sophisticated, with full isolation wards in the unlikely event that any cases were to reach this far, and extensive training and preparation has be done as precautionary measures.
At the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the Government of Kenya took the immediate action of suspending all flights to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, and suspended visas to travellers from those countries. 
We at Cheli & Peacock can confirm that in the event of a confirmed outbreak of Ebola (as defined by the World Health Organisation) occurring in any of the four East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania or Rwanda, for guests staying at any of the camps operated by Cheli & Peacock Safaris provided the WHO and either the UK government or the US government has issued a warning against non-essential travel on the grounds of an Ebola epidemic in any of the four East African countries, the following cancellation terms will apply:
1. Those guests who hold Travel Insurance covering cancellation of travel should apply to their insurance company and Cheli & Peacock Safaris will pay to the guest the difference between the amount paid to the claimant by the insurance company and the amount received in payment by Cheli & Peacock Safaris for the cancelled safari booking.
2. Those guests who are unable to obtain any refund from their insurance company will have a credit held for them equal to the amount already paid to Cheli & Peacock Safaris and this can be carried forward to a future booking within one year of the travel date of the cancelled trip.
3. The above terms apply to the camps owned and operated in Kenya by Cheli & Peacock Management Ltd, Joys Camp, Elsa's Kopje, Tortilis Camp, Kitich Camp, Elephant Pepper Camp, Lewa Safari Camp, Cottars Camp.
For itineraries booked by Cheli & Peacock Safaris to stay at other third party owned camps in any of the four named East African countries then the same refund and credit offers will apply so long as the third party service providers have agreed to similar cancellation terms.


Room Type Sep 2017 Oct 2017 Nov 2017 Dec 2017 Jan 2018 Feb 2018 Mar 2018 Apr 2018 May 2018 Jun 2018 Jul 2018 Aug 2018 Sep 2018
Cottages $562 $562 $447 $562 - - - - - - - - -
Honeymoon Suite $1280 $1280 $1013 $1280 - - - - - - - - -
Elsa's Private House $2550 $2550 $2100 $2550 - - - - - - - - -
Family House $2064 $2064 $1643 $2064 - - - - - - - - -

Rates indicate cheapest price for the given period and may differ dependent on number of guests.

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.

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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