This is a gorgeous romantic safari camp perched up high on the slopes of Mughwango Hill. It sits above the site of George Adamson’s original camp where he raised and released orphan lions made famous by the film Born Free. Although the film made this camp very famous it is also a wonderful place to stay in its own right - a perfect combination of luxury and wilderness.
Each cottage is crafted around the large boulders which dot the landscape, with a large bedroom, open sitting room, veranda and spacious bathroom, each with breathtaking views. It really is a breathtakingly beautiful place to stay.
Combine this with the fabulous wilderness in which it is situated and you would be hard pushed to find anywhere more beautiful.
Guests can enjoy incredible wilderness and seclusion in the vast expanse of Elsa’s Kopje which is made up of 215,000 acres of authentic African bush. Meru National Park is home to a thriving rhino sanctuary, and is famous for large elephant herds, hippo, lion, and birdlife. It is also recognised as having more diversity of animal species than any other park in East Africa.
The rugged and remote Meru National Park was rescued from oblivion thanks to Elsa’s Kopje, which is an environmental award-winning, boutique lodge. It was also winner of the Good Safari Guide’s ‘Best Safari Property in Africa’ award.
Part of the luxury Elewana Collection - properties include:
Arusha Coffee Lodge, Lewa Safari Camp, Elephant Pepper Camp, Loisaba Tented Camp, Sand River Masai Mara, Tortilis Camp Amboseli, Elsa's Kopje Meru, Afrochic Diani, Tarangire Treetops, The Manor Ngorongoro, Serengeti Pioneer Camp, Serengeti Migration Camp and Kilindi Zanzibar.
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.
6 en-suite cottage suites:
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.
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.
For families with small children, two of the Suites can accommodate an extra bed suitable for children under 16.
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.
The Private House can fit two extra beds, for children under 16yrs.
The Elsa’s Kopje guides are based at the lodge in Meru National Park, they have the whole park to themselves, and know their backyard intimately. All the guides are Bronze or Silver level Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association certified. The National Park is one of the most beautiful in Africa, and apart from being home to plentiful lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant and rhino, it is known for its diversity of habitat and wildlife, including the rare and beautiful lesser Kudu. The guides know every stunning corner, from the palm fringed springs, to the sandy beaches if the Tana river. A birders paradise, Meru boasts over 400 species, as well surprising botanical treasures including the giant baobab tree and rare paper bark Albitzia. Our guides know the territory of the Meru lions and leopards, but also in a habitat so diverse, they know the medicinal properties of the unusual plants, are keen birders, and can show you the home of the tiny naked mole rat!
The Elsa’s Kopje guides are based at the lodge in Meru National Park, they have the whole park to themselves, and know their backyard intimately. All the guides are Bronze or Silver level Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association certified.
Elsa’s Kopje has open gamedrive vehicles. The current fleet are new, specially fitted, 4×4 Toyota Landcruisers. The vehicles are unrivalled with feature enhancements specifically designed for comfort and photography – open sided with 3 rows of seats, photographic equipment stands, and charging sockets. Clients will share gamedrives unless “exclusive use of vehicle” has been prebooked at an extra charge.
The park has enormous diversity of habitat and wildlife, gamedrives will take you through forests, past giant baobab trees, through clear spring fed streams lined with palms. This is lion and elephant country, but also Meru has many rare species including caracal, the beautiful Lesser Kudu, aardwolf, and over 400 species of birds.
Night game drives
Elsa’s Kopje has the whole National Park almost exclusively, and offers pre-dinner game drives with a red-light spotlights. Gamedriving at dusk and early evening opens up a whole new world, bushbabies, hunting predators, owls.
Day excursions to the Tana River
Take a picnic lunch, and take the whole day to explore the sandy Tana River, Kenya’s longest. Rising in the highlands of Mt Kenya and travelling 704kms before emptying into the Indian Ocean.
The National Park incorporates an 84 sq km rhino sanctuary, home to over 70 rhino, both black and white. The size of the sanctuary ensures that finding the rhino is still a gamedriving challenge!
Take the time to leave the car behind and enjoy the small things – tracks, dung beetles, naked mole rats and micro-ecosystems.
One of the most popular walks is a climb up to the very top of Mughwango Hill, enjoying a 360 degree view from snow-capped Mt Kenya in the west to the vast Meru plains to the east.
For some walks, Kenya Wildlife Service charge a small additional park fee.
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. Share your prey with herons, monitor lizards and spectacular kingfishers.
Enjoy the cool waters in the heat of the day!
An infinity pool perched on the side of the hill, the views are indeed infinite! The pool has bar service.
The Private House has its own private swimming pool.
Bush Breakfast and Sundowners
Take a moment to sit back, enjoy the spectacular views, the smells, the colours, and the gentle breeze.
Bush breakfasts are a chance to enjoy a full breakfast, al fresco, in the middle of the plains, surrounded by wildlife.
“Sundowners” are a safari tradition – after a day of safari; stop, watch the spectacular sunset; traditionally with a gin and tonic in hand.
Safari is also a holiday and a rest – a break from today’s frenetic lifestyle.
Elsa’s Kopje offers massages for wonderful way to ease the stress out of tired shoulders and backs.
Elsa’s Kopje works with closely with the Tharaka community, and there are ways that you can get involved.
Traditionally known for their ornate clothing including distinctive leather skirts and long cowrie shell decorated aprons for women, while the men wore animal skin cloaks and feathered headdresses that were a sign of prestige. Their houses are round with conical shaped roofs, thatched with grass.