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Elsa’s Kopje Meru

Meru National Park, Kenya

Elsa's Kopje is an idyllic wilderness retreat situated close to the untamed expanse of Meru National Park. Nine spacious open-fronted thatched cottages blend into the hillside and look out over breathtaking views of the plains.

At a Glance

  • Incredible infinity pool

  • Located in a wonderfully remote area

  • Stunning views from each room over the Meru Plains

  • Elsa's Private House is ideal for families complete with its own private swimming pool

  • The location of "Born Free"

Honeymoon, Adventure, Off the beaten track, Wildlife

Insider's View

Sit on the pool edge with a pair of binoculars and a book for the afternoon and enjoy the fantastic views and the tranquility of the place.

Camilla Whitworth

Insider's View

Feast on the sumptuous food served here - it's outstanding - every mouthful was delicious and definitely worth giving up the diet for!

Olivia Caveney

Insider's View

Sample the infamous Kenyan cocktail 'Dawa' here - it's deliciously refreshing and medicinal too!

Olivia Caveney

Insider's View

Have a dip in a pool with a view to die for!

Olivia Caveney

Insider's View

You won't want to leave Elsa's so savour every moment!

Olivia Caveney

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Elsa’s Kopje Meru or take a look at our itineraries to Laikipia and Northern Kenya


The lodge at Elsa’s Kopje has been sensitively designed using local materials to blend in with the surrounding hillside and is located close to the original camp where George and Joy Adamson released Elsa the lioness into the wilds of the Meru National Park.

The Meru National Park is ideal for those looking for something off-the-beaten-track and is well known for its bird life, with riverine and forest species as well as the arid dry country species. Regular sightings include elephant, white rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, giraffe and Grevy’s zebra. The Meru National Park also incorporates a 84km rhino sanctuary, home to about 70 black and white rhino, however finding the rhino in such a large wild area requires sharp eyes and a certain amount of luck!

The accommodation consists of nine open-fronted stone cottages with stunning views over open plains. Each cottage has a thatched roof and en-suite bathroom, with baths and showers built into the rocky hillside.

Children are very welcome and there is even a family cottage, which provides additional space for younger guests to have fun. Elsa’s Private House has been built into the hillside on the site of George Adamson's original camp in ’Born Free’. It sleeps four and is perfect for small families, furthermore, it has its own small swimming pool.

Elsa's Kopje is owned and managed by experienced guides whose knowledge will help provide the ultimate in safari experiences, an experience that will stay with you forever.


Elsa's Kopje has eight en-suite cottages, shaped into the curves of Mughwango rock, and overlooking the vast plains of Meru National Park. There are seven double and one twin room. They are all open-fronted and offer very elegant safari style décor with stunning views. It is also possible to rent Elsa's House which accommodates 8 to 10 guests.

Double Cottage

There are 7 cottages with double en-suite bedrooms, each cottage has it's own deck and is open fronted with amazing views across Meru National Park.

Twin Cottage

There are 2 cottages which have en-suite twin bedrooms. All the cottages have a private deck and stunning views across the Meru National Park.

Honeymoon Cottage

The honeymoon suite is a 3-tiered cottage with a sitting room, main en-suite bedroom and a small private deck. Twin beds can be added to turn this suite into a family room.

Private House

Elsa's Private House is set in it's own private garden with infinity pool. There is 1 double room and 1 twin room, a dining room, sitting room and lovely views over the Meru National Park.


Children of all ages are very welcome at Elsa's Kopje. Children under the age of 5 stay at the lodge free of charge. Elsa's Kopje has a two bedroom family house which works very well for families and they can also add extra beds into many of the cottages to accommodate families.


Elsa's Kopje has a stunning infinity pool that overlooks the staggering plains below. Why not take advantage of the poolside bar to quench your thirst? The lodge also offers massages, pedicures and manicures for those of you who are seeking a bit of pampering. There is a small shop where you can buy your essentials.


Owned by professional guides, the lodge's emphasis is on a complete safari experience and the activities on offer include: day and night game drives, guided bush walks, bush meals, sundowners, cultural visits, day excursions to the Tana River with a packed lunch, line fishing for catfish and barbel, swimming pool, massages and a day trip to Adamson Camp in Kora.

Location & Directions

Meru National Park, Kenya

Elsa's Kopje lodge is found in the Meru National Park and blends into the hillside of Mughwango Hill. Meru is vast with arid, open plains dotted with Doum Palms and Baobab trees and lush vegetation along 13 rivers, like green ribbons, bisecting the Park.

When to go

The main season is in January and February, when the weather is hottest and driest. At this time, the animals in the wildlife parks tend to congregate more around the watercourses, making them easier to spot.

Northern and eastern Kenya temperatures vary from highs of up to 40°C during the day to less than 20°C at night. Rainfall in this area is sparse and, when it does occur, is often in the form of violent storms. July is usually the driest month, and November the wettest.

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Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Elsa’s Kopje Meru or take a look at our itineraries to Laikipia and Northern Kenya

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