Rating: Deluxe Price from: £280-£445 pp full board
Elsa's Kopje is set in the untamed wilderness of Meru National Park. Named after Elsa the lioness of 'Born Free' fame, the lodge is invisible to the eye as you approach the kopje and was built on top of George Adamson's original campsite. Because it is the only operational lodge in Meru National Park, Elsa's guests have the entire park to themselves. The lodge has a special licence to walk, fish and conduct night drives.
The peak of Mughwango Hill where the lodge is located looks down over the park giving a full 360 degree view of the plains and volcanic landscape.
Each of the 9 individually built open plan cottages is luxuriously appointed and designed to incorporate the natural features of the rocky hillside. The cottages are spacious and have double or twin beds, with en-suite bathrooms. The Honeymoon Suite is built on three floors and includes a sitting room, double bedroom and ensuite bathroom.
Elsa's Private House offers additional accommodation with 2 bedrooms each with en- suite facilities, a private dining area and living room, veranda, garden and swimming pool - perfect for families!
Elsa's Kopje has an open bar area, lounge and dining room where guests can relax. The beautiful infinity pool overlooks the Meru plains.
Activities available here include game drives in brand new 4x4 landcruisers, specifically designed for comfort and photography, night (pre-dinner) game drives and guided bush walks. Regular sightings include Beisa Oryx, Gerenuk, Elephant, Grevy's Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Lesser Kudu, Grant's Gazelle, Leopard, Lion, Cheetah, Rhino and the rare, elusive Greater Kudu. Meru is also famous for its bird life. Day excursions can be taken to the Tana River and visits to the local Tharaka village can be arranged. Bush meals and sundowners with spectacular views are popular with guests at Elsa's Kopje. Massages and spa treatments are provided.
Accolades and comments about Elsa's Kopje include:
Eco Warrior Award for Best Small Lodge - Ecotourism Kena 2011
Best Accommodation - Kenya Tourism Awards 2011
Silver Eco-rating Certification - Ecotourism Kenya 2011- 2012
Recipient of Andrew Harper's coveted recommendation 2011
Best Safari Property in Africa - The Good Safari Guide 2010
Fair Trade and Responsible Tourism
Elsa's Kopje, in partnership with the Cheli & Peacock Community Trust, is supporting local schools, including a school book project - guests at Elsa's can buy school text books at the camp
shop and donate them to the pupils in person. The lodge is committed to responsible tourism and consumes a minimum amount of energy, trying to limit generator use to only 6 hours a day and supplementing this with solar power. Timber used by the camp is either deadwood or taken from renewable sources.
Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499