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. Due to the remoteness of the locations, as a guest at Elsa's you feel as though you have the entire park to themselves.
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.
There are 6 individually built open plan cottages, comprising 5 doubles and 1 twin that can be configured as a double. Each has a bedroom, en-suite bathroom and either a deck or sitting room with views over the plains. Additional accommodation is provided by the family cottage and honeymoon suites. The family cottage has 2 bedrooms, 1 double and 1 twin, both en-suite plus an outdoor bath, a lounge and a private deck. There are 3 honeymoon suites, 2 with outdoor bathtubs and the other built on 3 floors and including a sitting room, double bedroom, ensuite bathroom. and small veranda.
Elsa's Private House offers further accommodation with en-suite 2 bedrooms, 1 dressing room, an open plan dining and living room, private garden and infinity pool. It can sleep up to 6 with 2 extra beds for children under 16 years of age.
Elsa's Kopje has an open bar area, lounge and dining room where guests can relax. The beautiful infinity pool overlooks the Meru plains. While here you can treat yourself to a soothing massage or pampering beauty treatment.
Activities available here include game drives in 4x4 landcruisers specifically designed for comfort and photography, night (pre-dinner) game drives and guided bush walks. The wildlife is amazingly diverse with many plains game and predators and over 400 species of birds. The scenery is varied, too, including forests, streams and open plains. The rhino sanctuary offers a rare opportunity to view these animals at close range. Fishing excursions and visits to the local Tharaka village can be arranged. Bush breakfasts and sundowners with spectacular views are always popular with guests. Massages and spa treatments are provided.
In 2015 Elsa's Kopje became part of the Elewana Collection of lodges and camps in Kenya and Tanzania.
Open: Elsa's Kopje is open all year.
Location: Elsa's Kopje was built on the site of George Adamson's original camp in Meru National Park.
Rooms: Ten cottages and one private house making up the camp. All built in a natural rocky setting. Each has a different layout. There are 4 honeymoon suites each with an outside bath and private terrace. The cottages are thatched with polished stone floors. Furniture is handcrafted and sections of rock act as features and have been incorporated into the unique furniture.
Activities: The focus is on morning and afternoon game drives in the national park. You can visit the rhino enclosure (a must) where you can see healthy numbers of both black and white rhino. Day safaris can be arranged and you can visit Elsa's grave.
Facilities: The whole camp is built on different levels set within the hillside. There is a reception with a small curio shop. Further up are two large open-fronted thatched buildings which house the bar and lounge and the dining room. Across the lawn you will find the swimming pool and sun loungers. At the adjacent spa you can enjoy a variety of massage treatments, manicures and pedicures. Batteries for cameras are charged here.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome, though with the various levels and steps, this is perhaps suited to children over 5.
Health: This is a malaria area.
Communication: There is a mobile phone signal here, though it can be patchy in some rooms. WiFi is available in the main areas and this filters through to the closest rooms.
This is a fantastic safari, a real trip of a lifetime. Stay in gorgeous lodges and safari camps and go on game drives in some of the best wildlife viewing spots in Kenya.
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.