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Elsa's Kopje

Discover Elsa's Kopje

Elsa's Kopje is a luxurious oasis in the wilds of Meru National Park. It is named after Elsa the lioness, made famous by George and Joy Adamson's biographical film Born Free. Renowned for being one of the most elegant lodges in Africa and boasting the most spectacular setting, Elsa's Kopje is the proud winner of the Good Safari Guide's 'Best Safari Property in Africa' award.

Meru National Park offers the opportunity to experience a more diverse range of species than in any other park in Kenya, with regular sightings including the Beisa oryx, gerenuk, elephant, Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, leopard, lion, cheetah, rhino and the rare greater kudu. This eco-friendly lodge sits on Mughwango Hill overlooking the Meru plains. Each of the open-fronted cottages is the ultimate 'room with a view' with tasteful rustic interiors, spacious ensuite bathrooms and private deck, all incorporating the natural features of the rocky hillside ('kopje'). The camp also offers 3 honeymoon cottages and a private house.

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Expert View

  • Greatest diversity of animal species in East Africa
  • One of the best locations to view rhino in their natural habitat
  • Perfect for those seeking the ultimate in romance and seclusion
  • A birders paradise, with over 400 bird species

At a glance

  • 11 cottages
  • Best for 6 years+
  • Open all year
  • Family Rooms
  • Full Board

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"Enjoy a sundowner or two from the cool waters of the infinity pool perched on the side of the hill. The views are extraordinary."

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