Elsa’s Kopje




Elsa's Kopje is a luxurious and romantic oasis in the beautiful Meru National Park of Kenya. It was named after Elsa, the orphaned lioness made famous by George and Joy Adamson. Close by the lodge, Elsa's descendants still hunt the shy but plentiful plains game. This award winning lodge has to have one of the most beautiful settings in Kenya high on Mughwango Hill, blending seamlessly into the rocky crags of the natural landscape. It shares its hillside home with plenty of bush babies and hyrax (rock dassies).

The Lodge

The main lodge at Elsa's Kopje has an open bar, lounge and dining room with a particularly inviting infinity pool enjoying the endless views over the bush.

Each of the six cottages is uniquely built into the rocky landscape, each with a large bedroom, open sitting area/veranda with its own breath-taking view of the plains. Fabulous semi-open en suite bathrooms are hewn into the rock. The cottages face across seemingly endless savanna, fringed with doum palms and crisscrossed by 13 rivers.

Nearby the two-bedroom Elsa's Kopje Private House is a stylish private retreat with two en suite bedrooms, one with king size bed and one with twin beds, a living/dining area which leads out into its own private garden with good sized swimming pool. This is ideal for families or two couples travelling together.

There are three Honeymoon Suites at Elsa's Kopje. One of which is a triple level room, with bedroom, en suite bathroom and private deck. With its breathtaking views, this is most definitely Elsa's 'pride' and lives up to the architectural 'wow' that characterizes the design of Elsa's Kopje. The other two Suites can also easily accommodate an extra bed for children under 16 years, a rather unconventional use of a Honeymoon suite!

A recent addition to Elsa's Kopje is the Family Cottage. The Family Cottage has open views of the park and two generously sized bedrooms, both en- suite, living room, large private deck and an outdoor bath by the master bedroom.


Enjoy bush walks, game drives, bush breakfasts, sundowners and night drives in the Meru National Park. As the only lodge IN the Meru, you have the whole park to yourselves. (Meru National Park is the same size as the Masai Mara but with only 50 beds in the park instead of 4000 beds. This gives you some idea of the exclusivity.) As well as plains game, hippo, giraffe, lion, elephant and rhino are regularly sighted. Indeed there is a special Rhino sanctuary within Meru to protect both white and black rhino. You can also enjoy day excursions to Tana river with a picnic lunch, line fishing for catfish and barbell. Back at the lodge, a masseuse is on hand if you fancy a massage in between game activities.


Bar, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, En Suite, Lounge Area, Shower.

Elsa’s Kopje on the map


Safari Cottages

Nestled into the hillside and overlooking the vast plains of Meru National Park, each of Elsa’s Kopje’s six open-fronted cottages are uniquely designed incorporating the features of the kopje, and enjoying a magnificent view. Each cottage consists of a main bedroom, ensuite bathroom and sitting area/private deck. Five doubles, one twin. Two cottages offer day/extra beds to make triples.


Honeymoon Cottages

Africa is undeniably romantic, and three Honeymoon Cottages at Elsa's Kopje offer the ultimate in romance and seclusion. Two of the Honeymoon Cottages feature a main double bedroom, ensuite bathroom, a small private deck and gorgeous outdoor bath. The third honeymoon cottage is a large three-leveled luxury suite, with main double bedroom, bathroom, open sitting room and a private deck.


Elsa's Private House

Elsa's Private House is an exclusive accommodation set slightly apart from the rest of the lodge. It is an exclusive retreat for families, with its own garden, infinity pool, sitting room and dining area. The Private House has a double ensuite master bedroom with bath and an outdoor shower, and a twin ensuite bedroom with shower. Private House can fit two extra beds, for children under 16yrs.


Family Cottage

The family cottage consists of an ensuite double bedroom, ensuite twin bedroom, joined by a sitting room and large private decking. The family cottage also offers an outdoor bath. The family cottage can fit two extra beds, suitable for children under 16yrs.



Full Board and selected drinks. Local airstrip transfers. Safari activities including shared game drives, bush picnics, sundowners and guided bush walks.

Family Suitability

Family-friendly all ages

Malaria Rating

Malarial area year-round

Good For

Big 5, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Wildlife