Named after the lioness made famous by George and Joy Adamson’s biographical book and film “Born Free”, Elsa’s Kopje is found in remote and rugged Meru National Park in Northern Kenya. Unashamedly romantic and beautifully styled, Elsa’s Kopje is sculpted into Mughwango Hill, above the site of the Adamson’s original camp and it was from here that Elsa was finally released into the wild.
Almost invisible to the eye as you approach the lodge, Elsa’s Kopje blends into the rocky crags of the “kopje” (small hill). Made from wood, stone and thatch, the main lodge consists of a dining room, bar and lounge and beautiful horizon pool. The understated design fuses a traditional upcountry style with a touch of bohemia, with muted colours, large scatter cushions, handmade rugs and lanterns.
Each of the nine beautiful one bedroom cottages is the ultimate ‘room-with-a-view’, uniquely designed and crafted, incorporating the natural features of the rocky hillside. Three of the cottages are honeymoon suites, two with romantic outside baths and one on three levels featuring a private sitting room, main bedroom with en-suite bathroom, and a small private deck.
Families with small children can also enjoy the beauty of Elsa’s Kopje. The newly built family cottage, overlooking the Meru Plains, has two en-suite bedrooms, a large deck and an outside bath, and Elsa’s Private House also has two bedrooms plus a large dining and sitting room, a private garden and infinity swimming pool. It is perfect for those looking for a private retreat in a fabulous setting.
A wild and semi-arid landscape, dotted with doum palms and traversed by weaving green lines of the 13 life-giving rivers, Meru National Park offers wonderful game watching opportunities, and is one of the best locations to view rhino in their natural habitat. Activities at the lodge include wildlife drives, guided walks, bush breakfasts, sundowners and cultural visits.