Elsa’s Kopje Camp Hotel

Elsa’s Kopje Camp Hotel is a luxurious oasis in the wilds of Meru National Park, Kenya. Elsa’s Kopje hotel is a hidden jewel in the untamed wilderness of Africa and is Kenya’s best kept secret. The lodge blends into the hillside of Mughwango Hill, and the word ‘Kopje’ means ‘small hill’. Meru is vast with arid, open plains dotted with Doum Palms and Baobab trees and lush vegetation. Here you will see a more diverse range of species than in any other Park or Reserve. From the hotel you will be taken out on morning and afternoon game drives in a 4 wheel drive safari vehicle with an experienced tour guide who is based at the camp and knows the Park well.. A swimming pool is a welcome facility for guests during the heat of the day.
The lodge is named after Elsa the lioness, made famous by George and Joy Adamson’s biographical film “Born Free”.

Elsa’s Kopje Lodge is almost invisible to the eye as you approach the hotel on Mughwango Hill. Access to Elsa's hotel is by road or charter air flight. Air Kenya operates a schedule service to/ex Meru 3 times a week on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, ideal for getting to Elsa's Kopje and connects on to Samburu and the Maasai Mara.
Elsa’s Kopje Camp is owned and operated by Cheli & Peacock group of hotels and is a sister camp to Tortilis and Laikipia Camps. Elsa's Kopje guests virtually have Meru National Park to themselves, the park is the driest in the country and the landscape is incredible, with the parks thirteen rivers running off the mountains cutting green pathways through the dry brown valleys.

Elsa’s Kopje Camp Hotel Accommodation
The accommodations are what makes Elsa's Kopje hotel so special. The 9 stone and thatch guest cottages are crafted around the natural features of the hill. Paved paths, lit by lamps at night, lead from each cottage to the comfortable open bar, lounge and dining room. There is a sense of space, style and pure relaxation. The ultimate pool with a view looks out across the plains, perfect for chilling out after a game drive or guided walk in the bush.

Every cottage is uniquely designed. The generous double or twin beds are romantically swathed in netting. The bathrooms are sumptuous: showers or baths made out of stone, modern flush toilets, bidets and double basins.
One double cottage is set slightly apart from the others, ideal for families with children or a group. It has a double bedroom and a twin bedroom (bathrooms en-suite).

Elsa’s Kopje Private House was completed in June 2005. Built by the original designer of Elsa’s Kopje. Elsa’s Private House is set apart from the rest of the lodge, providing complete exclusivity and privacy. The house consists of one double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with a large bath-tub. There is a spacious twin room, with en-suite bathroom. The living area spills into your very own private swimming pool. The pool falls neatly into the horizon beyond the Meru plains. Elsa’s Private House provides guests with their very own piece of Kopje paradise. One of Kenya’s best pools with a view!

The honeymoon suite is a 3-tiered cottage with a double bedroom, a sitting room and private deck united by a sweeping staircase.
Soft drinks, beer and house wines are included in the room rate. Laundry service is included.

Elsa’s Kopje Camp Facilities
The atmosphere induces a feeling of peace thanks to a highly trained, unobtrusive team of staff and a skilled host who manages the lodge. Each cottage is attended by a butler who also waits on the guests at mealtimes. The food is traditional Northern Italian cuisine blended with a selection of local and international dishes, fresh baked bread, crisp salads and locally grown vegetables.

Activities include game drives in open-sided safari Land Rovers, driven by knowledgeable driver-guides, all members of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association. Guided walks are led by a Professional Safari Guide and accompanied by a Ranger.

In terms of wildlife viewing, it is an excellent place to see several rarities, including the black rhino. Food, accommodation and guiding are all to a higher standard than its only real competitor, Leopard Rock Lodge, but it is correspondingly expensive and suitable only to the best-heeled visitors. Stays of four days or longer attract substantial discounts.

Other attractions include bush breakfasts and sundowners and visits to the Tharaka tribal village on the Southern Boundary of the Park.

  • Elsa’s Kopje Camp Rate includes
  • Local airstrip transfers
  • 2 Extended game drives per day
  • Full board accommodation
  • Limited Laundry
  • Bush breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Fishing
  •  Night Game Drives
  • Soft drinks, beer, house wines and non-luxury spirits
  • Swimming pool
  • Fishing


Rate excludes

  • Park Fees
  • Champagne, luxury spirits and select wines
  • KWS activity charge
  • Exclusive use of vehicle
  • Spa


This most aesthetically satisfying of bush camps is aimed at those seeking a holistic bush experience and the opportunity to explore this untrammelled corner of Africa in the company of a knowledgeable guide.

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