• This eco-friendly boutique lodge sits on Mughwango Hill overlooking the Meru plains. The elegant rustic cottages offer spectacular views over Meru National Park
  • The restaurant serves excellent international dishes with an Italian influence.
  • Diverse landscape & variety of wildlife.
  • Site of the original camp from the book & film Born Free.
  • Elsa’s Private House is set apart from the main lodge.
  • Incredible infinity pool.
  • Elsa’s Private House is ideal for families complete with its own private swimming pool.
  • Activities include river fishing and visits to the park’s rhino sanctuary.


We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.

  • Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
  • Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
  • Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
  • Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
  • Complimentary private airport transfers.
  • Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
  • Early check-in and late check-out.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.

A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.


Game Drives

The Elsa’s Kopje guides know their backyard intimately. All the guides are Bronze, Silver and Gold level KPSGA certified. Meru’s rich wildlife diversity includes rare species specific to Northern Kenya, such as Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, as well as an abundance of common game. An 84km2 sanctuary at the heart of the park is home to some 70+ Black and White Rhino.

Bush Walks

Take the time to leave the car behind and enjoy a slower pace. Talk a walk up to the very top of Mughwango Hill, enjoying a 360 degree view from snow-capped Mt Kenya in the west to the vast Meru plains to the east.


“Sundowners” are an old tradition after a day of safari: stop and watch the spectacular sunset with, traditionally, a gin and tonic in hand.

Line Fishing

Take your rod, afternoon tipple with some canapés and a good book, and settle on the palm lined banks of one of Meru’s many rivers. The fishing is fun, with plentiful catfish, tilapia and barbell.

Cultural Visits

Elsa’s Kopje works with closely with the Tharaka community, and there are ways that you can get involved. Traditionally known for their ornate clothing including distinctive leather skirts and long cowrie shell decorated aprons for women, while the men wore animal skin cloaks and feathered headdresses that were a sign of prestige. Their houses are round with conical shaped roofs, thatched with grass.

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Elsa's Kopje Meru by Elewana Pool

Unashamedly romantic and beautifully styled, Elsa’s Kopje is sculpted into Mughwango Hill, above the site of George Adamson’s original camp where he raised and released orphan lions, long before conservation became fashionable. Each cottage is crafted around the rocks, with a large bedroom, open sitting room, veranda and spacious bathroom, each with breathtaking views. Guests can enjoy inimitable seclusion in the vast expanse of Meru National Park, boasting 870km² , the equivalent of 215,000 acres, of authentic African landscape. The park offers a thriving rhino sanctuary, and is famous for large elephant herds, hippo, lion, and birdlife.

The rugged and remote Meru National Park was rescued from oblivion thanks to Elsa’s Kopje, an environmental award-winning, boutique lodge. A winner of numerous awards over the years, Elsa’s Kopje is widely renowned as one of the most elegant lodges in Africa. Enjoy game drives in open 4×4 vehicles in the company of knowledgeable driver-guides. Nature walks and night game drives can also be arranged in the national park, while a rafting trip on the Tana River provides a unique way to view wildlife. In between safari activities you can enjoy the additional activities such as pool, unwinding with a massage, or library and on-site gift shop.

Elsa’s Kopje has eight en-suite cottages, shaped into the curves of Mughwango rock, and overlooking the vast plains of Meru National Park. There are seven double and one twin room. They are all open-fronted and offer very elegant safari style décor with stunning views. It is also possible to rent Elsa’s House which accommodates 8 to 10 guests.

Elsa's Kopje Meru by Elewana Cottage Suites


Nestled into the hillside, and overlooking the vast plains of Meru National Park, each of Elsa’s Kopje’s open-fronted cottages are unique in design and offer an elegant safari style.

Elsa's Kopje Meru by Elewana Family Cottage
Elsa's Kopje Meru by Elewana Bathroom

Family Cottage

Brand new and with panoramic views of the Park. The Family Cottage is a spacious 2-bedroom cottage with a double and a twin room, both en-suite, a beautiful living room, large private deck and an outside bath by the master bedroom.

Elsa's Kopje Meru by Elewana Honeymoon Cottages

Honeymoon Suites

Overlooking the vast plains of Meru National Park, Elsa’s has three Honeymoon Suites. Two of the suites have romantic outside baths and one suite has three levels featuring a private sitting room, main bedroom with en-suite bathroom, and a small private deck.

Elsa's Kopje Meru by Elewana Private House

Private House

Overlooking the vast plains of Meru National Park and facing Mt Kenya, Elsa’s Private House consists of one en suite master bedroom with dressing room, one en suite twin bedroom, a large dining and sitting room, a private garden and infinity swimming pool.

Meals at Elsa’s Kopje feature traditional northern Italian cuisine blended with a selection of local and international dishes, freshly baked bread, crisp salads, and locally-grown vegetables. The staff can also arrange a bush breakfast, a picnic lunch or sundowners in the park. At Elsa’s Kopje, guests eat on their own individual tables. Dinner is almost always outside, with candlelit tables laid out under the stars. Private romantic dinners can also be arranged. Elsa’s Kopje serves a set menu which can easily be tailored for preferences and special diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc. Please make sure your agent informs us well in advance though, so that the camp managers can prepare for your arrival.

Elsa's Kopje Meru by Elewana Main Areas Dining
Elsa's Kopje Meru by Elewana Dinner
Elsa's Kopje Meru by Elewana Bar
Elsa's Kopje Meru by Elewana Private Dinner

Safari Dining

Elsa’s Kopje is renowned for its delicious cuisine. With sumptuous fresh salads and pastas for lunch, combining North Italian recipes with more unusual dishes (such as crispy Tempura Vegetables, Aubergine, Feta and Tomato Stacks with Parmesan ‘Snaps’ and Danish Layer Cake), meals here are simply heaven. Using fresh salads and herbs from its own garden, and serving homemade bread freshly baked in the camp’s own traditional outdoor pizza oven, you will feel absolutely spoiled.

Enjoy game-drives in open 4×4 vehicles with experienced guides and rafting on Tana River. Unwind beside the swimming pool that offers exceptional views; pamper yourself with a massage, or browse the library and on-site gift shop.

Elsa's Kopje Meru by Elewana Pool
Elsa's Kopje Meru by Elewana Swimming


Enjoy the cool waters in the heat of the day! An infinity pool perched on the side of the hill, the views are indeed infinite! The pool has bar service. The Private House has its own private swimming pool.

Elsa's Kopje Meru by Elewana Spa


Safari is also a holiday and a rest – a break from today’s frenetic lifestyle. Elsa’s Kopje offers massages for wonderful way to ease the stress out of tired shoulders and backs. As well as manicure and pedicure to compliment those tanned limbs!

Area & Location

Area, Country
Meru National Park, Kenya
Nearest Airport
Nairobi International Airport, Nairobi
Local Currency
Kenyan Shilling (KES)
Time Change
GMT +3
Swahili, English
Best time to go
July through February

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