Elsa's Kopje

Elsa's Kopje is a stylish wilderness retreat, offering breath-taking panoramic views of the surrounding plains and wetlands below. The lodge is named after Elsa, the orphaned lioness reared by George and Joy Adamson and on whom the film "Born Free" was based.

The lodge's beautiful stone cottages are built into Mughwango Hill, looking out over Meru National Park.

Why we like Elsa's Kopje

Managing to combine luxury and homeliness, with the open lawn and main house providing an incredibly comforting space, Elsa's still feels like someone's home. You feel at ease, the minute you arrive. The clever way in which the rooms have also been built into and around the kopjes also adds to the character, making fantastic use of the raised position.


Accommodation at the camp consists of nine, open-plan, naturally-built stone cottages, each one individually designed to incorporate the rocks into its architecture, making the most of the raised elevation and spectacular views.

Each of the luxurious cottages has a private en-suite bathroom with showers or baths made from stone. There is also a dedicated honeymoon, cottage which has added touches of luxury.

Paved paths, lit by lamps at night, lead from each cottage to an open bar, lounge and dining room that is built around a colourful and beautifully maintained lawn. Beyond this is an infinity pool, with views out across the plains.


All of Elsa's Kopje's activities take place in Meru National Park. These include:

  • Day and night game drives
  • Visits to the rhino sanctuary
  • Guided walks
  • Fishing
  • Cultural visits


The lodge is, as the name suggests, perched on a kopje in Meru National Park. Access is usually by scheduled light aircraft, landing at Kinna Airstrip, which is 45 minutes from the lodge. It's also possible to access the lodge by road from many of the lodges in the neighbouring Laikipia region.

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