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Elsa’s Kopje is named after Elsa the lioness, made famous by George and Joy Adamson’s biographical book and film “Born Free”.

Winner of the Good Safari Guide’s ‘Best Safari Property in Africa’ award, Elsa’s Kopje is renowned for being one of the most elegant lodges in Africa, with the most spectacular setting.

It is the best upmarket location to view rhino in their natural habitat in Kenya.



Mughwango Hill, Meru National Park


8 en-suite open-plan cottages

1 Elsa’s Private House has 2 double rooms with a shared sitting room, verandah and private swimming pool

1 Honeymoon Suite


Elsa’s Kopje is almost invisible to the eye as you approach it’s home on Mughwango Hill in Meru National Park.

It blends into the rocky crags of the “kopje” (small hill), built very near to the site of George Adamson’s original campsite. The cottages are the ultimate rooms-with-a-view, uniquely designed and crafted, incorporating the natural features of the rocky hillside.

Each cottage has spacious double or twin beds with en-suite, elegantly appointed bathrooms. There is an open bar, lounge and dining room with an exceptionally inviting infinity pool overlooking the Meru plains.

Elsa’s Private House is a spacious, stylish, exclusive hideaway set slightly apart from the main lodge. It has 1 double room and 1 twin, both with en-suite bathrooms. There is a living and dining area, leading seamlessly outdoors into its own private swimming pool.

Elsa’s Honeymoon Suite is a 3 level room, with a double bed and ensuite bathroom. With it’s breathtaking views, this latest addition is most definitely Elsas ‘pride’!

Recipient of Africa’s 1st Bronze Eco-Tourism Certification – 2003

Guiding & Activities


The Elsa’s Kopje guides are based at the lodge in Meru National Park, they have the whole park to themselves, and know their backyard intimately. All the guides are Bronze or Silver level Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association certified. The National Park is one of the most beautiful in Africa, and apart from being home to plentiful lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant and rhino, it is known for its diversity of habitat and wildlife, including the rare and beautiful lesser Kudu. The guides know every stunning corner, from the palm fringed springs, to the sandy beaches if the Tana river. A birders paradise, Meru boasts over 400 species, as well surprising botanical treasures including the giant baobab tree and rare paper bark Albitzia. Our guides know the territory of the Meru lions and leopards, but also in a habitat so diverse, they know the medicinal properties of the unusual plants, are keen birders, and can show you the home of the tiny naked mole rat!

Game Drives

The Elsa’s Kopje guides are based at the lodge in Meru National Park, they have the whole park to themselves, and know their backyard intimately. All the guides are Bronze or Silver level Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association certified.

Elsa’s Kopje has open game drive vehicles. The current fleet are new, specially fitted, 4×4 Toyota Land cruisers. The vehicles are unrivalled with feature enhancements specifically designed for comfort and photography – open sided with 3 rows of seats, photographic equipment stands, and charging sockets. Clients will share game drives unless “exclusive use of vehicle” has been prebooked at an extra charge.

The park has enormous diversity of habitat and wildlife, game drives will take you through forests, past giant baobab trees, through clear spring fed streams lined with palms. This is lion and elephant country, but also Meru has many rare species including caracal, the beautiful Lesser Kudu, aardwolf, and over 400 species of birds.

Rhino Sanctuary

The National Park incorporates an 84 sq km rhino sanctuary, home to over 70 rhino, both black and white. The size of the sanctuary ensures that finding the rhino is still a game driving challenge!

Swimming Pool

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.

Game Drives in 4-wheel-drive vehicles
Night Game Drives
Guided Bush Walks
Bush Meals
Swimming Pool
Day Excursions to the Tana River with packed lunches
Visiting the local Tharaka village
Line Fishing (Catfish and Barbel)

Drinks policy
Soft drinks, beer, house wines and non-luxury spirits are included in the room rates.
Champagne, special wines and luxury spirits are additional.

Laundry policy
Limited laundry service included

How to get there
Mugwango airstrip
Helicopter Pad
Once daily scheduled Air Kenya flights to Meru departing Nairobi at 0745 hours Once daily scheduled Safarilink flight from Nairobi to Meru departing Wilson at 1020 hours once daily scheduled Air Kenya flight from Nairobi to Nanyuki departing Nairobi at 0915 hours (connecting with Private Charter from Nanyuki to Meru) twice daily scheduled Safarilink flights from Nairobi to Nanyuki departing Nairobi at 0800 hours and 1020 hours (connecting with Private Charter from Nanyuki to Meru) once daily scheduled Tropic Air flight from Nanyuki to Meru departing Nanyuki at 0745 hours (from 15th June – 31st October & 15th December – 31st March).

Private Charters from anywhere.

Directions to Elsa’s Kopje 

(GPS Coordinates are as accurate as possible).

In Meru town the turn off to Maua is next to a petrol station (maybe not very recognisable as a BP station), big sign for Maua and MeruNational Park.  If you are coming from Nanyuki it is on your left just before you get to Nakumat, from Embu it is on your right, just after you have gone past Nakumat. Good tarmac all the way.

Co-ordinates N 0 03.425  E 37 38.564

After 47km turn off at the Meru-Maua road on your left (Big wooden sign on the right hand side of the road saying MeruNational Park, this is now somewhat obscured).

CO-ORDINATES N 0 15.654  E 37 56.101

If you reach Maua town you have gone too far.

This road is brand new tarmac, after 7.5 kms there is a fork in the road and you should turn right. Again it is signposted to MeruNational Park, follow this 17.5 kms all the way to Murera Gate, there are 26 speed bumps on this stretch !).

CO-ORDINATES N 0 15.986  E 38 07.787

Drive straight from the gate on the main road until you reach No. 4 (8.5 kms) where you should turn right.

CO-ORDINATES N 0 13.086 E 38 11.540

The next number you should reach will be 31. Follow these numbers down until you reach 28 which indicate the direction to Elsa’s.  Basically you should follow the numbers down (ie 27, 26…)

CO-ORDINATES N 0 09.236 E 38 10.836

After 8 km you should reach Elsa’s Kopje, No 24.

CO-ORDINATES N 0 08.062 E 38 08.227

Elsa's route map


You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for flight to the Meru National Park. On your arrival at the airstrip after a 45 minutes flight, 4WD land cruiser will pick you to the Elsa’s Kopje Private Luxury Safari House for check formalities.

Lunch will follow then after a rest an afternoon game drive from 15:30 hours until in the evening at 18:30 hours time for dinner and overnight.


Early morning tea or coffee followed by early morning game drive at 06:30 hours returning later for breakfast at 08:30 hours then a rest until time for lunch in the lodge.

In the afternoon another game drive until in the evening time for dinner and overnight.


Early morning tea or coffee followed by early morning game drive at 06:30 hours returning later for breakfast then mid-morning transfer to the airstrip for flight to Nairobi arriving at about 12:00 hours then be transferred to your Nairobi CBD hotel  or be dropped at the airport.

End of safari….

Optional activities while in Elsa’s Kopje

There are also optional activities that you may request a quote for as below and we welcome you to test one or more during your visit

Night game drives

Day excursions to the Tana River

Rhino Sanctuary

Guided Walks

River Fishing

Swimming Pool

Bush Breakfast and Sundowners

Massage, Manicure and Pedicure

Cultural Visits

Price per person sharing adults US$ 1,670.00

Child of 3 to11 years sharing a room with 2 adults is charged 75% of per adult rate.

The single room supplement will be US$ 208.00

What is included:

Return flights to Meru National Park
Full board accommodation
All park fees
2 extended game drives per day in a 4 x 4 standard land rover of 4 to 6 clients per vehicle
All transfers
All soft drinks, beers and spirits, house wine together with applicable VAT thereon
Laundry services
Guided walk
Night game drives
Bush breakfast and lunch
All our transport has insurance.

What is not included?

Tips for the service approximately USD 10.00 per person per day, but of course this depends on whether were happy you with the service
Yellow fever vaccination
Things of personal use


A surcharge would be charged per person per night on Good Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Easter Monday and on 24th 25th, 26th, 31st December and 1st January.


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