Overview of Elsa’s Kopje Meru

Named after Elsa the Lioness, Elsa’s Kopje has been long known as one of Kenya’s most luxurious retreats and one of the best honeymoon destinations in Kenya. It has sweeping views over the elephant and buffalo-filled savannah with lots of amenities to live up to its reputation. From almost everywhere in the lodge, you have the most superb views, it feels like a window over Africa.

On approaching it, the facility is almost invisible to the eye, as it naturally fits in with its surroundings. The lodge is built into Mughwango Hill, and only naturally sourced materials were used in the process. Elsa’s Kopje was built above George Adamson’s original campsite (where he raised and released orphan lions long before conservation became fashionable), and Elsa’s grave isn’t far off.

The word Kopje means ‘small hill’. The Meru National Park has been recognized as one of the few safari destinations in Kenya with more diversity of animal species than any other park in East Africa. It offers a thriving rhino sanctuary and is widely known for its large elephant herds, lions, hippos, birdlife, etc.


  • Diverse landscape & variety of wildlife
  • Site of the original camp from the book & film Born Free
  • All cottages have beautiful views
  • Honeymoon suite for something special
  • Elsa’s Private House is set apart from the main lodge


elsa's kopje meru

Elsa’s Kopje is undoubtedly one of the best romantic places to visit in Kenya, perfect for lovers and also families. There are different accommodation options available, all depending on your taste, purpose, and budget.

The lodge holds 10 luxurious cottages, each named after a river that runs through the park. They all have awesome views, uniquely designed and crafted while incorporating the natural features of the rocky hillside.

All rooms are built with precision, spacious, luxurious, and elegantly appointed bathrooms that are made out of cool stone with hot showers, flush WC, basins, etc. Each bedroom has nicely polished wooden floors, with big comfortable beds and a large mesh window. There is also an exceptionally inviting infinity pool overlooking the Meru plains.

Elsa’s Kopje Private House

Elsa’s Private House is a spacious, stylish, exclusive hideaway set slightly apart from the main lodge. It is ideal for families or those guests after a little more luxury, with two bedrooms, a comfy main sitting and dining room, and a private garden.

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.

The main living and dining room is perched on the rocks with open sides, allowing for a fresh breeze. It is not unusual to see dassies gingerly peering in. Inside there are comfortable armchairs and lots of books.

There is a standby butler at your service at all times. The food is mainly based on traditional Northern Italian Cuisine blended with a selection of local and international dishes, fresh-baked bread, crisp salads, and locally grown vegetables.

Elsa’s Kopje Meru 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 Honeymoon Suites are the ultimate definition of romance. This is the perfect cottage to while away your days after an exciting morning of game viewing. Each private cottage is enormous, with large verandahs, spacious bathrooms, and plenty of space for afternoon siestas and wildlife viewing from your room.

Elsa’s Kopje Meru Family Cottages

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, a large private deck, and an outside bath by the master bedroom.


  • Day and night game drives with highly trained drivers
  • Bushwalks with guides and rangers
  • Spoil yourself with a massage
  • Watch the sunset in a secluded place
  • Bush meals and sundowners
  • Cultural visits
  • Excursions to the Tana River
  • Line fishing
  • Swimming
  • Massages

Getting to Elsa’s Kopje Meru

Elsa’s Kopje is easily accessible by road and by air. Daily scheduled flights are available from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to the Meru airstrip.

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