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Elewana Elsa’s Kopje Meru

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Elsa’s Kopje Lodge

Meru National Park

Elsa’s Kopje Meru

Unashamedly romantic and beautifully styled, Elsa’s Kopje Lodge 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.

The Lodge

sundowner in meru

Meru National Park

The rugged and remote Meru National Park was rescued from oblivion thanks to Elsa’s Kopje, an environmental award-winning, boutique lodge. Winner of the Good Safari Guide’s ‘Best Safari Property in Africa’ award, Elsa’s Kopje is widely renowned as one of the most elegant lodges in Africa.

Accommodation

Cottages

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.

6 en-suite cottage suites:

  • 5 doubles and 1 twin / double
  • Each cottage consists of a main bedroom, en suite bathroom and private deck or verandah. N.B. Cottage 3 has a private sitting room rather than a deck.
  • 2 rooms can fit one extra bed, to accommodate children under the age of 16yrs.
Cottage accommodation

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.

Family accommodation

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.

honeymoon Suite

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.

The Private House can fit two extra beds, for children under 16yrs.

Private house

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 gamedrive vehicles. The current fleet are new, specially fitted, 4×4 Toyota Landcruisers. 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 gamedrives unless “exclusive use of vehicle” has been prebooked at an extra charge.

The park has enormous diversity of habitat and wildlife, gamedrives 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.

game drives in meru
Day excursions to the Tana River

Take a picnic lunch, and take the whole day to explore the sandy Tana River, Kenya’s longest. Rising in the highlands of Mt Kenya and travelling 704kms before emptying into the Indian Ocean.

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 gamedriving challenge!

Guided Walk

Take the time to leave the car behind and enjoy the small things – tracks, dung beetles, naked mole rats and micro-ecosystems.

Enjoy a climb 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.

guided walks

River 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. Share your prey with herons, monitor lizards and spectacular kingfishers.

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.

swimming pool
Bush Breakfast and Sundowners

Take a moment to sit back, enjoy the spectacular views, the smells, the colours, and the gentle breeze.

Bush breakfasts are a chance to enjoy a full breakfast, al fresco, in the middle of the plains, surrounded by wildlife.

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

sundowner in meru
Massage

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.

Honeymoons

There is nothing more romantic than a safari! Already an unforgettable, once in a lifetime and pampered experience; safaris offer incredible sunsets, romantic tents with spectacular views, and relaxed al fresco dinners.

All the cottages at Elsa’s Kopje are outstanding suites, but we also have a “Honeymoon Suite” which can be booked especially for a honeymoon.

Being a very special holiday, we often have special offers and upgrades for honeymooners.

Honeymoon Safaris in Meru
Weddings

Over the years, Elsa’s Kopje has hosted very many beautiful weddings, blessings, and renewal of vows for our guests.

From small simple ceremonies involving merely a glass of champagne at the end of a gamedrive; to elaborate three day events, with over 20 guests taking over the whole property.

Discuss your ideas with your travel agent, or contact us for more information.

Elsa’s Kopje Meru Rates

Elewana Elsa’s Kopje Meru Rates
Full Board Rates

Full Board Rates

Non Residents in US$Resident Rates in Kshs
RoomHighMidGreenHighMid/Green
Double / Twin1,258938612     47,200.0023,100.00
Single944704458     70,800.0034,600.00
Honeymoon Cottage1,4781,103719   106,200.0051,900.00
Family Cottage2,2181,6801,155   188,700.0092,300.00
Private House2,8562,2051,470   235,900.00115,400.00

Meru National Park Fee NOT Included in the Rates

Full Board (FB) Includes: Accommodation, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), soft drinks, beer, house wines and selected spirits, teas, coffees and refreshments (on the property), and laundry services. The rates exclude champagne, private cellar wines and premium spirits.

Game Package Rates

Game Package Rates

Non Residents in US$Resident Rates in Kshs
RoomHighMidGreenHighMid/Green
Double / Twin1,632129096261,200.0037,100.00
Single122596772184,800.00 48,600.00
Honeymoon Cottage2,4491,9341443148,500.0093,900.00
Family Cottage2,9182,3361,811244,700.00148,300.00
Private House2,8562,2051,470305,900.00185,400.00

Meru National Park Fee NOT Included in the Rates

Game Package (GP) Includes:    Full-board package, scheduled and shared game drives, activities including guided walking safari, bush sundowners,transfers to and from our designated airstrips. The game package excludes champagne, private cellar wines and premium spirits.

Seasons

  • High:  1st Jul – 31st Oct,20th Dec – 3rd Jan 4th Jan – 31st Mar
  • Mid:    1st Jun – 30th Jun & 1st Nov– 19th Dec
  • Green:1st April – 31st May

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