Dining at Elsas Kopje

Elsa’s Kopje Explore the untamed Kenyan wilderness from this majestic lodge, the hidden jewel of Meru National Park

The spirit of Elsa’s Kopje

Barely visible on approach, Elsa’s Kopje blends seamlessly into its surrounds. Perched high on top of Mughwango Hill, this superb lodge stands as tribute to Elsa, the orphaned lioness made famous in the movie Born Free. Charming cottages are crafted around the natural features of the hill, each with a spacious bedroom, open sitting rooms, ensuite bathroom and large veranda with breath-taking views of the savannah below. Elsa’s Private House – with double rooms, a sitting room, veranda and plunge pool – is ideal for families.

The menu is Northern Italian, peppered with both local and international dishes, accompanied by freshly baked bread, crisp salads and locally grown vegetables. Lamp-lit pathways lead towards guest areas that include an open bar, sitting room and dining area, with an exceptionally inviting infinity pool overlooking the Meru plains. Adventures include game drives, guided nature walks, bush meals, excursions to the Tana River and cultural visits to a local village.

What we love about Elsa’s Kopje

  • Ask your hosts to tell you about the history of Elsa, the orphaned lioness raised by Joy and George Adamson, who would later inspire the Born Free Foundation.
  • Don’t forget to leave some space for the camp’s famous Danish layer cake, frequently served with afternoon tea!
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