Elewana Elsa’s Kopje perches on Mughwango Hill offering wonderful views looking out over the vastness of Meru National Park

Elewana Elsa’s Kopje is an established and exclusive safari lodge in the heart of Meru and is named after Elsa the lioness made famous by George and Joy Adamson’s well-loved book ‘Born Free’. It is a lovely property with a relaxing feel and magnificent views over Meru. Whilst the property is extremely comfortable and well managed, it should not be considered as a genuine five star option as it maintains an authentic safari feel in both the build and décor. The lay out of the lodge means that guests are afforded high levels of privacy in their rooms and consequently the lodge can feel very quiet, something that often appeals to many guests! Game viewing in Meru is varied and potentially very good, but not nearly as guaranteed as other areas of Kenya, especially when it comes to predators. We feel Elsa’s is best suited to travellers seeking to enjoy a little escapism and the wilderness of Meru in addition to both birding and game viewing.


Elewana Elsa’s Kopje has nine individual accommodations set around the hillside, often built between and around the rocks of the kopje with views out over the bush. In addition to these one bedroomed chalets, there is also a two bedroomed…


Meru lies to the north-east of Mount Kenya and covers a huge area of 870 sq. kms. The north-west of the park is significantly wetter and more hilly, whilst to the south-east the land flattens (the elevation varies from 4,000′ to 1,500′). The region…


Elewana Elsa’s Kopje accepts children of all ages but due to the terrain is not especially suited to families with very young children, despite the family friendly accommodation options. However, for families with children approximately…

Conservation & community

Elewana Collection, owners of Elewana Elsa’s Kopje, support the Land & Life Foundation ensuring relationships between rural communities and their natural environment that benefit wildlife conservation. The Foundation carries out…

Location Meru National Park
Access Scheduled flight into Kinna (45 mins) or Charter flight direct to the lodge airstrip (5 mins)
Open All year
Pricing £££££
Camp Style Safari lodge
Focus Big game / Birding / Wilderness
Children No age restriction
Activities Game drives (day and night) / Guided walks / Community visits / Rhino sanctuary
Vehicles Open
Maximum Guests on Vehicle 6
Private Vehicle Options Yes
Off-road Driving No
Number of Rooms 11 units (including 3 honeymoon suites, 1 family cottage and 1 private house)
Family Accommodation 1 two bedroomed family cottage / 1 two bedroomed private house
Bathroom Flush toilet / Plumbed basin / Plumbed shower (two honeymoon suites and the family cottage have outdoor baths)
Power for charging In room
Lighting Electric
Hairdryer Provided at specific times of the day
Heating/Cooling No
Room Safe Yes
Laundry Service Complimentary
Communication in room Radio
Wi-Fi Throughout but intermittent
Mobile Reception Yes
Swimming Communal / Private house has its own pool
Wellness Massages / Manicures / Pedicures
Dining Style Private (Communal option)
Drinks Included House drinks
Credit Cards Visa, Mastercard and AMEX