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  • Overview
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Elewana Elsa’s Kopje Meru is named after Elsa the lioness of Born Free fame, the biographical book and film by George and Joy Adamson. Nestled into Mughwango Hill, from almost any point within the grounds, the lodge boasts expansive views of the Meru plains and Mount Kenya.

Recognizing the value of time well spent with family and friends, the Elewana Collection introduces discerning travelers to East Africa through impeccably designed lodges that invite true relaxation, as well as the thrill of a real adventure. Complementing their locations in prime game-viewing areas, on quiet white-sand beaches or even in a coffee plantation, are lavish comforts, including fresh cotton sheets, elegant rooms and gourmet meals. Family-friendly, individually styled and exuding warm and personalized hospitality, the lodges are a savvy blend of high-class safari and low-impact tourism. Guests are encouraged to become part of the local community and conservation projects, thereby returning home with a piece of East Africa instilled in their hearts forever.


Six spacious cottages, three honeymoon cottages, one family cottage and Elsa’s Private House make up the guest accommodations at Elewana Elsa’s Kopje Meru. Each of the cottages was designed to be a “room with a view,” thoughtfully crafted to incorporate the rocky hillside. Elsa’s Private House boasts a swimming pool and garden, shared sitting room, dining room and two en suite bedrooms, and is set a bit apart from the main lodge, affording its guests a private and exclusive feel.


Brimming with Born Free and Adamson memorabilia, the lodge overlooks the site of George Adamson’s camp at the foot of the hill. Today’s guests are treated to a myriad of safari activities, WiFi throughout the public area and accommodations, a gift shop, massage treatments, purified drinking water and more. The camp is in a dry area of low population, and thus has a very low malaria risk.


Meru National Park is the star here, the sublime setting for many daily activities, including day and evening game drives by 4×4 custom game vehicles, line-fishing in the Tana and Rojewero rivers, visiting community projects and schools, hiking up Mughwango Hill for 360-degree area vistas, visiting a rhino sanctuary and more. The region is known for its rhinos, in particular, as well as Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, lesser kukdu, more than 450 bird species, buffalo, elephant, lion and more. Children are treated to family-friendly bush walks, fishing, swimming and visits to local schools.


Each day includes a lavish bush breakfast, picnic lunches and sundowners – the perfect time to gather and share visions of what another day of adventure may bring. Meal times are flexible and there is individual dining. World-class cuisine is accompanied by a premium wine list. Individual dietary requests can be satisfied with advance notice; a children’s menu is available.


The private Mughwango Airstrip is a 5-minute drive from the lodge; Kinna Airstrip is a 45-minute drive from the lodge. Both are a one-hour flight from Wilson Airport. There is also a helicopter pad a one-minute drive from the lodge. The camp coordinates are N00˚08.061’ E038˚08.232’, and it sits in Meru National Park with its breathtaking views across the Nyambeni Range and Mount Kenya.