For many years Kenya’s best kept secret, the untamed wilderness of Meru National Park, is best explored from its hidden jewel – Elsa’s Kopje. Made famous by the film ‘Born Free’ and George Adamson’s lions, the lodge is invisible to the eye as you approach the kopje. Each of the 9 individually built cottages are luxuriously appointed, and here you’ll find the ultimate ‘room with a view’.

The 9 stone and thatch guest cottages are crafted around the natural features of the hill. Paved paths, lit by lamps at night, lead from each cottage to the comfortable open bar, lounge and dining room. There is a sense of space, style and pure relaxation. The ultimate ‘pool with a view’ looks out across the plains, perfect for chilling out after a game drive or guided walk in the bush. Every cottage is uniquely designed. The generous double or twin beds are romantically swathed in netting. The bathrooms are sumptuous: showers or baths made out of stone, modern flush toilets, bidets and double basins. One double cottage is set slightly apart from the others, ideal for families with children or a group. It has a double bedroom and a twin bedroom (bathrooms en-suite.)

Elsa’s Private House was completed in June 2005 and was built by the original designer of Elsa’s Kopje. Elsa’s Private House is set apart from the rest of the lodge, providing complete exclusivity and privacy. The house consists of two double bedrooms with en-suite bathroom. There is a spacious twin room, with en-suite bathroom. The living area spills into your very own private swimming pool. The pool falls neatly into the horizon beyond the Meru plains. Elsa’s Private House provides guests with their very own piece of Kopje paradise.

The game is shy but plentiful and truly wild. Common sightings include eland, beisa oryx, gerenuk, elephant, grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, Grant’s gazelle, the elusive lesser kudu and of course, the predators, lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena. The Kenya Wildlife Service has released giraffe, zebra, elephant and rhino into the park to restock the game levels. Lions are regularly heard and seen around Mughwango Hill.

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