Awarded: Bronze

Elsa’s Kopje is a beautifully designed boutique hotel in a secluded expanse of Meru National Park. It is named after the lioness raised by George and Joy Adamson and made famous in the film, Born Free. Offering a true feeling of wilderness and a slice of history, the lodge is perfect for travellers seeking something a little unique and rich in history in a quiet safari region.


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Location

The property sits high on Mughwango hill with wonderful views over the plains of Meru National Park.

Rooms

Ten cottages and one private house are all built uniquely around the trees and rocks on the hill. This means each is slightly different and has its own dedicated angle on the incredible views. Thatched ceilings, whitewashed walls and exposed wooden beams give the interiors a cosy, cottage-like feel. Handcrafted wooden beds and natural rock features make the interiors blend seamlessly into the surrounding landscape.

Communal Areas

The infinity pool is at the centre of the main area at the top of the rock with the lounge and dining areas circling around it so wherever you sit, the views are magnificent. A spa area sits adjacent where guests can enjoy massages and manicures among other treatments.

Activities

Morning and afternoon safari drives within the national park are the main activity at the camp and guests can visit the rhino enclosure which is home to a large population of black and white rhinos. To reach further into the park, take a full day drive and visit Elsa’s grave. It is also possible to take guided walks to the top of the kopje for some even more spectacular views.

Fully inclusive

Accommodation
Breakfast, lunch and evening meal
All house drinks (except premium imported brands and champagne)
Scheduled open vehicle game drives
Guided bush walks
Laundry

When to go

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DRY SEASON

Migratory birds will also be present, offering great bird watching opportunities. A brief drier interlude before the more intense long rains arrive in late March.

After the ‘short rains’ wildlife tends to be less concentrated, and the vegetation will be thicker – making game viewing sightings trickier. On the other hand, the colours of the park are a lot more impressive after the rains, and the large volume of insets draw in migratory birds who will be in their full breeding colours.

Its location so close to the equator means that Laikipia has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the altitude (333 to 763m or 1,093 to 2,503ft) moderate these a fraction to an average midday high of 32°C/91°F throughout the year. Despite the high temperatures, Meru does have an arid climate with quite low humidity levels through most of the year, this does make things a lot more comfortable than one might expect.

There are two wet seasons in Kenya. In Laikipia the first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between October and November.

DRY SEASON

Migratory birds will also be present, offering great bird watching opportunities. A brief drier interlude before the more intense long rains arrive in late March.

After the ‘short rains’ wildlife tends to be less concentrated, and the vegetation will be thicker – making game viewing sightings trickier. On the other hand, the colours of the park are a lot more impressive after the rains, and the large volume of insets draw in migratory birds who will be in their full breeding colours.

Its location so close to the equator means that Laikipia has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the altitude (333 to 763m or 1,093 to 2,503ft) moderate these a fraction to an average midday high of 32°C/91°F throughout the year. Despite the high temperatures, Meru does have an arid climate with quite low humidity levels through most of the year, this does make things a lot more comfortable than one might expect.

There are two wet seasons in Kenya. In Laikipia the first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between October and November.

WET SEASON

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain. As a consequence of the rainfall roads can be hard to navigate and wildlife a little harder to spot. Elephants also tend to move out of the park during the peak of the wet season.

Its location so close to the equator means that Laikipia has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the altitude (333 to 763m or 1,093 to 2,503ft) moderate these a fraction to an average midday high of 32°C/91°F throughout the year. Despite the high temperatures, Meru does have an arid climate with quite low humidity levels through most of the year, this does make things a lot more comfortable than one might expect.

There are two wet seasons in Kenya. In Laikipia the first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between October and November.

WET SEASON

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain. As a consequence of the rainfall roads can be hard to navigate and wildlife a little harder to spot. Elephants also tend to move out of the park during the peak of the wet season.

Its location so close to the equator means that Laikipia has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the altitude (333 to 763m or 1,093 to 2,503ft) moderate these a fraction to an average midday high of 32°C/91°F throughout the year. Despite the high temperatures, Meru does have an arid climate with quite low humidity levels through most of the year, this does make things a lot more comfortable than one might expect.

There are two wet seasons in Kenya. In Laikipia the first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between October and November.

WET SEASON

The exact start and end of the rains are always a little uncertain, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. This wet season is also often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain. As a consequence of the rainfall roads can be hard to navigate and wildlife a little harder to spot. Elephants also tend to move out of the park during the peak of the wet season.

Its location so close to the equator means that Laikipia has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the altitude (333 to 763m or 1,093 to 2,503ft) moderate these a fraction to an average midday high of 32°C/91°F throughout the year. Despite the high temperatures, Meru does have an arid climate with quite low humidity levels through most of the year, this does make things a lot more comfortable than one might expect.

There are two wet seasons in Kenya. In Laikipia the first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between October and November.

DRY SEASON

A more stable and predictable time of the year, usually with clear skies. Also, one of the cooler periods, which makes midday temperatures a little more pleasant.

As the land begins to dry up the wildlife will become more concentrated around remaining water sources, making it that bit easier to spot!

Its location so close to the equator means that Laikipia has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the altitude (333 to 763m or 1,093 to 2,503ft) moderate these a fraction to an average midday high of 32°C/91°F throughout the year. Despite the high temperatures, Meru does have an arid climate with quite low humidity levels through most of the year, this does make things a lot more comfortable than one might expect.

There are two wet seasons in Kenya. In Laikipia the first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between October and November.

DRY SEASON

A more stable and predictable time of the year, usually with clear skies. Also, one of the cooler periods, which makes midday temperatures a little more pleasant.

As the land begins to dry up the wildlife will become more concentrated around remaining water sources, making it that bit easier to spot!

Its location so close to the equator means that Laikipia has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the altitude (333 to 763m or 1,093 to 2,503ft) moderate these a fraction to an average midday high of 32°C/91°F throughout the year. Despite the high temperatures, Meru does have an arid climate with quite low humidity levels through most of the year, this does make things a lot more comfortable than one might expect.

There are two wet seasons in Kenya. In Laikipia the first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between October and November.

DRY SEASON

A more stable and predictable time of the year, usually with clear skies. Temperatures will be on the rise until the ‘short rains’ arrive in October.

As the land continues to dry the wildlife will become more concentrated around remaining water sources, significantly improving the odds of good sightings. Vegetation will also be much thinner towards the end of the dry season, which will again improve the odds of having some great sightings!

Its location so close to the equator means that Laikipia has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the altitude (333 to 763m or 1,093 to 2,503ft) moderate these a fraction to an average midday high of 32°C/91°F throughout the year. Despite the high temperatures, Meru does have an arid climate with quite low humidity levels through most of the year, this does make things a lot more comfortable than one might expect.

There are two wet seasons in Kenya. In Laikipia the first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between October and November.

DRY SEASON

A more stable and predictable time of the year, usually with clear skies. Temperatures will be on the rise until the ‘short rains’ arrive in October.

As the land continues to dry the wildlife will become more concentrated around remaining water sources, significantly improving the odds of good sightings. Vegetation will also be much thinner towards the end of the dry season, which will again improve the odds of having some great sightings!

Its location so close to the equator means that Laikipia has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the altitude (333 to 763m or 1,093 to 2,503ft) moderate these a fraction to an average midday high of 32°C/91°F throughout the year. Despite the high temperatures, Meru does have an arid climate with quite low humidity levels through most of the year, this does make things a lot more comfortable than one might expect.

There are two wet seasons in Kenya. In Laikipia the first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between October and November.

WET SEASON

A rather unpredictable time of the year with heavy showers or thunderstorms, but usually with sunshine in between. The vegetation will become thicker – making game viewing sightings trickier.

Migratory birds will start arriving, offering potentially great bird watching opportunities.

Its location so close to the equator means that Laikipia has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the altitude (333 to 763m or 1,093 to 2,503ft) moderate these a fraction to an average midday high of 32°C/91°F throughout the year. Despite the high temperatures, Meru does have an arid climate with quite low humidity levels through most of the year, this does make things a lot more comfortable than one might expect.

There are two wet seasons in Kenya. In Laikipia the first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between October and November.

WET SEASON

A rather unpredictable time of the year with heavy showers or thunderstorms, but usually with sunshine in between. The vegetation will become thicker – making game viewing sightings trickier.

Migratory birds will start arriving, offering potentially great bird watching opportunities.

Its location so close to the equator means that Laikipia has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the altitude (333 to 763m or 1,093 to 2,503ft) moderate these a fraction to an average midday high of 32°C/91°F throughout the year. Despite the high temperatures, Meru does have an arid climate with quite low humidity levels through most of the year, this does make things a lot more comfortable than one might expect.

There are two wet seasons in Kenya. In Laikipia the first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between October and November.

DRY SEASON

Migratory birds will also be present, offering great bird watching opportunities. A brief drier interlude before the more intense long rains arrive in late March.

After the ‘short rains’ wildlife tends to be less concentrated, and the vegetation will be thicker – making game viewing sightings trickier. On the other hand, the colours of the park are a lot more impressive after the rains, and the large volume of insets draw in migratory birds who will be in their full breeding colours.

Its location so close to the equator means that Laikipia has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, while the altitude (333 to 763m or 1,093 to 2,503ft) moderate these a fraction to an average midday high of 32°C/91°F throughout the year. Despite the high temperatures, Meru does have an arid climate with quite low humidity levels through most of the year, this does make things a lot more comfortable than one might expect.

There are two wet seasons in Kenya. In Laikipia the first known as the long rains take place between March and May, the second wet season is known as the short rains which also tend to be a little less intense, these take place between October and November.

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Elsa’s Kopje

Elsa’s Kopje

Elsa’s Kopje is a beautifully designed boutique hotel in a secluded expanse of Meru National Park. It is named after the lioness raised by George and Joy Adamson and ..

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