- Type: Lodge
- Summary: The lodge is built just above George Adamson's original camp
- Feature: Open-fronted decks offer amazing views of the plains
- Rooms: 9 cottages, 1 honeymoon cottage & a private house
- Location: Meru National Park, Kenya
- Nearest airport: Nairobi International Airport
Location and transfer
1 hour, 30 minutes from Nairobi Wilson Airport by light aircraft to Kinna Airstrip and a game-drive vehicle transfer to the lodge.
Elsa's Kopje sits remotely in Meru National Park amongst rugged and untamed terrain. The park has an enormous diversity of habitat and wildlife, and much of the area's success can be credited to the late George Adamson and his workers (past and present) who have, literally, given life back to Meru National Park from the ravaging of poaching in the 1980s and 1990s. Now, the park is home to lions, elephants, buffalo, Reticulated Giraffes, Grevy's Zebra, Gerenuk Antelope, Somali Ostrich and Beisa Oryx, as well as an 84km2 rhino sanctuary. Guests can enjoy day and night game-drives, guided walks, fishing trips and bush sundowners whilst absorbing the infectious spirit of Elsa's Kopje.
Culture & History
In 1964 Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna first travelled to Kenya to star in the groundbreaking film, 'Born Free', which told the true story of George and Joy Adamson raising an orphaned lion cub. The couple were forced to give Elsa away to a zoo or release the lioness back into the wild. Joy made the courageous decision to release the cub back into the wild, thus changing public perception of zoos forever. The premature death of Pole Pole the elephant in London Zoo, that the couple campaigned to keep in the wild, sparked the formation of the Born Free Foundation in 1984 and in 1999, Elsa's Kopje was opened by Dr Richard Leaky (chairman of KWS) and Virginia McKenna.
Children are welcome at Elsa's Kopje and general camp activities are available for them to enjoy.