Elsa's Kopje - Meru National Park

Category: (Ministry of Tourism classification): 04 ****

Location:
Located within Meru National Park (390 Kms from Nairobi) - northeast of Nairobi (7 miles north of the Equator)

Description:
Elsa's Kopje – is an intimate luxury lodge built and managed to the basic principals of eco-tourism.  It is named after Elsa, the orphaned lioness reared by George and Joy Adamson and returned to the wild in Meru, and Kopje (meaning hill in Dutch/Africaans) for the rocky outcropping it sits on.   Situated on Mughwango Hill at the site of George Adamson’s original camp at an altitute of 700m (2,400ft), it has break taking views of the plains of the park in front and to the foothills of Mount Kenya behind. The landscape and vegetation is fascinating, tracing the lines of ancient landforms created by the series of lava flows off the Nyambeni Hills towards the Tana River many millions of years ago. The different soil ages have created distinct patterns of vegetation from lush thick bush to sparse arid sections, a unique and eye-catching eco-system now crisscrossed by 13 tree lined rivers.

Number of Rooms:
9 cottages - 2 with twin beds; 6 with king-sized beds; 1 family cottage with adjoining 1 double and 1 twin bedrooms, sitting room mezzanine level with optional extra bed and a deck

Room décor:
African in architecture, each of the individual open-plan designed thatched cottages, enjoys a 270 degree view and blends and incorporates the rocks, boulders and trees of the hillside itself.  Furniture is all locally made, some on site and the rest by local artisans around the country.

In- room amenities:
Spacious rooms with large four-poster beds, airy verandah, en suite bathrooms with hot showers or baths, flush toilets.  Bathroom water is heated by solar panels.  A personal butler is provided for each cottage from 06.00hrs-22.30hrs.

Special features:
Air Kenya operates a schedule air service to/ex Meru 3 times a week from Nairobi on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, ideal for getting to Elsa's Kopje and connects on to Samburu and the Maasai Mara.

Food and Beaverage Facilities:
Meals are predominantly Northern Italian and special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or dietary allergies) can be catered for.  There is an intimate bar.

Recreational Facilities:

·         Panoramic natural rock swimming pool (depth varies from 1 – 6 feet)
·         Day game drives in 4x4 vehicles
·         Night game drives (by infra-red lights)
·         Escorted game walks with resident naturalists and local guides
·         Trout fishing
·         Bush breakfasts and sundowners at special locations

Conference Facilities: Not available

General Facilities:

Ø   Room Service (communication by Ultra High Frequency walkie-talkie)
Ø   Welcome fruit juice on arrival
Ø   01 hairdryer socket in the Swimming Pool changing room
Ø   Laundry service (hand washing)
Ø   Complimentary baby listening service
Ø   Valuables may be handled to the manager for safekeeping
Ø   Gift shop (open 09.00hrs to 19.00hrs)
Ø   Generator powered electricity (10 hours each day, running the lights, pool
Ø   Filter fridges and freezer)
Ø   Visits to Tharaka tribe villages (for colourful dance ceremony, traditional grass skirts making, basket/mats weaving)

Climate:
The weather is generally warm with minimum humidity and very comfortable. Days are hot with pleasant nights.