I always talk about the “wow factor” which you get at some very selected lodges. At Elsa’s Kopje you definitely get it. Our suite (we learned later that it is the Honeymoon Suite, room number 10) had the full on Wow factor.
Upon arrival at Elsa's (the only commercial lodge in the reserve) we were greeted by the managing couple Philip and Charlie, and you notice immediately that they love what they do – and that they are extremely good at it! After a short introduction we were led to our room. No – room is not the right word: a suite that sprawls over three levels, with a sundeck including two sun loungers, a lounge area with sofas and coffee station on the second level (here it is also possible to accommodate 2 children) and a beautiful bedroom with en-suite bathroom on the bottom level. Oh, and have I mentioned, the views from each level are to die for; extensive views over the plane, and there are no walls to interrupt them; just some netting that is being closed during the night. The toilet deserves the term “loo with a view”, as you can enjoy some serious game viewing from that very private spot.
Meru is a national park, famous for its enormous diversity of game. It not only has the “Big 5”, including white and black rhino, but also cheetah, wild dog and the highly endangered “Grevy Zebra” a beautiful animal with narrow stripes and a white belly, as well as the Reticulated Giraffe, with very pronounced patterns.
The terrain at Meru is very different to Amboseli, with much more vegetation, palm trees (Doum Palms) and quite a few rivers to cross.
The mountain ranges you can see on the horizon certainly make it even more spectacular.
I highly recommend a combination of Elsa's with one or two camps in the Masai Mara.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elsa’s Kopje is almost invisible to the eye as you approach its home on Mughwango Hill. It blends into the rocky crags of the "kopje" (small hill), built above the site of George Adamson's original campsite. Every cottage is the ultimate 'room-with-a-view,' uniquely designed and crafted, incorporating the natural features of the rocky hillside. There is also an open bar, lounge and dining room with an exceptionally inviting infinity pool overlooking the Meru plains. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elsa`s Kopje Hotel Meru National Park