Elsa's Kopje is a private hideaway, on first approach it is almost invisible to the eye, perched on top of Mugwongo Hill, site of George Adamson's first camp. Meru National Park, for so long Kenya's undiscovered gem, is renowned for its low rainfall, yet at the same time thirteen rivers and numerous streams run off the nearby mountains to provide a landscape of arid land laced with ribbons of green.
Small private cottages uniquely designed and crafted and incorporating the natural features of the rocky hillside are placed well away from any neighbour. Every cottage is the ultimate ‘room-with-a-view', you will enjoy a 270-degree view of the surrounding park with its scattered kopjes and mysterious baobab trees. The open plan rooms are individually designed, incorporating the rocks into the structure. Traditional African-made furniture, bright ikat fabrics and whitewashed walls are simple yet superbly comfortable and stylishly effective. There is an open bar, lounge and dining room with an exceptionally inviting infinity pool overlooking the Meru plains.
Joy Adamson and her game warden husband George on this site raised three orphaned lions. Two where sent away to zoos and the third, Elsa remained with them. Eventually the Adamsons successfully released Elsa back into the wild where she lived, raised her own young and died in 1961.
Joy Adamson wrote three books about Elsa and her cubs, entitled; Born Free, Living Free and Forever Free. The story of the Adamsons has also been made into several film adaptations. At Elsa's Kopje you can visit the grave of this most famous of lions.