About Elsa’s Kopje

Elsa’s Kopje was designed and built by Stefano Cheli, and opened in 1999 by Dr Richard Leakey (chairman of KWS), and Virgina McKenna, the star of the 1960’s film “Born Free”, and founder of the “Born Free” foundation.

Read more about the history of the Born Free Foundation.

The lodge can be credited with single handedly saving this beautiful National Park which had suffered from little or no income from visitors. Before the opening of Elsa’s Kopje and subsequent income from visitors, there was talk in government of de-gazetting the park and turning the well-watered fertile land into rice plantations.

Widely acclaimed as one of the most spectacular locations and lodge designs in Africa, Elsa’s is built round a granite hill with each cottage individually designed to take advantage of the stunning views, and the natural curves, rocks, and trees on the hillside.

With passion for the environment, Elsa’s Kopje was designed to blend in with its surrounds, uses minimal power, and adheres to innovative policies of minimal environmental impact. Elsa’s Kopje received the first Eco-rating in Kenya in 2003, and now boasts a Gold Eco-Rating as well as a International Silver-Level Certification with Sustainable Travel International.

The Elewana Collection

In 2015 became a part of the Elewana Collection. With a collection of 15 boutique properties across the most iconic locations of Kenya and Tanzania, Elewana Collection provides exceptional and authentic safari experiences in comfort and style. See the Elewana Collection of properties here.