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The Elewana Collection

Elsa’s Kopje was designed and built by Stefano Cheli, officially opened by Dr. Richard Leakey (Director of Kenya Wildlife Service at the time), and Virginia McKenna of Born Free fame in 1999.  One of the most beautiful parks in Kenya, Liz & Stefano included Meru National Park on most of their mobile tented safaris.

Elsa’s Kopje joined the Elewana Collection in 2015; a group of 16 boutique lodges and camps in the most iconic locations in Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar.  Liz & Stefano continue to participate in conservation work, guiding and lodge experience (including the food!) at Elsa’s Kopje.

Guides

The Elsa’s Kopje guides are based at the lodge in Meru National Park, they have the whole park to themselves, and know their backyard intimately. All the guides are Bronze or Silver level Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association certified. The National Park is one of the most beautiful in Africa, and apart from being home to plentiful lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant and rhino, it is known for its diversity of habitat and wildlife, including the rare and beautiful lesser Kudu. The guides know every stunning corner, from the palm fringed springs, to the sandy beaches if the Tana river. A birders paradise, Meru boasts over 400 species, as well surprising botanical treasures including the giant baobab tree and rare paper bark Albitzia. Our guides know the territory of the Meru lions and leopards, but also in a habitat so diverse, they know the medicinal properties of the unusual plants, are keen birders, and can show you the home of the tiny naked mole rat!

Managers – Philip and “Charlie”

Philip and Charlotte Mason are both born and bred Kenyans, have two grown up children living in Nairobi, and extended family all over East Africa. They have been entertaining visitors to East Africa for many years, in the Masai Mara, on Zanzibar, operating scuba boats off Pemba Island, and at their own property on the Kenya coast, Takaunga House.