The views at Elsa’s Kopje Lodge in Meru are so beautiful that every time I’ve posted a photo on Instagram, I have gotten comments and private messages from people asking me if this place really does exist in this country or if I actually just pulled these pictures out of thin air. As if the Kenya I am so proud of is not capable of such sheer beauty. Have you looked around? That is why I love to blog and share new finds on Social Media. Sometimes it is for the citizens who need the inspiration to look beyond their doorsteps and comfort zones, or for the foreigners searching online for the ideal places to plan their next getaway to.
This lodge can be credited for shifting the plight of Meru National Park which before Elsa’s, was struggling to bring in income from visitors and was to be de-gazetted and possibly turned into a rice plantation. Thank goodness that wasn’t the case, and today you can still view large herds of elephants, hippos, lions, rhinos and a variety of birds. Activities therefore include game drives, excursions to the Tana River, rhino sanctuary (home to over 70 black and white rhinos), nature walks, fishing (you might be lucky to catch some tilapia, catfish or barbell) and cultural visits to the surrounding Tharaka community. You could also just have your wedding or honeymoon here!
Each open-front, open-plan cottage is uniquely designed and elegantly furnished, and you can pick either the family cottage, honeymoon suites or private house.
Food of course plays a big role in any memorable travel experience, and this spot certainly delivers in that area. The menu majors in North Italian Cuisine fused with other palate-pleasing continental influences. Expect to find pasta (complimented by fresh salads with ingredients sourced from its own garden) and pizzas, the latter being baked in the camp’s outdoor wood-fired oven. Have your bush breakfast in the plains with wildlife milling about. Watch the beautiful sun set with your favourite cocktail or glass of wine at hand. At night, enjoy memorable, romantic, candle-lit dinners under the stars! What’s more, they are happy to cater to your special diet be it vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free.
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