A Luxurious Oasis In The Wild
Bush Safari Organised By Lisa Christoffersen
Picture this you are on a chartered flight with your friends heading to your vacation destination. Now that you have that image in mind let me make it even more vivid. Kenya is the ultimate safari destination but you may never experience it all. I feel like I am on the verge of that and that is thanks to Scenic Air Safaris and Elsa Kopje.
This Award-winning boutique lodge just celebrated its 20 Years Anniversary and the event was graced by Virginia McKenna (Actress from Born Free, who played Joy Adamson)
I headed to Elsa Kopje one of Elewana’s most elegantly styled lodges in Meru on a bespoke guided flying safari excursion. This is the most intimate way to travel and experience the wilderness. We were offered champagne while on the flight and you are given headphones to communicate with the pilot. The pilot will give gems of information when it comes to sites that you fly past.
The award-winning boutique lodge was named after Elsa the lioness. The lioness was made famous through the book and film Born Free. It is sculpted into Mughwango Hill, above the site of George Adamson’s original camp where he raised and released orphan lions. The lodge boasts of stunning views overlooking the Meru plains from different viewpoints within the property. The property received a Good Safari Guide’s award for ‘Best Safari Property in Africa’. They work hard to preserveand promote community conservation. This is one of Meru’s well-kept secrets.
We enjoyed exclusive perks on this flight.
We landed on the dusty Kinna airstrip where we found a group of school children awaiting the arrival of the plane. This was a refreshing welcome, then my friends and I noticed that a lovely breakfast was laid out for us at the top end of the airstrip.
After we had our breakfast, we were transferred to Elsa Kopje via a game drive in a luxury open safari vehicle all the way to the lodge.
Sleeping in luxury is an essential part of your safari, Elsa Kopje lives up to those expectations. Stay in luxury cottages with sweeping views. We were well received by the staff at the lodge and that made my stay even more exciting. I got a personalized note from the management staff welcoming me to the lodge it is those little thoughtful things that make you want to keep going back. Every cottage is uniquely designed and crafted to incorporate the natural features of the rocky hillside. They have 6 spacious Cottages that have 5 doubles and 1 twin, all en suite.
Elsa’s Honeymoon suites are the ultimate romantic experience. They have 3 honeymoon cottages with 2 spacious en suite doubles with private decks and outside baths. They have a 1 large triple-level cottage with a private sitting room, double en suite bedroom & a private deck as well. There is one family cottage that has two ensuite bedrooms, a sitting room, and a large private veranda. Elsa’s Private House is a spacious, stylish, exclusive hideaway set slightly apart from the main lodge. It is ideal for families or those guests after a little more luxury, with one double and one twin room, shared sitting room, dining room, veranda, and private pool.
The meal policy is based on individual dining. They have an elegant and comfortable lounge and dining area where you can enjoy your meals. Breakfast is a la carte, lunch is a buffet menu and dinner is a set menu. Mealtimes at the facility are flexible, if you have any special dietary requests it should be done well in advance. There are provisions for picnic breakfasts and lunches during your game drive.
We were lucky to enjoy a bush breakfast with a live cooking station and sundowners. There is something magical about sunsets and a sundowner at Elsa Kopje is something that should be on your to-do list. You also have your pick of a select premium wine list. We had the ultimate dining experience that can never be forgotten. They curated and created the most unique premium dining experience with their set menu. We enjoyed sharing the days experience and created lasting memories over delicious food and drink.
You have an array of activities to choose from while at Elsa Kopje. Take a shared game drive in custom vehicles, every game drive is a different experience because you will see something uniquely different.
You can take a guided bush walk up the Mughwango Hill. If you are a bird lover, you can view over 450 species in the park. Try something new by fishing in the Tana or Rojewero rivers.
Take a dip in the exquisite infinity pool after an activity-filled day or visit the spa for a relaxing experience. You will think you have experienced it all until we hiked up the Kopje in time for the sunrise and sipped coffee as the sun rose over the national park it was one of the most breathtaking views I have experienced in my life.
Sadly, my three-day trip ended but the flight back with Scenic Air Safari was equally as exceptional. This unique experience changed me, inspired me and made me think differently. Elsa Kopje helped me discover many ways you can immerse yourself in a vacation.
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