Located in northeastern Kenya, Elsa’s Kopje served as the setting for the movie Born Free and, in fact, the lodge was named after the proud, titular lioness of the film. “Kopje” means small hill, and the lodge is so discreetly tucked into Mughwango Hill that it is nearly invisible to the eye.
Once noticed, though, the lodge is impossible to ignore — 9 individual cottages and the more spacious Private House (perfect for families) are decorated in a sumptuous African style with traditional safari touches. The impressive range of wildlife is as varied as you’ll find anywhere in Africa. In addition to game drives and walks with the ranger, Elsa’s Kopje offers picnics at the Tana River, fishing, and visits to the Tharaka tribal village.