The Emakoko is a luxury lodge set on 15 acres of land bordering the Nairobi National Park and the Emakoko River. It has been thoughtfully placed in the side of a valley on the Mbagathi River and there are wonderful views over the river and into the Park. Guests gain a boutique bush experience in this intimate property away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
Nairobi National Park is a peaceful refuge from the city and The Emakoko allows guests to start and finish their safari in the wildlife environment they have travelled so far to enjoy.
The Emakoko is family-owned and run by Anthony & Emma Childs who pride themselves on offering a unique alternative to Nairobi’s large hotels. Entrance to the lodge is through the National Park so instead of enduring the heavy traffic into the city centre guests can be viewing game in the Park less than 30 minutes after clearing airport Customs.
Designed with a fresh and contemporary decor, the lodge has a low-key and informal feel that allows guests to relax in the beautiful surroundings and escape from the pressures of everyday life.
The luxurious rondavel-style guest rooms have been placed to make the most of the spectacular landscape. There are five rooms at river level – closer to the main areas – and a further five rooms built higher in the hillside with views overlooking the valley and river and into the game park.
Guest rooms are light and airy with attractive furnishings and each has a cosy fireplace, wooden decking and en suite facilities.
There is a pleasant viewing area where guests can relax and enjoy a beer or an Emakoko cocktail with the chance to see the resident hippo, which grazes on the lawns in the early evening or the morning.
In the heat of the day guests can cool off in the attractive pool which has a pleasant setting near the river.
The Emakoko has direct access into the Nairobi National Park and game drives are offered so that guests can view the abundance of flora and fauna in the surrounding area. The Park is renowned for its healthy number of rare Black Rhino and its lion population. It also has leopards and cheetahs, a variety of plains game and over 520 recorded bird species. Game drives are with 4×4 safari vehicles and fully qualified and registered safari guides.
Trips to the nearby Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre can be arranged – as can exhilarating helicopter flights over the plains or even to Mt Kenya.