The Emakoko: The Lowdown

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The Emakoko is a 20 room, luxury lodge, on the borders of Nairobi National Park. It’s a fantastic spot, not only for easy access to both of the city’s airports, but also for those who don’t want the urban bustle and traffic jams of the city proper, or just want to dip their toe into a taster of safari.

What’s the Emakoko really like?

The adventure starts at The Emakoko as soon as you enter the lodge, crossing over from the vehicle via a small wooden footbridge. Rooms are built in 10 cottages, two rooms per cottage along the base of a small cliff. Five of the cottages are on the same level as the main area and five are higher up- these are quite a hike (we’d guess 80-100 steps) so please let us know if you have any mobility problems. For those feeling fit, or just keen to burn off some of the endless safari food, the walk to these rooms is worth it for the views alone. Inside you’ll find natural-feeling interiors with plenty of stone, natural wood and colours that reflect the bush outside. Each room has a verandah (for those views we mentioned earlier) and an ensuite bathroom. Over in the main lodge there’s a sitting and dining room, as well as a pool and a bar.

What can I do at the Emakoko?

We probably wouldn’t recommend this as a base for exploring the city centre, instead, The Emakoko is an ideal spot for relaxing before or after a flight, or for doing game drives in Nairobi National Park. We would firmly stress that Nairobi National Park is not as wild as the sort of safaris you will do elsewhere in Kenya and it’s a rather startling contrast when you’re looking at a wild lion against the backdrop of the city skyscrapers in the distance. However, the game viewing is surprisingly rewarding, so this is a great option for those who just can’t get enough of safari. The Emakoko is also very well located for visiting the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage- a hugely popular, and rewarding trip for many of our visitors in Nairobi.

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