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The Emakoko
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

Simply fantastic. Had just one night and it was one of the best lodges that I have stayed in since moving to Kenya. It is in a stunning location with the park just on the other side of the river. Within less than 24 hours we saw buffalo, giraffe, crocodiles, baboons and a whole host of gorgeous birds. The rooms are done to an incredibly high standard, with such wonderful attention to detail, including guide books to animals in the rooms, and sumptuous wash products. The bathroom looked over the plains opposite, so in the evening I was able to indulge in a long held dream of bathing whilst looking out into the national park - it doesn't get more special than that. Or at least not until dinner! Wow... The food was incredible. We were served steak with a blue-cheese and mushroom sauce and all the trimmings. I love my food and this was one of the best meals I have had in Africa, and possibly one of my top 10 steaks I have ever had. The rooms are incredibly comfortable, and it would have been hard to drag myself out of the gorgeous bed had it not been for the tea and coffee served to our room along with freshly baked biscuits in the morning. Breakfast didn't disappoint, with all manor of fresh fruits, home-made granola, fresh smoothies, pancakes and cooked breakfast made to order. The owners Emma and Anton and wonderful, and the staff are attentive and help to make your stay all you could wish for. We only got to stay one night, but I can't wait till we can stay again.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

Emakoko is a stunning lodge on the edge of the Nairobi Park. A beautiful pool, very good service and incredible food! The managers Anton and Emma Childs have created a very welcoming and relaxing feel to the lodge.

We heard lions roaring on the other side of the river before going to bed, making such an incredible lodge at is so close to the International Airport and to the city.

Thanks for a great time.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 February 2012

I spend too many bed nights every year in Luxury Hotels to be easily overwhelmed and my jaded hotel experiences dont lend themselves to an ecstatic review. This is the exception. The new Emakoko Safari Lodge, neatly juxtapositioned between Nairobi airport and the town is something very very special. Small, very luxurious and ideally positioned on the edge of the Nairobi Game Park it is the ideal start to a safari holiday or break if you are working in Nairobi.
The hosts, Emma and Anthony Childs, are experienced safari camp mnagers enthused by their own lodge, The food is excellent. Coming off the late London BA flight, we were greeted by a wonderful soup and cold antipasto. Next day breakfast and dinner were simple but to a rather higher standard than we have found in other game lodges, The individual chalets were enormous and looked out over the Nairobi Game Park. Everything was of a high standard and all of the staff were friendly and efficient. The Nairobi Game Park is generally underestimated. Emma and Anthony's knowledgable guide pointed us to a very wide variety of animals. The park is compact and affords an ideal first safari experience. We.have stayed at The Giraffe Manor and Waine;s before. Both are good but this is something else. We cannot recommend it too highly.

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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

When we have travelled to Kenya in the past, as the BA flight arrives very late at night, we have generally spent the night at one the hotels in the city centre. On this occasion we decided to give the Emakoko a try. It has just opened (we were the third guests !) and is a luxury lodge right on the edge of the Nairobi National Park. In fact, access to the lodge is through the park so we started with 30 minute night drive from the airport and, the following morning, we had a morning drive en route to Wilson airport. One of the reasons we chose the Emakoko is that we needed a day room on our final day and wanted to stay somewhere a little different as we have already visited the Giraffe centre, Daphne Sheldrick etc …



The lodge had just opened with five rooms complete and the rest due for completion in the next few weeks. The rooms are all individually constructed to a very high standard and the site very big. The food was excellent and there will be a swimming pool ready for use in the next few days.

It has been thirty years since I have been to Nairobi National Park and had low expectations. Our experience massively exceeded expectations. On our morning drive to Wilson airport we saw three white rhinos and a male lion and on our afternoon drive, two black rhino and another lion. There was also a lot of plains game – mainly zebra, buffalo, giraffe, gazelle and hartebeest.

Emma Childs and Anton Walker are excellent hosts and have invested a lot of time and money in what is quite a brave venture – it deserves to succeed and I really hope it does. It offers a different experience to Giraffe Manor / Ngong House and will be our regular Nairobi stopover on return visits.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

We have been to Kenya Several times and thought we would give this new place a go. I must say we were blown away by everything, it felt like you were in the middle of the bush straight away. The rooms are enormous and the food was wonderful, the entire setting was lovely. We fell asleep to lions roaring accross the river and on the way to the airport to catch our mara flight we came accross one of the lions and three white rhinos.
Although it is very new the staff all felt like they had been there for years the hospitality was wonderful. Will definitely use Emakoko next time.

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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about The Emakoko

Address: P.O.Box 738 | Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi 00517, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 220 Speciality Lodging in Nairobi
Price Range: £500 - £793 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Emakoko is a 20 bed lodge bordering Nairobi national park, only 25 minutes from all the main city airports & attractions. The Emakoko allows people to start and finish their safari in the wild environment they have travelled to enjoy. ... more   less 
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