The Emakoko

The Emakoko is a luxury lodge artfully built into the side of a valley on the Mbagathi River, bordering Nairobi National Park. Within 30 minutes of clearing customs at Nairobi JKI Airport, you can fall asleep to the sounds of Africa, a lion roaring or the cry of a lone hyena, an amazing contrast to the normal sounds of the city.

The concept for The Emakoko was the brainchild of Anthony and Emma Childs – your hosts during your stay. They live on site with their small family and their dedicated team of staff, who are delighted to welcome guests and for whom nothing is too much trouble.

Each of The Emakoko’s ten beautifully appointed rooms look out over the National Park. Five rooms are found on the same level as the main guest area and a further five rooms are positioned on top of the cliff, overlooking the valley. The climb to the upper rooms is well worth it. Guestrooms are designed for comfort, with huge luxurious beds, black-out curtains and en-suite bathroom with both a bath tub and a shower. Each room also has its own private terrace. For those looking for additional privacy, The Emakoko Private House has two en-suite bedrooms with a shared living and dining, area plus its own pool.

For those wishing to bypass the city, The Emakoko is a superb option and will transport you on safari immediately, in style and comfort. Whether you are enjoying a cocktail in the bar area, a coffee by the pool overlooking the river, or lunch accompanied by salad fresh from the garden, relaxation is assured. There is also the chance to see the resident hippo, often seen grazing on the lawn outside the rooms in the early evening or the morning. Day rooms are also an option for those with a long layover en-route to Nairobi international airport, and offer a chance to relax in a beautiful wild setting prior to your flight.

The Nairobi National Park, despite its proximity to the capital city of Kenya, boasts a great assortment of birds and wildlife, with over 400 species of bird recorded in one day. You have an excellent chance of seeing four of the Big Five, in particular Black Rhino, which are prolific in the park. As well as game-drives, excursions to Daphne Sheldrick’s Wildlife Trust, The Giraffe Centre, or local souvenir shopping can also easily be arranged.