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The Emakoko

Nairobi, Kenya

Platinum price level

Mango Opinion

Emakoko is a different type of place. Really more like a small safari lodge in the city as it is located inside Nairobi National Park and offers safari drives into the park. The little hotel makes an interesting stop for some who really prefers to stay in the bush as opposed to a city. Great option for birders - you know who you are - or maybe a relaxing last day before you start your journey home.

The Emakoko is a boutique lodge uniquely positioned on the edge of the Nairobi National Park. It is located a short 45 minute drive from either of Nairobi’s airports. The drive through the park itself, with its beautiful scenery and abundance of plains game is a superb way to start any East African safari.

With only 10 rooms, the Emakoko offers an exclusive and personal environment for our guests to enjoy. Five rooms are situated at the main level and five built into the cliff face higher up. The climb to the upper rooms is worth it for the spectacular views, but if you do not fancy the climb you can always jump onto our funicular lift. Our room designs and interiors are designed for comfort, from huge, luxurious beds to the black-out curtains. Each room has its own private veranda.

Nairobi National Park, despite its proximity to the capital city of Kenya, boasts a spectacular assortment of birds and wildlife, with over 400 species of bird recorded in one day. With an excellent possibility of spotting four of the Big Five, many Nairobi residents find the lodge a perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of city life. Nights are often filled with distant noises of wild animals going about their nocturnal business. Take a private game drive into one of the most unique game parks in the world, Nairobi National Park or visit the communities that border it. Otherwise an excursion into Nairobi to visit the David Sheldrick wildlife trust, the giraffe center or the local shops may be more appealing. Finally, for the more adventurous, a long run in the Kitengela Conservancy, to stretch those legs is also one of the many options.