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The Emakoko

Lodge 8.5 Rating
Price 480 434 434 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 480 USD
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The Emakoko
is located in the Nairobi area of central Kenya.

Situated on the southern side of Nairobi National Park, The Emakoko is set in a lovely quiet location. Given its proximity to the capital, it really does feel quite remote, almost like a safari lodge. Yet it is actually convenient for both airports and the upmarket suburbs of Langatta and Karen.

The property is an upmarket boutique hotel, set in a private little valley above the Mbagathi River. The central building contains elegant lounge and dining areas, leading out to a nice swimming pool. There is also a small gift-shop. Guest accommodation is in just 10 very comfortable guest rooms, five of which are on the lower level and five are higher on the slope. The climb to the upper rooms is not an easy one but the views do justify the effort.

It is privately owned and hosted by Anthony and Emma Childs, who live on site with their small family and their dedicated team of staff. Children of all ages are welcome.

The hotel provides an interesting layover when in transit through Nairobi, so much so that some guests extend their stay to 2 or even 3 nights.

Activities include modest vehicle safaris into the national park, plus visits to the world famous Sheldrick Baby Elephant Orphanage and the Langatta Giraffe Sanctuary, as described below.

The main potential downsides are that The Emakoko is relatively expensive. There are plenty of lower cost options for stopovers in Nairobi, although not many which offer this kind of elevated and peaceful experience. It is also very important to realise that the lodge is not set in a pristine wildlife area. Looking at the imagery it might be easy to think that this is a safari camp. It is not. Rather it is a safari-style accommodation option close to the international airport. The adjacent Nairobi National Park is interesting enough, but naturally it is encroached upon by modern development. It is worth noting that the hotel is not particularly convenient for the city centre, should you have the need for repeated visits there.


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