The Emakoko

The Emakoko

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Guide Price £2,549 per person
Based on 09 December 18 departure from London Heathrow flying with Kenya Airways, staying for 4 nights full board in a Lodge Room (2 adults sharing) including return transfers.
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for a stay at this hotel. The price will vary based on exchange rates, and your choice of room type, departure date, airline and cabin class, and any additional extras you’d like to add to your holiday.

Boutique lodge on the border of Nairobi National Park

Set on 15 acres of land and harmoniously built on the side of a valley, with the Mbagathi River below, The Emakoko is in a prime position bordering the far south of Nairobi National Park. 

Access to Emakoko is through the national park, meaning that you can begin viewing wildlife less than an hour after departing the airport; pause to observe a lioness and her playful cubs, or wait as a lumbering rhino or graceful giraffe crosses the road in front of your vehicle.

Here you can potentially see four of the Big Five – lions, leopards, buffalo and black rhino – as well as cheetahs, giraffe, zebra, gazelle, eland, impala and hippos. The park is also home to 450 species of birdlife so is a great destination if you're a keen bird-watcher. As well as game drives you can go on guided bush walks, learning about the area and hopefully spotting a few wild animals along the way. It is also not unusual to see hippo from your room, as they often come close to the swimming pool. 

With just ten comfortable rooms, this intimate family-owned lodge has an appealing combination of traditional and contemporary style. With an enticing pool and delicious Dawa cocktails [a mixture of vodka, lime juice, brown sugar and honey over ice], Emakoko is the perfect peaceful place to relax and unwind after the exhilaration of your safari experience.

Nairobi National Park is one of the lesser-known safari destinations, but animal lovers will find that it's well worth a visit – especially if you have a spare night or two before venturing to the beach or another safari area – and The Emakoko offers a superb alternative to staying in the busy city of Nairobi. 

 

  • The perfect place to start or finish your African adventure
  • Just a 45-minute drive from Nairobi airport
  • Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives
  • See four of the Big Five and a host of other wildlife
  • Visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Giraffe Centre and Karen Blixen Museum
  • Relax by the pool with a delicious chilled cocktail

Top Tips from our Experts

Lucy

Destination Specialist

"A night or two at The Emakoko is perfect for recovering from a flight – they also had the best Dawa [cocktail] I have tried. When I visited Nairobi National Park I was blown away by the wildlife I saw so soon after getting off the plane – I had really underestimated it."

Nick

Senior Destination Manager

"If you're looking for somewhere comfortable, laid-back and stylish to stay at the start or end of your Kenyan holiday, I would recommend The Emakoko in Nairobi National Park as a superb option."

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

Trusted

Location Type

National park

Main Facilities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Authentic
  • Boutique
  • Eco-friendly
  • Lodge

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board
  • Half Board
Location Highlights

The Emakoko

  • National park
  • 20-60 minutes from airport subject to traffic
The Emakoko

Room Types

There are 10 rooms at The Emakoko, five rooms are are on the main ground level with the other five built higher up the hillside. The rooms on the ground have good views of the pool and river while the other rooms have a view across the bank.

Standard room

All the rooms are designed for comfort and are spacious and light with large beds, a seating area, safe and fireplace. Each room is en suite with twin basins, a walk-in shower and bathtub from which you can enjoy the view. As well as this each room has its own private veranda. 

All rooms can be setup with twin or double beds. 

  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Towels included

Family rooms

Two of the suites can accommodate families or groups as they have interconnecting doors. 

  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Towels included
The Emakoko

Food & Drink

The menu at Emakoko ranges from British and French influences to Thai and Indian, all with a Swahili twist. Each meal is accompanied by a freshly prepared salad from the garden. 

The Emakoko offers three kinds of packages, they are:
- Standard half board;
- Half board with a safari package;
- Full board with a safari package.

It is widely regarded that the bar staff at Emakoko make one of the best Dawa cocktails in Kenya.

Board Basis Options

Half Board

The half board option includes:
- Nairobi National Park fee (24 hour access)
- Return airport transfers on shared basis
- Breakfast and dinner

Half Board

Half board with safari package includes:
- Nairobi National Park fee (24 hour access)
- Return airport transfers on shared basis
- Breakfast and dinner with soft drinks, beer, house wine, non-branded spirits and a laundry service

Full Board

Full board with safari package includes:
- Nairobi National Park fee (24 hour access)
- Return airport transfers on shared basis
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner with soft drinks, beer, house wine, non-branded spirits and a laundry service
- 2 game drives in Nairobi National Park
- Excursions to the Giraffe Centre and The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (time permitting; entrance fees payable locally)