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“A must see when in Nairobi” 5 of 5 stars
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P.O.Box 738 | Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi GP 00517, Kenya   |  
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Nairobi
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“A must see when in Nairobi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

The Emakoko is the very best when it comes to speciality lodging in Nairobi. It has a feeling of being deep in the forest while so close to the city. We got to hear lions roar in the night while only 30 minutes away from the city.
The managers Anton & Emma pay attention to the finest detail. They personally met us and showed us around. The honeymoon suite that my husband had booked for a surprise was superbly finished and very comfortable.
The staff were friendly and helpful.
The meals were nicely presented, though we felt the variety was limited.
The water in the showers and baths was just slightly above warm.
Overall a very pleasant stay there.

Room Tip: Get a room on the upper level. The view is beautiful
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

We stayed in emakoko for 2 nights on our way to Tanzania and we have decided to conclude that this is the best lodge you can get in Nairobi.we arrived in Kenya late in the night by KLM flight and after clearing with the customs,we were met by their driver guide Sylvester who drove us to the Lodge,he was friendly,polite,and highly knowledgeable because he answered all our questions both concerning emakoko,the national park and even Serengeti where we were heading to afterwards.The journey took us 40 minutes and passing through the national park at night was so amazing,we encountered a lion just walking ahead of us un bothered and also a large herd of buffaloes crossing the road.On arrival we were ushered in by staff members and Anthony the Manager,the food was awesome and the rooms very spacious and clean.we went on 2 game drives and saw lots of different animals including endangered black rhinos,we also went to the sheldricks orphanage and Giraffe center.We highly appreciate the true African hospitality we got here and recommend emakoko to anybody travelling to Kenya,thank you very much emakoko staff for taking care of us more so to Sylvester who was our driver guide throughout our stay,we can't wait to return some day

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

What a glorious establishment. Set in a small river valley within the Nairobi National Park "The Emakoko" is a family run business with superior accommodation, great staff and excellent food. Just 45 minutes from the city. The rooms are excellent and very comfortable, the cuisine well prepared, delightfully served in an open-air dining area. Staff are friendly and welcoming. Despite being so close to Nairobi the wildlife viewing is great (plenty of rhino here) and if you are a bird watcher this is an exciting location. I ran up 162 species in a 3 night stay including 2 specials. Emma and Anthony really look after you. Nice shop with some excellent locally made items. A must stay if in the Nairobi area.

Room Tip: All rooms overlook the river valley. An orphan Impala grazes the grounds for that extra nice touch
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed for just one night at Emakoko for his birthday and it was perfect. The staff were very attentive and professional. The meals were delicious and beautifully presented. The grounds and the pool were expertly looked after. Our room was very comfortable with a gorgeous view. We live in Nairobi and it was so nice to get away and see the beauty of Kenya. We can't wait to come back! Thank you so much!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

the Nairobi Park has always been, since childhood, a very special place for me. Since the opening of the Emakoko it is even more special! We have now been there twice and we plan to visit often. Emma and Anton are lovely hosts, the lodge is luxurious but comfortable at the same time, the staff are cheerful and attentive but not overly and the joy of being in the bush but not that far from home is a huge plus for those of us living in Nairobi. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

What an excellent trip we just had to the Emakoko. Everyone was incredibly hospitable and the hotel itself is beautiful. We didn't get a chance to meet Emma and Anton but Chris and Rachel were excellent hosts in their place. We decided to make a last minute trip and Chris was extremely helpful working out the details the day before we arrived. Sylvester was an excellent guide; he was very knowledgable about the park and always willing to answer our questions. On our last day, we hadn't yet seen any lions and Sylvester made sure we saw two male lions on the drive to the airport. This was also our first trip with our 3 month old baby and we couldn't have asked for a better vacation!

Room Tip: The rooms on the lower level might be better for families with kids.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

We stayed at the Emakoko for 3 nights in February with a large group of 20, when we visited Kenya for my daughter's wedding, which the Emakoko also hosted. The managers, Emma and Anton, were unbelievable - they were so on top of everything - from organizing transfers for all the guests, to amazing and creative menus that accommodated everyone's dietary requirements (we had one vegan, one gluten free, two vegetarians, and all picky eaters, and all the food was delicious), to organizing game drives and visits to the elephant orphanage and giraffe center.

Everything was absolutely perfect and made the whole wedding absolutely seamless - despite I'm sure what was a nightmare in planning! Not only that but Emma and Anton are just delightful to be around and everyone really enjoyed getting to know them. The Emakoko was 100% a highlight of our trip - made us feel completely at home and utterly cared for, so we didn't have to worry about anything. The property is breathtaking, the game drives were exciting (lion, rhino, tons of plains game), the rooms were large, well appointed, beautifully furnished, with beautiful views and huge tubs, the staff were so kind and attentive - we cannot wait to go back and would highly recommend to anyone!!!

Room Tip: The higher rooms have sprawling views, but would recommend a lower room for those who might have tro...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P.O.Box 738 | Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi GP 00517, Kenya
Location: 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 94 Specialty lodging in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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