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“Fabulous lodge in the heart of Nairobi National Park” 5 of 5 stars
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P.O.Box 738 | Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi GP 00517, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #2 of 100 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Blantyre, Malawi
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
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“Fabulous lodge in the heart of Nairobi National Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

An amazing lodge run by 2 energetic fun loving managers Anton and Emma. The lodge is beautifully designed in the heart of the park making it a perfect get away from the city centre or a last night stop before going a short peaceful drive to the airport only 20-25 mins away. Fantastic food. Superb staff. Wild life all around you.... Perfect.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Location
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12 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

If you're staying in the Nairobi area you can't beat the Emakoko.
We recently spent 2 nights there at the end of a lengthy safari
adventure and it was the perfect send-off for our trip. The setting
is wonderful as is the cabin. It is large and well furnished and
affords excellent views of the landscape while maintaining your
privacy. We had a lower unit which worked well for us "seniors."
We checked out the cabins on the upper lever &, while providing
a beautiful vista, we were happy with our cabin situation closer
to the main lodge. Emma and Anton are perfect hosts. Anton
joined us for several meals & arranged for a wonderful dinner
on the lawn while we listened to a hippo and many buffalo graze
not far away. The other staff members are equally personable
and made us feel quite at home. Our thanks to Chris with whom
we exchanged "war stories" over a drink And, our thanks to
Elizaban who handled the airport transfers and park game drives.
He also drove us to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, one of
many unforgettable experiences on the trip. We will certainly
recommend Emakoko to family/friends traveling to the area and
we hope to return in a few years. Thanks Anton and good luck
on the soccer field.

  • 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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Nairobi
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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42 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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Nairobi
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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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P.O.Box 738 | Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi GP 00517, Kenya
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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 100 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
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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