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The Emakoko
P.O.Box 738 | Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi GP 00517, Kenya   |  
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Stockbridge
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“Peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We were stranded in Nairobi as a result of the JKIA fire. Our agent arranged for us to stay at the Emakoko in the Nairobi National Park. You can't believe that such a fantastic hotel/lodge can be so close to Nairobi and yet be so peaceful. We cannot rate the staff highly enough - they were all so friendly and smiling and welcoming. The food was absolutely delicious and both the owners and the kitchen staff were incredibly accommodating with our extremely fussy teenager's dislikes of various foods.... nothing was too much trouble. Having stayed in the middle of Nairobi on other occasions, I would choose the Emakoko at every opportunity instead. We were disappointed with our trip to Zanzibar being cancelled because of the fire, but the Emakoko was a welcome respite from all the chaos.

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  • Stayed August 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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21 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We added an extra night at the beginning of our holiday to allow for any problems during our travel from North America, and since we had two nights in the Nairobi area, Emakoko was recommended as a great place to start our safari. We arrived late and the warm welcome was the perfect start to our holiday. The management and staff at Emakoko were fantastic and after only two days we felt like we were leaving family behind. The rooms, food, and attention to detail were all incredible. This was our first trip to Africa and after a few minutes at Emakoko any worries we had were long gone!

Being surrounded by a major city, Nairobi National Park is a real surprise. During our short visit we thoroughly enjoyed our safari drives with close-up sightings of Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, White Rhino, and many other animals. Our Emakoko guide, Newton, was wonderful and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with him.

Our vacation in Kenya was absolutely incredible and we are already planning a return trip. When we do, we will certainly plan a stay at Emakoko as part of our itinerary.

  • Stayed July 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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Islamabad, Pakistan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

This has to be the best place to stay in Nairobi. Serene, peaceful and soothing stay just 20 minute s out of the chaos of Nairobi. Within 15 minutes of the airport was in the middle of the African savanah - watching zebras, giraffes, ostriches and wild hogs as we drove through the Nairobi National Park to get to the lodge. The room given to me was on the ridge with a breathtaking view from the balcony and a bathtub overlooking the park....just awesome. The candlelight dinner was also perfect and, as I was fasting, the requested breakfast service at 5 am was on the dot. Overall , it was a perfect stay. Within a day of long flights and jet lag.....I feel reinvigorated and freshened up to take on the Nairobi chaos. Don't miss it if you come to Nairobi.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Blantyre, Malawi
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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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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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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.

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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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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 92 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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