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“Perfect start to our African Adventure” 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 107 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Cirencester, England, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Perfect start to our African Adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013 via mobile

Arriving late evening into Nairobi airport from London, Emakoko was the perfect first stop to our African adventure. On the short drive to the lodge through the Nairobi national park from the airport we were lucky to see the first glimpse of the African wildlife through the headlights on the jeep. It was quite surreal to be in this wonderful environment within minutes of touching down at Nairobi airport! Despite the late hour our host and the staff were there to greet us with a refreshing drink and a warm welcome. It's hard to believe this beautiful lodge nestled down close to the river is such a short drive from Nairobi City with the Cape buffalo dozing under the veranda, giraffe grazing on the nearby trees and a friendly impala watching from the side of the pool as we took an early morning dip!
This was my first visit to Africa and couldn't have asked for a nicer introduction.

Stayed October 2013
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Glendale, Arizona, United States
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

This place is a MUST Stay at the beginning or end of a Safari. Either works but beginning would be recommended. The property literally is directly attached to the Nairobi park and wild animals are at your door! The facility is 5 Star across the board; ambience, meals, accommodations and staff service. We had an absolutely stunning suite(separate building). The deck overlooks wild buffalo, water buck, gazelle, and giraffes. At night a big Hippo grazes on the grass 50 feet from our deck. The food was exceptional and served whenever we arrived from our outings. The hosts/owners, Emma and Anthony, were very involved from when we arrived until when we left. Whatever we needed. This place is a GEM right in the city but totally isolated within the park so it seems like we were in the middle of the safari lands, actually safaris are a regular event at Emakoko, so a perfect place to start a safari. If you are ending a safari, like we were, iut was a perfect place to reflect and enjoy great food, wine and relax, only 40 minutes from the airport Say hi to Lawrence at the bar!

Room Tip: The lower buildings have a great view of the grazing wildlife.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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London, United Kingdom
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

We enjoyed an excellent stay here for two nights at the start of our Kenya Safari trip Our first visit to Kenya). The Emakoko worked perfectly for us flying in from the UK on the daytime flight that lands in the late evening. Our flight was delayed for a couple of hours at LHR, so we would not have made any connecting flights into other parts of Kenya if we had not chosen to stay at The Emakoko.

We were met at the airport by Elizaban and driven into the Nairobi National Park. It was obviously dark, but we saw Zebra, impala, Ostrich and a puff adder on the road on the way through the park.

45 minutes after walking out of Nairobi Airport, we were greeted at The Emakoko by Chris (manager, whilst the owners Emma and Anthony were away) and served a light meal before heading to our rooms.

The rooms are stunning and they are huge. The view of the acacia wooded valley the following morning was perfect.

Elizaban was an excellent safari guide in the morning and then Peter took us to the Sheldrick Baby Elephant Rescue Centre in the late afternoon (see separate review). On this safari we saw 3 white rhinos which was very exciting.

Food for the whole stay was excellent. It generally had an Indian theme.

One special thing that we observed was the staff singing happy birthday to another guest. It was 5 minutes of unbridled joy in celebration of this lady's birthday that I wish I had captured on video.

This was a great start to our trip to Kenya.

  • Stayed October 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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Louisville, KY
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10 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Our travel agent with African Springs Safaris had highly recommended the Emakoko Hotel to us, and she was not wrong! We spent two wonderful nights in one of the top floor rooms (well worth the hundred plus steps for the view!!) This is a small boutique hotel that offers outstanding food and service with a personal touch. It was the perfect ending to our two-week stay in Kenya. The rooms are all lovely, with large, comfortable beds and huge bathrooms. The staff was perfect from greeters, to chefs, to our driver Sylvester. Everyone was friendly and helpful. We loved eating our meals on the open-air terrace, and dining by candlelight. (Did i mention the food? Outstanding!!) It is hard to believe you are just 45 minutes from the airport, when you are on the edge of Nairobi National Park in all its beauty. The owners of Emakoko are a lovely young couple who live on the property and mix comfortably with all of the guests. I can't say enough about this beautiful property and the area around it - do yourself a favor and book at the Emakoko!!

Room Tip: All of the rooms are great - just note that the top sites mean a lot of stairs, climbing a steep hil...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

This is a gorgeous property! Driving through the National Park to get there is a great build-up to this lovely spot. The rooms are spacious and beautiful and the open design of the lodge is fabulous! Food and ambience are exceptional. Our only mistake was just staying for one night....

  • Stayed October 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
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San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Amazing place, great food, and lovely friendly owners!! It sits right outside of the Nairobi National Park...hippos and other wildlife right outside your terrace. I only wish we had more time to stay there before heading to the Mara.

  • Stayed September 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
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Bonn, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Having heard some good reports about the Emakoko, and needing to make an overnight stop in Nairobi, I asked our travel agent to book us a room for the night. BIG mistake! We should have stayed longer!!
The Emakoko was excellent from the moment Sylvester picked us up from Wilson airport to the moment he dropped us off again the next day. Our gracious host, Rachel (who was standing in for Anton and Emma at the time) made us feel very welcome on arrival and made sure we settled in straight away. I loved the décor, the colours and the comfy chairs in the public rooms and our room up on the hillside was large, warm and comfortable, with a balcony overlooking the ridge. The walk-in shower was heavenly after a day of travelling with a heap of fresh towels to wrap up in afterwards.
Before dinner, we got to meet the resident impala and watch the hippo down by the river. Both dinner and breakfast were taken in the semi-open dining room, and served up by the helpful and efficient team. After dinner we finished off with coffee in the sitting area by the fire (it was a chilly evening) with Rachel, who sorted out the logistics for our pick up in the morning, before being escorted up to our room for a good night's sleep. Drifting off to sleep listening to the sound of a lion somewhere in the distance - yet so close to a major city centre - was unique.
We had breakfast before Sylvester took us back to Wilson Airport but not before a game drive through the Park in the wonderful early morning light, and it’s not every day you stop to watch rhino and giraffe on your way to catch a flight.
With the location and the facilities that the Emakoko offer, we can see the attraction for visitors stopping on their way to or from a safari, but it’s also definitely worth using as a destination in itself on the edge of Nairobi National Park for a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle that is Nairobi. We will definitely be back to stay longer next time.

  • Stayed August 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
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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
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Ranked #2 of 107 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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