I originally asked our travel agent to just book us somewhere near the airport, as we were arriving on the BA London flight fairly late in the evening. She convinced us that Emakoko was worth it for a first night experience and she was absolutely right!
We arrived at the airport and made our way through passport and luggage pick up and then were met by Peter to drive us to the lodge. Because of poaching issues, you are not allowed to drive through the park at night, but our drive took us along the edge of the park and we saw lots of wildlife. Highlights- silhouette of a giraffe in the distance, zebras, and all sorts of antelope. The drive to the lodge took about 45 minutes.
Once we arrived, we were greeted by Anton and several of the staff, mind you it was past 11 PM by this time, but everyone was most welcoming and had a smile on! They had prepared a light supper of soup and antipasti, as well as some wine and brandy. There seemed to be no rush to send us off to our rooms…it was nice to have a bit of a snack and relax after a long day's travel from Washington!
Anton spent some time chatting with us and telling us a bit about the lodge, again very entertaining!
Off to our rooms after, and they were very pleasant. Spacious, clean, and best of all- a bathtub!! We showered the travel off of us and hopped into a very comfortable bed!
Woke up the next morning to birdsong and a beautiful sunrise. Then it was a cooked breakfast and a bit of time to get ready to go.
We left the lodge pretty early so we could enjoy a game drive through Nairobi Natl Park on our way to Wilson Airport, so glad we did. It was delightful to see various animals and birds. Giraffe, antelope of all kinds, zebra, water buffalo and loads of birds. Peter was our driver again and was great as a guide. He even took us a bit out of our way so I could get the iconic pic of giraffe with the Nairobi skyline in the background!
Eventually, we were delivered to Wilson Airport and Peter stayed with us til we were all checked in and a satellite phone was delivered.
Our only regret was not making the time to spend two nights! We would have enjoyed more time to drive through the Natl Park! Thank you to Anton and all of the staff who made our first night in Kenya a great experience!!
- 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