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#21 of 107 campgrounds in Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Immerse yourself in a unique adventure at Emboo River Lodge, nestled along the banks of a river in Kenya's Maasai Mara. Glide through the grasslands, cross rivers, and traverse the vast savanna aboard our electric safari vehicles. Get up close to your favourite animals and feel one with nature during full day game drives running on sunshine. Join us in embracing a new era of tourism, celebrating innovation, authentic connections, and women empowerment. Wake up to the song of birds and next spot a majestic leopard amidst the grasslands. After your adventures, unwind with a swim in our natural pool or harvest fresh produce in our hydroponic garden. Enjoy dinner under the stars, serenaded by lions' roars. Experience the beauty of the Maasai Mara, Emboo River's commitment to sustainability, and create unforgettable memories.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Archery
Hiking
Babysitting
Electric vehicle charging station
Yoga room
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Horseback riding
Board games / puzzles
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids pool
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Spa
Manicure
Massage
Open-air bath
Pedicure
24-hour security
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor fireplace
Laundry service
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Bathrobes
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Bottled water
Extra long beds
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Dutch, German and 1 more

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Maasai Mara National Park, Maasai Mara National Reserve Kenya
Emboo River
Getting there
Mara Lodges Airport
Olkiombo Airstrip
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Chloe K wrote a review Apr 8
10 contributions4 helpful votes
If you are going to the mara, you must stay at Emboo! It's an incredible experience all around - from the beautiful tents along the river, to the camp in general and also for the staff. It's the perfect place to call home on safari after a long day of driving. The food is also worth mentioning. It's so so delicious, we were blown away. And a huge bonus is that they grow everything fresh in their garden. Thank you so much for having me, I can't wait to be back ☺️
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Mdiemer wrote a review Mar 2024
St. Paul, MN5 contributions21 helpful votes
We were surprised at what we found. It was a high-tech, eco friendly camp in the wilderness. It was totally powered by solar panels. The food was plentiful and healthy and the Staff attentive. For anyone with a concern for the environment and wanting to see a demonstration what can be done this is the place to go. Sammie and Alex were great hosts. We would go back.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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jannus wrote a review Feb 2024
Nairobi, Kenya11 contributions6 helpful votes
Regenerative tourism meets luxury. Back for the third time and just as wonderful as I hoped and remembered. Staff are wonderful, food is interesting and exciting and the ethos is exemplary. An example as to how Safari should be. Thank you all so so much. Will be back for a fourth time for sure.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Feb 27, 2024
Hi Jan, We loved welcoming you back home :) Thank you so much for your heartfelt review! We're thrilled to have welcomed you back for the third time, and it warms our hearts to hear that your experience was just as wonderful as you hoped and remembered. Our dedicated staff takes pride in providing excellent service, and we're delighted that you found the food both interesting and exciting. Your recognition of our regenerative tourism ethos is truly appreciated, as we strive to set an example for a sustainable and enriching safari experience. We can't wait to welcome you for the fourth time, ensuring each visit is filled with the same joy and excellence. Warmly, -Valery & The Emboo River Team
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Rui wrote a review Jan 2024
Nairobi Region, Kenya1 contribution2 helpful votes
Emboo River Camp provided us with an exceptional Maasai Mara experience! The introduction of the electric vehicle was a game-changing addition, allowing us to enjoy quiet safaris with minimal disruption to the wildlife. The food was not only delicious but also healthy, and the entire staff exhibited a remarkable warmth and accommodating nature. Our tent boasted a stunning view overlooking the river, complete with hippos swimming and roaming nearby. Our experienced and professional driver and guide, Robert, made our adventure even more memorable, and we were treated to one of the most breathtaking sunrises we've ever witnessed.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Responded Feb 6, 2024
Hi Rui, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful experience at Emboo River Camp on TripAdvisor! We are thrilled to hear that your Mara adventure with us was exceptional, and your kind words have truly made our day. We are particularly excited to know that you found our introduction of the electric vehicle to be a game-changer. We're committed to providing sustainable and environmentally conscious safari experiences, and it's heartening to hear that it contributed to your enjoyment while minimizing disruption to the wildlife. It's also fantastic to learn that you enjoyed our delicious and healthy food offerings. Our team works diligently to provide a culinary experience that not only satisfies the taste buds but also aligns with our guests' well-being. Your appreciation for the warmth and accommodating nature of our staff is deeply valued. Ensuring our guests feel at home and cared for is at the core of our hospitality philosophy. We will be sure to pass on your compliments to Robert, your experienced and professional driver and guide. Once again, thank you for choosing Emboo River Camp for your Mara experience, and for sharing your positive impressions. We look forward to welcoming you back for more unforgettable moments in the future! Warm hugs, -Emboo River Team
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applecustard wrote a review Oct 2023
30 contributions13 helpful votes
Emboo is a beautiful lodge and the eco work they do is wonderful. drivers v good and experienced. Lovely tents, so peaceful. Great view of the river. Total support for their environmentalism and water strategy. Staff v nice. Tree planting etc is fab. However, the owner’s father, staying from Europe, cannot leave lone younger women alone. You can’t sit peacefully to look at the view or the fire in the evening. A lot of old fashioned opinions, it was very uncomfortable hearing these being aired with Kenyan staff nearby.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Valery Super, General Manager at Emboo River
Responded Oct 24, 2023
Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback. We appreciate your kind words about the friendly team and the experienced guides taking you out on safaris in the electric safari vehicles. We agree with you that Emboo River is in a perfect location right along the river and in the centre of the Maasai Mara, allowing you to enjoy river views and feel one with nature.

 We are so happy that you planted trees, as this helps with the reforestation of our ecosystem and allows you to leave a lasting impact. We look forward to welcoming you again every year so you can watch the progress of your trees.

 I believe we can address your concern. Firstly, during your visit no family members of owners nor of staff members were present at the camp. We do not know which guest you are referring to and, to understand more about your feedback, we have sent a private message and look forward to your response. 

 Secondly, the Emboo River team is leading a new dawn within the safari industry, thanks to our modern, empowering and sustainable set up. For example, we are proud to have so many talented women in our team as guides, security guards, maintenance crew, management,… and to change the traditionally male dominated safari space. We love being a driver of the changing narrative on travel, culture, gender et cetera and are excited to engage in this conversation with you.
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Go52133981328 wrote a review Sep 2023
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I was part of a group of 13 and we had a wonderful time here. We were treated like family. The camp is run in a very environmentally friendly way. The tents were wonderful. Very comfortable and luxurious, yet the animals were so close by. The staff were very friendly. They even organised a "cocktails at sunset out on the savanah". I highly recommend Emboo River camp.
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Valery Super, General Manager at Emboo River
Responded Oct 24, 2023
Hi! We loved going on an adventure through the Maasai Mara with you, exploring the grasslands, rivers and forests of the Maasai Mara and embracing the warm culture of the Maasai community. I am so happy that you loved our tented safari rooms, which have all the luxuries that you are looking for such as your en suite bathroom with a warm rain shower, a cozy bed with a view over the river, solar power 24/7, a desk to write letters about your adventures to your friends and families,... At the same time your room blends in with nature, allowing guests and animals to live in harmony. During the nights, you might hear a hippo grazing... so at Emboo you can truly feel one with nature. The Emboo River team was excited to organise a sundowner drink for you in the middle of the savanna, as this is the perfect way to wrap up a day and watch the sun set over the Maasai Mara ecosystem. Thank you so much for the review. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon!
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Mark S wrote a review Sep 2023
Nairobi, Kenya3 contributions
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Kenya has been my home for 15 years and honestly Emboo River delivered my best safari experience yet and I’ll absolutely be going back and would highly recommend. I had family visiting from UK so there were six of us in total - my brother, his wife and their kids 10 and 15, plus my 86 year old Mum - so a very mixed group with different needs. For my brother and his family it was their first safari (and visit to Kenya), while Mum has been on safari with me several times before, but hadn’t been to visit for a few years. I specifically wanted to take them Emboo because I’d heard about their innovative ‘off-grid’/eco-friendly set up and wanted to experience it for myself, and I was pretty certain that the family would enjoy it too - they did. The Camp itself was just the right size and it feels like the independent boutique operation it is - I’d class it as ‘barefoot luxury’ rather than ‘shiny shiny’, if that makes any sense! And the level of thought/attention to detail that’s gone into the Camp and its operation cannot be under-stated - there’s lots of eco-tourism ‘talk’ right now, but not everyone is truly walking it: the team at Emboo absolutely are. The location along the Emboo River is very peaceful. And the team are exceptional - both the guides (in electric vehicles) and the hospitality staff back at Camp. I’m conscious that some may be put off by the sound of a principally plant-based menu (I understand there are options for dedicated omnivores) however the food is so good you forget you’re not actually eating meat - the youngest in our party who at 10 can be hard to please (!), kept piping up that “I don’t normally like ‘xx’ but this is great…” and Layler who looked after us at meal times. managed to turn this into a great game for us all. Also, because there were six of us, we ate ‘family style’ with food served in big bowls in the middle of the table so we could help ourselves, which in itself created a more relaxed dining experience than having everything plated up and served individually - a nice touch. And of course last but not least the game drives were excellent and we saw a lot, including a lion ‘kill’ which was a first for all of us including me. We stayed three nights, and I’m sure you could make two nights work but three for us was ideal and you could easily stay longer and take more time to relax in Camp and watch the world go by. While there, there was another family, a couple and a solo traveller, so they cater for everyone. (Oh and when you go if you’re passing through Nairobi make sure you make time to visit the Opportunity Factory ;)
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Oct 20, 2023
Dear Mark and family, thank you for sharing this beautiful review. We are so happy that you enjoyed the game drives through the savanna, the farm to fork meals, our boutique experiences, the sustainable vision,... and so much more. We loved exploring the Maasai Mara with your family and you, sharing stories around the camp fire,... and creating a setting for new memories. Let's make this a family tradition. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
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Tifftravels22 wrote a review Sep 2023
Matera, Italy5 contributions1 helpful vote
We were absolutely impressed with everything about this place. Emboo is much more than a safari camp. Through their deep commitment to exploring new ways to be fully sustainable, and to share that knowledge with others is inspiring. Not only that, but and social are making a social and impact in so many ways that will ripple out to the Maasai community, Kenya and the world. I truly hope to be back again and become part of the Emboo journey in some way! Until next time!
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Responded Sep 27, 2023
Hi Tiff, Wow! We're blown away by your kind words! Your comment has given us valuable insight to the services that we provide at Emboo. We can't thank you enough for taking the time to share your feedback with us and reminding us why we do what we do. -Hugs, The team at Emboo
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michelle.o wrote a review Aug 2023
3 contributions3 helpful votes
Emboo River was absolute perfection from start to finish. The tent was well designed and spacious, the camp itself was situated right along the Talek River where elephants come to drink water amongst other wildlife and the food was a highlight! They have an all vegan menu that blew us away. The owners are very intentional with their footprint— the safari vehicles are electric, the stoves run on biogas that comes from the leftover food that they compost and most of the food at camp comes from their garden! Don't hesitate, just book!
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded Aug 23, 2023
Michelle, You've left a smile on the faces of our whole team with your kind words! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. We're grateful that we had the opportunity to serve you. Your creativity and overall presence was golden! Thank you for helping us make sustainable tourism a reality. Looking forward to welcoming you again and again :) -Hugs, Your friends at Emboo
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claire o wrote a review Aug 2023
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Great staff, comfortable accommodation, yummy food and they do a wonderful job of being leaders in green innovative systems. I highly recommend this camp and this location for exciting wildlife viewing. Our moment of sunset drinks with hyaenas chasing zebras past the table will never be forgotten. thank you to Joseph and team.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Marketing Emboo Camps, Marketing at Emboo River
Responded Aug 12, 2023
Hi Claire, Thank you very much for such a lovely review and for helping us make sustainable tourism a reality! You made a big contribution by leaving a positive impact behind on this ecosystem. We hope to welcome you again pretty soon :) Lots of hugs, -Emboo River Team
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Frequently Asked Questions about Emboo River
What are some of the property amenities at Emboo River?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Emboo River?
Top room amenities include a desk, extra long beds, and a view of a nearby landmark.
What food & drink options are available at Emboo River?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Emboo River?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Emboo River?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a yoga room during their stay.
Does Emboo River have airport transportation?
Yes, Emboo River offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Emboo River?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Dutch, and Swahili.
Is Emboo River accessible?
Yes, it offers facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.