I thought I'd written a review of this fantastic Lodge/Hotel but had not so excuse the late posting.
I travelled here in October 2013 and stayed here for two nights, one night either side of my trip to the Masai Mara. The overnight flight from London to JKIA was a busy flight and we got little or no sleep and arrived earlier at Emakoko than most guests. To get to The Emakoko you have to drive through Nairobi National Park, so were treated to our first game drive of the trip. The very first large mammal that we encountered was a lone bull White Rhino and this was about 300 metres after we entered the park. Lion, Giraffe, Zebra, Eland and Black Rhino were all seen before we arrived at the Lodge.
The welcome was superb and in a flash an unexpected breakfast arrived. We were shown to our amazing room which overlooked the river and I arranged with Antony to go around the grounds birdwatching for a couple of hours. A fantastic lunch then an afternoon game drive with Peter with more Black & White Rhino and finished with a sunset spectacle with Marabou perched on Acacia trees.
The evening was like being at dinner party with old friends as Emma & Antony arranged the tables into one long table shared by all the guests that evening. The conversation (and wine) flowed throughout the night with Emma & Antony being the perfect hosts. The next morning we were up early with another great breakfast before being transferred to Wilson airport for our flight to The Mara
We returned five days later and again had for another overnight stay which included another game drive before picking up our stored luggage and headed to the coast for a week of relaxation. It would be hard to pick a highlight of our experience of The Emakoko but I will never forget my wife finding our first Lion, a male some 15-feet from the car with 6 Eland about 20-yards away completely unaware of his presence. Nor will I ever erase the memory of following a lone male bull White Rhino down to the Athi dam where he stopped for a drink whilst looking at his reflection in the still lake water. OR even finding the small covey of Yellow-throated Sandgrouse again drinking at the Athi Dam.
A great start and finish to our first safari experience and is highly recommended
- 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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