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The Emakoko
Ranked #2 of 190 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Oxford
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13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Perfect in every way”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2014

Staying at this hotel and taking part in the game drives was an amazing experience. The hotel is luxurious and the service impeccable. Rachel the relief manager was so helpful and friendly making us feel totally at home. The food was an excellent standard. The best part was the game drive, we had James as our driver, he was knowledgable, friendly and professional. His experience of the park helped us to find lions, hippos, crocodile, buffalo, baboons, rhinos and many more. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Veryan
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Anthony C, Owner at The Emakoko, responded to this review, August 23, 2014
Thank you for your review and we are so pleased that you managed to see so much in such a short period of time. Both Anthony and I are so passionate about Nairobi National Park, and it is great to hear that you had such interesting game drives.

We look forward to meeting you if you come again.

All the best,

Emma & Anthony
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Phoenix, Arizona
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2014

What a gem deep in the valley on the boundary of Nairobi national park,we traveled to this marvelous establishment after reading the wonderful reviews and consulting a couple of friends with first hand knowledge concerning African/Kenyan safari.We settled for it given the location after so many advisories against travel to Kenya by our government and probably others.
The location I think is the most secure in Nairobi and you get to view wildlife from half an hour so drive from the airport and in the big 5 group of animals it is only the ellies that are not found in this park.The staff very friendly and willing to help,the hosts were exceptional(Sisa and Henry who were standing in for the usual ones I think Anthony and Emma) and the food was like no any other needles to describe the room(sparkling with the Victorian bath).
One drawback however was the driver we had,his name was Elziban or something like that,this fellow was forever on his phone and had no time for us,he had 2 handsets that were ringing every now and then and he didn't mind picking them even on the highway from the airport and it was so scary seeing how fast the traffic was!and he couldn't also answer most of our questions even during the drive because of his phones and that didn't go down well since he was too casual and seemed to be in haste most of the time!We will surely return but please give us a better Guide/Driver

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank hooper235
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Anthony C, Owner at The Emakoko, responded to this review, August 23, 2014
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am sorry that we were not there to meet you and are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us.
I am terribly sorry about Elizaban and the phone, it is indeed something that we do not allow and thank you for highlighting this to us. It is most unfortunate that this made you understandably so uncomfortable and I do hope that you enjoyed the rest of your time in Kenya.

Sincerely,

Emma & Anthony
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Oberageri, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2014

We just spend a few hours at Emakoko before our flight back to Europe. What an amazing place, warm welcome, outstanding service, amazing food and wine, very nice rooms. There is no better place to stay near Nairobi!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Astrid2906
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Anthony C, Owner at The Emakoko, responded to this review, August 23, 2014
Thank you for your post, and I am sorry that you did not stay very long with us.

We look forward to having you again one day.

Many thanks,

Emma & Anthony
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

As a regular visitor to Kenya, I am always looking for the perfect place to land for a couple of days before or after venturing out into the bush. There are many nice places to stay, but after finding The Emakoko I will look no further. Their hospitality is extraordinary, the rooms are large and elegant and perfectly equipped, and the food is great. All this in the Nairobi National Park, just a short drive from the international airport! Wildlife is all around, and it is an instant way to feel as if you are on safari. I recommend it highly.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank eljo2113
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Anthony C, Manager at The Emakoko, responded to this review, August 23, 2014
Thank you for your review and I am glad you consider us a 'home away from home'.

Karibu Tena!

Emma & Anthony
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2014

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

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Chris G
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Anthony C, Manager at The Emakoko, responded to this review, August 23, 2014
Thank you for your review, it is always such a feather in ones cap to hear so many lovely things being written about us all.
It has been a while since you were here last, but with the dry season kicking in we are inundated with wildlife in the lodge. Only a week ago, we had a black Rhino outside room 2 in the early hours of the morning. A first for the lodge and something I am sure you would have appreciated.

Many thanks,

Emma & Anthony
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2014

We stayed here as a special anniversary surprise for my husband. What a fantastic decision! From the moment we arrived, we were utterly charmed by the place.......it's location, the accommodation (huge and luxurious, without being ostentatious), the food, and, last but not least, the whole staff team. Emma and Anton are both friendly, sociable hosts who are easy to talk to, and interesting and informative. This, along with an incredible Game drive prior to our arrival, ensured the most memorable of days! We shall return. Thank you, Emakoko!

Room Tip: There are 130 steps to the cliff top rooms........but it is worth the effort for the fabulous views!
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MombasaMad2014
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Anthony C, Manager at The Emakoko, responded to this review, August 23, 2014
Thank you for writing such a lovely review, I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to hosting you again.

Many thanks,

Emma & Anthony
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2014

This really is a special place! In the heart of the Nairobi National Park there is the prospect of seeing all kinds of wildlife around the facility, including a resident hippo ironically named "Tinker". For those of a nervous disposition do not fear, rangers and Masai are on hand (and in number) at all times of day and night. The hotel itself is glorious. As you drop down into the valley you're greeted with the main building behind which are the villas, decorating the southern hillside. In the middle of the valley is a small swimming pool and flatland occupied, quite often, by monkeys and baboons. Keep your villa doors shut! A wise word of warning from the owners on arrival. Turning to the owners (Anton and Emma) they and their staff will do everything and more to ensure your stay is first class. The food is top quality, the villas are sizeable, modern and spotless and there is no set routine to adhere to, everything happens when you want it to. That includes a cheeky game drive or two in one of their vehicles. Truly a wonderful and beautiful place run by professional and friendly people. Well worth a visit!

Room Tip: All the villas are the same but the lower the villa number the smaller the climb to get there. I wou...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RickyB24
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Emandant, Owner at The Emakoko, responded to this review, June 5, 2014
Thank you for your lovely review - we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope you will visit us again.

Many thanks,
Emma & Anthony
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Property: The Emakoko
Address: P.O.Box 738 | Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi 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 190 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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