The Emakoko – Nairobi National Park

The Emakoko – Nairobi National Park

The Emakoko, Nairobi National Park

The Emakoko is a boutique lodge located in a gorge on the border of Nairobi National Park. Firstly, simply visiting Nairobi National Park is a treat in on itself. It is the only such wildlife park within such close proximity to a capital city. A harmonious co-existence between the wild jungle and the urban jungle. The Emakoko is doubtless one of the best places to stay to get the best out of your safari at Nairobi National Park.

Getting There

Zebras and gazelles with Nairobi in the background

From the airport, the lodge is a 45-minute drive away. A hotel transfer to the lodge has to be one of the most unique experiences. Why? One has to drive through Nairobi National Park to get there. In other words, a few minutes after your arrival, one is immediately immersed in the safari experience. No better way to say, “Jambo! Karibu, Kenya.” Nairobi National Park is home to four of the big five, over 400 species of birds, and other wild animals such as giraffes, gazelles, buffalos, warthogs and so many more.

The Emakoko is hosted by the lovely Emma and Anthony Childs. They live on site with their small family. The staff is a diverse team of Kenyans from all over the country.

The Emakoko

Woman on balcony at the Emakoko

The lodge itself is a serene setting that is one with nature. There are only 10 rooms which means exclusivity and personalized service delivery is assured. The setting is quiet and relaxing. Rooms built on the cliff side offer panoramic views of the park and come with private verandahs. What lodge would be complete without a swimming pool? The Emakoko does not disappoint with a beautiful and uniquely designed pool to cool down in.

Furthermore, The Emakoko has a jewelry boutique. The jewelry is locally crafted and the boutique also serves as one of the major outlets for Africa Adorned Jewelry Ltd.

The Food

Table setting on balcony at the Emakoko

Chef Steve will treat your taste buds to Swahili flavored cuisine. After that take a culinary journey to Britain, France, Thailand, and India as dishes from all these countries are available at The Emakoko. Salad ingredients are sourced from the on-site garden or other local marketplaces. The organic experience does not end there. Eggs are sourced from chicken reared on site. The culinary experience at the Emakoko brings a whole new meaning to farm to table food.


A lion with two lionesses

Obviously, game drives are a central feature of things to do at The Emakoko. Visiting the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is also a feature activity. For a more adventurous touch consider helicopter safaris to the Masai Mara or Mt. Kenya. Also, the lodge’s close proximity to Nairobi means shopping excursions to the city are also a viable option.

In summary, The Emakoko is a unique and serene escape that offers an authentic Kenyan safari experience while still keeping a pulse on Nairobi’s buzzing urban life. Such places are hard to find and that’s why The Emakoko should definitely be on your bucket list. Oh, if staying at The Emakoko does make it to your bucket list here are 5 Things To Pack For A Weekend Getaway at The Emakoko. Also, if you are interested in staying at the Emakoko or planning a safari trip to Kenya get in touch with us via or message us on Facebook. We will send you safari package quotes for your consideration. Enjoying the content? Give it a thumbs up below and share it with someone you know would love it.

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