A 45-minute drive from Nairobi's main city airports, The Emakoko is a lodge built into the steep slopes of the Mbagathi River valley. All 10 rooms face the river and the Nairobi National Park which is home to the Big 5 and a great variety of wildlife and birds.

  • 45 minutes from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airport
  • 45 minutes from Nairobi city centre
  • Great place to stay before or after your East African safari
  • Big 5 and other game and birdlife in nearby Nairobi National Park
  • Superb views over the Mbagathi River
  • Scheduled airport shuttle service
  • Free WiFi
  • Family friendly

Owner run by the Childs family, The Emakoko is quiet and remote, offering the best of both worlds. It's close to nature and close to the city.

Luxury accommodation

There are 10 luxury open and airy en-suite rooms that look out over the river into Nairobi National Park from a private veranda.

Main Lodge

There is a relaxing lounge, bar and dining area with a fireplace and deck offering excellent views out over the river and park. You can cool down in the inviting pool on hot summer days. Internet access and mobile phone networks are available. The menu is varied and delicious and special dietary requests are available by prior arrangement.

Local activities

Day and night game drives allow you to experience the wildlife and beauty of Nairobi National Park. Visits to the Giraffe Centre, Nairobi Safari Walk and Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage can also be arranged. Need a shopping fix? Nairobi has some excellent shopping as well as unique craft markets. You can also enjoy visits to local community villages, sundowners and helicopter flights over Nairobi National Park at an additional cost.

Getting there

The Emakoko is a 45-minute drive from either Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or Wilson Airport and a similar distance from the city centre. A shared, courtesy shuttle is available.

Our take on The Emakoko

What a great way to start your safari holiday! Within 45 minutes of clearing customs in Nairobi, you could be going on your first game viewing ride. While not a huge park or anything like the famous Maasai Mara or game rich Laikipia, Nairobi National Park is a good 'appetiser' for your East African safari. The Emakoko is well-run, well-positioned and very welcoming. It's a great choice for a one- or two-night stopover.

  • Airport transfers
  • Game drives
  • Full board
  • Excursions to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Giraffe Center, Karen Blixen Museum
  • Soft drinks, beer and house wine
  • Laundry
  • Daily park fees
  • Excursion entrance fees
  • Premium brand drinks and wines, champagne
  • Items of a personal nature
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