Bridge over the Mbagthi - Nairobi National Park

Something Special at The Emakoko

In May of this year, we finished our Northern Circuit family safari with a great stay at The Emakoko. Not only is it beautifully set, stylish and comfortable, it’s deep in the African wilderness of Nairobi National Park, less than an hour from Nairobi city center and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Anton and Emma Childs, owner-managers of The Emakoko, have achieved a chic modern lodge that celebrates it’s surroundings. Game driving from the park gate to the lodge, we encountered a magnificent baby white rhino. Upon arrival, we crossed a footbridge over the Mbagathi River and felt hundreds of miles away from the airport we’d left only an hour before, and, from the open-air bar & dining room, we could feel a late season rain drench the forested valley.

The rooms are simple and sophisticated with wide-open spaces, curving walls and panoramic views. Dining at The Emakoko felt more like enjoying excellent home-cooking than fancy restaurant fare, and the service and hospitality was personal and friendly, more like visiting with locals than staying in a hotel.

From The Emakoko, we spent a day in Nairobi with stops at the Karen Blixen House and Museum, the Nairobi Giraffe Center and the world-renowned David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.

The Emakoko would be a gorgeous lodge anywhere in Africa, but being just 45 minutes away from Nairobi’s airports with the opportunity to see both white and black rhino, leopard, cheetah, hyena, zebra, wildebeest, and over 400 species of bird makes it a perfect sanctuary for anyone passing through Nairobi.

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