The Emakoko

Reviews of The Emakoko

Excellent(98%) From 29 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 29 of our travellers who have visited The Emakoko, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr and Mrs J - London - UK
Arrived on: 6-Nov-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The Emakoko review

Nairobi National Park is a truly remarkable place. As the city grew rapidly from nothing at the end of the 19th century, this originally wild place is now one of Africa's major cities. But a piece of far-sighted city planning meant that a tract of wilderness has been preserved right next to the skyscrapers, airports and congested traffic, a place where genuinely wild rhinos can be photographed with a city back drop.

It's not the bush, of course. But at the wonderful Emakoko, Anthony and Emma have managed to create a genuine safari experience that feels miles away from the mobile phone ads, shopping malls and mini-buses. It's in a secluded corner of the park where a wide open-sided dining room and bar overlooks the pool and river. Arriving from London late at night, we were driven (after a slightly worrying approach through a shabby industrial estate) into the National Park in the darkness (one of the very few times KWS will allow driving in a National Park at night) past grazing hartebeest, and warmly welcomed with a late supper at the lodge. Next morning, a rhino had come down to the river to say hello, and we were out in the park early before the local tours arrived. (Every car would stop and say "Have you seen anything?". We soon realised "anything" just meant "lion". There is a lot more to Nairobi NP than lions. Though they are there).

The owners used to run Elsa's Kopje, a lodge with a strong reputation, in the much more remote Meru NP and have brought a number of staff including guides and chef. The food is certainly excellent and many Nairobi residents come to stay just for that. Our guide, Elizaban, had come from Meru and was knowledgeable on all aspects of the wildlife in the park, including birds as well as mammals.

The rooms and public areas are all well-designed and have the feel of a lodge rather than a hotel. There are lots of nice touches like the old photographs of East Africa and Kenyan roses from a local farm. Each room has a large bathroom with bath as well as shower, and a deck overlooking the river, where birds and mammals can be seen wandering. Emma & Anthony are great hosts and more than happy to share their vast experience of safari life over a Tusker beer or generous gin and tonic (made by the enterprising Patrick, who is also the lodge carpenter) in the bar.

Nairobi NP is not a bush wilderness, but at the Emakoko, as darkness falls and the tour buses leave the park, you'll feel for a while like the city doesn't exist.

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Mrs. Fletcher from Costa Mesa
Arrived on: 31-Aug-2015 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Relaxing Stay at The Emakoko

Please see prior comments. [Ed: see below]

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Mrs. Fletcher from Costa Mesa
Arrived on: 27-Aug-2015 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Relaxing Stay at The Emakoko

We thoroughly enjoyed our stays at The Emakoko, both before and after our Maasai Mara safari. The lodge is beautiful and the service and food impeccable. Peter was an excellent guide on our game drive and helped us spot rhinos, which we were unable to see in the Mara.

We wish we could have enjoyed a longer stay at The Emakoko as it was so relaxing. I would encourage future guests to consider an extended stay as the experience makes for a lovely retreat. We look forward to an opportunity to return.

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Mr and Mrs F from Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 27-Jun-2015 Stayed for: 1 nights
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The Emakoko review

The camp was really nice and we got a lovely welcome after a long trip from England.

The only thing that went wrong was the pick up the driver was not there when we came out , which was very disappointing , and then when we did find him he told us he was there all the time . ( we had gone up and down to look for him )

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Expert Africa comments

The Emakoko has responded to this feedback and say they are very pleased that Mr and Mrs F enjoyed their stay, but they totally understand why they were upset, as they had every reason to be. They have talked this through in detail with their driver, whose parking ticket shows he was indeed at the airport, so they cannot understand why they missed each other. They do however say that in the somewhat chaotic atmosphere in the arrivals area, it can sometimes be difficult for drivers and travellers to connect immediately.

They sincerely apologise if their driver didn’t make himself as visible as necessary and stress they will make even greater efforts in future to be at the front of the crowd and holding their passengers’ name boards high. And we would stress that any travellers who are concerned that their driver is not there to meet them should call their lodge or camp with the numbers we provide in our pre-departure travel documents. Happily, it’s a very rare problem.

Dr P. from Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 20-Jan-2015 Stayed for: 1 nights
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The Emakoko review

Camp very good as was guide. Traffic problems getting to domestic airport next day very bad so maybe not a good idea after all to stay there.

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NJW from Montreal, Canada
Arrived on: 13-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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What a way to end a trip!

I hesitated on booking the Emakoko as it is quite an expensive choice for Nairobi but I am very pleased I went! The property is spectacular and having a chance to visit NNP, albeit in the rain, was great. The rooms are beautiful, although I was quite happy to be on the lower level avoiding the stairs. But if you dont mind the climb, the views from the upper rooms are stunning and well worth it!

I really loved the common areas at the Emakoko, perhaps more than anywhere I have been. There are small areas-sofas, chairs, fireplaces etc. making it easy to be on your own, or to hang out as a group. With the fireplaces lit at night, the atmosphere was wonderful. I was sad I was only there for a night. Emma and Anton, the camp owners, went out of thier way to entertain me and Anton and I had a great adventure during the day visiting a local artist community. He was also very accommodating at helping me photograph one of my favourite reptiles, introducing me to my first Jackson's chameleon.

The lodge is a wonderful place to book as a day room if you have a late flight out of Nairobi and the drive to the airport, partly through the national park, is much more peaceful than through the city streets. Looking forward to returning.

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Mr G. from Falmouth
Arrived on: 19-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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The Emakoko review

Great

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Mr G. from Falmouth
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fantastic Food, lovely Lodge

The Emakoko is a great place to relax before a safari, Emma and Anton are great hosts , food is superb, in a lovely position

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Mr H, Johannesburg
Arrived on: 1-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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The Emakoko review

A real hidden gem, could have spent a full day here easily.

The owners were very friendly, quality of accomodation was fantastic and food was also excellent

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Mr and Mrs B, Essex, UK
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 0 nights
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The Emakoko review

As before - a good way to wind up a happy safari.

[Ed: see their comments of the Emakoko from their first visit there, at the start of their trip, below. ]

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