THE EMAKOKO, NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
The Emakoko is a boutique, owner run lodge in Nairobi, Kenya. Hosts Emma and Anton Childs live on site with their children and entertain their guests giving a uniquely personal welcome to guests arriving in Kenya. The Emakoko is uniquely positioned on the side of a valley overlooking the Nairobi National Park in Kenya with the Mbagathi River running directly below.
Accessible a mere 45 minutes from JKIA and Wilson Airports in Nairobi, the drive through the park itself, with its’ beautiful scenery and abundance of plains game is a spectacular way to start any East African safari. The Emakoko includes private game drives, both airport transfers, visits to Giraffe Manor and Daphne’s Sheldrake’s, all meals and drinks. It’s a no-brainer!
NEW PRIVATE HOUSE
At the start of 2019, the Emakoko has launched its Private House. The new house features two bedrooms (ensuite) with its own private swimming pool, bar and dining area. It is ideal for groups of 4 and they can put extra beds in for children making it 2 triples. This will allow you to get off to the best start of your trip with a more interesting Nairobi stop-over.
TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN NAIROBI
1. VISIT THE ORPHAN ELEPHANT SANCTUARY
This is where Daphne Sheldrick has perfected the raising of orphaned elephants and rhinos. It is possible to see the baby elephants (and if you’re lucky, a baby rhino) every day from 11am-12pm when they are set loose to feed and play with each other before they head out to the forest for the day. Adoption of one of these very special animals is also possible allowing you to follow its adventure back into the wild.
2. FEED THE GIRAFFES BY HAND
The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Centre, also known as The Giraffe Sanctuary, is a stone’s throw from The Emakoko and their education centre gives guests the opportunity to feed the Rothschild giraffes by hand and learn more about this rare breed of Giraffe.
3. SAFARI IN NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
Nairobi National Park is unique in being the only protected area in the world with a variety of animals and birds close to a capital city. We would highly recommend an early morning game drive with picnic breakfast, or you could choose to spend a day in this beautiful wilderness with a picnic lunch.
4. SHOP FOR UNIQUE SOUVENIRS
Nairobi is a maze of local craft markets, upmarket boutiques, charming restaurants and lively bars, which are all within easy reach.
5. EXPERIENCE THE LIFE OF KAREN BLIXEN
By visiting the home of Karen Blixen, you’ll find yourself soaking up the atmosphere of a life long gone. Her pioneering spirit and utter determination to succeed in an era when women were considered to be incapable of such efforts can be felt throughout her home, now a museum in Karen.