About Us

Remote Refined Remarkable

The Emakoko is a boutique lodge uniquely positioned on the edge of the Nairobi National Park. It is located a short 45 minute drive from either of Nairobi’s airports. 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 Nairobi National Park, despite its proximity to the capital city of Kenya, boasts a spectacular assortment of birds and wildlife, with over 400 species of bird recorded in one day. With an excellent possibility of spotting four of the Big Five, many Nairobi residents find the lodge a perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of city life.

Our Family

The concept for The Emakoko was the brainchild of Anthony & Emma Childs – your hosts during your stay. They live on site with their small family and their dedicated team of staff, who are delighted to welcome guests and for whom nothing is too much trouble.

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Em & Ant

Our Team

Our staff are drawn from all the varied corners and tribes of Kenya, and the local Maasai are well represented. Most of our staff have experience in other boutique lodges in Kenya – as do Emma and Anthony – but many of them have been trained at the Emakoko itself.

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Beautifully appointed rooms overlooking the game park

With only 10 rooms The Emakoko offers an exclusive and personal environment for our guests to enjoy. Five rooms are situated at the main level and five built into the cliff face higher up. The climb to the upper rooms is worth it for the spectacular views!

Our room designs and interiors are designed for comfort, from huge, luxurious beds to the black-out curtains. Each room has its own private veranda.

The Lodge

Peace and solitude just minutes from the city

The Emakoko allows people to start and finish their safari in the wildlife environment they have traveled so far to enjoy. Within 15 minutes of clearing customs they can be viewing game in Nairobi National park. The only “transfer” delays likely to be encountered en route to or from The Emakoko are the natural pauses to watch a pride of lions or waiting for a Rhino or journey of Giraffe to cross the road.

View of the lodge
Pizza Oven
Main Area

Public Areas

Indoors or out, relaxation is assured

An open, airy and informal environment has been created to allow our guests to escape from the pressures of everyday life. Whether you are enjoying an Emakoko cocktail in the viewing area or simply a coffee by the pool overlooking the river, relaxation is assured.

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A wealth of locally crafted treasures

The Emakoko boutique offers a wealth of treasures all locally crafted in Kenya. The shop is also one of the main Africa Adorned (Jewellry Ltd) outlets; Africa Adorned is the unique collection of original yet traditional timeless jewelry, designed by Lippa Wood and Joanna Garner and hand made in the Maasai Mara supporting the local communities.

Linda Camm
Penny Winter
Bush Princess
Bush Princess


Activities available for relaxation or adventure

If stress is what you are escaping from, and rest is what you need, then The Emakoko is the perfect place. At times the silence can be almost deafening during the day, and the nights are often filled with distant noises of wild animals going about their nocturnal business.

Take a game drive into one of the most unique game parks in the world, Nairobi National Park or visit the communities that border it. Otherwise an excursion into Nairobi to visit the David Sheldrick wildlife trust, the giraffe centre or the local shops may be more appealing. Finally for the more adventurous, a helicopter trip to the world famous Masai Mara, or up Mt. Kenya might be the better alternative.


Conservation and community outreach




Community Outreach

From our blog

The latest from Living on the Edge

A Change of Seasons Nov. 19, 2018

The dry season is coming to an end and as usual the wildlife is beginning to congregate around what ever pockets of water are left in the park, or down ... Read more

Our New Additions Sept. 24, 2018

As a camp manager in the African bush one does require an extremely wide variety of skills. In fact, I don’t think that there are many jobs in the world ... Read more

Safari with the kids? July 15, 2018

For most parents, the prospect of un-leashing their little ones onto the African Continent fills them with horror and apprehension. Africa is far too dangerous and one couldn’t possibly allow ... Read more

The End of an Era May 1, 2018

March & April have been extremely sad months all round. Not only have we said goodbye to an incredible herpetologist, Sanda Ashe but also we say ‘Kwaheri’ to our matriarch, ... Read more

Contact Us

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Please feel free to contact us to make a reservation. We are happy to help!

Telephone: +254 (0)724 156044 or +254 (0 )723273668

The Emakoko
P O Box 738
Uhuru Gardens
00517 Nairobi

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