The Silly Season Has Begun!

July 24th, 2022

The Silly Season has well and truly begun!

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Two Years On

March 10th, 2022

On the 11th of March 2020, the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic. What happened over the next two years was beyond comprehension, businesses, schools and entire countries closed down. Millions of people lost their lives and millions lost their livelihoods. Now two years on the world is emerging under a whole new normal.

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The End of 2021!

December 23rd, 2021

Another year has gone by and wow, what a year it has been. It has been very long, very worrying and very tiring. Looking back, it is rather like a science-fiction novel where the objective is merely to survive   And apart from a successful exercise in surviving an extraordinary twelve months, it doesn’t feel as if we have accomplished much more!

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Happy New Year!

December 30th, 2020

And so the extraordinary year of 2020 has finally drawn to a close. I have never been so happy to see the end of one year, and so full of hope for the year to come. So much has happened, and so much has not happened.Somewhere on the other side of our world, a hungry person took a bite out of a Bat dumpling, with unimaginable consequences. In one way or another, every single human on the face of this planet has been faced with how hard life can be, up close and personal. Our ability to earn a living, to be amongst friends and family and to walk freely on this earth has been seriously eroded. And north and south, rich or poor, white or black, powerful or insignificant, countless millions have had to face the reality of that empty seat at the table.But the year 2020 has changed …

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In Praise of Teachers!

June 1st, 2020

I must admit that when the prospect of having to educate my children from home became a reality, my immediate reaction was extremely enthusiastic. This, I believed, was my chance to really REALLY teach my kids something.  History, French, Kiswahili, Maths, Science, these were all going to be so easy! In my dream, our kids would suddenly rise to the top of the leader boards, and be so far ahead of the year groups. It would be mere days before The Banda School would be recruiting my services to ensure that ALL students would be passing their 'Key Stage 3' (what is that?) with flying colours.The morning of the first day of school was nothing short of a nightmare, and the most painful and humiliating reality check I have ever had. I got the kids up as if it were regular school; the standard operating procedure of feeding them, dressing, …

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Living in a Corona World

April 26th, 2020

In this time of international lock-down and enforced isolation, I have to remind myself how lucky my family and I are living, as we do, in a National Park only minutes away from Nairobi.Corona virus has made social distancing an unfortunate condition of life in the world. For us with our individual cottages and open air lodge, social distancing is something that has been a part of our every-day lives since we opened. Indeed, it is something that a safari anywhere in Kenya offers, let alone one so close to Nairobi.As those who have stayed with us will know the only company we have is the birds and beasts, who more and more view us as a part of their world. Our small size , which when we opened we thought might be a disadvantage, in this current environment is now possibly an advantage. Although our International guests are for …

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My 'Scramble for Africa' & Our global Warning

March 16th, 2020

I started writing this sitting at Atlanta International Airport and waiting, hopefully, for a flight back to the Kenya via the UK as our marketing trip to the USA has been aborted. This tidal wave of horror is gathering momentum but yet it feels so surreal as I move from one continent to another.Our plan was for a group of Kenyan lodge owner/manager/operators to take our annual marketing trip through the USA. Once we had finished, then our group would part ways and Anthony and our children would join me for a road trip in the States. The inexorable march of the Corona virus across the world ended that plan, as it has affected the lives of so many millions of people across the world.Our visit started off with a very positive showcasing of the appeal of Kenya - and The Emakoko - as an exciting holiday start and end …

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Bring on the next Roaring Twenties!

December 31st, 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, I find myself wondering where all the days went. This year has been an exciting, challenging and unfortunately a sad one for us. As I sit here reflecting on the past twelve months, I am amazed how time seems to accelerate as we get older. For our children Christmas never comes, but for us it never seems to be far away.The year 2019 ended with the arrival of our daughter Alexandra at 3 am on New Year’s Eve. Here’s a girl who will always have a large group celebrating her birthday!On reflection, having a third child after an eight-year break may not have been the excellent idea that Anthony and I thought it was. A newborn at the age of 40 with a full-time job working in hospitality is something that I now would not recommend. In spite of this, Alexandra has been an …

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Touching Base

September 4th, 2019

It has been a hectic few months here at The Emakoko, we have met some fabulous people and had some exciting sightings with wildlife. The most amazing of all is our Cheetah sightings seem to be more frequent, in the past we would be lucky to see Cheetah at all, but it now appears that at least one, if not two are now using the park more and more.Koko the Leopard seems to have had a lot of fun over the last few months, and as a result we have been expecting to see her far she appears to have not had any babies. Her and Nguruman (our lovely large male) have spent a lot of time together, and so we continue to hope that we will see some baby ‘Ngurokos' any time now. Photo Credit Paras Chandaria.On the lodge front, we have had the lovely Rose Lloyd Owen …

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The Funicular

July 23rd, 2019

It has been an unbelievable uphill battle, literally, but we are finally there. Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to introduce the funicular!!!!!The funicular was a project that started way back in 2014, bit by bit we slowly built this and are delighted that access to the top rooms of the lodge no longer require you to be an Iron Man.The best thing about it is that you can enjoy your Dawa as you go up, without spilling a drop!

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