I want to share The Emakoko camp in Nairobi City with you.
It is only about 20 minutes from the international airport of Nairobi, so very convenient if you arrive in the evening.
You don´t have to drive 45 minutes to a city hotel (during the day there are major traffic jams from the airport to the city - up to 2 hours...). So The Emakoko solves that problem.
Sometimes you just know when something will become a success. The Emakoko is one of these special places.
This intimate camp overlooks the Nairobi National Park.
There is no physical border with the park, it is just on the other side over the ´river´ (rather a small stream).
Everything is done very stylish. There are 10 spacious rooms; 5 on the same level as the lounge (all very private), and the other 5 are situated on top of the cliff.
All the rooms share the same view on the park.
It feels like you are in a little valley, so you don´t have the view over the plains of the park.
Something you have to know is the steps are quite big, and if you are staying at the rooms at the top, it is some effort to get there.
So not ideal for people with walking disabilities.
Although the first room left from the central area would be ideal for people with walking difficulties (and wheelchair friendly).
The rooms are nice and spacious and there is a big nice bathtub.
I think The Emakoko is really great for the high end traveller, and a nice way to start your trip.
Even if you arrive in the evening when it is dark, it is so nice to wake up the next morning surrounded by nature.
As this will most probably your first stop, it is so nice to be welcomed by a traditional Masai warrior.
The owners Emma and Anthony have so much experience in the tourism industry, they really know what they are doing
Simply fantastic. Had just one night and it was one of the best lodges that I have stayed in since moving to Kenya. It is in a stunning location with the park just on the other side of the river.
Within less than 24 hours we saw buffalo, giraffe, crocodiles, baboons and a whole host of gorgeous birds.
The rooms are done to an incredibly high standard, with such wonderful attention to detail, including guide books to animals in the rooms, and sumptuous wash products.
The bathroom looked over the plains opposite, so in the evening I was able to indulge in a long held dream of bathing whilst looking out into the national park - it doesn't get more special than that. Or at least not until dinner! Wow...
The food was incredible. We were served steak with a blue-cheese and mushroom sauce and all the trimmings.
I love my food and this was one of the best meals I have had in Kenya, and possibly one of my top 10 steaks I have ever had.
The rooms are incredibly comfortable, and it would have been hard to drag myself out of the gorgeous bed had it not been for the tea and coffee served to our room along with freshly baked biscuits in the morning.
Breakfast didn't disappoint, with all manor of fresh fruits, home-made granola, fresh smoothies, pancakes and cooked breakfast made to order.
The owners Emma and Anton and wonderful, and the staff are attentive and help to make your stay all you could wish for. We only got to stay one night, but I can't wait till we can stay again.