Nairobi National Park

The Emakoko


Into the Wild

Step off the plane and head straight into the wild at Emakoko. Even with its close proximity to Nairobi's concrete jungle, This National Park boasts a spectacular assortment of birds and wildlife. By staying at The Emakoko you will be directly contributing to the protection and conservation of this beautiful oasis of wilderness.

This luxurious and homely lodge is carefully built into the valley of the Mbagathi River, right on the border of the park. With only 10 rooms The Emakoko offers you an exclusive and personal environment to enjoy. With it’s open, airy, and informal environment, you are able to escape from the pressures of everyday life.

Whether you are enjoying an Emakoko cocktail on the balcony or simply a coffee by the pool overlooking the river, relaxation is assured. You might even hear the occasional grunt of the resident hippo grazing peacefully outside and the nights are often filled with distant noises of wild animals going about their nocturnal business.


At a glance

  • 10 luxurious rooms

  • Swimming pool

  • Private verandahs

  • Spa

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    Game drives

    Head out into Kenya’ oldest ever Nation Park. Seeing lions, giraffes, and other wildlife roam free with the city on the horizon just does not seem real – but it is! It is famous for its very healthy black Rhino population and is renowned for very close encounters with lions.

  • Golf


    Kenya certainly has some of the most beautiful golf courses, and perhaps some of the most challenging too. Depending on the day of the week and availability you can play golf at Karen Country Club for a two or a three ball, otherwise golf on the Ngong Golf Course or Royal Nairobi Golf Club is also a possibility.

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    Trips to Nairobi

    Head into the city of Nairobi. The capital is full of amazing activities to keep you entertained. Must sees are the David Sheldrick wildlife trust and the giraffe centre.


Being so close to the city there are many human and wildlife conflicts and lots of issues with wildlife predation on domestic livestock. The Kitengela Landowners Association and Kenya Wildlife Service have an enormous task of managing these conflicts. Every adult bednight that comes into The Emakoko a fee of USD$43 goes to the Kenya Wildlife Service which helps them operate and in particular, it helps protecting the incredible and endangered Black Rhino that live in the park. By the end of 2019, The Emakoko has contributed over USD$982,000 in conservation fees to the KWS. Ontop of this, The Emakoko also assists rangers with equipment from binoculars to the Rhino Towers which you can see throughout the park. These Observation towers are instrumental in assisting our rangers with keeping an eye on wildlife. To reduce conflicts between predators and local farmers The Emakoko has supported the local community with the ‘lion lighting scheme’ which is one way in which predators have been deterred from attacking the community Bomas.

Community & Culture

Nairobi’s urban sprawl is putting the traditional pastoral lifestyle of the local Maasai in the area under threat. Fortunately, the Masaai in Emeneko’s area have yet to be touched by the new urban wave and this is something they wish to maintain. There are various projects in the area initiated by The Emakoko and as visitors to the lodge we encourage our guests to participate.

The lodge has also assisted in building structures and supplying stationary, desks and teaching aids to the local school. The Emapakasi Primary School was started in January 2017 and has a total of 38 children aged from 4 years to 13 years. The school is on 2 acres and finally has solid structures. And to boot, The Emakoko donates balls, nets, uniforms and shoes to the community in order to encourage sport as much as possible.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

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