Positioned on one edge of Nairobi National Park, this boutique lodge has five luxuriously-appointed rooms in its main building plus a further five built into the cliff-face above. A funicular lift serves these and their fine views; all 10 chambers include a private veranda for dreamy gazing.

Despite its position amid Kenya’s capital, that national park boasts a spectacular assortment of birds and wildlife. More than 400 species of bird were once recorded in a day here, and you have an excellent chance of spotting four of the Big Five – with only elephants absent. No wonder many Nairobi residents themselves use the lodge as a perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of city life.

And what better way to start a holiday by supporting the conservation of this unique area and, in particular, of endangered black rhinos? As one of Kenya’s most successful rhinoceros sanctuaries, the reserve is home to the world’s densest concentrations: upwards of 50.

Remote, refined and remarkable

Sasha Cork, Cottar’s Safari Services Manager
  • By staying at The Emakoko you are directly contributing to the protection and conservation of the Nairobi National Park’s wildlife and, in particular, the endangered black rhino
  • The lodge also assists rangers with equipment from binoculars to the Rhino Towers observation posts from which one can see throughout the park. 
  • It has long supported the local community with the ‘lion lighting scheme’, which deters predators from attacking community bomas (enclosures). To date, they have illuminated 14 local bomas
  • Starting in 2017, the Embakasi Primary School now has around 40 children aged from four to 13. The Emakoko has assisted in building structures and supplying stationery, school desks and teaching aids.
  • It also donates balls, nets, uniforms and shoes to the local football team
Those ten rooms’ interiors are designed for comfort, hence the huge, luxurious beds, black-out curtains and private verandas
Each room is ensuite with hot, strong showers and flush toilets
Both communal and private tables are available in a dining room or out on the veranda
Swimming pool with a view of the river, large viewing deck and a boutique selling a wealth of treasures locally crafted in Kenya
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Families, single travellers and small groups



  • Game drives in the Nairobi National Park
  • Visit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s elephant orphanage
  • Visit the Giraffe Centre’s forest
  • Immerse yourself in Nairobi’s vibrant cultural scene 
  • Go for a long morning or evening run in the Kitengela Game Conservation Area