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. With large and comfortable rooms, each with a verandah looking out on to the Park, the Emakoko is deeply committed not only to the local community, but to the preservation and protection of the Park itself with its huge variety of flora and fauna.
Emma & Anthony were both brought up in Kenya and met for the first time opposite the site of the lodge, in the park itself whilst enjoying a legendary Kenyan ‘sundowner’. It is true Serendipity that their dream lodge has been built directly opposite the place where they met. Both of them grew up with a passion for Kenya and for the National Park itself, and it was the result of numerous expeditions into the park and its surroundings which enabled them to find and purchase the perfect location and to generate revenue without intruding into the Park – the lodge is built on private land on the very border of the Park itself.
Elizaban Kinuthia, the head guide of The Emakoko may be a familiar face to anyone who ventured up north to Meru National Park. Elizaban joined the industry with the hope of becoming a guide, and after 6 years of being a room steward at Elsas Kopje in Samburu, he achieved his ambition and qualified as a guide in 2008. Elizaban joined Emma & Anthony right from the beginning, when The Emakoko was still a building site, and has become a vital part of The Emakoko team.
Stephen Musyoka, our head chef, is responsible for the highly-rated menu’s that are so much appreciated by our guests. Stephen cannot resist taking a ‘classic’ dish and putting his own special spin on it – a result of which has made his food very popular. Recipes are all kept in his head, but from time to time he can be persuaded to part with some of his trade secrets!
Laurence & Patrick’s, our bar experts, are vital to the ambiance within the Lodge. Keeping drinks topped up is most important when you are on safari, and their trademark “Dawas” are not to be missed – for those a little more adventurous a Dawa with The Emakoko Chili Twist is an exciting experience! Park sunsets are spectacular and the short Kenyan twilights come far too soon – what better way to appreciate a Kenyan sunset than with a Gin & Tonic, a cold Tusker, or an Emakoko Dawa.!
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. Our team take huge pride in their work and are never happier than when the lodge is full to overflowing.