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Emboo River is located in a small forest along a river bend, making it a perfect spot to unwind and feel one with nature.  Wake up to the songs of birds. Read a book under the shade of our ancient fig tree. Meditate to the sound of the river flowing by. 

Do you want to relax even further? Here are some activities which you could enjoy:

  • Enjoy a dip in Emboo River's natural swimming pool that overlooks the river and the grasslands beyond. Spot giraffes, hippos, elephants, waterbucks, zebras, crocodiles and many more animals from this oasis. Emboo River's swimming pool is natural, meaning that we use zero chemicals such as chlorine or salt to keep it clean. This way we bring no toxins to the Maasai Mara and you can enjoy a fresh dip in clean and soft water. Click here to find out how our sustainable swimming pool works.

  • Relax in Emboo River's Spa surrounded by nature. The spa treatments are inspired by the unique eco system of the Maasai Mara and use local and organic ingredients. Click here to see the spa menu and dream about treatments with names such as 'Serene Savannah' and 'Lush Lavender'.
  • Children's activities: Emboo River has been a favourite destination for families. Our youngest guest was only 4 weeks old. For our youngest guests, we have special activities such as the below:

    • Children's bush walks

    • Emboo River's beach is a sandy spot along the riverbank which is perfect for a picnic lunch, playing in the shade or building sand castles 

    • Arts and crafts materials and family games are available in our lounge area

    • Maasai toys*: make figurines from mud and twigs!

    • Maasai Warrior training, followed by a 'graduation ceremony' where new warriors get a certificate

    • Safari bingo, a game to be played during drives

    • The swimming pool with a kids' section is a major success

    • Nap time will be a dream in our beautiful wooden children's beds

    • Nanny service* is available so parents can enjoy a romantic dinner

  • While some might enjoy being disconnected from work emails and daily news, others might prefer to regularly update friends and family back home and share pictures of lions, cheetahs and zebras. Emboo River's lounge area has Wi-Fi access.
  • Emboo River's lounge area is a perfect spot to hang, read a book, play boardgames, play pétanque, or badminton and enjoy arts and crafts.
  • Join an Eco Tour to get a look behind the scenes. Learn about our sustainable operations and get insights into what it takes to run a lodge in the Maasai Mara. Get inspired and learn practical ways to live more sustainably in your day to day lives.

  • Participate in Emboo River's tree planting project: Rooting for our future. Guests are invited to plant trees to offset the CO2 emission from their road or air transport between Nairobi and the Maasai Mara. 

  • Cooking in the bush*: Join Emboo River's Chefs in the garden to select your own vegetables and herbs and help them prepare some of the vegan and vegetarian dishes that your travel partners and you will be enjoying for lunch. 

  • Explore the Maasai Mara on foot to get a different view of this unique ecosystem and its residents. A short bush walk can be organised around the lodge. A longer bush walk* can be organised in the conservancies around the lodge. This bush walk takes approx. 1-2 hours and can be combined with a game drive and bush meals.

  • Emboo River at night: Meet Emboo River's night guards who safely escort you to your rooms in the evenings and who ensure that there are no unexpected encounters between animals and our guests. Listen to our guards' fascinating stories, wild adventures and join them on a short walk around the lodge when it is dark.

  • Town visit*: Only a 20 minute drive from Emboo River, there is the bustling town called Talek. This town is full of entrepreneurs who supply to lodges in the Maasai Mara, focus on conservation and establish innovative projects to support their community. During a visit to Talek guests can learn more about this bustling town, visit the weekly market, enjoy delicious local drinks and foods... and meet with Emboo River's partners: Emboo River's partners in Talek include creative and young people who lead projects that tackle food insecurity and plastic waste in the area. Guests can learn about the importance of the Single Use Plastic ban in the Maasai Mara, see how the team turns trash into treasure at our recycling facility, try to make eco briquettes that offer a sustainable alternative to wood / charcoal fires, and learn more about our insect farm.

  • Explore the Maasai Mara on horseback*! During this experience you visit the stables, set out on an adventure through the savanna and spot wildlife all around you. This experience includes breakfast in the bush during the morning session or sundowners in the bush during the afternoon session. 

  • Get even more zen during a yoga and meditation sessions. We provide yoga blocks and yoga mats made from upcycled flip flops, and the serenity of nature will do the rest. Popular yoga sessions include:
    • Sun salutation: ​Watch the sun rise over the Maasai Mara, during your yoga session along the river bend. 
    • Yoga at the ancient fig treeEmboo River is home to an old and massive fig tree. This fig tree is the highest tree in the area and can be seen from afar. This intimate spot offers the perfect location for a relaxing yoga session during which you feel a spiritual connection to this old fig tree.
    • Unwind and rewild yogaIn the midst of the savannah there is a beautiful spot with flat rocks, which create perfect yoga platforms. Select your spot and watch animals stroll by during this adventurous yoga session. After your session, enjoy breakfast in the bush.

    • Sound meditation:  Every morning you hear the beautiful songs from the many birds of the Maasai Mara. Surround yourself with the sound of nature, enjoy the awareness and feel one with the earth. A Sound Meditation can add mindfulness to your experience in nature.

* book in advance

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