Location: Masaai Mara National Reserve, Narok County, Kenya
During a dinner in the Maasai Mara in 2018, Loïc Amadò, William Santian and Valery Super spoke about their frustrations regarding the status quo of the safari industry, wanting to see unique wildlife, while negatively contributing to the ecosystem through polluting vehicles, solid waste, and untreated wastewater leaking into the soil… It did not make sense.
Going on a safari in the Maasai Mara and only leaving a positive impact behind is possible. A few months after this dinner, Loïc, William and Valery opened their own lodge: Emboo River!
Hidden in a forest along a river, Emboo River is positioned in the heart of Kenya’s Maasai Mara. It is the perfect spot to explore this spectacular ecosystem and spot all its wildlife. There are animals roaming all around the lodge and sometimes even within Emboo River.
Emboo River offers guests a unique safari experience of luxury, relaxation, educational as well as fully eco-friendly, sustainable and community focused. Essential to the Camp’s operations it runs independent of external factors. Everything the Camp needs to run its operations is found locally within the Maasai Mara.
All we need is in the Maasai Mara and all we give back stays in the Maasai Mara. This is Emboo River’s Closed Loop System. Emboo’ is the Maasai word for ‘a pride’ and every part of the Emboo River experience is guided by a commitment to do right for the community and environment.
At Emboo River you can enjoy a unique experience, including silent safaris in solar powered vehicles, dinner under the stars without a generator humming in the background, delicious meals with organic ingredients prepared on biogas, rain showers overlooking nature and knowing that every drop of water is filtered and reused, and so much more.
Uniqueness of this Camp
Emboo River is a God Eco-rated and proud to have the first full fleet of Electric Safari Vehicles in the East Africa. The Electric Safari Vehicles are silent, 100% solar powered, can take our guests on full day game drives and are more powerful than its ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) version.
Emboo River is committed to fully rely on Solar Power. The high tech solar panels, at the Camp can generate green energy for lights, charging of guests’ phones & even for charging our Electric Safari Vehicles. All guest rooms have power 24/7 and international chargers.
Emboo River’s guests enjoy warm showers in their rooms thanks to solar heaters. Gravity lets water flow through the heaters and the sun does the rest of the work. Every heater stores 200 liters of warm water for 72 hours.
Together with AGUAINC, a company which is reshaping the future of water waste management. AGUAINC uses indigenous plants to treat waste water. AGUAINC optimized this process through its
innovative ABIS (Aquatic Biological Integrated Systems) water-treatment method. The ABIS filters water through matrices of floating plants.
6 River Rooms, 1 River Suite Bella’s Tree, 1 River Suite Firefly:
River Room: The modern furniture was handmade from natural materials by the Camps own team and local artisans, the showers, are made from gum poles from the sustainable plantation. Decorated with lush fabrics and vibrant colours, en-suite bathroom has showers and taps from the luxury brand Kenny & Mason, which were designed for Emboo River, the rain shower has running warm water, Emboo River’s electricity is provided by the solar panels.
River Suite: makes your stay more exclusive. With two Suites which offer comfort, luxury and privacy.
Each River Suite has en suite bathrooms with a rain shower overlooking nature. The terrace overlooking the river is the perfect spot for sunset drinks and private dinners.
River Studio: is surrounded by trees and overlooks the river, includes a work area, living space, balcony, bedroom and bathroom. The Studio offers a creative space and accommodation for photographers, writers, painters, graphic designers, digital nomads who are combining work and travel, and anyone else looking for extra mindfulness.
When photographers are using the Studio, the ‘Photo Studio’ will include editing and camera equipment. Additionally, Emboo River will regularly host expert photographers who can teach and assist you on photography and editing.
Camp Amenities: Electric Safari Vehicles, farm to fork meals, Emboo River’s lounge area has Wi-Fi access, swimming pool with a kids’ section, Nanny Service, lounge area- play board games, play pétanque, or badminton and enjoy arts and crafts.
In 2019 Emboo River launched its tree planting project, which is called: ‘ROOTING FOR OUR FUTURE’ most guests choose to participate in the project and an average of 50 trees per month are planted, game viewing drives, great migration, wildlife photographers, visit to the neighbouring Maasai Village, sundowners, bush breakfast or lunch, Hot air balloon safari, Emboo River’s natural swimming pool – use zero chemicals such as chlorine or salt to keep it clean, Relax in Emboo River’s Spa.
Children’s activities: Children’s bush walks, Emboo River’s beach, a sandy spot along the riverbank which is perfect for a picnic lunch, playing in the shade or building sand castles, Arts and crafts, Maasai toys*: make figurines from mud and twigs!, Maasai Warrior training, Safari bingo, a game to be played during drives, Town visit, Guests can learn about the importance of the Single Use Plastic ban in the Maasai Mara, horseback, yoga and meditation sessions