The Ark Lodge

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Set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, iconic and yes, quirky. The Ark overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, which attracts a host of awesome wildlife. Modeled after Noah’s Ark, The Ark has four viewing decks with balconies and lounges to provide superb game viewing from the comfort of the lodge. The animals come to you!

A unique day and night game viewing lodge modeled on Noah’s Ark. Lunch is served at the Aberdare Country Club and at 2.30 pm the journey to The Ark begins. During this journey, guests have the opportunity to view herds of buffaloes, elephants, warthogs, baboons, hyenas and on many occasions the leopard. At 4 pm, tea and coffee are served and at 5 pm, you can experience the feeding of the birds on The Ark bridge.

Once inside The Ark, the Resident host and hostess close the door at 6.30 pm and open it again at 6.30 am. Before dinner, the host gives an interactive talk to guests, who can ask questions and get answers about the local fauna and animals. Dinner is served from 7.30 pm to 9 pm.

Going to bed early does not mean missing the action. Guests have been known to stay up all night watching the wildlife. If you do want to go to bed, during the night our resident ranger stays on watch and will buzz your room if an interesting animal comes to the water hole. One ring for Elephant, two rings for Rhino, three rings for Leopard and four rings for other unusual sightings like the Giant Forest Hog. The choice is yours – and you can turn the buzzer off if you like! At 6.30 am a xylophone is played along the corridors as a wake up call and at 7 am breakfast is served. Departure time is 8 am.

Recreational Facilities

  • Game viewing drives to the Aberdare Salient
  • Swimming at the Aberdare Country Club
  • Bird feeding at the gangplank in the evenings
  • Lectures and talks on wildlife and the Aberdare eco-system

General Facilities

  • Access for the physically disabled 
  • Bureau De Change and use of Credit Cards
  • Laundry at the Aberdare Country Club 
  • Lunch Boxes from Aberdare Country Club or private lunch at the Ark
  • Mains Electricity, 220 240v with 3-point square pin sockets
  • Medical Services 
  • Radio contact with The Aberdare Country Club
  • Curio Shop

CONFERENCE FACILITIES: Not available At the Ark.

Food & Drink

Dinner and breakfast served “on boardin the main dining room. Located on one of the viewing Decks is a lounge and a bar which remains open all night for tea and coffee.

The Rooms

60 Cabin Styledrooms (10 doubles, 37 twins, 06 singles and 07 triples).

Room dcor: Rooms made of wood and overlooking the forest or the pond.

Room amenities: All rooms have private bathrooms with shower stall, wash basins, flush toilets, bed-side lamps and carpeted floors to ward off the evening and morning chill, small luggage racks, water flasks and glasses, hot water bottles and extra blankets, 115/240V shaving socket.

Special features: Guests stay in “cabinsfitted with buzzers to announce the arrival of one of the “Big Five at the salt-lick. Hot drinks and extra blankets available throughout the night so one can sit t the lounge awaiting the arrival of the animals. Bird feeding at the gangplank at around 1700 Hrs.
The resident “huntermay conduct a special talk on the eco-system and wildlife each evening in the main lounge area.

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