The Ark Lodge

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. Resembling and named after Noah’s Ark, The Ark comprises of three decks from which numerous balconies and lounges provide a superb location for wildlife to be seen. So that you don’t miss any animal sightings, the night guard will buzz your room when special animals come to the waterhole. The Ark has four viewing areas for observing the ever-present animal activity.

There is also a ground level bunker – the perfect hideout for the discerning photographer. This is a circular pillbox-like structure, and it is from this vantage point that pictures of animals on the salt lick only yards away may be taken through the view holes in complete safety.

"In this intimate recess one can almost, but not quite, pat the animals, hear their sounds and smell the aroma of the night. This is a magical corner, where there is close contact with the essence that tells of an unexplored Africa, and where, very often, the visitor may enjoy in solitary state the beauty of it all."

- Monty Brown's book, Haven Under the Hill

Special features

Guests stay in “cabins” fitted 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 “hunter” may conduct a special talk on the eco-system and wildlife each evening in the main lounge area.  

Food & Beverage Facilities

Dinner and breakfast served “on board” in 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.

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.

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
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