The Ark is an unusually shaped lodge in the Aberdare National Park in Kenya built to resemble Noah’s Ark. It overlooks the Yasabara waterhole, considered the largest animal salt lick within the area and responsible for attracting a variety of forest animal visitors. Each of the guest rooms is comfortable and welcoming with overlooking views of the forest or waterhole. The restaurant offers excellent cuisine, with both Kenyan local specialities and European essentials. Guest with surely enjoy the extensive game viewing from one of the numerous decks or the glassed-off viewing lounges which make for almost eye-to-eye contact with wildlife.
All of the cabins at The Ark feature comfortable, traditional safari-style beds. Each is tastefully designed and simply furnished to give you a level of comfort that keeps you relaxed throughout your stay. Each cabin is equipped with an en-suite bathroom and shower.
The restaurant offers excellent cuisine for dinner and breakfast, as either a buffet or set menu, depending on the number of guests. Lunch is served at the Aberdare Country Club. However, on advance request the same can be organized at The Ark. The food is very fresh with organic vegetables and spices picked from the Aberdare Country Club gardens accompanied by fruit are brought in daily from the village. The Chef is always on hand to cater for special dietary requirements. A collection of fine wines is available from The Ark cellar.
On all four levels of The Ark there is a viewing deck thus creating enough room for every guest to be able to freely view and take photographs of the wildlife. There are open viewing areas on deck B and a photo hide bunker on deck D that give you the perfect photo opportunity, with animals only a few yards away.
The waterhole is the premier attraction and center of attention at the lodge. Unlike game drives where one merely drives right through, at The Ark, you have the time and safe vantage to observe and study the animals unhurried. You get to see and appreciate the uniqueness of each of the animals that come to the waterhole.
Enjoy half or full day safari drive to The Salient and The Moorlands in Aberdare National Park. Search the forest for a plethora of animal activity, and capture that perfect photograph to take back home. Game drives to the Solio Sanctuary, a private game reserve that extends between the spurs of Aberdare Mountains and Mt. Kenya are possible too. This 25,000 hectare reserve became famous because of its unique success in the rearing of the White and Black Rhino. Lions, leopards, cheetahs, buffaloes and zebras can also be spotted in large numbers.
Enjoy various guided bush walks through the well-developed trails in the park. Our guides have in-depth knowledge of the local flora, fauna and wildlife. The KWS rangers will be happy to answer any questions you have about animals or the history of the area. It is mandatory to have a ranger for the walks in the park.