The Ark Tree Lodge is located in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, 16 kilometers (10 miles) from the Mweiga airfield or 12 kilometers North of Nyeri (about an hour’s drive).
The Aberdare country club is the base hotel and is approximately a 45 minute trip by road. The Ark is a unique tree lodge that overlooks a floodlit waterhole and a saltlick which attracts a host of wildlife.
Elephant, Rhino, Leopard, Bushbuck and occasionally an elusive Bongo and giant forest Hog has been sighted. The Ark is shaped to resemble the actual Noah’s Ark.
It is designed with decks from which numerous balconies and lounges provide superb vantage points for viewing the animals visiting the salt-lick and waterhole. A ‘Resident Hunter’ is always on hand to educate on the wildlife and landscape.
The Ark Tree Lodge has 60 guest rooms all en-suite. 9 of these are triple-bedded State Cabins; there are 45 Twin/Double-bedded State Cabins, 5 single-bedded State Cabins and 1 single-bedded courier cabin which is not en-suite.
All cabins have bedside lamps and carpeted floors to ward off the evening and morning chill, small luggage racks and views of the forest or waterhole revealing game in the proximity. Cabins are provided with water flasks and glasses, hot water bottles and extra blankets.
The Ark Tree Lodge has a ground-level bunker that’s provides excellent photographic opportunities, and the Yasabara waterhole is floodlit by night to enable all-night viewing of game.
To enable guests to continue watching late into the night, the waterhole is floodlit from 1800 hours to dawn. Spare blankets are available for guests’ use in the lounges.
Children under the age of 7 are not permitted at the Ark unless on special “Children’s nights”. Photographic flashlights are not permitted as some animals are startled by flashlights and will be scared away at once.