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Situated in the Aberdare National Park, The Ark is an elevated lodge offering a very different safari experience to Kenya's more famous savannah parks and reserves. Uniquely designed to resemble the Biblical Ark, this comfortable lodge gives visitors the chance to discover the forests of Aberdare, home to rare and shy forest animals such as bushbuck, giant forest hog, Sykes' monkey, leopard and bongo as well as more recognisable creatures like elephant, rhino and buffalo.

The Yasabara waterhole and salt-lick is within viewing distance of the lodge and often attracts rare animals, not to mention herds of elephants. Here floodlights allow for all-night viewing of game while a buzzer alarm in each cabin alerts guests when an interesting animal appears in the vicinity.


  • Located in Aberdare National Park
  • Prime game viewing from the lodge 
  • Overlooking well visited waterholes
  • Floodlit game viewing at night
  • Visit the Country Club for more activities

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Balconies and desk lounges offer superb views while game drives into Aberdare National Park are also available.

In addition the Ark offers sports bar facilities as well as a lounge with a fireplace and comfortable leather settees.

General Facilities



The main dining room has long, softly lit tables with the far side of the split-level room featuring a glass wall through which you can view the dense forest beyond. The menu at The Ark is a cosmopolitan combination of European and Kenyan cuisine made with fresh local produce. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are a set menu affair.

Standard Room

The Ark has 60 guest rooms that are all en suite with a shower, bedside lamps and carpeted floors to ward off the evening and morning chill. Cabins are also provided with water flasks and glasses, hot water bottles and extra blankets.

From the comfort of your cabin you can enjoy views of the surrounding forest or watch animals at the famous waterhole below.

Standard Room AMENITIES

    En-suite shower only


  • Birding
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Night drives
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Nov 2014 - 15 Dec 2014 $120 Full Board
  • 16 Dec 2014 - 02 Jan 2015 $140 Full Board

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

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Lauren Johansson

Lauren Johansson

Africa Safari Expert

"Recently refurbished, this forest lodge is looking great. A great stop from the frantic safari pace and set in the Aberdares - an ideal stopover between parks."



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