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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. 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. 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. As Monty Brown describes in his book, “Haven Under the Hill”:
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Ndaragwa Nyeri, Kenya, Aberdare National Park Kenya
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Nanyuki Airport31 mi
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The hotel is in the Aberdare National Park and has the shape of an Ark. The rooms are small but lovely. Food options were good too. The views from the viewing deck are very unique and hard to find. Numerous game came to drink water from the salt lick. We saw a pack of 20-25
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We stayed one night last week and were most disappointed. The Ark is catered for large travel groups NOT independent travellers.We arrived around 10am to be told that we have to drive out of the park to Aberdare's Country Club for lunch and then come back again. There is no
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The Ark Lodge is highly reccomended for all travellers visiting Kenya for a safari. It is an Ark shapped resort located in the middle of lush green forest and in the middle of nowhere. You can witness plenty of Wild Elephants and wild buffalo and wild boar and other wild like
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The building is very quirky. Easy to get lost in a nice way but essentially corridors of rooms. It was not crowded so viewing from the decks was people free.. From a personal point of view sitting on comfy seats with blazing fire too tame. Food excellent. Bedroom very small but
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A truly novel experience to stay at the Ark... a ship like set up with cabin rooms with comfort and the lush thick african forests forming an enveloping canopy. Great food and hospitality at its best. Vegetarians need not worry as there is ample choice. Beautiful 4 viewing decks
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Photo provided by managementThe Ark
One of the many observation decks
La pequeña habitación
Vista de la charca
Mount Kenya at sunrise
Hi there, Do you have mosquito nets over the beds? Thanks, Mac
No - mosquito nets are not provided at the ARK but, there were no mosquitoes buzzing around us.
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I am not aware that there is an age restriction. I took my 9 year old granddaughter there. I think it might be an issue, for other guests if your child is noisy!!!
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Do you offer laundry service?
There is no laundry service at The Ark, probably because the majority of visitors only spend one of two nights there. Aberdare Country Club is likely to have this service though.
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Before we got to the Ark, we went to the Country Club to get a transfer. We agreed with the driver who transferred us to do a trip the next day. You can also ask at Country Club reception to help you out. But: we actually didn't see many animals during the drive, most were at the Ark waterhole. With 1 majestic exception: we did get to see a leopard!
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Are irons and hairdryers available in the rooms?
Dear Stephanie - Hairdryer available at reception on request basis, sorry no irons in the room.
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"The rooms at The Ark are small... I wouldn't bother."
"All rooms have excellent view of the outdoors with great view of the wildlife"
"B deck rooms are better"
"Nearer the balconies work best"
"This is a small complex focussed on providing an opportunity to view local wildlife anyone spending time in their room is missing the point"
US$203 - US$291 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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