Set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, The Ark Hotel is a unique tree lodge that overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, which attracts a variety of wildlife. Elephant, Rhino, Leopard, Bushbuck and occasionally an elusive Bongo and giant forest Hog has been sighted. The Ark comprises of three decks from which numerous balconies and lounges provide a superb location for wildlife to be seen.
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The Ark has four viewing areas including a ground-level bunker for observing the ever-present animal activity and provides excellent photographic opportunity. As Monty Brown describes in his book, Haven Under The Hill: “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.” So that you don’t miss any animal sightings, the night guard will buzz your room when special animals come to the waterhole.

Ark Hotel Restaurants

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Breakfast and dinner are served in the on-site restaurant, as either a buffet or set-menu offering, while lunch is served at The Ark’s sister property. Lunch can be organized at The Ark through prior arrangement. Guests can also enjoy a drink from the bar.

Type of rooms

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The rooms at The Ark are modeled after cabins, and each comes with a private bathroom equipped with shower and free toiletries. Free Wi-Fi is available in the public areas. All cabins have a private bathroom with shower and are comfortably furnished to enjoy views of the forest or waterhole. Accommodation at The Ark consists of 60 en-suite rooms.
Triple Room with Bathroom
Single Room with Private Bathroom
Twin Room with Bathroom
Double Room with Private Bathroom

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Room layout

  • 9 triple-bedded state cabins
  • 37 twin-bedded state cabins
  • 6 single-bedded state cabins
  • 8 double-bedded state cabins
  • 1 courier (single bedded room, not en-suite)



  • Gift Shop
  • Medical services
  • Bureau de change
  • Access for disabled persons
  • Laundry at Aberdare Country Club
  • Lunch boxes from Aberdare Country Club
  • Radio and mobile phone contact with the Aberdare Country Club
  • Guests at the lodge can also make use of the Library


Other charges

Park entrance fees payable at KWS office at cost and not included accommodation cost.

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