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Ark Tree Lodge Hotel

Ark Tree Lodge Hotel is a luxury lodge set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park overlooking a flood-lit waterhole and salt lick. The Lodge is 16 km from the Mweiga airfield, two hours away from Nanyuki Town, and about 170 km from Nairobi – 3 Hours by road

Ark Tree Lodge Aberdare was opened in November 1969 and it overlooks the Yasabara waterhole, perhaps the largest salt lick in the Aberdare Mountains and the haunt of a variety of forest game unequaled in Africa.

Ark Tree Lodge Hotel

This tree lodge is uniquely shaped to resemble the actual Ark, designed with decks from which numerous balconies and lounges provide superb vantage points for viewing the animals visiting the salt lick and waterhole.  There are 4 decks; Deck A Deck B, Deck C, and Deck D.

The Ark has three decks from which numerous balconies and lounges provide a superb location for wildlife to be seen. So that you don’t miss any animal sightings, the night guard will buzz your room when special animals come to the waterhole. 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.

Ark Tree Lodge Hotel rooms are in Deck A, Deck B, and Deck C. There are 6 single rooms, 37 twin rooms, 10 double rooms, and 7 triple rooms.  Each room is self-contained with an en-suite shower and bathroom. There is a buzzer in every room to alert guests to the presence of animals of special interest visiting the water hole at night.

There is an onsite restaurant that serves only dinner and breakfast, 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 brought in daily from the village. The Ark Cellar offers a wide collection of fine wines. 

The Ark Tree Lodge Hotel activities include; wildlife watching, game drives, mountain climbing, nature walk, fishing trip, bird watching, and visiting the Moorlands. 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 the solitary state the beauty of it all.

Ark Tree Lodge Non-Resident Accommodation Rates

Non-Resident Accommodation Rates Per Night Includes;

Classic Room ( Half Board)

Dates From Dates To Single Room
(1 Guest)
Double Room
(2 Guests)
Child Sharing With Adult

Children 3-15
In Own Room

2nd Jan 2024

31st Mar 2024 180 US Dollars 260 US Dollars 60 US Dollars 95 US Dollars
1st Apr 2024 15th Jun 2024 160 US Dollars 240 US Dollars 60 US Dollars

90 US Dollars

16th Jun 2024

30th Jun 2024 180 US Dollars 260 US Dollars 60 US Dollars 95 US Dollars
1st Jul 2024 30th Sep 2024 215 US Dollars 320 US Dollars 70 US Dollars

115 US Dollars

1st Oct 2024

31st Oct 2024 180 US Dollars 260 US Dollars 60 US Dollars 95 US Dollars
1st Nov 2024 22nd Dec 2024 160 US Dollars 240 US Dollars 60 US Dollars

90 US Dollars

23rd Dec 2024

1st Jan 2025 215 US Dollars 320 US Dollars 70 US Dollars

115 US Dollars

Classic Room ( Full Board)

Dates From Dates To Single Room
(1 Guest)
Double Room
(2 Guests)
Child Sharing With Adult

Children 3-15
In Own Room

2nd Jan 2024

31st Mar 2024 190 US Dollars 290 US Dollars 73 US Dollars 105 US Dollars
1st Apr 2024 15th Jun 2024 175 US Dollars 260 US Dollars 65 US Dollars

95 US Dollars

16th Jun 2024

30th Jun 2024 190 US Dollars 290 US Dollars 73 US Dollars 105 US Dollars
1st Jul 2024 30th Sep 2024 230 US Dollars 350 US Dollars 85 US Dollars

130 US Dollars

1st Oct 2024

31st Oct 2024 190 US Dollars 290 US Dollars 73 US Dollars 105 US Dollars
1st Nov 2024 22nd Dec 2024 175 US Dollars 260 US Dollars 65 US Dollars

95 US Dollars

23rd Dec 2024

1st Jan 2025 230 US Dollars 350 US Dollars 85 US Dollars 130 US Dollars

Classic Room ( Game Package)

Dates From Dates To Single Room
(1 Guest)
Double Room
(2 Guests)
Child Sharing With Adult

Children 3-15
In Own Room

2nd Jan 2024

31st Mar 2024 340 US Dollars 600 US Dollars 180 US Dollars 220 US Dollars
1st Apr 2024 15th Jun 2024 360 US Dollars 540 US Dollars 135 US Dollars

200 US Dollars

16th Jun 2024

30th Jun 2024 340 US Dollars 600 US Dollars 180 US Dollars 220 US Dollars
1st Jul 2024 30th Sep 2024 420 US Dollars 720 US Dollars 220 US Dollars

270 US Dollars

1st Oct 2024

31st Oct 2024 340 US Dollars 600 US Dollars 180 US Dollars 220 US Dollars
1st Nov 2024 22nd Dec 2024 360 US Dollars 540 US Dollars 135 US Dollars

200 US Dollars

23rd Dec 2024

1st Jan 2025 420 US Dollars 720 US Dollars 220 US Dollars

270 US Dollars

Notes

* Game Package rates available on request
* Children under the age of 3 years stay for free
* One Child sharing with one adult shall be charged an adult sharing rate
* Festive season and Public Holiday supplement of 50 US Dollars per person per night applies

Ark Tree Lodge Accommodation

All cabins at the Ark Tree Lodge have a private bathroom with a shower and are comfortably furnished to enjoy views of the forest or waterhole. Accommodation at The Ark consists of 60 en-suite rooms.

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)

* Dinner, bed, and breakfast are served ‘on board’ The Ark in the main dining room. Located on one of the viewing decks is a bar and lounge which remains open all night for tea and coffee. Other Facilities include:

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

* Ark Tree Lodge is one of the few stilted tree-top type lodges where all you have to do is sit and wait for the animals to come to you. The Yasabara waterhole and salt-lick are frequented by great numbers of animals such as elephants, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Bushbuck, as well as other rare creatures such as the Suni, and Genet Cat.
* Dinner and Breakfast are served ‘on board’ in the main dining room. Located on one of the viewing decks are a lounge and a bar that remains open all night for tea and coffee.


Ark Tree Lodge Layout

* ‘A’ DECK Lounge – The ‘A’ Deck has a glassed-off viewing lounge, overlooking the waterhole. Settees enable you to view the game in comfort. Decorated in warm earth tones, the lounge affords guests a modicum of privacy in their viewing experience. Capacity is 10 seated.

* ‘B’ DECK Balcony – The ‘B’ Deck has an open balcony just above the salt-lick and waterhole, where the spotlights are aimed from. As it is open, it is exposed to a bracing chill and the view is literally breathtaking. Enjoy viewing the uninterrupted horizon and below you a vista of wildlife at close range. Capacity is 60 people standing.

* ‘C’ DECK Enclave – Just ahead of the main lounge, there is another glassed-off lounge, a designated non-smoking area, which affords a spectacular view of the waterhole. Four o’clock tea is served here. The capacity is 30 people.

* BALCONY – The open-air balcony off the side of the lounge provides guests with an angled view of the waterhole and the small clearing before the advent of the dense forest, one of the routes used by game on their way to the waterhole. Chairs line the balustrade. The capacity is 25 people, seated.

* ‘D’ DECK (Photographic Hide) – There is a non-smoking ‘bunker’ at ground level through a door leading from a front lounge, from which animals can be seen at close range. As it has an open window guests are placed eye to eye with the game, and photographs taken from here are startling in quality. The capacity is 8 people.

* Glass Enclave – Another glassed-off, the non-smoking lounge is located here. Based on the ground floor level, this viewing area gives guests a life-sized experience of the game. The capacity is 20 people seated.

* The Catwalk – The catwalk is a useful place to observe both animals and birds, and is a pleasant place to walk. Birds are fed here every evening at 17:00 hours. Guests are not allowed beyond the gate.

Booking & Reservations Ark Tree Lodge Hotel Contact

Mobile: + 254-721-242-711
WhatsApp: +254-721-242-711
Reservations: +254 718-179-967
Email: info@africanspicesafaris.com
Website: https://africanspicesafaris.com

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