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Nyeri, Kenya

The Ark Kenya – Nyeri

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The Ark Lodge is a unique lodge located in the Aberdare National Park in Nyeri, Kenya. It is a tree lodge built on stilts overlooking a waterhole and salt lick, where wild animals come to drink water and lick salt. 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.

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.

The lodge is designed to resemble Noah's Ark and is shaped like the hull of a ship, with decks overlooking the waterhole and salt lick. The lodge has four viewing decks with balconies and lounges to provide guests with panoramic views of the surrounding forest and wildlife.

Guests at The Ark Lodge can observe various animals such as elephants, buffalos, hyenas, and occasionally leopards, as they come to drink and feed at the waterhole. The lodge has 60 en-suite cabins, which are simple but comfortable, and can accommodate up to 150 guests.

The lodge offers a variety of activities, including game drives, guided nature walks, bird watching, and cultural visits to nearby communities. The Ark Lodge is an ideal destination for nature and wildlife enthusiasts who want to experience the beauty of the Aberdare National Park while enjoying unique accommodation and wildlife viewing experiences.

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What are the 2024 Prices for The Ark Kenya – Nyeri?

Here are The Ark Kenya – Nyeri Resident Rates:

What Does PPS Mean? PPS (Per Person Sharing) means cost Per Adult when sharing the Room with another. Example KES 10,000/- PPS means, 2 Adults in 1 Room pay KES 20,000/-

The Ark Lodge Kenya – Nyeri Rates

2024 East African Resident Prices HALF BOARD (HB) FULL BOARD (FB)
The Ark Lodge Classic Rooms Sharing Single
Sharing Single
2nd Jan 2024 – 28th Mar 2024 KES 9,600/- PPS KES 13,300/- PP KES 11,300/- PPS KES 15,000/- PP
29th Mar 2024 – 31st Mar 2024
Add: KES 5,000/-
Per Room, Per Night
KES 9,600/- PPS KES 13,300/- PP KES 11,300/- PPS KES 15,000/- PP
1st Apr 2024
Add: KES 5,000/-
Per Room, Per Night
KES 8,700/- PPS KES 11,500/- PP KES 10,200/- PPS KES 13,600/- PP
2nd Apr 2024 – 15th Jun 2024 KES 8,700/- PPS KES 11,500/- PP KES 10,200/- PPS KES 13,600/- PP
16th Jun 2024 – 30th Jun 2024 KES 9,600/- PPS KES 13,300/- PP KES 11,300/- PPS KES 15,000/- PP
1st Jul 2024 – 30th Sep 2024 KES 11,600/- PPS KES 16,100/- PP KES 13,600/- PPS KES 18,100/- PP
1st Oct 2024 – 31st Oct 2024 KES 9,600/- PPS KES 13,300/- PP KES 11,300/- PPS KES 15,000/- PP
1st Nov 2024 – 22nd Dec 2024 KES 8,700/- PPS KES 11,500/- PP KES 10,200/- PPS KES 13,600/- PP
23rd Dec 2024 – 31st Dec 2024
Add: USD 30/-
Per Room, Per Night
KES 11,600/- PPS KES 16,100/- PP KES 13,600/- PPS KES 18,100/- PP

Hotel inside KWS Aberdare National Park
The Ark Lodge (Nyeri) Prices/Rates are in KES, Per Person, Per Night
Rates Exclude: Drinks, other Meals and Extras

The Ark Lodge Kenya Child Policy:
0 – 2 years, Sharing with Adults: FREE
3 – 15 years Sharing with Adults: 50% of PPS
2 Children (3 – 15 yrs) in Own Room: 75% of PPS, per Child

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What Hotel Facilities are available at The Ark Kenya – Nyeri?

Viewing Decks

On all four levels of The Ark there is a viewing deck thus creating enough room for every guest to be able to freely view and take photographs of the wildlife. There are open viewing areas on deck B and a photo hide bunker on deck D that give you the perfect photo opportunity.

The Gift Shop

The gift shop is located on deck D. It is well stocked with souvenirs, memorabilia with The Ark logo, as well as toiletries and books with the story of The Ark well told

The Waterhole

The waterhole is the premier attraction and center of attention at the lodge. Unlike game drives where one merely drives right through, at The Ark, you have the time and safe vantage to observe and study the animals unhurried. You get to see and appreciate the uniqueness of each of the animals that come.


The Ark library is well stocked with books on flora and fauna, history of animals in the Aberdare National Park, as well as the history of the region. So, go on and explore the Ship’s library for useful information and history of this wonderful area

The Ark Bar

As the animals quench their thirst at the water hole, we have our own well stocked bar with a variety of wines and liqueurs available for you to quench yours

Which Rooms Types are in The Ark Kenya – Nyeri?

The Ark Accommodation

The Ark Accommodation is in the form of cabins that are self-contained with a shower and toilet. The rooms are on three levels – Deck A, Deck B and Deck C.

Deck  C  is the main deck where all the main lodge facilities are located, including the restaurant, cloakrooms and bar. There is also access for wheel chairs, for those who require it.

From the safety and comfort of all the four decks, one can watch the wild animals visiting the water hole in front of The Ark.

  • Six single bedded rooms
  • Thirty seven twin rooms with two single beds in each room
  • Ten double rooms with one queen bed in each room
  • Seven triple rooms with three single beds in each room

* Please note: The triple-bed cabins are the best rooms for families.

What Hotel Activities are available at The Ark Kenya – Nyeri?

There are various activities that guests can enjoy while staying at The Ark Lodge. Here are some of them:

  1. Wildlife Viewing: The main activity at The Ark Lodge is wildlife viewing. The lodge is located in a prime location for observing various animals as they come to drink and feed at the waterhole and salt lick. Guests can watch elephants, buffalos, hyenas, and other wildlife from the comfort of the lodge's viewing decks.
  2. Game Drives: The lodge offers game drives in Aberdare National Park. Guests can explore the park in a 4x4 vehicle and see a wide variety of animals, including giraffes, zebras, antelopes, and more.
  3. Guided Nature Walks: The lodge also offers guided nature walks in Aberdare National Park. Guests can walk through the forest and observe the park's diverse flora and fauna. The walks are led by experienced guides who will provide information about the park's ecology and wildlife.
  4. Bird Watching: Aberdare National Park is home to over 290 species of birds, making it a prime location for bird watching. The lodge has a bird hide, where guests can observe various bird species in their natural habitat.
  5. Cultural Visits: The lodge offers cultural visits to nearby communities, where guests can learn about the local culture and way of life. Guests can visit schools, farms, and villages and interact with the local people.
  6. Photography: The Ark Lodge is a great location for photography enthusiasts. Guests can capture stunning images of wildlife, landscapes, and the lodge's unique architecture.
  7. Relaxation: The lodge's serene and peaceful environment offers guests an opportunity to relax and unwind. Guests can read a book, enjoy a massage, or simply soak up the natural beauty of the surroundings.
What are the Foods & Drinks options at The Ark Kenya – Nyeri?

The restaurant offers excellent cuisine for dinner and breakfast, either as a buffet or set menu, depending on the number of guests. 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 are brought in daily from the village. The Chef is always on hand to cater for special dietary requirements. A collection of fine wines is available from The Ark cellar.

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