We just returned from a wonderful stay at The Ark! From the minute you arrive at Aberdare Country Club to check in, you are treated like royalty. We self-drove as we live in Nairobi. When we parked our car, we were met outside reception by a staff member with hot towels to wipe away the grime of the travel. Then we were given glasses of wonderful mango juice, and all before we made it to the reception desk. The staff checked us quickly, explaining how the rest of the visit would go. As it was Children's Night (I believe this is a quarterly event where children of all ages are welcome, normally their age requirement is 7 years) our children were given a small gift. We were then shown to the beautiful lawn of the Country Club to wait for lunch, and drinks were available (drinks are not included in the total package rate). Lunch was very nice, a soup course, and then buffet lunch with many choices. After lunch there are a couple of options to travel to the Ark itself. The normal bus ride is about 40 minutes directly to the Ark. There is also a Game Drive option which takes about 3 hours and goes through the Aberdare Salient. We actually self-drove. (Do not even think about this option unless you are familiar with the inner-workings of your 4WD!) The same staff that greeted you and served lunch at the CC, travel with you up to the Ark, and provide wonderful service throughout your entire experience. As it was Children's Night, Simon, one of the great employees, took the kids on a tour of the Ark to prepare them for a quiz that was given before dinner. Of course, the main reason to visit the Ark is the game...as many others have mentioned, you are never sure what you will see when you visit. We had 3 elephants, several buffalo, warthogs, bush buck, and many other small animals and birds. No buzz worthy events, but a good show all in all. Dinner was equally as lovely as lunch. The Creme Caramel for dessert was fantastic! Following dinner they put hot water bottles in the beds to keep you warm and toasty despite the chill. My daughter was very disappointed that I do not intend to keep this practice up at home! In the morning the chimes wake you for a lovely breakfast. We left promising ourselves another visit in the near future. Next time we will stay more than one night. The rooms are small, and the hot water in the shower is slow in coming, but as many others have mentioned, that is not why you go to the Ark. Visit for the animals, the experience and the superb service - and of course, the hot water bottles!
- Also Known As:
- The Ark Hotel Aberdare National Park
- Ark Aberdare National Park
- Ark Hotel Aberdare National Park
- The Ark Kenya/Aberdare National Park