The Ark In the News
Marasa Africa, an official supporter of World Lion Day, would like to remind you of the plight of the lion. We have combined forces with our sister company Premier Safaris in order to highlight the plight of the lion.
The baby rhino is losing. I think. It’s a little hard to figure the rules for sure, but the baby African buffalo does seem to have the upper hand. Hoof. The two stand a couple feet apart, staring at each other. Behind them, their mothers look on with the kind of indifference of mothers everywhere who see their kids playing a harmless game.
“Tha’s nowt sa queer as folks,” my dad would have said. Which, in translation from his strong Lincolnshire dialect, means “There’s nothing as strange as people”. Yes, he would have thoroughly enjoyed the trip we had last Sunday to the Ark in the Aberdares. And I reckon he would have enjoyed the people-watching even as much as, if not more than, game viewing.
We've followed James Sturz to India, where he pondered Bengali tigers. This time, he takes us on safari to Kenya, where the menagerie he encountered inspired a series of koans, the paradoxes that Zen Buddhist monks ponder to achieve enlightenment.
We were returning from an afternoon safari when the first bell buzzed over the intercom. Having already spent a night at the Ark, a quirky Noah's Ark-like lodge tucked into the thick, verdant forests of Kenya's Aberdare National Park, I was familiar with the drill: one bell meant elephants arriving to the salt lick and watering hole that the back of the lodge overlooks. Two bells signalled a rhino. While I would have jumped at the chance to catch even a glimpse of either a few days back, Kenya's easy proximity to buffalo, giraffe, zebra and other African wildlife has an odd way of dulling your senses. Rather then run to the lodge's triad of decks with camera in tow, I turned down the hall toward my room. But as I reached my door, the bell buzzed a third time – a pattern we had never heard before.
Spanning 300-square miles and three eco-systems, Kenya’s Aberdare National Park has so much to offer that we stayed in two different sections just to do it justice. Unlike the open savanna of the Mara, this park has one of the most dense and diverse forests in the country–changing from jungle to bamboo groves to misty moorlands–plus, it’s packed with wildlife. We used the historic Aberdare Country Club as our gateway to the park and then dove deeper with an overnight at their sister lodge, The Ark. For more on our safari adventures, plus our hysterical journey from Nanuki, read on.
The Ark Voted one of the Top 20 Luxury Hotels in Kenya
Kenya’s The Ark, set in the game-rich Aberdare National Park, has launched a webcam that streams live video 24/7 of wild animals coming to its floodlit watering hole and salt lick. Guest wannabes, Ark-o-philes or the just plain curious can virtually observe elephants, buffalo, impala and other game quench their thirsts, soak up nutrients, vie for position or try to get their “teen-agers” to obey.
The Aberdare Country Club started out as a property given to a lord by the King of England. Back in the 'twenties, it was built and nurtured by the lord and his family in a grand colonial style. Part of its beauty was its surroundings of huge acreage—hills, animals, and the natural beauty that is the Aberdare forest and surrounding areas.