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Aberdares National Park Excursions
In the afternoon transfer into the Aberdare National Park to Treetops or the Ark for an evening and Night of game watching from your veranda overlooking a flood-lit water hole and salt lick high up on the densely wooded slopes of the mountain. While away the after-dinner hours identifying creatures of the wild as they gingerly step out of the forest. Wildlife found here includes Elephants, Buffalos, Leopards, Lions, Cheater, and Giraffe among others.
The lodges are also the main attraction of the Aberdares. Both Treetops and The Ark are built above the ground beside floodlit waterholes with salt licks. Visitors must book in advance and cannot make their own way to the lodges in private vehicles. Instead check-in is at the Aberdare Country club for The Ark and the Outspan Hotel for Treetops and they bus you to the lodge. Treetops is one of Kenya’s most famous hotels as this is where British Princess Elizabeth was informed that she was now Queen in 1952 when her father died. The Ark, however, offers better game viewing, especially at night.
Nocturnal game viewing is taken so seriously that there is a buzzer in each room which sounds if an unusual animal turns up at the waterhole. Elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard and bushbuck are regular visitors.
Children below 7 years are not admitted at the Ark Lodge and/or Treetops Lodge. Only an overnight rucksack is permitted at the tree lodges owing to limited space in the cabins. Excess luggage is stored at the base hotel. Travellers are advised to pack warm clothing for the Aberdare National Park since nights are pretty chilly. The tour may also overnight at The Treetops Lodge in Aberdare or Serena Mountain Lodge in Mount Kenya at no extra cost. However, children below 7 years are permitted for overnight at Serena Mountain Lodge.
Tour price: US$ 395 Per Person Sharing. Single room supplement: US$ 113
Famously known for being home to Queen Elizabeth the II on the night of her crowning, Treetops Hotel offers guests a royal treat in the heart of the Aberdare National Park. No trip to Kenya is regarded as complete without a visit or stay at the Treetops Hotel. Treetops heads the list for many a visitor. Located in the heart of the dense lichen hung forest, the 50 room Treetops overlooks two waterholes and the snowy peaks of Mount Kenya.
You can take pleasure in the safety and comfort of observation lounges, which allow you to photograph the territorial charge of rhino, protective matriarch elephant and bounding bushbuck. A family of lions, have on more than one occasion, made a meal of some poor unfortunate warthog to the fascinated horror of Treetops guests. Rooms are either single or twin with shared bathroom facilities, however, private on suite bathrooms are available on request. A professional hunter can also wake you up on request when one of the “Big Five” visits the tree house at night. Children under 7 years are not permitted.
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Distance: 180 km (3 hrs.). Depart Nairobi at 0830hrs. Cross the Kenyan Highlands, through pineapple and coffee plantations, to your “base hotel” in time for lunch at Aberdare Country Club. Afternoon transfer into Aberdare National Park and on to The Ark Lodge for bird watching and overnight floodlit game viewing from the lodge viewing decks. Ark Lodge, set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, is an unique tree lodge with a veranda that overlooks a floodlit waterhole and saltlick allowing undisturbed views of wildlife visiting the waterhole. Elephant, rhino, leopard, bushbuck and occasionally an elusive bongo and giant forest hog have been sighted. The 60 guest rooms are all en-suite. All cabins have private bathrooms with shower, and are comfortably furnished with bedside lamps and carpeted floors to ward off the evening and morning chill. Resembling and named after Noah’s Ark, The Ark Tree Lodge is designed with ‘decks’ from which numerous balconies and lounges provide superb vantage points for game viewing. A ground level bunker provides excellent photographic opportunities and takes you closer than you would believe possible to the wildlife. Dinner and overnight at The Ark Lodge or Treetops Lodge, B,L,D.
After breakfast, return to the base hotel. Reconnect with your driver for a drive back to Nairobi to arrive just before lunch where the tour ends, B.