Kevin and Becky RTW 2005 travel blog

Black Rhino at night

White-tailed mongoose


Elephant with it's relection in the lake

Elephants fighting

Picture of 'The Ark'

The same driver Evans picked us up at the start of our next trip & took us on the 2hr transfer to the Aberdare's Country Club. This was the start of our 4day / 3 night trip covering the Aberdare's NP, Lake Nakuru NP, Lake Baringo & Lake Bagoria.

The country club was extremely nice, we lounged by the pool, had a large buffet lunch before being transferred to the Ark by minibus early in the afternoon. The Ark is a similar experience to the Treetops (in the same park) but this one is more recent & has been built in the shape of Noah's Ark! Our room had views over the waterhole below and the lodge housed many viewing decks, a photo-hide & lounges with floor to ceiling windows with views onto the saltlick by the waterhole. According to the owner he puts 5kilo of concentrated salt down everyday which keeps the steady stream of animals flowing. And that is literally what happens, you sit and watch whilst the animals wander in for you to see them. We were fairly lucky & saw pretty much everything we had hoped for except the elusive black leopard which of course some Brit on the bus claimed to see on the way in but we didn't believe him, it was probably a goat!. We watched many, many elephants a few having a bit of a fight occasionally, a black rhino which was great to see & many warthogs, hyena, bushbucks, buffalo, gazelles, the buzzer also interrupted us during our 5 course dinner to let us see the family of giant forest hogs that paid us a visit, very rare apparently!. We were still laughing when we went to bed in the early hours about Martin, a guy we met at dinner who is travelling for a year on a budget of 70,000 pounds for just him!!!!, and we thought we were during alright! All in all, the Ark was a fantastic experience and defiantly worth the dollars.

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