Opened in November 1969 The Ark overlooks the Yasabara waterhole, perhaps the largest salt-lick in the Aberdare Mountains and the haunt of a variety of forest game unequalled in Africa. This tree-lodge is uniquely shaped to resemble the actual Ark, designed with decks from which numerous balconies and lounges provide superb vantage points for viewing the animals visiting the salt-lick and waterhole. A ground-level bunker at The Ark provides excellent photographic opportunities, and the Yasabara waterhole is floodlit by night to enable all-night viewing of game. A "Resident Hunter" is always on hand to elucidate on the wildlife and landscape.
Access to vehicles is limited to conserve and protect the environment which hosts wildlife such as elephant, rhino, buffalo, bush bucks, giant forest hogs, Sykes monkey, leopard, and bongo. The Ark has 60 'cabin-styled' rooms, comprising 6 single, 37 twin, 10 double and 7 triple-bedded cabins. All rooms at The Ark have private bathrooms with shower and are comfortably furnished enjoying a view of the forest or waterhole. Dinner and breakfast are served 'on board' in the main dining room. Located on one of the viewing decks are a lounge and a bar which remains open all night for tea and coffee.