Treetops, Aberdare National Park
Treetops is situated in the Aberdare National Park only 45 minutes from The Outspan Country Club. It's unique and well-known feature is that it overlooks a waterhole and salt lick, both of which attract a great variety of animals, which means guests do not need to go out on safari. The lodge is a single structure raised off the ground on stilts and comprises of small cabin like rooms, various platforms, photographic hides and viewing decks. With the focus being game viewing the décor is simple and the dining area sociable with its refectory tables and bench seating.
There are 50 twin bedded rooms with shared bathrooms and shower only facilities. The open platforms and decks provide excellent viewing and photographic opportunities. Guests are encouraged to stay awake and watch animals making their way to the waterhole throughout the night. For those that can't stay awake an optional buzzer in each room will alert them should there be an unusual sighting. Treetops does not offer extra activities such as game drives and walks as the game comes to the lodge, it is therefore recommended that the length of stay does not exceed one night.
The Ark, Aberdare National Park
Set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park in a beautifully forested area of the Aberdare Mountains. This unique game lodge overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, which attracts a host of wildlife. This boat like structure resembling and named after the biblical Noah's Ark comprises three decks from which four game viewing areas protrude from bow and stern. Together with two non-smoking lounges these decks provide superb vantage points for game viewing.
The 59 cabins with en suite shower only facilities are small but comfortable and are all fitted with buzzers to announce the arrival of one of the 'big five' at the waterhole. The ground level bunker provides excellent photographic opportunities and takes you closer to the animals than you would have thought possible. Optional activities include lectures by the resident naturalist or afternoon game drives into the Salient. Daily genet and bird feeding provide exciting viewing and photographic opportunities. The gift shop has a variety of curios and also sells goods such as camera films and batteries.