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The Ark

Posted on 4 May 2016 | 0 comments

We decided to go back to the Ark in the Aberdare NP. It was our first safari after we arrived in Kenya and we had good memories of it.

And again the Aberdare NP didn’t disappoint. We went on our own game drives and enjoyed the animals we spotted. We had some trouble getting around the park this time as it was quite wet after the recent rains and the tracks were incredible muddy and slippery. We always seem to pick tracks other people don’t drive on and some of them were quite hairy to drive. Luckily we had brought our trusty maxtrax (sand ladders) as without them we would have got very stuck. Several times we needed the maxtrax to make sure the car would continue straight on the track instead of skidding sideways down the, sometimes steep and deep embankments.

it doesn't look bad, but due to the shitty city tyres we were not able to go straight on the red mud. As the track was slightly off camber the car wanted to go sideways, but luckily we had the maxtrax to keep us going straight (ish)

it doesn’t look bad, but due to the shitty city tyres we were not able to go straight on the red mud. As the track was slightly off camber the car wanted to go sideways, but luckily we had the maxtrax to keep us going straight (ish)

We even managed to spot two new bird species (the African black duck and a scaly francolin) and have some good sightings of the usually shy giant forest hog.

not a new species, but always nice to see a turaco. This is a hartlaub's turaco.

not a new species, but always nice to see a turaco. This is a hartlaub’s turaco.

this is one of the new bird species for the weekend - a scaly francolin

this is one of the new bird species for the weekend – a scaly francolin

a rather damp hyena comes around the corner when we are watching the giant forest hogs

a rather damp hyena comes around the corner when we are watching the giant forest hogs

this beautiful male giant forest hog is watching the approaching hyena

this beautiful male giant forest hog is watching the approaching hyena

mum and baby giant forest hog complete the little family

mum and baby giant forest hog complete the little family

a common warthog, quite a difference in size with the other hog

a common warthog, quite a difference in size with the other hog

There were no bells rung that night (which would indicate a special animal visiting the waterhole), but we enjoyed some time ourselves in the bunker after dinner. Watching the elephants from nearby and all the other animals that don’t really know you are that close is still quite special. The hot water bottle at night, even though no longer a surprise, was again very welcome.

view from our room in the Ark in the Aberdare NP over the waterhole

view from our room in the Ark in the Aberdare NP over the waterhole

two bushbuck in the rain, cleverly keeping watch to both sides

two bushbuck in the rain, cleverly keeping watch to both sides

buffalo in the Aberdare NP

buffalo in the Aberdare NP

this gorgeous elephant is a little wary of us when we stumble upon him coming out of the bush unexpectedly

this gorgeous elephant is a little wary of us when we stumble upon him coming out of the bush unexpectedly

a white-tailed mongoose, always part of the nocturnal crew

a white-tailed mongoose, always part of the nocturnal crew

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