National Parks of Kenya
up, high in the mountains, on a clear day in Aberdare National Park
you may have an excellent view of Kenya’s geological extremes:
the summit of Mt. Kenya and the Great Rift Valley.
Poised between the two are the richly forested slopes of the
forest habitat, most of which lies above 9,800 feet in elevation,
can be brisk during the day and downright cold at night…a jacket
or warm sweater is essential. The
native animals seem to be bundled up as well, protected by thick
skins or furry coats. Black
rhino, forest elephant, buffalo, waterbuck, bushbuck, giant forest
hog and the stealthy leopard may all pay a visit to the water hole
at your hotel…sometimes in great numbers.
our stay at The Ark we were visited by more than 30 elephants, member
of two related families, who’d come to drink and scoop the salt
rich soil. This was a
fascinating glimpse of organized elephant society:
huge matriarchs leading the way, younger bulls attentively
standing guard, tiny babies huddling close to Mama’s legs, trying
to imitate her digging and scooping but, lacking tusks (these start
to come in at around age 3) not accomplishing much.
Full grown elephant have no natural enemies but are fiercely
protective both of their young and of their exclusive rights to the
saltlick whenever they choose to indulge.
The Ark and Mountain Lodge have waterholes that are floodlit; guests
can opt to view the panorama all night long or wait for the room
buzzer to awaken them if there’s something really special that’s
come to partake. Either
way, it’s definitely a night…an experience…you’ll never