Kenya’s The Ark, set in the game-rich Aberdare National Park, has launched a webcam that streams live video 24/7 of wild animals coming to its floodlit watering hole and salt lick. Guest wannabes, Ark-o-philes or the just plain curious can virtually observe elephants, buffalo, impala and other game quench their thirsts, soak up nutrients, vie for position or try to get their “teen-agers” to obey.
Visitors to the quirky venue, modeled after Noah’s Ark, have the advantage of not only watching the phenomenon first-hand from one of the boat-shaped lodge’s four decks, they can take photographs and videos. The Ark is an historic Kenyan property whose distinction comes from a reversal of the game drive -- animals come to the people instead of the other way around. Die-hards can make use at night of a buzzer system that alerts guests to sightings at the watering hole -- one buzz for elephant, two for rhino, three for leopard, and four for something even more dramatic. Rates start at $255 for a double room, and include full board, taxes and service charge. Rates for a single start at $150 with the same inclusions.