Treetops Aberdare National Park Kenya

Treetops was a hotel in Aberdare National park in Kenya near the township of Nyeri, 1,966 meters (6,450ft) above sea level on the Abraded Range and in the sight of the Mount Kenya. First opened in 1932 by Eric Sherbrook Walker, it was built into the tops of the trees of Aberdare National Park as a treehouse, offering the guests a close view of the local wildlife. The idea was to provide a machan (hunting platform on a tree during shikar in India) experience in relative safety and comfort. From the original modest two-room tree house, it has grown into 35-room hotel. The original structure was burned down by the Kenya Land and Freedom Army (KLFA) during the 1954 Mau Mau Uprising, but the hotel was rebuilt near the same waterhole and has become fashionable for many of the rich and famous, it includes observation lounges and ground level photographic hides from which the guests can observe the local wildlife which becomes to the nearby waterholes.

Treetops Aberdare National Park Kenya
Treetops Aberdare National Park Kenya

The hotel is the location where Princess Elizabeth was staying in 1952 when she acceded to the thrones of the United Kingdom and the other commonwealth realms, upon the death of her father, King George VI.

Treetops is located just inside the gates of the Aberdare National Park, overlooking a waterhole and saltlick. Treetops is 3.5 star lodge. The Treetop lodge was originally built in 1932, it lies in the path of an ancient elephant migratory route between the Aberdare Ranges and Mount Kenya National Park, and is strategically sited right in front of a natural watering hole and saltlick, making it the perfect place to view the game. Treetop is as much a part of the nature as it has an ancient tree growing right through the hotel, with the lodge being built around it. It is the perfect fusion of the nature and comfort sporting a rustic look that fits right into the Aberdares.

Treetop Amenities.

 With free breakfast and 24-hour front desk. Along with a restaurant, this lodge has a bar/lounge and a meeting room. Free full breakfast, free WiFi in the public area, and free self-parking are also provided. Other amenities include concierge services, tour/ticket assistance, housekeeping. All 34 rooms offer free bottled water, desks and free toiletries. Styled to resemble a ship, the lodge comprises four decks and a top viewing deck.


The 48 guest rooms (called the nests) are small and dark paneled in wood, they do not offer private bathrooms. Communal bathrooms are down the hall. Two suites (with private shower rooms) are also offered. Bathrooms include bathtubs or the showers and the complimentary toiletries. Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) are also available.

Dining and bar.

The wood paneled dining room features long communal tables and bench seating. There is also a lounge and bar, the waterhole is traditionally visited by the rhino, elephant, buffalo, lion, bushbuck and the waterbuck.

Treetops lodge has an exquisite bar stocked with a fine array of the cold and the hot beverages. It is refreshing to view game over a glass of wine or beer at the lounge. Coffee lovers can enjoy a cup of the specialty coffee while reading the animal sighting books (since the 1940s) that are available at the lounge library.


Treetop features an in house restaurant, where guests can enjoy the local cuisine as well as try some of the international flavors. Treetop has to offer with an intimate set up designated meals. Mini-chandeliers illuminate all the tables and restaurant furniture making mealtime a truly unforgettable affair.

Meals are prepared with world-class precision by the experienced chefs who have mastered international recipes. All meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) are served at the lodge except the first day’s lunch which is served at the Outspan Hotel after check-in.

Meeting room.

The Treetops Meeting room Nyeri has to offer is for guests needing a venue to brainstorm and share ideas in a quiet place away from the hustle and bustle of the urban life. The Meeting room in Nyeri, Treetops has to offer 14 guests comfortably and is fully equipped with a flat-screen for presentations, Wi-Fi internet connection, copier/printer, and the scanner.

The meeting room is ideal for corporate teams (leadership teams, boards) or any small groups like families requiring to meet in an intimate place.

Treetops Aberdare National Park Kenya
Treetops Aberdare National Park Kenya


The hotel welcomes children over the age of five, due to the proximity of the wildlife and the necessity for a silent environment the lodge is not considered suitable for children under this age.

Things to do at Treetops Aberdare National Park.

The Treetops offers nightly talks on the flora, fauna, avifauna and history of the park. 2 hour game drives are also offered in the ‘Salient’ of the Aberdare National Park (the lower slopes of the range) and full-day game drives in the upper slopes or the moorland area. The lodge has a gift shop where the guests can go and buy the memory gifts.

The tourists can be able to spot wildlife during their Kenya safari in Treetop Aberdare national park Kenya, the animal species that can be spotted includes the colobus monkey, leopards, lion, serval cat, elephant, warthog, black rhino, giant forest hog, reed and bushbuck, buffalo, duiker, suni, eland and the rare bongo antelope, also various bird species can be spotted by the bird watchers in the park, which makes their tour ass blissful one.

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