We stayed at Treetops on the first night of our Rhino Safari booked with Kuoni. We had stopped off for lunch at Outspan and checked in our main luggage as you can only take an overnight bag to Treetops. Transfer from Outspan takes about 30 minutes by bus which can get a little cramped when full.
When we arrived at Treetops we were offered a Game drive on a first come first served basis, as this was our first day we were eager to see as much as possible so I was first in the queue. Thinking back I don't think it was worth the extra money as we didn't really see that much and I think we would have been better off staying behind to get the whole Treetops experience.
My wife was a little concerned about what the rooms would be like at Treetops and the fact that it had communal bathrooms but although the room was small it was very cosy and all but added to the experience. Once in the room the first thing I did was open the window as wide as I could to see what had gathered at the salt licks. There was a bull Elephant not 20 feet from me!
Dinner is an experience too, served on long benches with companions who are travelling on the same safari or tour group. The food was good and again the benches just added to the whole experience.
The only disappointing thing about Treetops was that on the night that we stayed there wasn't a wealth of activity around the salt licks that night. We saw a lot of Elephants, a good few Buffalo, warthogs, waterbucks and antelopes. The buzzer never went off the whole night but don't let this put you off, reading the visitors book we were very unlucky, people on previous nights had spotted Rhino, Lions and even a Leopard!
The next morning we got a bit of extra sleep as our Kuoni party had our breakfast at Treetops before travelling back to Outspan.
Treetops is an experience not to be missed, not only for the animals but for it's historcal significance.
We will be back, some day!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Aberdare National Park, this world-renowned rustic Treehouse is over 80 years old and was recently fully refurbished. This game viewing lodge was originally built in 1932 and is famous as the place where the then-Princess Elizabeth ascended to the British Throne. The father King George VI died on 5th Feb 1952 the night she spent at Treetops while on honeymoon.Treetops lies in the path of an ancient Elephant migratory route between the Aberdare Ranges and Mt Kenya National park, and is strategically sited right in front of a natural watering hole and salt lick.With large windows fitted in all guest rooms, restaurant and lounge guests can drink in the sight of Elephants, Buffalos, Rhinos and more from all areas including the view deck on top floor of the building. Die-hard animal lovers needn't worry about missed sightings, even into the early hours of the morning. An optional buzzer in the rooms alerts the guests when a spectacle is unfolding at the waterhole. Game drives and a lecture about Treetops are also available to the guests.This lodge-on-stilts is accessed through a gradual ramp to the top floor and a Tree grows right through the building. There are 36 en-suite guest rooms that include 3 spacious suites and 33 twin rooms that can be converted into double rooms. A disabled friendly room is located on the first floor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Treetops Hotel Aberdare National Park
- Treetops Lodge Kenya/Aberdare National Park