Treetops lodge

Treetops lodge is located just inside the gates of the Aberdare National Park, overlooking a waterhole and saltlick.

Originally built in 1932, Treetops is famous as the place where the then-Princess Elizabeth learned of her father’s death and ascended to the British Throne in 1952.

Styled to resemble Noah’s Ark, the lodge comprises four decks and a top viewing deck. Timber built, it is raised on stilts overlooking a water hole and salt lick, while living tree branches form part of the fabric of the building itself.

Typically guests take lunch at the Outspan Hotel in Nyeri before journeying to Treetops. Upon arrival they are met by a ranger for a briefing on optimum safety and game viewing.

Accommodation and Facilities at the Treetops Lodge in Aberdares

With the focus being game viewing the features are simple and the dining area sociable with bench seating. Treetops lodge has 50 simple, rooms, designed like cabins on board a ship, which have open balconies for viewing and photography.

Shower and toilet facilities are shared. Coffee and liqueurs are served in the comfortable lounge, which features picture windows and trees growing through the building. Guests can drink in the sight of Elephants, Buffalos, Rhinos and more from the safety of four viewing decks and a rooftop platform.

An optional buzzer in the rooms alerts the guests when a spectacle is unfolding at the waterhole.

Treetops lodge is located very close to the animals. For this reason, children under the age of 5 are not allowed so as to maintain the quiet of the environment.

What to see while staying at the Treetops Lodge

The lodge 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 take in the upper slopes or moorlands area. The lodge has a gift shop.