Treetops Lodge 4.5

A colonial treehouse lodge on stilts in Kenya’s Aberdare National Park. Exploring the Aberdare NP on a guided game drive (with a picnic lunch) to search for rare species like bongo antelope and giant forest hogs.


Treetops Hotel could tell a story or two. Built in 1932 on an ancient elephant migratory route through Aberdare NP, this is the lodge where Queen Elizabeth II visited as a princess and left as queen. Since those days, however, Treetops has grown from a rustic platform in the branches of an ancient tree to a large stilted lodge, with 36 rooms – without losing the essence of that original treehouse style. In front of the lodge is a permanent waterhole and natural salt lick that are floodlit at night, attracting an incredible diversity of wildlife day and night.

The lodge

This stilted structure has at its heart an ancient tree that grows up through the centre of the hotel, with a rustic atmosphere that's enhanced with timber turrets, winding staircases, and log-cabin interior. The guest lounge has a small library, and there's a cosy bar and a stylish restaurant. On top of the hotel, a covered viewing deck allows you to feel master of all you survey, from waterhole to wilderness. Two photographic hides are set along the waterhole’s edge.

The rooms

The rooms have a charmingly rustic log-cabin feel, with comfortable twin or double beds, earthy natural colours, and a nostalgic colonial style. (You may find them a bit dark if you're used to beach-style bright accommodation.) All have en-suite bathrooms. There are three spacious suites with a snug lounge, and a deep bathtub as well as a shower. All rooms face the waterhole – a buzzer alerts you when wildlife is present, so you needn't be constantly on guard.


Morning and late afternoon game drives in Aberdare NP offer the chance to see black rhino, leopard, elephant and buffalo, plus rarities such as the bongo antelope and giant forest hog. Take a picnic and spend the day on a guided drive of the highlands, renowned for their stunning waterfalls, clear mountain streams and pristine forests. Explore on horseback (if available) or take a guided game drive in nearby Solio Game Reserve, a sanctuary for black and white rhino.

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Hotel Amenities

  • Airport transportation (surcharge)
  • Number of floors - 9
  • Coffee shop or café
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Health club
  • Billiards or pool table
  • Total number of rooms - 108
  • Bar/lounge
  • Air Conditioner
  • Mini Bar (with liquor)
  • Separate Bedroom
  • Living Room Space
  • Smoking Rooms Available
  • Internet
  • Transport to / from Hotel
  • Concierge
  • Rental Car Service Desk On Site
  • Room Service
  • Beauty Salon
  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • Spa and Pool