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is located in the Aberdares National Reserve
in central Kenya
Situated in the low altitude Salient, the western extension of the reserve, this famous old lodge is best know for being the location where Queen Elizabeth II first heard she was to ascend to the throne in 1952. A stay starts with a minibus ride into the reserve, followed by a short walk the last kilometre to the lodge. It is built ostensibly as a tree-house and boasts a novelty waterhole experience, there being a buzzer system in the rooms to wake guests when interesting sightings visit in the middle of the night. There is the chance of catching sight of two particularly elusive animals, bongo antelopes and black leopards.
The main potential downsides are that the location is of marginal interest, decidedly unattractive when the fog sets in, the lodge is extremely unattractive and run down, it is not a tree-house at all, but a three storey tower block dressed up in a failed attempt to make it look shaggy and quaint, the floodlit waterhole is also not very attractive, bongo and black leopard sightings extremely rare.
Treetops is almost certainly the most disappointing and depressing place we have ever visited. Not only is it an outdated concept, but its delivery is now tacky and corporate. For decades it has surfed on an increasingly undeserved reputation and now it is simply horrible.