The Treetops Hotel is a hotel located in Aberdare National Park near the town of Nyeri in Kenya. It was first opened in the year 1932. The Treetops Hotel was established by Major Eric Sherbrooke Walker, a decorated military officer and hotelier.
The Treetops Hotel was established as a treehouse – it was literally built into the tops of the trees that thrived in Aberdare National Park. It offered the guests a closer view of the local wildlife at a very safe distance. Major Walker's idea for the Treetops Hotel was to provide a “machan (hunting platform situated on top of a tree) experience” while feeling safe and comfortable.
Twenty-two years after its creation, the primary structure of the Treetops Hotel was burned down by the African guerrillas during the Mau Mau Uprising, a military conflict that took place in Kenya which involved the Mau Mau and the British Army. However, the hotel was rebuilt near the same waterhole and has become a place that is fashionable for rich and famous people. The Treetops Hotel features observation lounges and ground-level photographic hides from which guests can see and revel in the local wildlife coming to the nearby waterholes.
The Treetops Hotel rose to fame worldwide when the young Princess Elizabeth stayed there at the time of the death of her father King George VI. It took place on the night of the 5th or 6th of February of 1952 while she was staying at the hotel. On the night after the King died (before the event was known), Sir Horace Hearne, then Chief Justice of Kenya, had escorted the Princess and her husband to a state dinner at the Treetops Hotel.