In the Treetops
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Visitors arriving at Nyeri usually do so with the intention of staying at Treetops. And so did we. Treetops is the famous "treehouse" lodge for animal viewing in Aberdare National Park. But, we first spent the night at the Outspan Hotel in Nyeri. (The traditional way to visit Treetops is to spend the night at the Outspan and then go to Treetops for the second night.) This was Old Kenya now, as the Outspan had been opened in 1926.
Treetops had been founded in 1932 and rebuilt after the first hotel was destroyed during an uprising in 1954. It's located at a watering hole with the idea that animals will congregate there while guests congregate on the viewing deck to watch them. Outside seating on the deck were former airliner seats, including the seat belts (!). A baboon came walking along the balcony railing. Everyone was enjoying this jaunty fellow, untill he suddenly snatched someone's bag and ran off with it! He'd had some practice. I never did learn if the bag was recovered.
In the morning, an official animal tally was posted. The hotel spotters had spotted many more animals than the guests, but I supposed that is to be expected. The enterprise was under the command of a former British army officer, all attired in African hunter kit.