Kenyan safari lodge where Queen Elizabeth's reign began forced into Covid-closure


The Treetops Hotel, located in the heart of Aberdare National Park, has closed its doors almost 90-years after it opened to the public. The announcement comes after the Kenya Wildlife Service revealed Covid-induced travel restrictions caused a staggering 90 percent drop in the nation’s tourism revenue.

The United Nations estimates Africa’s total losses in the tourism industry could reach as high as £183billion in 2021.

The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic has also led to the closure of Treetops sister hotel.

The Outspan hotel, located near Treetops in Kenya’s Nyeri county, is also for sale.

According to Royal Central, the two hotels are now up for sale for the price of £3.6million.

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Queen Elizabeth II, 95, spent two days at Treetops in 1952 with her husband Prince Philip.

Then known as the Duchess and Duke of Edinburgh, at the time 25 and 31, the royal’s stay in Kenya proved to be a moment of history.

Elizabeth was informed that her father, the unexpected King George VI, had passed away in his sleep during their visit.

Jim Corbett, Her Majesty’s armed escort at the time, recalled how much Elizabeth cherished her time at the Kenyan safari lodge.

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Elizabeth and Philip returned to the lodge in Aberdare National Park in 1959 and then just over thirty years after their first visit in 1983.

During the Mau Mau rebellion, Britain stationed its colonial snipers at Treetops until it was burnt down by members of the Kenyan resistance movement in 1954.

Following the fire, the lodge was rebuilt to include 36 rooms.



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