For miles around it
could be seen. From somewhere in the dense forest, on the lower?
For miles around it
L.V. The Hotel.
S.V. People leaving jungle bus.
L.V. People followed by native porters walking along past towards
Top V. People along path.
Angle Shot. Up trees to hotel.
Plaque which states that H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have stayed
L.V.Pan Top of hotel-pen down supporting
S.V. Guests climb stairs to hotel.
Side V. Stairway being raised.
Angle Shot. Ditto.
S.V. Girl on hotel
verandah and notice "Only the Monkeys can see you".
C.U. Baboon with baby.
through bars of verandah.
L.V. Game at edge of
G.V. Game at water-hole.
Angle Shot. Native on verandah.
G.V. The hotel with lake in foreground.
Initials S-D W.S./P.B
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Background: For miles around it
could be seen. From somewhere in the dense forest, on the lower slopes of the
berdares, Kenya, came a column of black smoke;l billowing steadily lower down
but diffusing gently into the sky as it climbed. Above the rich, verdant jungle,
there hung a grey-black cloud. Everyone who saw it knew what was burning; it was
"Treetops"; that hotel in the trees, built 25 years ago, where visitors had come
over the years to shoot big and small game, with a camera. It is the place where
Princess Elizabeth first learnt of her father's, King George the Sixth, death,
on 6th Feb. 1952.
For several days, a peculiar haze hung over the jungle, never growing and not
dispersing. So it was that on May 26th, 1954 "Treetops" was destroyed by Mau Mau
This watering-place, where hundreds of elephants, buffalos, rhinoceroses, bucks,
baboons, giant forest hogs, an occasional leopard, and thousands of birds came
day and night, was a salt-lick----excessively salty soil from which the wild
creatures extracted the salt----caused by the hunters and visitors scattering
blocks of rock salt to encourage the animals to feed at that spot.
Now, on the far side of the lake, stands a blackened, gnarled fig tree. From it
small shoots are sprouting, green and supple, that one day will harden into
massive branches, found a new site among the beautiful flowering, Cape Chestnut,
200 yards to the west of the former position.
It was just a year ago that work was finished on the new and larger "Treetops"
and that the trickle of visitors started again, gradually swelling, in numbers,
In spite of its grander vista, superior positioning and greater comfort, the new
hotel-in-the-trees will take many years to attain the magnitude, in wealth of
memories, as the now destroyed tree-hut had.