Set in the gloriously green hills just outside of Naivasha is Malu Treehouse. The treehouse occupies a tranquil spot on the bend of a river in the ‘white highlands’ of Kenya. They were named this because, during the period of British Colonial rule in Kenya, European white immigrants settled here in large numbers. It’s easy to see what attracted them to the area – with the grassy green fields, rolling hills and cool climate it feels a lot like the UK. But it was a controversial move. The land was simply plucked from its original owners’ (mainly Masai, Kalenjin and Kikuyu tribes) grip and handed to the new inhabitants by the colony.
Nowadays, the land has changed hands several times, with the current owner developing this plot to incorporate cottages, stables, the treehouse and a restaurant. Up on the veranda, the feeling of being among the trees is pretty special. The building is rickety and charming with a rustic interior and a hodge-podge of bedrooms spread over two floors.