Finch Hatton's Camp (Tsavo
West National Park) Kenya
Finch Hatton's is located in Tsavo West National Park.
Together with neighboring Tsavo East, this Park is Kenya's
largest National Park- and one of the largest in Africa. Its
entire ecosystem constitutes 10 million acres of pure
untouched wilderness. encompassing open savannah, ranges and
hills, riverine and montane forests, and freshwater springs.
Finch Hatton's lies at the heart of Tsavo West National
park, part of Kenya's single largest game reserve. The camp
surrounds a natural freshwater spring, flowing through three
crystal clear pools, with tents along the water's edge.
Yellow barked Acacia Xanthophlea trees surround the tents.
It is unfenced and wild. A wide variety of game has been
sighted on the surrounding plains.
Denys Finch Hatton, an English aristocrat first traveled
to East Africa in 1911 at the age of 24 and immediately fell
in love with Kenya. His great love of the bush and wild
animals turned him a dedicated big game hunter. He had a
deep understanding and appreciation of nature, as well as
the customs and traditions of the Kenyan people.
Denys was to become well known for his refusal to abandon
home comforts, culture and cuisine while on safari. He
insisted that his guests dined with fine china and crystal,
listened to gramophone recordings of Mozart, and in complete
comfort and style he introduced them to his world- the world
of the wild.
Finch Hatton became a byword for stylish and successful
safaris, and his clientele included many American and
European tycoons and aristocrats and in both 1928 and 1930,
Britain's Prince of Wales (later Duke of Windsor).
The camp accommodates up to 50 people, in large safari
tents with twin beds, en suite bathrooms, brass fittings,
large mirrors, WC, hot and cold running water and showers.
Each tent has a clothes rack, wooden Swahili chest,
bookshelves and an antique writing desk. The tents have
electricity, with shaver outlets for 110v and 220v,
hairdryer and battery charger outlet for 220v as well as a
fully stocked minibar fridge. All tents have panoramic views
of the surrounding springs and forests, large deck balconies
with chairs, tables and daybed.
We have an elegantly appointed bar and restaurant and a
comfortable private lounge. There is an extensive library of
books and an excellent range of classic music- including
Denys Finch Hatton's favorite selections of Mozart. The bar
is open all day, and we also provide pool service.
Breakfast and lunch are served al fresco on the open-air
terrace, with views across the springs and hippo pools, and
beyond to the snow capped peak of Kilimanjaro. Dinner is a
formal 6-course meal served in the main dining room. Our
waiters dress in traditional Kanzu and Fez.
We have a gift shop selling a range of high quality books
and gifts, and is open throughout the day. Our ideally
located pool has a shaded area and is surrounded by
indigenous trees. Guests can enjoy a swim or just relax with
their books before the afternoon game drives. Optional
laundry service is provided and clothes are returned within
Game Viewing /Activities:
Tsavo is known for its herds of "Red Elephants", their
skins stained by the local ochre dust and mud. The Park is
home to over 5,000 elephant- the largest population in East
Africa. Other commonly seen species include Giraffe, Zebra,
Eland, Buffalo, Impala, Hartebeest, Bushbuck, Wildebeest and
The best time to see game around Finch Hatton's is early
morning and late afternoon. Our morning and afternoon game
drives and nature walks are not only your best chance to
spot game, but to also witness stunning the African dawn and
sunset. Tsavo in general and Finch Hatton's in particular
are ideal for birdwatchers where over 200 species have been
An easy hour's drive from the camp are the famous Mzima
Springs, where a gushing supply of fresh, crystal clear
water has created an oasis for wildlife. It is home to
several pods of hippo, crocs and shoals of barbell and
catfish. A specially constructed underwater observatory
provides visitors with a unique view into the underwater
world of Mzima.
Accommodation Rates:- From $395 per person per night sharing. Please
contact us for a quote and suggested itinerary