What We Love
- Meals are all-inclusive; daily breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and seven-course dinner are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Inclusive of round-trip airstrip transfers and bush walk
- The swimming pool, with shaded area, is perfect for a dip between game drives
- No fences — spotting a lion, elephant or hippo right outside your tent is quite possible
- Celebrating animal sightings with gin-and-tonic sundowners in the bush
- Period writing desks and en-suite baths are de rigueur in the luxury tents
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Game drives run three times per day and cost an additional $75 per person, per drive (weather permitting)
- Guests are required to pay an additional park entry fee of $75
- Close your tent when leaving or monkeys may invite themselves in
- It typically rains more between April to June and October to December, but there are fewer crowds; July and August are the coldest months, when temperatures can dip into the 50s at night
- See a doctor prior to departure to make sure your vaccinations are up to date
- You'll need a visa for travel; see the details section for more information
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Anyone who has fallen in love with Out of Africa’s vision of Kenya needs to stay at this authentic bush camp. Taking its name from Karen Blixen’s real-life lover, Denys Finch Hatton, who died in Tsavo National Park, the genteel property personifies the romantic African holiday made famous in books and films. From the bone china and the copper shower taps to the attentive service and thoughtful touches (cold towels and welcome back drinks after a game drive), this private, owner-managed camp is a first-class throwback to the golden age of safaris.
Bed and Bath
There’s just nothing like sleeping on a luxurious bed in an open-air tent with a hardwood floor and thatched roof — and being woken in the dead of night by a lion’s roar. Only a sheet of canvas separates you from the animals outside. But don’t worry: those armed guards are on duty all night. The emphasis here is on elegant comfort; expect plush furnishings and en-suite bathrooms. The tents, surrounded by yellow-barked acacia trees, surround a natural trio of watering holes that are home to a resident pod of hippopotamuses and crocodiles.
To experience Africa at its wildest without giving up the luxurious comforts you crave, it would be hard to beat Finch Hattons’ set up. The 35-acre property is not fenced, which means animals come and go as they please, and an armed guard will escort you between your tent and the main lodge at all times after 7 p.m. To spot the park’s native animals outside camp, Finch Hattons runs game drives daily, which depart in the early morning, mid-morning and afternoon in customized open-sided 4×4 safari vehicles with professional guides. Once you’re back at camp, make sure to spend at least one sunset on the large wooden deck off your tent, watching the sun sink low on the horizon as you sip on an ice cold Tusker. Most likely, the quiet calm of the bush will be broken only by the rustle of elephants coming to the water for a drink. Breakfast and lunch are served alfresco on the large terrace, which overlooks the main hippo pool and on a clear day has as an impressive backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Dinner is an exquisite seven-course affair served inside the elegantly furnished dining room. Dress to impress; men should at least wear long trousers.
In the Area
At a staggering 21,000 square kilometers, Tsavo National Park is Kenya’s largest. And despite the ideal location between Nairobi and the beaches around Mombasa, it sees considerably fewer visitors than the nearby Masai Mara. With the exception of thicker underbrush, the volcanic rock and rolling savanna make for scenery as classic as Kenya gets. Day excursions to the smaller Amboseli National Park, famous for its massive herds of elephants and awesome views of Kilimanjaro, can be arranged through the lodge. It’s nearly four hours round-trip, but the drive is anything but boring. Tsavo’s Mzimi Springs produce an astonishing 350 million liters of fresh water daily, and consequently it’s a favorite hippo haunt. Don’t miss the underwater viewing chamber, which gives a bizarre view of hippos from the bottom up — their tiny feet look ridiculous against their two-ton bodies — as well as hundreds of primeval-looking fish. Be careful here — the springs are thick with crocs.
How to Get There
This is a real luxury camp. No efforts spared. all the tents are superb and overlook the beautiful waterbodies. The tents are really well appointed with indoor and outdoor showers - big copper bath tubs and a great viewing deck. I was in tent three - tent four is the suite with its own kitchenette lounge etc. My friends were in a family tent and this was lovely and could be used by two couples or two friend who wanted their own bedrooms.
There is a lovely swimming pool and spa - The camp is well spread out with a watch tower and a birding hide - you could spend a lot of time at the camp itself
Food was excellent
Was back at FH's for a lovely few days. I loved it the first time but the addition of a new head chef has me missing it like crazy. FH's is a perfect tranquil spot around numerous ponds that bring in wildlife from all over the area. The staff are superb, the attention to detail and elegance are amazing and the new food coming from the kitchen.... WOW. It takes some serious cooking chops to get me excited about food like I was there. If you are a foodie this is a MUST GO destination in East Africa. I'd go JUST for the food right now and that doesn't even take into account all the other wonders that FH's has to offer. There's not a bad "tent" in the place (they are beautifully appointed structures that make the word tent seem unfair to use) - every view has something special and around every corner there is a smiling face waiting to make your stay memorable. Definitely a winner. Enjoy!
Expect to hang out with the wild animals during your stay here. This lodge is beautiful to say the least. Decor is vintage and rooms are really spacious. I spent 4 days here and I enjoyed every minute. The customer service is great. The manager William is so attentive to the guests and their needs. So are the rest of the staff.
Food - delicious
Activities - Game drives, Yoga, trip to Mzima Springs, swimming and Gym amongst others.
Getting there - I took the train to Mtito Andei and the hotel picked us up. One hour thirty mins later we were at the lodge. At the end of my stay I took a flight to Nairobi so flying is also an option.
It's not a cheap lodge but it's definitely worth every dime.
I have been to many luxury lodges around the world. Finch Hattons is head and shoulders above the rest. Built such that you barely notice it exists when you enter, it is the epitome of luxury, not just in its accommodation (the two bedroom family suites are just out of this world), but also in its dining experience (Very fine dining), lounges, bar, viewing deck (rumour has it that guests have seen a leopard kill whilst sipping a gin and tonic), swimming pool, phenomenal spa and most prominently - the service. I have not experienced more friendly and helpful staff anywhere. It's like they read your mind and before you Ask, you get. The game drivers and guides are amazing. The way the whole hotel staff look after kids is just awesome. Attention to detail in everything. During our sundowner, they even set up games for the kids. I could go on and on. Denis Finch Hatton would be very proud. Well done. We will certainly be back. Ps. You can now go to Tsavo by luxury train. 3 hours from Nairobi. And yes- Finch Hatton arrange everything!
We stayed at Finch Hattons for 2 nights during our honeymoon. The resort was beautiful, luxurious and wonderful. The service was amazing, the food was delicious and the accommodations (tents) exceeded our expectations. We went from Finch Hattons to Mahali Mzuri afterwords and Finch Hattons was definitely a bit more "luxury". The 2 hotels complimented each other well though and was a great planned trip.
I would highly recommend Finch Hattons as part of a larger safari Kenya trip. Tsavo West was a good place to start our trip because there were less animals than the Masaai Mara which we went to after Tsavo West.