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
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
Parking on site
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Classic colonial camp with luxe thatch-roofed tents set on 35 acres in Kenya's least crowded national park
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.
Tsavo West National Park
How to Get There
Flights are available to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and Nairobi Wilson Airport (WIL) Airport (via connecting flights) from major U.S.cities on a variety of carriers. 4x4 Safari Land Cruiser transfers between Nairobi Wilson Airport (WIL) or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), both approximately 175 miles away, cost $580 round trip (max. six people) and can be arranged through the property. If you're renting a car for the transfers free self-parking is available. If you wish to arrive/depart by plane then there are daily morning flights from Nairobi Wilson Airport departing at 7am (arriving at Finch Hattons airstrip at 8.15 a.m.) and returning at 8.30 a.m. (arriving at Nairobi Wilson Airport at 9.50 a.m.). Flights cost between $300 and $342 and can be arranged through the property. Transfers to/from the airstrip to the camp are included in the rate.