Privately owned and managed, Finch Hattons is one man’s dream to create an ideal, offering guests a unique opportunity to relive the golden era of the safari with elegance, first class comforts and the finest cuisine surrounded by the spectacle of the great African wilderness.
Finch Hattons’ 35 acre concession sits on the south western edge of Tsavo West. A green oasis fed by an underground spring that pumps a constant supply of water into three pools before disappearing back into the volcanic earth. These pools are home to a resident pod of hippopotamus who spend their days wallowing in the shallows and their nights grazing around the camp. Crocodiles and a healthy population of terrapins and monitor lizards are often seen sunning themselves at the water’s edge while a wide variety of game has been sighted in and around the camp which is unfenced so the animals come and go as they please. Bird life at Finch Hattons is spectacular with over 200 species.
The camp accommodates up to 60 people in spacious safari “tents” attractively constructed in light beige canvas with large “windows”, wooden flooring and a permanent thatched roof. All have en-suite bathrooms, large mirrors, WC, hot and cold running water and showers and are equipped with a fully stocked mini bar, shaver outlets for 110v and 200v and hairdryers.
The emphasis is on tasteful comfort with either double or twin beds, period brass lamps, writing desks and Afghan ‘Kilims’
All tents are built on elevated platforms with spectacular views of the surrounding springs and forest. Large wooden decks with a comfortable day bed, chairs and table offer a tranquil and relaxing retreat.
:: Finch Hattons has built a solid reputation for producing inspiring gourmet meals in a remote and wild setting.
Standards of food preparation and culinary protocol are unmatched elsewhere in the bush. Cuisine on the menu
is both imaginative and tasteful.
:: Only fresh Kenyan produce of international export quality is used for all meals.
:: Breakfast and lunch are served “al fresco” on the large terrace overlooking the main hippo pool with a backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro in the distance.
:: Dinner consists of a six course meal served in the elegantly beautiful dining room. Finch Hattons pride themselves on an extensive cellar of imported wines, a wide range of premium spirits and other preferred beverages from a well stocked bar.
:: Finch Hattons’ chefs are happy to cater for most special dietary requirements and meal preferences.
:: The comfortable lounge and bar areas are elegantly furnished to create an informal country house atmosphere.
:: On the mezzanine floor, guests may enjoy the respite of a cozy library cum reading room. In addition to a varied choice of books there is also an excellent range of classical and slightly more contemporary music. Naturally the selection includes many of the Mozart classics favored by Denys Finch Hatton.
:: The bar is open all day and also services the pool terraces. Indigenous trees surround an elevated swimming pool and shaded deck area where guests can enjoy a refreshing swim or take time to relax between game drives.
:: A small gift shop stocked with a wide range of high quality books and gifts is open throughout the day.
:: A “same day” laundry service is available 7 days per week.
:: A secure parking area is provided for those who choose to drive to Finch Hattons. Drivers are accommodated in a guide’s room (meals provided)
:: A WI-FI Hotspot service is available for those travelling with their own laptop.
LODGES IN TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK
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