Located in Tsavo West National Park, the Kenya’s fist, oldest and largest National Park, Finch Hattons Luxury Tented Camp is set around natural fresh water springs within 35 acres (20,333 sq.km.) of pure untouched wilderness and surrounded by views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the magnificent Chyulu Hills that is the home of more than 12,000 animal species. Originally opened in 1993 and just had a complete re-build of the entire camp and re-opened in 2015, this luxury tented camp was named ‘Best New Safari Camp by Architectural Digest’ in 2015 and voted as ‘Africa’s Leading Tented Safari Camp’ at the World Travel Awards in 2016.
Finch Hattons is no ordinary safari experience. It is defined by our must-be-seen-to-be-believed natural beauty, the luxurious five-star camp, their unwavering commitment to excellence and the warm, Kenyan hospitality. In some ways, what makes them unique is difficult to describe – it is something subtle and intangible, a particular kind of romance, a glimpse into a prehistoric past, and the chance to leave the world behind entirely.
Award Winning Tented Suites
Designed to be minimally intrusive, the camp’s 17 luxury suites offer sweeping views of the surrounding landscape, as well as total privacy for guests. The tents’ open-plan design invites the cool breeze that drifts over the nearby natural springs, and brings the sounds and scents of the African bush directly to you. The result is a one-on-one experience with Africa; this is the bush in all of its immediate and unapologetic beauty.
The interior design of our tents is reminiscent of the golden days of African safaris. The suites feature indoor and outdo or showers, copper bathtubs, creamy white linen, gentle lighting, beautiful hardwood writing tables, intricate chandeliers, ornately carved chests, vintage carpets, and all the conveniences you would expect of a first-class offering.
Finch Hattons is run by a passionate and experienced Kenyan team, about 60% of whom have been with the camp for over 15 years and about 40% since the very beginning. The original group joined as construction workers in 1993 and were trained on site. Many of the others contributed to the camp’s massive renovation in 2013. In very symbolic ways, this camp is theirs – they helped to build it from the ground up.
Setting the standard in luxury camps, Finch Hattons hospitality has become synonymous with fine dining, exemplary service and outstanding safaris.
The team is here to answer any of your questions about their remarkable corner of the world, and to make your time here exceptional in every way.
There are many animals that can be seen right from the comfort of your tent or the camp’s many viewing decks, including hippos, crocodiles, terrapins and baboons. Move a little beyond our camp and you’re likely to see Tsavo’s famous red elephants, as well as lions, leopards, buffalos, hartebeest, zebra, giraffe, oryx, bushbuck, waterbuck and lesser kudu (unique to Tsavo).
Tsavo is also home to 500 different species of birds, 260 of which have been spotted in our camp.
Things to Do
There’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy while you’re at Finch Hattons. Day and night game drives, bush walks, full-day hikes and outings to the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, Mzima Springs, Chyulu Hills, Amboseli National Park and Lake Jipe are all on offer. A cultural visit to the Maasai town of Iltilal can also be arranged, where you can observe the traditions of the Maasai people first-hand.
If you choose to stay in camp, you can relax on one of our many viewing decks, watch our resident hippos and crocodiles wallow in the nearby springs, or enjoy an indulgent massage at our spa.
Chyulu Wellness Safari Experience
Chyulu Spa is the largest bush spa in East Africa and is equipped with everything you need to feel both relaxed and revitalised while you’re at Finch Hattons.
Finch Hattons boasts an elevated yoga deck with views of the Chyulu Hills, two outdoor air-conditioned massage pavilions, an infinity pool, a hammam and a fitness centre. Their team of experienced treatment therapists are on hand to meet your every need.
They use locally sourced products in both our spa and our tents which are natural, eco-friendly and fragranced with pure essential oils.
Together with exquisite scenery, these amenities make Finch Hattons an ideal location for yoga, fitness and wellness retreats. Your activities will also be perfectly matched with our five-star dining options, which can be catered to suit your unique dietary requirements, including completely organic fare.