Finch Hattons Hotel in Kenya

Denys Finch Hatton was one of Kenya’s great adventurers. He devoted his life to exploring the wild in style. In his camp, dinner was served on fine china with silver and crystal, while the gentle strains of Mozart played in the background. In Tsavo, where he lived and died, this tradition lives on. Finch Hatton’s lies at the heart of Tsavo West National Park, near the border to Tanzania. The lodge – one of the most reputable in Kenya – is carefully designed and built around a natural spring water flowing through the property, with tents along the water’s edge and yellow barked acacia trees surrounding the tents. Inhabited with hippos and crocodiles the camp is unfenced, wild and truly authentic. For this reason, guests are always advised to be accompanied by an armed guard provided by the camp, especially at night. In the dead of the night, it is not strange to be woken up by hippos coming out of the water to feed. Finch Hatton’s offers guests a unique opportunity to relive the golden era of the safari in absolute elegance, 5 star comfort, the finest cuisine surrounded by the spectacle of the great African wilderness. 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. 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. The camp has 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 favourite selections of Mozart. The bar is open all day, and pool service is also provided. 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. Served by waiters dressed in traditional Kanzu and Fez, dinner is a formal 6-course meal served in the main dining room. Activities that the hotel engages in include game drives, bush breakfasts or bush lunches in the Chyulu Hills, drives to the poachers lookout and the lava fields.

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