Finch Hatton's Tented Camp

Category: (Ministry of Tourism classification): 4****

Tsavo West National Park, about 4 hours from Nairobi through Mtito Andei Gate - 65 kms via Kilaguni, Kitani to Finch Hattons (road signs). About an hour by air from Nairobi on the East African Air Charters which runs a scheduled service three times weekly from Wilson Airport, departing Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays and back on the same days. The private all-weather airstrip is approximately 3.5 kms from Lodge (1200m long - 30m wide).

Nestling at the foot of the Chyulu Hill, Finch Hattons is one man’s dream of the ideal - a genuine conservation friendly luxury tented lodge, named after the aristocrat who introduced Royalty to the bush and whose style was impeccable. For Denys, Mozart and cut crystal were essential kit and this is the style that gave birth to the ideal that is Finch Hattons. The Main Lodge comprises dining hall, lounge/bar and the terrace, overlooking the main Hippo Pool against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Number of Rooms:
30 twin-bedded tents

Room décor:
Coastal design with pieces of Lamu furniture.  The impression is one of elegance and comfort.

Room amenities:
The tents are equipped with deluxe beds and all of the amenities of a room in a five-star hotel.  The is supply of electricity (220 & 110), fully stocked mini-bar, en-suite toilet, wash basin and generous slate walled shower room, both complete with piping hot and cold running water, primarily solar heated. Extra wall socket located in the sleeping area with an adaptor for a hairdryer or battery recharging.

Special features:
The lodge surroundings are unfenced. Animals get close to the hotel. Therefore, children to be accompanied by responsible parents and only by prior arrangement.

Food and Beaverage Facilities:
The dining hall has many interesting period features, stone fireplace, high vaulted ceiling, chandelier, latticed windows and doors, dresser, buffets and tables decked in silverware, cut crystal and porcelain, perhaps after aperitifs and an exchange of game viewing tales at the bar. Cuisine and service are to the highest European standards.  After dressing for dinner (no shorts), guests are escorted back to their tents by armed askaris and then.….left to the wildlife.  Hippo chorus or a lion roar with its triple thud salutation.Terrace overlooking hippo pool and Mt. Kilimanjaro half shaded is where breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and evening sundowners are served. The Bar/Lounge comprises three areas of comfortable private seating - a favorite being the mezzanine library overlooking the dinning hall. Denys’ Bar is supported by a well stocked cellar.

General Facilities:
·         Same day, seven days a week laundry services available.
·         Lounge and bar area elegantly furnished to create an informal country house atmosphere.
·         Gift shop/boutique.
·         Telephone and fax service available at the Lodge office

Recreational Facilities:
·         Kidney shaped pool and Sun-deck that offers privacy from the game
·         Mezzanine floor - cozy library / reading room.
·         Escorted nature walks
·         Vehicles are available for game viewing drives and airstrip transfers.

Special occasions can be catered for, i.e. Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Board meetings, Sundowners in Chyulu Hills or Poacher's Lookout by prior arrangement.

Generally warm 22° C - 34°C with a low humidity especially outside the rainy season which is mainly April to June.  The evenings and early mornings can be cool especially when it is windy, so a jersey or light anorak is necessary.