Finch Hattons set to reopen in Kenya

Over two decades ago in 1992 Finch Hattons first opened to guests and set the standard in luxury eco tented camps.

It is now reopening to yet again reaffirm its position as the ultimate luxury safari camp.

Finch Hattons is set around an oasis of natural spring pools teaming with wildlife and situated to capture the views towards both Mount Kilimanjaro and the Chyulu Hills.

The camp is rich in history and renowned for its cuisine, which is unrivalled by any other camp in the African bush and where guests can indulge in the intense wild surroundings from the comfort of a luxury tent.


There are brand new tented suites, a pool, spa, conference facilities, a star gazing terrace and what will undoubtedly become Kenya’s most fabulous yoga deck with views over the Chyulu Hills, allowing guests to stimulate all their senses in the African bush.

The luxury camp is set on 35 acres of unadulterated wilderness approximately 300km from Nairobi in the heart of the Tsavo West National Park, which is home to over 500 species of birds and a wide variety of other wildlife species including elephants, leopards and giraffe. 

With a landscape made up of undulating hills and lava flows on the vast plains surrounding Mount Kilimanjaro, Tsavo brings back to life the romance of old Africa, losing guests in its breathtaking vistas and magical embrace.

“We are very excited to be opened to guests in February 2015”, says Leena Gehlot one of the Finch Hattons Directors.

“It is a multi-million dollar investment, confirming our faith and confidence in the Kenyan tourism industry and Africa as a number one tourism destination.

“Heart, soul and a great team have come together to produce a hospitality product that cannot be described by words. 

“We have ensured that the history of Finch Hattons has been retained in the refurbishment so that both our repeat and new guests from all over the world will still feel the magic of the camp as they did before. 

“A lot of planning has gone into the sustainability and architecture of the new Finch Hattons, credited to the renowned South African lodge architect, Francois Theron.”

Originally built in 1992 by German hotelier Peter Frank and Kishan Gehlot, Finch Hattons draws its inspiration from legendary British aristocrat Denys Finch Hatton who is best known to many as Baroness Karen Blixen’s lover.

An adventurous game hunter turned safari guide to fellow aristocrats, Finch Hatton is credited for bringing luxury camping to Tsavo, introducing tourism to Tsavo, and in his numerous exploits crafting a travel destination whose soul, beauty and charm is comparable to none. 

Theron added: “Experiencing Africa in colonial campaign fashion has by no means been this luxurious.

“The thrill of Africa is experienced from 17 intimate tented luxury suites; which are positioned around a water hole fed by a natural spring from Mount Kilimanjaro, perfect for guests and ideal for wildlife.

“The open plan design of the tents invites the cooling breeze closer over the water, transporting all the authentic African sounds, tastes and smells right onto your doorstep.

“Each unit features a private outdoor shower with magnificent views through the unit towards your own glimpse of the water hole.

“A personal deck allows you to get lost in Africa while spoiling yourself with elite conveniences, such as opulent furniture and all the creature comforts you would expect from the best tented camp in the world.”