After a year-long extensive renovation costing $5.5 million luxury Kenyan camp Finch Hattons will be reopening its doors at the end of April 2014.
Now comprising 17 luxury tented guest suites, the camp offers guests a unique opportunity to relive the golden era of safari with elegance, first class comforts and the finest cuisine, surrounded by the spectacle of the great African wilderness.
The camp is a proud member of Mantis, a collection of privately owned boutique hotels and eco escapes around the world, and fits perfectly with its mantra of ‘unearthing the exceptional’.
Finch Hattons lies in the heart of Tsavo West National Park, Kenya and the camp itself is positioned around a water hole fed by a natural spring from Mount Kilimanjaro, which is home to hippos, crocodiles, terrapins, monitor lizards and over 200 species of birds.
Its location is unrivalled with full views of Mount Kilimanjaro and in the path of seasonal elephant migrations.
The open plan design of the tented suites, each with an elevated deck, invites the cooling breeze closer over the water, transporting all the African sounds, tastes and smells right onto the doorstep.
Each suite features opulent furniture with all the creature comforts you would expect from the best lodge in Tsavo including; indoor and outdoor showers, double washbasins, flush toilet and bath.
There are 14 Luxury Tented Suites, two Luxury Tented Family Suites and one Luxury Presidential Tented Suite.
The Family Suites have two rooms, each with a communal lounge and are ideal for families or friends travelling together.
The Presidential Suite is spacious and has its own heated plunge pool and includes a kitchen and a butler room.
A private chef is also available for in-suite catering, at no additional cost.
Tsavo West National Park when combined with the neighbouring Tsavo East, forms Kenya’s largest National Park.
Its entire eco system constitutes ten million acres of pure, untouched wilderness, encompassing open savannah, riverine and montane forests and fresh water springs.
This location means guests are excellently placed for morning, mid-morning, afternoon and night game drives in customised, open sided 4x4 safari vehicles with professional driver guides.
The dining experience at Finch Hatton is reminiscent of the bygone era with dinner being a three to seven course affair served with silverware, cut crystal and porcelain.
Renowned for its food and service, magical and luxurious meals are served throughout the lodge in the several dining options that are available, from candle lit dinners to exclusive bush breakfasts out in the plains of the great savannah.
The camp takes its name from Denys George Finch Hatton, an aristocratic big-game hunter born in 1887, who first travelled to what was then known as British East Africa in 1911 and immediately fell in love with Kenya.
Finch Hatton invested in the country, hunted and took clients on safaris on which he refused to abandon home comforts, culture and cuisine and insisted that his guests dined with fine china and crystal while listening to gramophone recordings of Mozart.
Finch Hatton became a byword for stylish, successful safaris so seemed a very fitting choice when naming the camp.
The Finch Hatton name became even more widely known as the result of the 1985 hit film Out of Africa, in which Robert Redford played Denys Finch Hatton.