Legend and LEGACY
Finch Hattons is steeped in the history of luxury Kenyan safari camps.
We take our name from Denys Finch Hatton, the English aristocrat who, in the early 20th century, became the pioneer of the most opulent safaris East Africa had ever seen. He was the lover of Danish noblewoman Karen Blixen and features in her memoir, Out of Africa. It was the combination of Denys Finch Hattons’ love for the wilderness and his refined tastes that inspired renowned hotelier Peter Frank and the Gehlot family to establish Finch Hattons Luxury Tented Camp in 1993.
Peter Frank chose the site himself after flying around Tsavo National Park. He was drawn to the natural springs around which today’s camp is located. The years that followed were a labour of love for both families as they set about creating a space that quickly became synonymous with outstanding hospitality amid majestic splendour. We set the standard for Kenya Luxury and then we revamped in 2015.
Janet & Jim, Guest Review, 1998
After the rebuild, a new chapter began at Finch Hattons. We appointed South African architect Francois Theron to see our vision through, as well as various project managers, construction workers and interior experts. Of course, every member of our team had to have extensive experience working in logistically demanding and ecologically sensitive areas. The preservation of Tsavo was our prime concern.
The new design was different from the original in several important ways. Previously, for example, the layout of the camp interrupted animals’ access to the water. The new layout addressed this, while also prioritising the privacy of each tent. Trees were considered a sacred commodity during construction and as many as possible were spared. The sustainability of our processes and infrastructure was also considered critical, and every measure was taken to make the camp as eco-friendly as possible.