A camp like nothing on earth.
Finch Hattons is a luxury tented safari camp that combines its love for Tsavo with world-class facilities. The camp is completely isolated, so much so that you would be forgiven for forgetting that the rest of the world exists at all. In this place, it’s just you, the vast and varied terrain that stretches in every direction, and the many beasts and birds that call it home.
Our renovations were carefully designed to maximise the opportunities to view our resident animals and birdlife. Sightings of hippo, crocodiles, elephants and various antelope around the camp are common, to say nothing of the 500 bird species that call Tsavo home. From our many viewing decks and dining areas, you can also enjoy the vast vistas that stretch in every direction. To the west, Mount Kilimanjaro is impossible to miss, and to the northeast, the Chyulu Hills undulate for miles.
Our camp facilities
Finch Hattons is equipped with exceptional conferencing facilities as well as free Wi-Fi. For our younger guests, we have a dedicated kids play area, and a library and research centre full of interesting information. Our camp also has its own airstrip and helipad, and a safari shop where you can pick up a few souvenirs and essential items.
The Chyulu Spa
Finch Hattons boasts the largest bush spa in East Africa, the Chyulu Spa. This impressive centre boasts an elevated yoga deck with views of the Chyulu Hills, two outdoor air-conditioned massage pavilions, an infinity pool, a hammam and a fitness centre. A team of experienced treatment therapists are on hand to meet your every need.
Our tented suites
Designed to be minimally intrusive, our camp’s 17 luxury suites offer sweeping views of the surrounding landscape, as well as total privacy for our guests. The tents’ open-plan design invites the cool breeze that drifts over the nearby natural springs, and brings the sounds and scents of the African bush directly to you. The result is a one-on-one experience with Africa; this is the bush in all of its immediate and unapologetic beauty.
Our dining facilities
Finch Hattons offers multiple dining locations, and you are welcome to speak to our team to request a different spot every time. Choose from our stargazing terrace, our bar and lounge, our 12m-high observation deck, our outdoor boma and fireplace, or even have your meals in the bush.
At Finch Hattons, there’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy and entertained – you can select as many of the activities below as you wish. Each of these options can be individually tailored to suit your interests and needs. Simply speak to any member of our team, they’ll be happy to help you.
Day and night game drives
From the vantage point of one of our open game viewing Land Cruisers, experience the delight of observing Africa’s greatest animals in their natural habitat, as well as the many diverse landscapes that make Tsavo so unique. The best times to spot wildlife are in the early morning and the late afternoon. We therefore offer two scheduled game drives at these times but can of course cater to your times and needs. Night game drives are also available to view the park’s nocturnal creatures, which include leopards, civets, genets and bush babies.
Bush walks and crater climbs
Accompanied by a safari guide and armed ranger, our bush walks, hikes and crater climbs offer you the chance to experience Tsavo’s fauna and flora first-hand. Your guide will explain the medicinal value of the trees and plants around you, and will help you spot and identify animal footprints and spoor. For the adventurous, a hike to the top of Oldonyo Larami hill offers stunning 360-degree views of Tsavo National Park.
Bush breakfasts are a chance to enjoy a full al fresco breakfast in the middle of the bush. This, truly, is an experience not to be missed.
Tsavo explorer adventures
Optional day excursions to Mzima Springs, Chyulu Hills, Shetani lava flow, the roaring rocks, poacher’s lookout, Amboseli National Park and Lake Jipe can also be arranged. Set off with a picnic basket and be ready for a full day’s worth of adventure.
A cultural visit gives you an insight into the daily life of the Maasai in the nearby town of lltilal. The Maasai are a strong community that have retained their age-old traditions and cultures. A visit to lltilal will reveal some of these practices, including how the Maasai build their homes, which are known as manyattas. If you wish, our Maasai friends will also teach you some of their warrior and survivor skills, such as how to throw a spear and endure the African bush’s harshest conditions.
Young Explorers Club
Finch Hattons has a dedicated kids’ clubhouse that offers activities, games, TV and DVDs for children. The activities are wildlife focused and include bush survival skills, guided walks to learn about our surrounding flora and fauna, and lessons on making bows and arrows. There is also a resource centre at the camp, which helps children to learn about the insects and reptiles that are residents of Tsavo.
Shetani Lava Flow
Some 2000 years ago, a stream of fiery magma erupted from the nearby Chyulu Hills. “Shetani” means devil in Swahili, named by the local community as they believed that it was the devil himself emerging from the earth. The vast expanse of folded black lava provides a spectacular view.
A 45 minute drive and 1-3 hour hike through lush rainforest which shelters indigenous vegetation and wildlife with armed escorts provided. Truly an unforgettable experience.
Sundowners are a safari tradition. After a day our on the African plains, stop and watch the sunset with views of Mount Kilimanjaro and a gin and tonic (or your favourite end-of-day beverage) in hand. Hot hors d’oeuvres will also be served.
Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary
You are invited to visit the nearby Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, home to the endangered black rhino. This 90 square kilometre wildlife sanctuary provides a refuge and breeding ground for rhinos and a variety of other species.