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Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting Finch Hattons

23/10/2019

Considering a trip to Kenya? Here are the most commonly asked questions about visiting our camp, Finch Hattons!

Q. What is the exact distance to the camp from Nairobi/Mombasa

A. ROUTE 1

Nairobi – Mtito Andei (A109) – 220km

Mtito Andei – Finch Hattons – 62kms

ROUTE 2

Mombasa – Mtito Andei (A109) – 239kms

Mtito Andei – Finch Hattons – 62kms

ROUTE 3

Nairobi – Emali (A109) – 124km

Emali – Loitoktok (C102) – 96km

Loitoktok – Finch Hattons (C103) – 62km

Q. How many hours does it take to get to the camp and what is the condition of the road?

A. It takes about 5 hours to the camp by road. The road from Nairobi to Mtito Andei is a tarmacked road and from Mtito Andei to the camp it is a murram (hard gravel or softer earth embedded with small stones) road.

Q. Are there any restrictions at the camp e.g. are children allowed. What activities do you provide for them?

A. Children under 6 years of age are not allowed. Your child may join the young explorers club which offers activities such as bush survival skills, guided safari walks, cooking classes etc.

Q. How do I arrange transport to and from the lodge? Do you offer any packages?

A. We can organize transport to and from the camp on your behalf. 

Yes, our ground packages include accommodation, transport, game drives and park fees. Please note we charge $ 200 for transfers from Mtito Andei to Camp and back.

Q. Where is the Finch Hattons airstrip?

A. It is 4.2 kms from the camp and the coordinates are 2°57 South and 37°55 East.

(photo of Finch Hattons air strip)

Q. What airlines fly to the airstrip?

A.  Private charter flights, helicopters and scheduled flights are available from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Finch Hattons Airstrip. On a scheduled basis, Safarilink operates daily flights to the airstrip.

Q. When is the best time to visit the camp?

A. Tsavo is a year round destination and game is visible throughout the year. 

Q. What is the time zone at the camp?

A. GMT+3

Q. What should I pack for my visit to the camp?

A. It is advisable to pack light clothing for the day as it gets warm and humid. A fleece or sweater for early morning game drives as well as in the evening is recommended  as it can get chilly. Sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent and a hat are also highly recommended.

Q. When is the bird migration?

A. The best months for birdwatchers to see migratory birds are from November through to January.

Q. What birds can we see in the area?

A. There are over 500 species that have been recorded in the park and approximately over 200 can be spotted at the camp including African skimmers, red and yellow Bishops, Goshawks, Buffalo weavers and Palm nut vultures, to name a few. The swamps on Lake Jipe and the acacia woodlands also attract many birds including Ostriches, Kestrels, Buzzards, Starlings, Weavers, Kingfishers, Hornbills, Secretary birds and Herons.

Q. What is the best time to do game drives?

A. The best times to view the park’s animals are early in the morning and late in the day.

(photos of game drive vehicle)

Q. Do you have a spa wellness centre?

A. There are 2 spa treatment rooms, hammam, swimming pool, gym and yoga pavilion. (Additional charges apply for spa treatments and massages). These can be booked in advance or on arrival.

Q. Can I hire a game drive vehicle privately?

A. Yes, you can at an extra charge of USD$500 for the exclusive use of a vehicle per day.