Finch Hattons, a timeless tented camp in Tsavo National Park, is celebrating 30 years as a Kenyan owned and operated camp. As one of the leading pioneers in the field, this milestone signifies Finch Hattons’ commitment to preserving the natural wonders of Kenya while prioritizing transformative wilderness experience.
The hotels journey first began in 1993. The renowned hotelier Peter Frank and the Kenyan Gehlot family built Finch Hattons on a vibrant area of land in Tsavo West National Park – especially beloved by big-game hunter turned anti-poacher and conservationist, Denys Finch Hattons. Peter Frank had the vision to build a luxury camp in the bush to a standard that was not previously achieved with Kenyan hospitality at the forefront. Named Africa’s Leading Tented Safari Camp by World Travel Awards over 10 times, the local staff prioritize an unwavering commitment to guests through intuitive hospitality and personalized, transformative experiences. Offering an all-around wellbeing encounter by getting guests off the safari vehicle to connect with Tsavo, the Finch Hattons experience brings guests on a healing journey with Kenyan influence. Creating an intimate connection with Tsavo, guests can hike the Chyulu Hills and through the cloud rainforest, explore the Shetani Lava Flow, and practice yoga in the bush. The Chyulu Spa that overlooks the Chyulu Hills is the largest bush spa in East Africa, equipped with an elevated yoga deck, two outdoor air-conditioned massage pavilions, an infinity pool, a hammam, and a fitness center.
The camp features 17 minimally intrusive luxury suites with uninterrupted views of the surrounding landscape. Each suite offers indoor and outdoor showers, copper bathtubs, creamy white linens, gentle lighting, and elevated decks for a complete first-class offering in the bush. The suites vary in size, from the Luxury Tented Suite layout for two to The Denys Finch Hattons Presidential equipped with a lounge, heated plunge pool, and butler service for families and groups. The tents’ open-plan design welcomes the cool, African breeze, scents, and sounds while immersing guests into nature for a one-on-one experience with Kenya.
This milestone highlights Finch Hattons’ dedication to luxury hospitality while exemplifying the commitment to the balance between preserving Tsavo National Park’s natural beauty and uplifting the surrounding communities. In line with the 30th anniversary occasion, Finch Hattons has introduced a community-focused initiative: the Finch Hattons Culinary School. The culinary school will provide training and employment opportunities for local youth, equipping them with valuable culinary skills that can be applied both within the camp and beyond. This 30th anniversary initiative amplifies the Finch Hattons legacy of supporting the local communities.