Finch Hattons Luxury Tented Camp
9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Moved to Finch Hattons due to overbooking
"We were transfered to Finch Hattons due to overbooking at Tortillas in Amboseli. Booked with Somak via Ebright Travel. We were needless to say not happy about the last minute changes to our itn.(upon arrival in Nairobi) but found Finch Hattons to be a very nice camp. Staff were accomodating and camp itself is nice. We stayed right on the hippo pool and were awakened at night to them moving right below us. Pretty exciting stuff. Although Finch Hattons is not on Par with Tortillas Camp,(tents are pretty standard) it was a pleasant stay and guides are very knowledgable. Tsavo has less game than the other parks, as is very large. However, the scenery is beautiful."
- Travel date: 18th August 2007
"Loved every minute of our stay. The service is superb, the setting wonderful, the food was amazing and the hippos and crocs great fun to watch. Booked through East Africa Safaris & Shuttles who were faultless. Tsavo has less game than other parks and the bush is denser so its harder to see but when you do it will be just you and not 20 other vans like in some other parks (i.e. Maasai Mara) Flew in with Safarilink who were great and Finch has its own airstrip. All in all an amazing experience."
- Travel date: 2nd August 2007
Luxury in the middle of the bush
"Finch Hattons is without doubt the best safari camp I have ever visited. The camp itself is beautiful and very well maintained. The staff are excellent and cannot do enough for you. The food is of a very high standard and the service is impeccable. The kitchens are like that of a 5 star London venue. Very relaxing and peaceful and nice to have the swimming pool. For views of the hippo pool I would recommend tents 6 and 7. There is not as much game as you would normally see say in the Masai Mara but the whole experience more than makes up for this. Highly recommend doing the sun downer, a chilled glass of wine or beer, canapes watching the sun set over the plains."
- Travel date: 11th April 2007
"Hi we stayed here in february and I must say it was like paradise. The tents were amazing and we had a lovely view of the lake with the hippos in it. We sat and watched them for hours. At night you are escorted to and from your tent to the restuarant and this just adds to tha magic of the stay. It was the best nights sleep I have ever had but I thought I would be awake wondering what was going on outside but it is just such a calming place. It was magical when the power goes off at midnight and you have just a small torch, and you lie there and just listen to all the different noises. There was also sightings of a leopard there but there are loads of animals around the lake at night so there are some great photo opportunities. The food is amazing there is so much of it and the service is amazing. When we go on safari again I will certainly be going back to this amazing place that is well worth a visit."
- Travel date: 7th April 2007
"Magificent place, seven course amazing evening dinner. Bar overlooking a lake of hippo's. Safari. Felt very privelidged staying here, and will definately return."
- Travel date: 6th January 2007
4th Stay At Finch-Hattons
"My fourth stay at Finch-Hattonâs. And, I intend to return as it balances the roughness of Tsavo with five star service and attention to detail. The food is superb and worthy of the trip alone. The incredible views of the land in Tsavo are worth the long drive to Finch-Hattonâs, but there is a nearby airstrip if you are short on time. The staff at Finch-Hattonâs attends to every detail of your stay and they are committed to making your stay a memorable one. Animals in the park are a little more skittish due to fewer visitors, but that makes the stay even better. Be sure to take a bush walk, it is exciting. I don't recommend small children at this camp as it is unfenced and sits on a stunning and very active hippo pool."
- Travel date: 30th October 2006
5* comfort in the bush
"This was our second year at Finch Hattons, this time as part of an eight-day trip that took us from Galana on the borders of Tsavo East via Tsavo West and the Athi River to the Masai Mara -- we stayed as part of a shorter safari in 2005. Finch is an oasis of elegance in a sea of red dust. It's an opportunity to get properly clean and have a swim (good pool, with towels and waiter service, popular with people down from Nairobi for the weekend) in purified spring water, surrounded by hippos, crocs, impala, reed and water buck, warthogs, buffalo, giraffe and just about everything else you might want to see. Food and service are impeccable, the owner and staff are charming, cost is very reasonable and comfort is excellent. Hate to admit that I love having a powerpoint and being able to wash my hair properly! There's good cat country very close to the camp and other guests reported seeing leopard and cheetah. We missed them but did see a Grevy's zebra, a very long way from where he should have been. Finch itself is built around a series of small lakes and has a large pod of hippo, which kindly put on a show for you while you eat an enormous breakfast on the verandah -- and not so kindly harrumph and splutter at irregular intervals during the night. You quickly get used to it. Only drawback is that there are a limited number of game drives nearby -- you have to travel quite a way to avoid the other guests and to have a real bush experience. More drives would make the place pretty much perfect."
- Travel date: 10th October 2006
An exceptional place
"Fantasitc place ! This was our first safari and we thought Finch Hattons was excellent. If you are only going to do safari once this is the place. Other people staying there told us this was like nothing else in Keyna and was truley wonderful. The individual tents are furnished in maghoney with hot showers, electric lights and all the mod cons! Our tent (number 16) looked out over a watering hole, regular frequented by hippos, crocs and water buffalo. We came out on our last monring to see a giraffee muching leves not 10 feet away ! Very idlyic. We took a very small plane to get here which gave us wonderful views over the park and of Kilamanjero. The food is superb, 7 courses I think, and the staff are excellent. Our game drives comprised of just 6 people and on our last day just the 2 of us. Just as a point on this we booked throgh Virgin (the out of africa tour) and it therefore appears ourt game drives were directly with Finch Hattons. Their opentopped landdrover/jeep meant that we had a fantastic view and were open to the elememts which made you feel more part of the expereince. Kunoi clients on the otherhand had their own mini van just with a pop up roof which in my opnion did not look quite as good. The only negative was that we heard of people being taken by the guides to a Masi village and being charged an exhorbitant amount to have photos taken etc so if offered to do this then just say no! Alll in all a fantastic holiday."
- Travel date: 8th July 2006
"My husband and I had the opportunity to stay at this beautiful camp in February. We were in tent #7 with a perfect view of the hippo pools. The area around the camp is like an oasis and so quiet and peaceful. We rarely saw any other vehicles on our game drives. The tents are just as pictured on their website and we spent many enjoyable hours on our deck just watching the hippos and listening to the weavers. The camp is unfenced so at night you are escorted to and from the main lodge for dinner. Meals are superb! Really cannot find fault with this camp. The hippos are noisy when returning to the pools from their evening grazing but I actually enjoyed getting awoken by them every morning."
- Travel date: 19th March 2005
Finch Hattons Luxury Tented Camp is also called
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