Located in the middle of Tsavo West, one of Kenya’s largest and oldest (1948) national parks, Finch Hattons channels the spirit of its celebrated namesake.
The famed aviator’s favorite safari spot, Tsavo is where Finch Hatton segued from hunting to photographic safaris and where he died in a 1931 Gypsy Moth crash.
Completely rebuilt in 2013, the camp’s roomy “tents” — including a $3,750 per night presidential canvas — perch on the edge of a natural spring inhabited by hippos, crocodiles and copious bird life.
Arrayed around the camp are a full-service spa with Turkish bath and open-air yoga platform, a lagoon-like infinity pool, air-conditioned gym, a small museum with natural history curiosities and a relic-filled bar that Hemingway would have lapped up.
In addition to the restaurant, guests can also reserve meals in a romantic roof-top area that’s like something out of the “Arabian Nights” — pillow-strewn sofas and Oriental carpets set around a dining table with uninhibited views of the Milky Way.
“Finch Hattons is a place for people who have a feel for bygone romance,” says camp manager Jonathan Mutisya.
Rates from $590 per adult (low season).
Finch Hattons Luxury Camp, Tsavo West National Park Taita Taveta County, Tsavo National Park West 00506 Kenya;