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Finch Hattons

Tsavo National Park

Days 1 - 3: Tsavo National Park

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Finch Hattons lies at the heart of Tsavo West National Park - part of Kenya's single largest game Park - in a 35 acre private concession. Privately owned and managed, Finch Hattons offers guests a unique opportunity to relive the golden era of the safari with elegance, first class comforts and the finest cuisine surrounded by the spectacle of the great African wilderness.

Tsavo is known for its herds of 'red elephants', their skins stained by the ochre dust and mud. The Park is home to nearly 12,000 elephants - one of the largest populations in East Africa. Other commonly seen species include giraffe, zebra, eland, buffalo, impala, hartebeest, bushbuck, wildebeest and many more.

The main restaurant of Finch Hattons reflects a bygone era of taste and elegance. In the evening an exquisite dinner is served. Although jackets and ties are excused, gentlemen are requested to wear long trousers.

The comfortable lounge and bar areas are elegantly furnished to create an informal country house atmosphere. The bar is open all day and also services the pool terraces. Indigenous trees surround an elevated swimming pool and shaded deck area where guests can enjoy a refreshing swim or take time to relax between game drives. There is also a Health and Wellness Centre with a spa pool and massage pavillions, and a gym.

The 14 spacious Tented Suites each have a lavish en-suite bathroom complete with 2 outdoor showers, an indoor shower, and a free standing copper bath tub, and an outdoor sitting deck.

The 2 spacious Family Suites have 2 separate en-suite bedrooms, a large viewing deck, and a private lounge area.

The Finch Hattons Suite has a spacious master bedroom, a lounge and dining area, a small kitchen, an extended viewing deck and a private heated plunge pool. Additional services for this Suite include a private chef, butler service and the exclusive use of a safari vehicle.

All 17 Suites have unobstructed views of the hippo pools, which are fed by the fresh water springs of Mount Kilimanjaro and the Chyulu Hills.

Example Details For Finch Hattons

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Tented Suite
Includes: Game Package: All meals; non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages; scheduled activities including game drives and sundowners; Park fees; and return transfers from Finch Hattons airstrip are included.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

 
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Rooms may normally be occupied from midday on the day of arrival and must normally please be vacated by 10:30 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children aged 6 years and older are welcome.

Each tent is approximately 105 square metres.  Each has an outdoor sitting deck with views of the hippo pools, an en-suite bathroom complete with 2 outdoor showers, an indoor shower, a free standing copper bath tub, and natural body products. Additional features include a pillow menu; a maxi bar with home made snacks; complimentary Wi-Fi; and a ceiling fan.

The 2 bedroom suites are approximately 205 square metres in size.  The suites have an extended viewing deck with view of the hippo pools and the suite's lounge area also has hippo pool views. Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with 2 outdoor showers, an indoor shower, a free standing copper bath tub, and natural body products. Additional features include a pillow menu, a maxi bar with home made snacks, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a ceiling fan.

The Finch Hatton Suite is approximately 200 square metres, and has views of the surrounding hippo pools from the extended viewing deck and private heated plunge pool. The tent features a single bedroom with a spacious en-suite bathroom complete with 2 outdoor showers, an indoor shower, a free standing copper bath tub, and natural body products. To offer a full in-room service, the suite is also equipped with a lounge and dining area, a small kitchen, a guest bathroom, a private plunge pool and a spare bedroom for a bodyguard or nanny. Additional services offered in the suite include a private chef, butler service and exclusive use of a safari vehicle.

All rooms also have a fan, tea/coffee making facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi, a safe, mini bar and a hair dryer.

The main lodge area has complimentary internet access, a bar, gym, pool, Activities Desk, battery charging facilities, BBQ facilities, a library, and a restaurant. There is also a Kiddies Club.

The Chyulu Spa and Wellness Centre offers a wide range of treatments and therapies using the finest Africology products. The spa also features a secondary swimming pool, a hamam, a small gym and an elevated yoga deck from which you can continue to spot game during your practice.

Iltilal is the closest village to Finch Hattons and home to a large Maasai community. The camp has developed a close relationship with the village and can easily organise cultural visits here for a chance to gain some insight into their daily way of life. The Maasai are a very welcoming tribe and are always happy to invite you into their homes for a closer glimpse into their lifestyle.

While the best game viewing is generally in the coolness of the early mornings or late afternoons, you are free to decide how long and when you would like to set out for your game drive. Using only open-sided vehicles, you can experience the quintessential African landscape and the wide range of birds and flora and fauna that thrive in the surrounding area. There is also the opportunity to head into the Park after sunset for a chance to discover some of the more nocturnal species of Tsavo.

Guests can also choose to get a little more up-close and personal with the Park's flora and fauna on a guided nature walk. You will be accompanied by an experienced guide and armed ranger who will be happy to share their vast knowledge of how nature lives and thrives in Tsavo.

Though there are several different dining areas at camp, guests can opt to enjoy a gourmet breakfast served in the heart of the bush. After your morning game drive, rather than heading back to camp, the camp will set up a full breakfast somewhere along the way for a real al-fresco experience.

Mahali Mzuri

Masai Mara

Days 4 - 7: Masai Mara

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Mahali Mzuri is the newest addition to Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson's exclusive portfolio of retreats.  The lodge is located in the p;rivate Olare Motorogi Conservancy, just north of the Masai Mara National Reserve, and is right in the path of the annual migration. There is also an abundance of resident game all year round both near the camp and also a short distance away by vehicle. Your trained guides will be able to tell you all about the various animals and their behaviour when you are out on your daily morning and afternoon/night game drives. Each top of the range 4x4 Land Cruiser safari vehicles seat a maximum of 6 guests.

As well as game drives, you can also go on a cultural day trip to learn more about the local Masai tribe, or enjoy a walking safari, or even take a hot air balloon trip.

In between activities, the lodge team will treat you to a wide selection of African and international menus. At breakfast a continental buffet will be served with hot dishes available a la carte, and guests typically share tables - it's a great time to chat with your fellow travellers about the wildlife you saw earlier that morning. Lunch is normally served on the main deck with individual tables and guests can order from the a la carte menu. Dinner could be around a large communal table, out in the bush or somewhere private just for two.

The central Main Tent features a main lounge area with an open fireplace, a library of books, iPads for guest use, iPod docking stations and speaker systems, a games console and a TV/DVD player for those who wish to keep in touch with the news or sport. There are also binoculars available for guests (although it's a good idea to bring your own) and a telescope for stargazing plus a 12 metre outdoor infinity pool, big enough for a leisurely swim or a refreshing dip. 

There are 12 luxury tented suites. Two of the suites are designed to accommodate up to 2 additional guests on fold out sofa beds, making these ideal for families. Each tented suite sits on a raised platform and includes a spacious bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, sitting area and a terrace with views over the landscape - perfect for spotting the game that will almost certainly wander into view.

Example Details For Mahali Mzuri

Nights: 4 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Tented Suite
Includes: All meals; drinks (including alcoholic beverages); twice daily shared game drives on the Motorogi and Olare Orok Conservancies; all Conservancy fees; transfers from the nearest airstrip; guided bush walks; visits to local markets; complimentary wireless internet; and a laundry service are included. PLEASE NOTE: Day trips to learn more about the Masai tribe and day trips to the Masai Mara National Reserve are additional costs.

Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on guided walks.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

 
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Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children aged 6 years and older are welcome.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on guided walks. Regardless of age, the final decision on whether a guest can join a guided walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.

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