Tsavo West, Taita Taveta, Kenya
If you saw the movie Out of Africa, then you'll have some idea, even if it's rather over-romanticized, of who Denys Finch Hatton was. At the turn of the 20th century he left his native England and fell in love not only with Karen Blixen but also with Kenya. A big-game hunter and host extraordinaire, he soon cultivated a reputation for leading classy, exclusive safaris for American tycoons and British royalty, among others. His legend lives on in this superb camp—frequently voted "Best Tented Camp in Africa" by top writers and travelers—where your every whim is catered to, your every dream of Africa comes true, and where you'll dine at a table sparkling with silver and crystal as strains of Mozart (Denys's favorite composer) softly fill the African night. The camp is in groves of old acacia trees around a natural spring that is home to numerous hippos, crocodiles, and different species of birds near the Kenya/Tanzania border. The tents are luxuriously furnished with antique furniture, wooden chests, and even a daybed on your personal veranda; all tents have outside showers, free-standing copper bath tubs and viewing deck facing the hippo pools. A recent addition to the camp is a spa and wellness centre, which includdes a hamman, gym, yoga studio and two infinity swimming pools. It's expensive, but this lodge is worth it.
- you'll see an extraordinary array of wildlife right in the camp
- food and service are outstanding
- game drives and park fees are extra
- the generator is switched off at 11:30 pm
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