Denys Finch Hatton, an English aristocrat first travelled to East Africa in 1911 at the age of 24 and immediately fell in love with Kenya.

His great love of the bush and fascination with wild animals turned him into a dedicated big game hunter. He had a deep understanding and appreciation of nature in addition to the customs and traditions of the Kenyan people. 

Denys was to become well known for his refusal to abandon home comforts, culture and cuisine on safari and insisted that his guests dined with fine china and crystal while listening to gramophone recordings of Mozart.  In inimitable comfort and style he introduced them to his world.

Finch Hatton became a byword for stylish, successful safaris.  His clientele included many American and European tycoons and aristocrats and in 1928 and 1930, he played host to Britain’s Prince of Wales (later Duke of Windsor)

At Finch Hattons, we have preserved the ideals that Denys lived for – a dedication to elegance and style coupled with a passionate love of the Kenyan wilderness and a long forgotten way of life.


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