camping in kenya

Camping in Kenya- The Complete Beginners Guide.

7 Ways To experience CAMPING IN KENYA Effectively.

  1. Know your location
  2. Be aware of your luggage
  3. Have a good tent.
  4. Take note of a to-do list.
  5. Arrive in time before dark.
  6. Plan your food.
  7. Check the weather.

It is all about the Picnic!!!

camping in kenya

While camping in Kenya, the only thing I can personally think about is my first experience with the food during the camp. The picnic point to me is everything. Besides that, there is absolutely no point in having the camp in the first place!? A camp is a pretty good place to enjoy natural surroundings and try to be in touch with one’s wild side. Being a camper at some point in my life, I realized that a good camping experience requires some good preparation. This is what I came up with;

Camping Equipment?

You need the right equipment while camping. Remember, this is the wild! Protection, surveillance, and most importantly, survival are key! But for adventurous reasons; i don’t mean to scare you out of camping in Kenya. The most important equipment to consider having on your camping trip in Kenya are the following;

  1. Tents
  2. Camp Showers
  3. A first aid Kit
  4. Knives
  5. Cooking Equipment
  6. Chairs and Sleeping Bags
  7. Lights
  8. Electronics and Backup Power


How to set up a tent?camping in kenya

Before setting up your tent, you need to be assured of some ideal locations for your spot and be aware of your location’s surroundings. It is best to pick a tent location on higher ground to avoid instant floods or water gatherings. Be aware of your surroundings to ensure the safety of yourself and your fellow campers. No need to worry when you have security personnel nearby. Keep the tent away from the bonfire spot and away from direct sunlight. So, how do you assemble your tent step by step?

camping in kenya

  1. Layout the tent’s base barrier that provides a protective layer for the base of the tent from the ground.
  2. Unfold the tent on top of the tents base barrier
  3. Join the tent poles, (may take some time)
  4. Peg your tents four corners to the ground.
  5. Lay the rainfly on top of the tent and secure it. This protects the tent from direct rainfall in case of any.

Best weather to go camping in Kenya?

camping in kenya

The best time to go out camping in Kenya is during the cool months of the summer; December through to March. Be sure to be aware of your time zone before going camping. You do not want it to be too hot or too hot while you are out in the wild.

Although rain is not largely a deterrent to camping, it is advisable to avoid the rainy season, which can give a really bad experience for a camper in Kenya.


How long can I stay camping in Kenya?

camping in kenya

You can stay for as long as you want while camping in a public camp, provided you have enough supplies for your stay.

However, a camping trip should be one to three days long. Even though most campers go camping as a hobby, others do it to escape from the town life and some may find themselves drifting into the woods for a week! It is up to you!


Who can I take on a camping trip in Kenya?camping in kenya

Frankly, you can take anyone out for a camping trip provided they enjoy the experience. Going camping is a chance for one to get in touch with nature and just feel one’s surroundings. There are different types of camping according to developments of our time and age, but the true camping experience is felt when one gets to walk out in the forest, build a tent and campfire.

Types of Camps in Kenya;

  • Public Camps

These are camps that are shared by campers.

  • Private Camps

These are private campsites that are specifically rented out to paying clients or customers.


Best Campsites for Camping in Kenya;
  1. Bamba Kofi Tented Camp: This is an amazing tented camp situated approximately two kilometers from Merry Crab Cove Beach in Watamu, Kenya. It is a wonderful place for you to relax and enjoy yourself. This tented camp is a great location for couples and wonderful for honeymoons as well. The camp has an outdoor pool with a fully equipped shared kitchen and a garden where one can sit and relax. Some of the beaches that are near this camp include; Garoda Beach, Turtle Bay Beach, Short Beach, Merry Crab Cove Beach, and Manfridays Mida Cove Beach. Some sites that you could visit while on your trip around include; Mida Creek, Watamu National Marine Park, Bio-Ken Snake Farm, Gedi Ruins, and Arabuko Sokoke National Park.
  2. Camp Malta: This amazing camp is located just an hour away from Nairobi. Found in a composed and serene environment, this camp is perfect for campers looking for a quiet camping experience.
  3. Old Moses and Shimptons Camp: This camp is mostly for those mountain climbing enthusiasts. It is located just on the slopes of Mount Kenya and is perfect for those on their way up the Mountain. The camp is just a basic, mid-range camp with a kitchen and a good sleeping area.
  4. Olorgesailie: This camp is known for its history and attachments to the origin of man. This camping site is located roughly an hour from Nairobi. This camp was form from the excavation of ancient remains of early man. The aftermath was a beautiful camping site that even has a waterfall.
  5. Mida Creek Nature Camp: This camp is located in Watamu. It is a perfect location for couples looking to spend some time alone in a serene environment. This camp is great because of the on-call service that they have and their amazing garden which one can enjoy. Nearby this camp, you can get to natural attractions such as the Watamu National Park, The Mida Creek itself, and Turtle Bay beach! What more could you expect from a top-notch environment?
  6. Oseki Masai mara Camp: This is another wonderful camp located in the Masai Mara! The Oseki Masai Mara Camp is about two kilometres from the Maasai Mara game reserve. This camp also has a restaurant with great service and access to a garden. The great thing about being served at Oseki is they have activities for those not interested in going for game drives. Things like walking trips, hot air balloon rides, hiking, and visits to Masai Villages can be arranged for you while on the camp.
  7. Talek Bush Camp, Masai Mara: This camp is located approximately five hundred meters from the hippo pool point in Masai Mara. The service is luxurious; private bathroom, top-notch breakfast, and high-end accommodation. It is famed for the natural beauty of the Talek River.
  8. Campi ya Kanzi: This camp is known to be a legendary site for many experienced campers. It is located at the foot of Chyulu Hills within the Masai environment. Within this camp, expect to experience the real ‘camping in the wild experience’ topped by a Masai culture expedition.

camping in kenyaFinal Thoughts;

Camping in Kenya would be an unforgettable experience if you just tried it! Bring along your family, friends, or work partners to build out your relationships in nature. While camping, just remembers to ensure the safety of your equipment and you or your group.

Plan for that next safari in Kenya in a tented camp, or just a lodge that plays out the experience of a camp. Trust me, you will enjoy every bit of it. You could EMAIL Debrazza Tours and Safaris to plan for you a true nature’s camping experience or give us a call at any time.


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