What is a Camping Site?
A campsite is an outdoor area designated for campers to have an overnight stay. The facilities provided at camping sites vary greatly.
Best Camping Sites In Kenya
1. Rapid’s Camp, Sagana
Rapid’s Camp is located by the River Sagana. River Sagana is in Kirinyaga County. It boasts exotic surroundings and a landscape that leaves your mouth agape with wonder. At Rapid’s Camp boredom is not an option.
There are activities to keep you occupied throughout your stay. These include camping, white water rafting, bungee jumping, and a variety of team-building activities. The campsite has superb picnic grounds.
There is a catering unit to attend to all your culinary needs. Just in case you have no camping gear, Rapid’s Camp also hires out tents at affordable rates.
Camp Phone:+254 732 308 026
2. Malewa Bush Ventures, Naivasha
Malewa Bush Ventures is located in Naivasha, next to Kigio Wildlife Conservancy. The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful, with lush vegetation. The campsite offers both luxury and dome tents. Malewa Bush Ventures’ activities keep you energized day after day.
They include rock climbing, trekking, game viewing, boating, and fishing. It would be considered a crime to leave the campsite without experiencing these activities
Contact: +254721 941 494
3. Camp Carnelly’s, Naivasha
A popular haunt with city folk looking to get out of Nairobi for the weekend, Carnelly’s is a fun and friendly campsite on the banks of prehistoric-looking Lake Naivasha. With a great restaurant and bar, ping pong table, volleyball court, and picnic sites scattered throughout, this is the place to come as a group or for a laid-back weekend.
There’s also lots going on in Naivasha, from a visit to Hells Gate National Park (popular with rock climbers who scale the gorge) to hiking up to the crater at Mount Longonot National Park.
Head out onto the lake to see the huge population of hippos living in the waters here. You can book your boat trip through Carnelly’s. If boats aren’t your thing, grab a beer and head to the pier late in the afternoon to watch the sun rippling off the lake.
Contacts: 0722 260 749, 0715 209 931
4. Kiboko Luxury Camp, Naivasha
Kiboko Luxury Camp is located at Moi South Lake Road, Naivasha. There are eight luxury tents in Kiboko Luxury Camp, with four facing the lake, offering you an incredible view of Lake Naivasha. The best thing about this campsite is you get close to nature.
Giraffes, waterbucks, and zebras are frequent visitors to the campsite. Kiboko has lots of hippos too, with most of them staying just a few yards away from the tents. You can hear them throughout the night, and you get a chance to watch them during the day from your private veranda. Boat rides are also available and we recommend you take them.
The camp offers unlimited soft beverages, wines, local beers, and tea/coffee with one guided nature walk during your stay with the resident guide/ornithologist and free high-speed internet.
Contact: 0703 048 000
5. Amboseli Bush Camp, Amboseli National Park
Located in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, just a few miles from the entrance to Amboselli National Park is Amboselli Bush Camp.
It’s a rustic and charming place with everything you could need – pre-packaged tented rooms, a lounge, books, cooking equipment, and even a pizza oven. You can also pitch your camp. From here there are some lovely walks in the area, but it’s also an excellent spot from which to visit the national park or just to sit and gape at Mt Kilimanjaro.
6. Hells Gate Gorge and National Park, Naivasha
Hell’s Gate National Park contains three campsites: Endachata Campsite, Naiburta Campsite, and Oldubai Campsite. After a day of exploring the gorge and viewing animals in the park, you should treat yourself to a camping experience at one of these camps.
All of these camps are awesome with beautiful views of the landscape. Hell’s Gate is an ideal venue for a day trip from Nairobi where, in addition to the bio-diversity that includes raptors, visitors can enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing, and a natural spa. You can camp here for a few days without ever getting bored.
7. Bongo campsite, Aberdare National Park
The Aberdares is a varied region of Kenya where the landscape changes east to west from heathland and mossy waterfalls to bamboo forests, thick jungles, and open moorlands.
There are lots of campsites in the Aberdares, but the Bongo campsite is particularly special because of its location – right next to the elephant mud pools – a prime spot to see elephants as they cool off during the daytime.
The camp is in the middle of a small clearing surrounded by trees and it has to be booked out exclusively, so you’ll have the whole place to yourself.
How much does it cost to camp in Kenya?
Basic nature campsites cost as little as USD $10/tent. Camping inside Kenya’s national parks, reserves and conservancies costs between $15 to $50 per person per night. Wild camping is not recommended.