Without a doubt, Kenya is one of the most popular safari countries in the world, especially with the famous Massai Mara, the big 5, spectacular white beaches, national parks and conservancies. It caters for those adventure seekers and holds tons of surreal moments to make those life long memories. It has some amazing hidden campsites in most of the parks and surrounding areas, they are not well publicised so this is where we are here to help. In most Parks they have a few different options when camping:
Public campsites - You pay at the gate when entering no need to book, most have reasonable toilet/shower block and a secure kitchen area if theres wildlife around.
Special campsites - Booking required, little to no facilities but fully private and in most cases spectacular surroundings.
Bandas / Tented rooms - These are rooms with beds, bed sheets, showers and toilets but most are self catering. Some are more basic than others but great way to break up the full camping experience.
Pros And Cons Of Camping
- Kenya is home to some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the world, making it an ideal destination for camping.
- Camping in Kenya is a great way to experience the country’s wildlife and culture.
- Camping in Kenya is relatively inexpensive compared to other forms of accommodation.
- There are plenty of camping sites available throughout the country, so you can find those that suits your needs.
- The weather in Kenya can be unpredictable, so it’s important to be prepared for any eventuality.
- Some areas of Kenya are prone to dangerous wildlife, so it’s important to take precautions when camping.
- Camping in Kenya can be uncomfortable due to the heat and humidity during certain times of year.
- There may be limited access to amenities such as running water and electricity at some campsites
To Lodge Hop?
If camping is not for you then lodge hopping is the way forward. You still get the privacy of having your own vehicle whilst getting from A to B, as well as on your own game drives where self drive is allowed.
There are many reasonably priced lodges around and some can be situated outside of the national park gates. Please note that whether you are staying inside the park or outside of it, you have to be back at the lodge at a certain time in the early evening so please be aware. You are able to do night drives to find those nocturnal animals in some parks but you will have to book this through the lodge you are staying at, as you will have to use their guide and vehicle. Kenya is also known for their upmarket lodges, so if have a special occasion or fancy a little luxury we have you covered.
Pros And Cons Of Stay in Lodges
- Comfort: Lodges provide a more comfortable and luxurious accommodation option compared to camping. Guests have access to amenities such as private bathrooms, hot water, and comfortable beds.
- Security: Lodges often have security measures in place, such as guards or gated entrances, which can provide guests with a greater sense of safety and security.
- Convenience: Lodges often provide guests with additional services such as meals, laundry, and housekeeping, which can add to the convenience of the stay.
- Wildlife viewing: Some lodges are located in prime wildlife viewing areas, offering guests the opportunity to see a variety of animals up close.
- Cost: Staying in a lodge can be more expensive than camping, as guests are paying for the added amenities and services.
- Less immersive experience: Staying in a lodge can be less immersive than camping in the wilderness, as guests are not as directly connected to nature and the environment.
- Limited flexibility: Staying in a lodge often means that guests are on a schedule for meals and activities, which can limit flexibility and spontaneity during the safari experience.