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How to go on a fantastic Budget Camping safari in Kenya

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A camping safari in Kenya is one of the most adventurous ways you can choose to experience the wonders of the bush. A Kenya budget camping safari involves sleeping on the ground in a canvas tent, either in a public or private campsite.Whether you are on a budget, love the bush, or just don’t want to have to book your accommodation in Kenya ahead of time… road tripping with a full set of camping gear in the back of your rental car gives you all the freedom you need for a true safari adventure in Kenya.

A budget camping safari can be rewarding in its own way- literally sleeping under the stars and bringing you much closer to nature with all its sights and sounds.

Kenya is becoming more suitable for a camping holiday. There’s a growing number of campsites popping up all over the country, ranging from basic bush campsites inside the Masai Mara Triangle to a private campground operated by a lodge, near Nakuru, enabling you to stay at a secure site with good amenities whilst sleeping for a dime. 

Most of Kenya’s national parks such as the Masai Mara, Tsavo, Amboseli, Aberdares and Mt. Kenya etc. have designated camping areas run by the Kenya Wildlife Service or by private providers. These camps vary in size; some can hold as little as 20 people while some such as the Twiga campsite at Nairobi National Park can hold up to 400 people. As mentioned, these camping areas fall under two categories: public and private.

Campsites do not require any advance arrangements – most of them can’t even be booked in advance. Public Camp sites are located in a well-marked and easily accessible area.

Usually large, shared by many people and there is no need to make an advance booking. There will be some form of basic facilities in some, but not all- such as toilets (usually long drop), shower area and a cooking area.

Please note that some public campsites will have no facilities at all so confirm in advance in order to make adequate preparations as you will be required to bring everything you need with you.

Private camp sites are located in strategic places such as under a good shade and might be fenced off. Some campsites have small bandas with beds but you are required to bring your own bedding. They have toilets and showers available as well as a source of water. Most will have kitchens or a designated kitchen area where guests can cook their food.

Firewood or gas may be provided at a fee. Most campsites will have a restaurant and shop where guests can buy essential items. Some private campsites also hire out camping equipment such as tents and beddings. Be sure to confirm if this is the case before you go. In addition, having a good means of transport is essential, and a 4*4 vehicle is recommended if you are going to the bush.

Pallid Safaris are a team of local experts born and bred in Kenya, well-travelled and with vast knowledge of the country. We would like to use this knowledge to help you plan your dream budget camping safari.

Whether you choose to join a pre-arranged tour with a travel agent or to organize your own budget camping safari adventure there are some general tips that you should keep in mind in order to have a successful camping safari:

Clothing– Kenya will be cool in the mornings and outright cold in the evenings. Remember you will be sleeping outside, so pack warm pieces such as woolen socks, jackets, and depending on the area, a thermal top. For the daytime be sure to pack some light, airy clothes and a hat to protect you against the sun.

Tent – whether you are bringing your own tent or hiring one, ensure that it is of good quality and will keep the elements at bay. The last thing you want is a tent that leaks when it rains or allows in wind.

Security- Remember you are in the wild. Be aware of your surroundings and have a map of the area. Do not walk away from the designated camping areas especially at night.

Personal effects– Be sure to pack enough personal effects such as medication if you are taking any, sunscreen, insect repellant, extra toilet paper, hand sanitizers etc. It would be advisable to carry extra drinking water or water purifying tablets in the event that you run out of water.

Electronics– do not forget to bring your camera! Carry an extra battery or a power bank to be able to recharge. A flash light or head lamp is of utmost importance especially at night when you must leave your tent for that emergency call of nature. Keep your electronics in a water proof bag at all times to protect them from water. Please contact us and one of our

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