Discover 35 Campsites in Kenya
17. Ol Maisor Ranch
There are over 80 recorded mammal species roaming Ol Maisor which provides plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities. Accommodation is available at Bobong Campsite overlooking Ewaso Narok Wetland and Laikipia Plateau. Ol Maisor Ranch gained unwelcome notoriety when herders invaded it in 2017 killing one worker but, “calm has returned to ranches in the county a year after a series of invasions by illegal herders left several people dead and livestock stolen.” NMG
18. Tandala Ranch
The budget-friendly Tandala Ranch was opened in 2016 and is comprised of six comfortable lodges and a camping site. It is situated alongside the splendorous Mokogodo Forest in the northeast area just below Ol Lentille Conservancy, and, even though ways off the beaten track, boasts modern amenities of civilization including electric light, private bathrooms, lounge and a well-stocked bar. It is located 58 kms north Nanyuki near Doldol via a back-country road that runs through the ever-changing pageant of the Laikipia Plains. The modest, family-run, Tandala Ranch offers its guests a chance to soak-up the beauty of Laikipia Plains at a reasonable cost in stark-contrast to most of the middle-upper budget safari camps in the area. The ace-in-the-hole at Tandala Ranch is the plenitude of wildlife in and around the ranch. Its owners, who double as the host, go an extra mile to guarantee their guests make the best of their holiday by suggesting adventures and building an action-packed itinerary. Tandala is also a birding site with a hatful of bird species. Aside from the spacious lodges, the ‘Nyumbu nyama-choma gazebo’ is a much-liked section on the ranch. There is also an art gallery and a traditional African Village all set within their 15 hectares property.
19. Swara Plains Wildlife Conservancy
The family-run 20,000-acres Swara Plains Wildlife Sanctuary nearby Lukenya Hills holds about 3,000 game animals on its acacia-wooded savanna. Originally acquired in the 1960’s by the conservation pioneer Mr. David Hopcraft, Swara Plains remained an untravelled sanctuary up until 2000 when the Swara Acacia Lodge was opened to the public. Unique to Swara Plains Wildlife Sanctuary is that there are no dangerous animals within the sanctuary and nature walks and biking through extensive 100 kms parkways – through the wilderness – is as popular as safari game drives. By the same token, children of all ages are very much welcome and encouraged to explore here. “One of the unique features of Swara Plains, and what I think is one of its biggest selling points, is the ability for guests to go on night game drives. In those conservancies where they aren’t forbidden, night game drives are often really expensive, where as in the Swara Plains it’s free if you have your own car and provide your own spotlight” – Jan Fox. At the heart of Swara Plains Wildlife Sanctuary is the 13-cottages Swara Acacia Lodge, with its traditional thatched roofs and rustic stance contrasting beautifully with the savanna and thicket surroundings. For the avid campers, there’s a great camping ground with running water and washrooms. Firewood is included in the Shs. 1,600 camping fee. Then, there’s the snugly Hop-Inn Bar.
20. Nzaui Range
The country around Nzaui is overseen by Kenya Forest Service who also operate a guesthouse and campsite. Hikers and walkers to Nzaui Range are advised to report to Kenya Forest Service office before embarking on the hike and from where they can get assistance of expert guides. The 12 kms round trip with the Mituluni Center as a usual starting-point takes on average 6 hours (round-trip).
21. Acacia Campsite at Sanctuary Farm
A number of pleasant camping sites are situated along the eastern shore of Lake Naivasha, most with toilets and water points. The Acacia Campsite at Sanctuary Farm along Moi South Lake Road is available to the public with flush toilet and shower, refuse disposal and also incorporates the game viewing and expeditions at Sanctuary Farm. “I zipped open my tent and was greeted by a most peculiar scene. Beyond the rickety bamboo fence that encompassed the camping site, a podgy pig nuzzled up to a pair of tall grey horses. In an adjacent field, a handful of zebras and wildebeest grunted and grazed, and on the edge of the acacias a motionless giraffe stood camouflaged in the dappled light. The pig, I found out, is called Henrietta, and she was doing her morning rounds on Sanctuary Farm” – Jan Foxx. For further information, contact – firstname.lastname@example.org
22. Hell’s Gate National Park
Most notable as the only park in Kenya where callers may opt to walk, ride, hike or drive, it offers quite a lot of thrilling activities. Most popular is trekking the alluring Njorowa Gorge that runs across the park. Here, the fine-textured gorge wall aiming for the south-end alters colour from purplish, maroon and reddish brown. The reddish colour is due to erosional oxidation hastened by the large surface areas of these porous rocks. Other interests include the Obsidian Caves, Central Tower, Hell’s Gate Viewpoint, Observatory Tower, Mervyn Carnelley Raptor Hide and wildlife viewing. There are three camping sites in the park: Endachata Campsite, Naiburta Campsite and Oldubai Campsite. The popular Ol Karia Geothermal Spa is located on the western end of the Hell’s Gate National Park at KenGen Olkaria Geothermal Plant II. It is easier to get here through the Olkaria Route located 20 kms from the turnoff to Moi South Lake Road, passing Fisherman’s Camp, the Elsamere Nature Reserve and the Oserian Flower Farm.
23. Fisherman’s Camp
Also known as Carnelly’s, this is a camping ground intended mainly for fishing and boating enthusiasts. There are plenty of boats and fishing tackle for hire. Its lodge with luxury cottages, restaurant and bar is popular as a weekend getaway.
24 Lake Oloiden Campsite
The fully-serviced Oloiden Camping Site is a great place to enjoy Lake Oloiden. It’s situated 27 kms from the turnoff, along Moi South Lake Road, near Kongoni Center. Look out for a large white tire with ‘Oloiden Camp’ written in black ink.
25. Crater Lake Camp
The Crater Lake Camp is a magical escape set inside a bush in the private Crater Lake Sanctuary. The camp, located at the bottom of the hill overlooking Crater Lake, comprises of eight double rooms and two permanent family bandas, all en-suite. A honeymoon suite with a large bush pole bed and a double jacuzzi is also available. In addition, there are 13 tents posited by the emerald-green lake. Activities at the camp are centred around nature and wildlife. There are guided nature walks at the crater and the sanctuary. The bird list is over 400 species, of which it is easy to spot more than 100 species in a day. There are 30 species of wildlife in the sanctuary. At night, hippos come out of the main Lake Naivasha to graze, and it is possible to see the aardvarks and spring hares on night game drives. There is a colony of almost 70 Colombus monkeys existing here. What’s more, for most times of the year, are flamingos covering almost the entire Lake.
26. Hyrax Hill
North of Lake Nakuru National Park, shortly before arriving at Nakuru Town nearby Shree Jalaram Aradhana Temple, sits the Hyrax Hill Museum, a former farm house containing an interesting display of stone age utensils and tools. It is named after the hyraxes living in cracks within its hill. It was established, in 1943, to depict the lifestyle of seasonal settlement by prehistoric people at least 3,000 years old. The compact museum exhibits the artefacts excavated from the Hyrax Hill archaeological site and from other sites in the Central Rift Valley. For nature lovers, a day at the Hyrax Hill overlooking Lake Nakuru is one of the finest viewpoints provided the weather is good. Other areas of interest include the Sirikwa Holes, the nature trail and picnic site, and camping ground. Hyrax Hill Museum is located 4 kms from Nakuru Town along Nakuru-Nairobi Road.
27. Lake Nakuru National Park
To enjoy its wide ranging beauty and ecological diversity – from its lake, forests, marshlands, open grassland, its cliffs and bush habitat, with over 70 mammal species and 300 bird species – trippers can choose to camp at one of thirteen camping sites operated by Kenya Wildlife Service, or, for a touch of class and luxury, stay at the Sarova Lion Hill Lodge or at Lake Nakuru Lodge. The latter, located at the south-eastern corner of the lake offers accommodation for 120 in family rooms, cottages or suites. Park entry fees: Citizens – Sh. 800, Residents – Shs. 1030 and Non-Residents – USD 60. The most common route into the park is via the main gate, 4 km from Nakuru Town Centre. It is also possible to enter the park from the main Nairobi-Nakuru road via Lanet Gate. The Nderit Gate is used by trippers accessing the park from Masai Mara or L. Elementaita.
28. Mount Ololokwe
About 33 kms northwest of Archer’s Post along the A2 Archer’s Post-Merille-Marsabit Road, at the southeast corner of Namunyak Conservancy, isolated in the out-and-out plains, there’s a spectacular volcanic centerpiece. And as far as impressive mountains in Kenya go, few match the elegance and grace of Mount Ololokwe, equally breathtaking and one of the most important cultural sites in Samburu County. Rather unmistakable, its rockface and flat tabletop jut-out, in isolation, from the low-lying plains, peaking at 3,000 feet. It stands-sentinel at the doorstep of Samburu as the universal welcome to the Great North of Kenya. Likewise, Mount Ololokwe, considered a sacred mountain and locally known as Ol Doinyo Sabache, is beyond-doubt one of the best eminence from where avid hikers can relish beyond-money vistas stretching over the arid plains, Mathews Range and Mount Kenya in the background. For the strong-minded adventurer there is a camping ground at the top of Mount Ololokwe and Sabache Camp at its base. It is located 33 kms from Archer’s Post within Namunyak Conservancy.
29. Yale Camel Camp
The popular Yale Cultural Camp, revered both as a cultural resort and campsite, located at the heart of Samburu pastoralists community nearby Maralal, is best known for hosting the Maralal International Camel Derby. The main interest at Yale Camp is preserving the Samburu’s cultural heritage. For accommodation, it has a campsite and 15 self-contained cabins, with a rustic on-site restaurant, lounge and garden. There is plenty to do at Yale Camel Camp including guided walks and camel safaris, cultural tourism, its culture museum and birding. Yale Camel Camp is conveniently placed just 2 kms south of the main Maralal Town.
30. Hawi’s Tented Camp
Raised strategically just 2 kms from Lake Kanyaboli and Dominion Farm, with fetching views of the Akara Hills and a wander away from the papyrus-fringed Lake Kanyaboli, Hawi’s Tented Camp comprised of 7-safari-style camps fused with a modish interior is a deserving base to take in many places of interest in Siaya County. Among the interests at Hawi’s Tented Camp are orderly grounds which are lovely for group bonding, cultural passages to the nearby villages, and walking trips to Lake Kanyaboli. The slogan at Hawi’s Tented Camp is help you “Discover what Siaya Kababa has to offer. Siaya County will definitely revamp Kenya’s tourism agenda and we are proud to be part of the journey”. It’s found 12 west of Siaya Town via Siaya-Yimbo Road and 2 kms before Dominion Farm.
Taita Taveta County
31. Ziwani Voyager Camp
This is located just 5 kms outside the western limit of Tsavo West National Park along A23 Voi-Taveta Road, at the doorstep of Mount Kilimanjaro. From A109 Mombasa-Nairobi Road the traveller leaves Voi along the A23, which is tarmac into Tanzania, and proceeds westerly for 110 kms through Mwatate and Maktau to near Taveta. Here there is a turning to the left, sign-posted Ziwani Voyager Tented Camp. This is an weather gravel road, hilly and winding, that passes to the southern side of Mount Kilimanjaro. After 6 kms you reach the 25-tented-camps Voyager Ziwani Camp. If Amboseli visitors aim to visit here, they can follow Oloitoktok-Mkuu-Mwika-Taveta Road through Tanzania to Ziwani. This much-liked middle-budget retreat is a great safari weekend destination to soak up the hauntingly beautiful sights of Tsavo West National Park and explore the impressively rich historic area of Taveta. Set-up on a 30,000-acres private farm on the edge of a generous man-made dam on Santi River, Voyager Ziwani Camp offers a uniquely private but adventurous safari holiday. Some of the highlights include lazing around Ziwa Dam, fishing, guided game treks, visits into nearby Gicheha Farm, exploring World War Sites, excursions to Lakes Jipe and Chala. Also found within close quarters are Grogan’s Castle and the Ndolwa Sanctuary.
32. Lake Jipe Safari Camp
Away from modernity, the 10-rondavels Lake Jipe Safari Camp set on the east shores of Lake Jipe (just 500 ms away) is a simple, rough and ready, serene hideout. These bandas are modestly furnished, each with a private veranda and bathroom with a flush toilet, hot and cold shower. There is a restaurant, well-stocked bar and pool too. A campsite is located closer to the littorals. The lake, which is fed by Lumi River with its headwaters at Pare Mountains and springs coming from the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, shrinks by a few km2 during the dry season. It supports numerous endemic fish species, varied water birds and is fascinating for the fisherman and ornithologist. A popular way to to explore Lake Jipe is on a tour aboard the KWS fibre glass boats around the lake. There is also a popular observation post overlooking Tsavo West National Park. Places of interest close by include Salaita Hill, Grogan’s Castle and the Maktau Station.
Tharaka Nithi County
33. Kinondoni Lodge
Constructed in 1983 to revamp the engaging Chogoria Route up Mount Kenya, this alpine backcountry lodge set at 3,000 ms in the hushed montane scape is a perfect launching base for hikers. “Anyone touring Mount Kenya National Park through Chogoria Gate in Tharaka-Nithi County must visit Kinondoni Lodge. Located about 33 kms from Chogoria Town at the heart of Mount Kenya forest and 3,000 metres above sea level, it offers a resting and viewing point for those touring the mountain. Right from the lodge you can sight various interests of Mount Kenya” – Alex Njeru. Kinondoni Lodge sleeps up to 40 in a series of wooden cottages with fine views of Point Lenana, Giant Billiard Table or Baren Table, Mpaku Marshlands, Lake Ellis, and Mau Mau Caves. It can be reached using 4×4 vehicles for trippers not planning to hike up to Point Lenana. Some highlights at the lodge are spotting plenty of wildlife in the vicinity particularly in the morning and evening, and evening bonfires which warm the crisp nights.
Trans Nzoia County
34. Mount Elgon National Park
Mount Elgon National Park (169 km2) lying close to the Kenya-Uganda border comprises all the forests and the mountain area above 2440 metres contour; on the Kenyan side. Mount Elgon, the major geological feature of the park, rises to 4313 metres at its highest area known as Koitoboss Peak. This is Kenya’s second highest mountain. The forest glades within Mount Elgon National Park contain plenty of wildlife, and elephants in particular, but the park is essentially more revered as a scenic park. It is particularly much-liked as a walking park and the relatively gentle slopes allow for easy expeditions, mostly aiming for the series of caves, some that are famous as elephant caves. There are 4 campsites within Mount Elgon National Park, as well as, Kapturo Cottages run by Kenya Wildlife Service. Chorlim Gate (the main gate) is located 33 kms west from Kitale Town.
35. Kitale Nature Conservancy
Especially cherished for its unique conservation and nurturing of animals with deformities and its education program focused on conserving the environment, Kitale Nature Conservancy (also known as Ndura Park) is conveniently located near Kitale Town and makes for a quick drop-in. It was begun as a community recreation area. Some of the highlights at the Kitale Nature Conservancy are its botanical gardens, its interesting mountain of curses, its animal orphanage, its snake park, the camping site, its walking trails, and its “holy mountain” which is commonly the base for educating students on conservation. In addition, Kitale Nature Conservancy has about 32 homey African inspired cottages which offer reasonable accommodation. It’s found 5 kms northeast of Kitale along A1 Road.
36. Saiwa Swamp National Park
Established in 1974, the small 3 km2 Saiwa Swamp National Park is indubitably Kenya’s smallest National Park, created principally to protect the Sitatunga; a rare aquatic antelope. Saiwa Park encompasses a swamp which contains some of the last remaining rare Sitatunga in Kenya. “Seats have been fixed up in trees surrounding the swamp so that visitors can sit and observe these long-hooved, aquatic bushbuck”. The swamp itself, fed by the Saiwa River, features a lovely blend of forest that can be explored by means of a raised wooden boardwalk. KWS operates Saiwa Swamp picnic site, Sitatunga campsite, and the Tree Top Hut (a self-catering tree house). There is also the privately-run Sirikwa Tented Camp which is located just 6 kms from the turnoff into the park. Saiwa Swamp National Park is worth visiting on any trip that plans to take in Mount Elgon National Park. It lies 24 kms northeast of Kitale via A1 Kitale-Kapenguria Road.
37. Eliye Springs
Eliye Springs is the most distinguished and progressive lakeshore along Lake Turkana’s 250 kms shore. It’s said the sun and sand here is as salubrious as any and matches-up well to the 512 kms shore at the Coast Region of Kenya. Here, away from mass tourism and congestion, the beach is far prettier, secluded and perhaps even more indulgent considering the sheer element of surprise. One of the earliest and well-reputed destinations at Eliye Springs is the Eliye Springs Resort exemplified by its woven palm-frond traditional hut cottages which pay homage to the traditional designs of the Turkana Community. Situated on the western flank of Lake Turkana near River Turkwel, Eliye Springs has steadily grown in popularity over the last decade, not least for, its virgin sandy shores, superb sunsets, cultural passages and its proximity to many areas of interest. It is also a place of unprecedented tranquility. From Lodwar, the junction to Eliye is about 10 kms en-route Kalokol. From the Eliye Springs a ringroad rejoins the Lodwar-Kalokol Road nearby Namoratunga. It’s located 60 kms east of Lodwar.
Uasin Gishu County
38. Greenwoods Resort
There are a multitude of reasons to visit the low-key and homely Greenwoods Resort located in the peri-urban area of Eldoret Town: From the simple joys of lazing on the eye-catching lawns, to camping at its grounds, to sleeping under the stars, or glamping in the lovely cottages. There is a simplistic and laid back quality in this family friendly resort, which sprung out of a family opening the doors of their home to friends. Greenwoods Resort is located in a tranquil area, encircled by a planted forest, 12 kms from south of Eldoret Town and halfway between the Cheptiret Junction to Moi University and Eldoret; near Cheplaskei.