Many women consider sole camping as something for the crazy and brave and some don’t even attempt it due to insecurities and fear of the unknown. If you love outdoor activities, Kenya is a fantastic place where you can find peaceful and scenic camping facilities.
The beauty of it is that the camping sites are located near major mountains, lakes, rivers, and national parks. Thus, you can choose a destination depending on the activities you want to engage in. There are options for hiking, boat riding, horse riding, game drives, nature walks, sight-seeing, and many more. Are you a female camping enthusiast and want to have a great experience in Kenya?
Here are ten amazing places you can visit
This is referred to as the “hippy chic’. Camp Carnelley’s is strategically located along the Moi South road, 19 km from Naivasha town, about an hour drive from the capital city. The atmosphere is terrific as the camp overlooks the famous lake Naivasha. As a solo female traveler, you are concerned about security, hygiene, and a friendly welcome. Camp Carnelley’s offers exactly that
Camp Carnelley’s in Naivasha
Additionally, it is near Mt Longonot, where you can go hiking. Not forgetting the nearby Hellsgate National Park and Soysambu National reserve, where you can catch up with the “big five.” You can also enjoy activities within the camp, such as boat riding, horse riding, and nature walk. After all your daily activities, relax as you dine and wine in the famous Lazybone bar & restaurant.
Kayaking at the Rapid Camp
The rapid camp is located in Sagana in a magnificent landscape by the riverside and is famous for outdoor activities. Accommodation is in the form of tented camps or self-contained rooms. The most notable activity here is water rafting canoeing and zip-lining. The camp is also known for trekking, climbing and some swimming along the river. This is very friendly for women with self-love who desire to camp alone due to its serenity and the mouth-watering African Cuisine.
Narobi Tented Camp
This is one of the most amazing camps I have experienced. It is located at the Nairobi National park in close proximity to the capital city. There are tents for accommodation with all the facilities you would like as a lady. Talk of self-contained bathrooms and cooking facilities if you wish. You can enjoy morning and evening game drives at your convenience. If you want to take a break from the park, you can go and feed giraffes at the “Giraffe Center” in Karen. Mamba village is also near the camp, and it hosts crocodiles that are very attractive to tourists. Mamba village has a bar and restaurant where you can take meals as you listen to some cool music. All your shopping needs are catered for as the camp is just a few kilometers to the “Galleria mall’ and ‘the hub” in Karen.
In the famous Maasai Mara National Reserve of the Rift Valley, you find Leleshwa camp that is ideal for a private experience. Laundry services and personalized experience is available, which makes it suitable for sole female customers. You have an opportunity for game drives at any time where you can catch up with animals such as hyenas, lions, impalas, giraffes, gazelles, elephants, among others. Hot air balloon safari experience is also available on request.
Lake Nakiuru Tented Camp
Imagine waking up to a spectacular view of flamingos covering the lake surface in a birdwatchers paradise. Lake Nakuru Tented Camp is located at the heart of Lake Nakuru National Park. It is serene and allows for relaxation and nature interaction. This campsite allows you to go for nature walks as you take a fresh breath in an eco-friendly environment. This is an interesting camp because it doesn’t have permanent structures. When the tents are pulled down, the site goes back to nature.
Crater Lake Camp
The camp is located in close proximity to the Menengai crater, which is the second caldera in the world. If you are good at hiking, this is the place to be. Indeed it is more challenging than Mt Longonot in Naivasha. Apart from hiking, the Crater Lake Camp is a hub of activities such as guided nature walks, bird watching, swimming, and boat riding.
The Menengai Crater well- in Crater Lake Camp
The camp is very near the Lake Nakuru National Park, where you can enjoy game drives. You can also visit Lake Elementaita, which is about 30 Kilometres away, where you get to have an experience of a small lake with a very beautiful view of flamingos.
Kibo Safari Camp
Let me take you to the Kenya-Tanzania border, near Namanga town, at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro near Amboseli National Park. The Kibo Safari Camp is a place to be for every lady traveling solely. This is because it has self-contained tents and custom-designed comfortable beds. You can enjoy dining in an open restaurant overlooking the spectacular Mount Kilimanjaro. You get to enjoy fresh vegetables and fruits right from the camp’s farm. How about that! You can enjoy a game drive to Amboseli National Park, nature walk, and entertainment by traditional dancers.
Laikipia Safari Camp
This is located near Nanyuki town right at the foot of Mount Kenya in the central region. It is surrounded by hills, green grass, tall trees, and a meandering river. The campsite is spacious, allowing you to relax at the cozy campfire near the river. The camps are well-raised on wooden bases and a provision for a place where you can set up your tent. The staff are friendly and accord you good gestures and personalized services. Activities here include climbing Mount Kenya and safaris. The private Ole Pejeta Conservancy is an excellent place to visit and is famous for the ‘big five’ experience.
Chaka Ranch Tented Camp
The camp is located in Nyeri at a place called Kiganjo in the central region of Kenya. It is between the Aberdare ranges and Mt Kenya. This camp is known for its leisure park, where you get to enjoy bike riding and other sports activities. Why not join a team there and enjoy basketball or football? The luxury tents are just amazing and are just a walking distance to the leisure park. You can enjoy your outdoor Barbeques as you view the beautiful scenery.
Thompson Falls Lodge Camp
Thompson falls that was discovered by Joseph Thompson in 1883, is a spectacular waterfall near Nyahururu town. The Thompson Falls Lodge Camp is located in a quiet and serene environment near the waterfall and very ideal for individual women campers. You can take a walk around this magnificent waterfall as you learn about its history from the tour guides. Other activities you can take advantage of include nature trails and bird watching.
There are various options you can consider as a woman who loves camping alone. All the needs regarding security, hygiene, and comfort are well taken care of in the camps listed above. Just identify any of your favorite outdoor activities and choose where you want to camp. Never fear to camp alone. Alice Walker said,” In nature, nothing is perfect, and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they are still beautiful”.