Camping in Kenya: from the right car to the right visa
- Budget camping
- Public v private campsites
- Tips for a personal budget safari
- Kenya visa application
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This article is sponsored by e-visa.co.uk
A tropical climate and the chance of spotting free-roaming wildlife are just two of the reasons why camping in Kenya is becoming increasingly popular.
On top of that, Kenya has an easy-to-navigate online visa system, removing the need to visit the embassy or wait in line at the airport.
All the more reason to strongly consider Kenya for your next camping holiday!
Kenya is primarily known as one of the best safari destinations in the world. Because of this, Kenya has a wide variety of different safari types. One of the more popular ones is the camping safari.
Some of these camping locations are more like mobile hotels made out of canvas tents. These range from grand affairs to more basic camping experiences where you sleep on the ground. Of course, the more luxurious the location, the higher the costs.
However, a small budget does not mean you won’t be able to enjoy some nice comfort during your camping safari in Kenya. Indeed, many people prefer this experience over the more luxurious camping spots, as they feel more closely in touch with their surroundings. Whichever option you choose, you’re certain to have the experience of a lifetime.
Public v private campsites
One important thing to know about camping in Kenya is the type of camping location you’re staying at. These can be divided into two types: public and private campsites.
A public campsite is basically a free-for-all. You don’t need to book in advance. All you need is to bring your equipment and you’re good to go! The downside of a public campsite is that facilities can sometimes be lacking. While the majority of them do have basic facilities such as toilets, always check in advance if your particular campsite has these important features.
If not, you must be prepared for this if you still plan to stay at that spot. Many a camping trip has gone south due to a lack of proper hygiene!
A private campsite is generally more luxurious. These are usually part of a camping safari organized by an agency and can contain extra features such as kitchens with stoves, and warm showers. You’ll need to dig into your wallet, though!
Tips for a personal budget safari
Even though a budget safari is certainly possible in Kenya, always make sure you have proper equipment, even if you have to spend a little extra. Safety first, after all!
To begin with, you’re going to need a good four-wheel-drive vehicle. Kenya’s roads can be rough, especially as you move further away from the cities. You can fairly easily rent this equipment in Kenya, as they know how important safaris are for tourism, and the prices are very affordable. Carry all the usuals in your call: a spare tyre, the necessary equipment to change your tyres, and maybe even some extra fuel.
While Kenya is generally warm, the evenings and nights can be quite cold. Make sure to also carry warm clothing. In the day, you want to wear loose clothes. A hat is strongly advised to protect you against the sun.
Kenya visa application
It’s at the bottom of this article, but it’s actually one of the first things you want to get sorted out as you plan your camping trip to Kenya.
Kenya fully digitized its visa processing systems during Covid. As a result, Kenya visa applications can only be be submitted online.
The visa on arrival at the airport in Kenya is no longer a possibility and you also can’t get an embassy visa any more. Luckily, the online visa application process is pretty easy.
Just keep in mind you need these documents to complete the application:
- A photograph of yourself
- A scan of your passport
- A booking confirmation of your hotel, resort or camping safari
If you have these things ready, your visa application should go through without a hitch!
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