Camping is a great way to unwind and get your mind off regular routines. While going on holiday, the place you choose should also offer a sense of wellness in itself and camping does this pretty well. Science has proven that camping enhances your wellbeing, reduces stress, can improve blood pressure and also gives you time to connect with nature. For those who have trouble sleeping, then camping is a great way to reset you sleep clock as your body adjusts itself to nature’s light timings.
For those who would like a nice match between what you get in a hotel and still get to enjoy a camping experience, then consider glamping. Glamping combines camping with a luxury aspect and is an experience-based kind of travel that allows guests to enjoy the great outdoors, but without the hassle of traditional camping. With five-star amenities and unbeatable outdoor access, glamping is where luxury and glamour meets camping.
Kenya is famous for offering a wide range of affordable camping sites and also several glamping sites with beautiful views, adventurous sites and interaction with the wild. Naivasha, Sagana and Nakuru are the most re-known for camping experiences while the Mara offers a wide selection of glamping. For those who have done it all in Kenya, then international destinations like Dubai offer unexplored experiences for you. Only six hours away on a direct flight from Nairobi, Dubai is the most affordable international destination for Kenyans, offering great attractions for family, solo travelers and fun filled activities for group travel with friends.
If you are looking for some great camping or glamping experience this year, below is a list of some places to try out.
Rapids Camp in Sagana is a perfect place for budget camping, accommodating families and teams who want to get a quiet getaway. While there, you can enjoy the great scenery and adrenaline causing activities such as water rafting, kayaking the Sagana Canyons or the newly installed zipline as you zoom past a waterfall.
If you have been there and done that, then plan for a camping experience in Dubai and try out the Dreamland Aqua park or the Umm Al Quwain beach. Here, you connect with nature as you visit the old fishing villages along the peninsula at Al Raas and get a chance to spot some flamingos and other wild birds. If you are an adventure seeker, then jump on a kayak and explore the mangroves along the coast.
Another place to try is the Oloiden camping site, one of the most prominent and finest camping sites in Naivasha. A great spot for solo, family and group stays, the venue offers you camping right next to the lake, where you get to watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Some amenities that help you keep your comfort are: Double & Single tents plus mattresses for hire, hot showers and clean flushing toilets.
For a glamping experience, try your hand in the below facilities:
Longbeach camp ground in Dubai
Enjoy the essence of luxury while camping at the Bin Majid Beach Hotel which offers a series of luxury camping facilities ranging from a Deluxe Tent to Panoramic Dome Suite. Located directly next to the swimming pool, the camping grounds offer activities such as seaview aerobics, kite flying, kayaking, waterpark obstacle course and an outdoor spa and sauna for you enjoy with the rest of the campers.
If you are looking for a glamping experience at home, then try the Mahali Mzuri safari camp located in Masai Mara. The luxury camp combines exquisite beauty and comfort with adventure for every guest. Mahali Mzuri will introduce you to unending opportunities for game viewing especially during the Great Migration. The camp’s 12 exclusive tents with ensuite bathrooms and private deck, dining room, friendly staff and spectacular views of the wilderness make it a safari experience you’ve never had before. The luxury camp is ideal for complete relaxation with grand access to abundant wildlife
You can also try the Sarova Game Camp in Kenya and let the beautiful natural setting around Masai Mara create a relaxing safari getaway for you in Sarova Mara Game Camp. Indulge in wilderness activities, such as bird watching, golfing, fishing and nature walk. The camp features more than 50 tents – standard, family and club tents, well-designed and furnished for a comfortable stay and relaxing retreat. Sarova Mara Game Camp also offers fine dining, food from “Kitchens of the Sarova” and exquisite wines at their restaurant and cellar. This is the safari retreat you’ve been looking for!
In Dubai, Banan beach is another place to glamp out. Set on the shoreline near Jebel Ali, this picture-perfect camping spot is kitted out with dozens of colourful wooden-framed tents and chalets for a more luxury experience – so you don’t need to bring your own, plus a barbecue area, and hammocks. It’s the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. As well as wiling away the day in a hammock, or BBQing by the beach, there’s also facilities including water sports and a mini market onsite. Fancying practicing your shooting? Head to the nearby Jebel Ali Shooting Club.
For the full overnight desert experience, look no further than Bedouin Oasis in Ras Al Khaimah. The Nature View Tent includes ‘posh amenities’ such as own bathroom, comfortable double bed and sitting area. Take a camel ride around the courtyard, take part in sandboarding through the dunes and enjoy the entertainment programme with bonfire experience, BBQ dinner, henna artist and shisha tent.