Valentine getaway: 8 awesome camping sites in Kenya you can elope to with your loved one this Valentine weekend

Camping is great way to catch up with your loved one without robbing a bank or selling a kidney, its simplicity and beauty is unparalleled.

Swahili bandas at Tanda Island. (courtesy)

Camping is great to relax and and enjoy nature without robbing a bank or selling a kidney especially during special occasions like Valentine where prices sky rocket, its simplicity and beauty is unparalleled and the good thing about it, it is also fairly affordable and easy to put up.

Here are 8 awesome camping sites in Kenya you can disappear to this Valentine weekend.

#1. Mahali Mzuri

If you are looking for somewhere classy, quiet and boost a little bit of luxury to get cozy with your loved one then there is no better place for you than Mahali Mzuri.

At Mahali Mzuri you’ll have a front row seat of all the abundant game you can see all year round.

The 12-tented luxury safari camp is owned by Sir Richard Branson and is situated in the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy in the wider Maasai Mara ecosystem.

#2. Mike’s Camp

If camping on a mainland this Valentine season is not your liking, how does camping at a tropical Island sounds?

Mike’s Camp is located on Kiwayu Island, one of the many unspoilt, idyllic islands of the Lamu Archipelago, on the Kenya Coast.

You are offered your own private island where you are safe and undisturbed.

Surrounded by miles of soft white sand, turquoise waters and gorgeous coral gardens, Kiwayu Island is idealic especially if you have hit a rough pitch in your relationship and want to med things away from the prying eyes and ears of the world

you can walk for miles without seeing a single soul.

Mike’s Camp offers tranquillity, water sports, safaris and fishing in a uniquely homely environment, without any pretensions you can listen to the birds, swim with the fishes and marvel at the beauty of nature… or play your music as loud as your want!

#3. Camp Ya Kanzi

While the bewitching beauty of Mombasa and all the fun things people can indulge in at the Coast is to die for, it can get overcrowded especially during Madaraka holiday, things one is desperately trying to escape and leave it all behind.

However if you still want to enjoy the Kenyan Coast and head down the beach once things cool down a bit, Camp Ya Kanzi is the perfect hideout for you.

Situated at the foot of the legendary Chyulu Hills, deep in the Maasai territory, Camp Ya Kanzi is an award winning camping site that offers an incomparable combination of 5-star luxury, first class wilderness adventure, amazing wildlife, and authentic immersion in Maasai culture.

#4. Rapids Camp, Sagana

If you want to figure out how to work together as a couple then Sagana Rapids Camp is the silent counsellor you need.

While here you can enjoy water sports such as kayaking, water rafting and canoeing in Tana River tasks which require team work to accomplish.

Located right at the banks of the River Sagana, Rapids Camp is a camping site well-known for its adventurous outdoor activities.

Camp Sagana was voted, “Camp of the Year 2008,” by the International Canoeing Federation.

#5. Kichakani Paradise

Located 156 km from Nairobi, Kichakani is the ideal hide out for a busy hustler who has a few days open in their calender and wish to treat their loved ones and probably say sorry for all the crazy work schedule.

This picturesque place located inside Samawati conservancy, has a lot to offer and there are multiple calming activities one can indulge in from Bird watching and gazing at hippos lazily swimming at nearby Ol-bolossat lake.

At night the real magic happens and be sure to be slowly drifted to sleep stargazing at the beautiful stars surrounded by the calming crocking of frogs at the shore of Thompson falls.

#6. Wildebeest Eco Camp

Located in Lang’ata, just next to Mamba Village, Wildebeest Eco Camp is an eclectic camping site where you can find all sorts of camping facilities, from low budget tents to high luxury tents with electricity and flushable toilets.

It is ideal place for a quick ‘one night’ Madaraka getaway for the city folk who just want to feel appreciated for a night before heading back to the grind.

#7. Olorgesailie

Found only an hour away from Nairobi, this ancient excavation site has a beautiful waterfall, wonderful surroundings and a more than interesting nature walk.

Oloolua Nature Trail in Olorgesailie provides a wonderful opportunity to catch up on what has been happening in your lover's work and personal life while appreciating simple and priceless possessions life has blessed you with just like the early man.

In line with the early man simple ways, the camping facilities are simple but unique. You have tents, a barbecue area, pit latrines, and a washing area.

#8. Camp Malta

For those looking for a wholesomely Christian camping experience, Camp Malta in Thika town presents the best choice for you.

Located less than an hour from Nairobi, this is a simple tented campsite that provides religious couple with the best opportunity to interact and enjoy themselves in a serene and peaceful atmosphere while still keeping in touch with their spiritual being.


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