The essence of mobile camping is that you have a tent and camp equipment which moves with you when you go from place to place. This is your own private camp, which means you don't have to share this portion of Africa with lots of other people, as you would in a big lodge.
Camping sites are booked in advance, and mostly these will not have any facilities, so we take everything we need with us. We use private bush camps where possible, and private campsites within the national parks.
This type of camping is available on some of our Kenya itineraries. We can offer 3 different standards of mobile camping in Kenya: standard, comfort and comfort ensuite.
Standard camping has smaller tents and a mattress on the tent floor. You need to bring a sleeping bag with you (or rent one from us). You are asked only help put up tents and take them down, otherwise all camp chores are taken care of by the camp staff.
Comfort camping has slightly larger tents and camp beds with bedding for a little more comfort. Camp staff will do all chores.
Comfort ensuite camping is the same as comfort except that you have an ensuite bathroom.
Standard camping: 2 x 2m done tents for 1-2 people. You are provided with a high density mattress with a cotton cover, but you need to bring a sleeping bag (or rent one from us out there), and towel. Long drop loos are dug, and a portable toilet seat is put over the hole. A bucket shower is available, so whenever we have enough water, bush showers are possible.
A wooden dining table and canvas chairs are brought for meals. Plates, cups and cutlery are all stainless steel.
You are requested to help put up and dismantle your tent, though in practice, if you'd really rather not, the staff will do this for you if you ask.
Comfort camping: 3 x 3m dome tents with head height of 1.9m in the centre. Camp beds with mattresses, bedding and towels are all provided. The same kind of shared bush loo and shower are set up in camp. There is a family tent for 4 people available in this standard too. The camp staff do all chores.
Comfort ensuite camping: This is the same as comfort camping except that a private bathroom tent can be attached to the back of your tent, accessible by unzipping one flap of your tent.
Activities: Activities depend on the itinerary you choose. There will be some wildlife viewing, perhaps some walking , some cultural activities. Your guide will be with you throughout the trip.
Dining: All meals are provided for you, from a continental breakfast to a good lunch, and ending with a 3-course meal. Snacks such as tea and biscuits are also offered.
Drinks (except for mineral water) are not included and need to be brought by you, or you can ask us in advance to get specific drinks for you for payment locally.
Children: The recommended age for children depends on the itinerary really. In general though, for private family groups we'd suggest 6 yrs being the minimum age. For scheduled departures using this accommodation the minimum age is 8 yrs. Some of the more walking-focussed trips have a recommended minimum age of 14 yrs, but this depends on the children's walking experience, and one some we can provide donkeys which means that younger children can manage.
Health: Most of Kenya is a malarial area, so prophylactics are recommended. For information on vaccinations please look at this page.
Power: The safari vehicles used in conjunction with this camping all have inverters so you can charge batteries.
"Samburu - Excellent. Maralal - appalling! Waste of time. Uninterestig. Certainly NOT colourful. No tribes. Many more on road side but did not stop as we were to see them in town!! Bogoria - excellent. Lake Navaisha - Crescent island POOR. Uninterested guide. Dead animals. No effort. Nothing to commend it. We had a magical time on our own by the lake with the bird life but avoid the island and do a slow boat trip for birds and hippos etc instead. Loita Hills - very rough access but very good. Robert the local chief and guide was a little over self important. "