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Budget Camping Safaris in Kenya with Campervans & Car Hire

What We Offer

Make the most of your trip by renting a campervan, staying at our camps, or using our trip-planning tools

Campervan Rental

Our 4WD campervan “Cheyat” can take you anywhere from city streets to open savannahs and sparkling lakes, rivers, and beaches. A self-drive camping safari lets you venture off the beaten path for a unique and personalized experience. We provide comprehensive insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance through partners across the country.

Kambu Mara Camp

Nestled amidst 2 conservancies and the captivating Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kambu Mara Camp is a haven of natural beauty. This exquisite tented camp is strategically located near the main Mara Reserve gate, ensuring convenient access to the wonders that await. With Sekenani Gate a mere 8 kilometers away, a 14-minute drive from the camp is all it takes to embark on an unforgettable safari adventure.

Kambu Nairobi Camp

Tucked away on an acre of riverfront land only twenty minutes outside of Nairobi, Kambu Nairobi Camp is serene and convenient, whether you want to explore the city or escape it. From the private campsite or cottage, you can walk down to the river to relax, take in a sunset from the tiny island, or fire up the grill for a BBQ. Four-legged family members are welcome!

Self-Drive Safaris

Our 4WD safari van can take you anywhere from city streets to open savannahs and sparkling lakes, rivers, and beaches. A self-drive camping safari lets you venture off the beaten path for a unique and personalized experience. We provide comprehensive insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance through partners across the country.

Chauffeur-Driven Safaris

If you are not comfortable driving yourself around during your safari in Kenya, you can opt to rent a car with a driver provided by Kambu Campers. With more than 10 years of experience, our experienced and reliable drivers will take you wherever you need to go on time. Opt for car hire with a driver on your Kenya visit.

Trip Planning

Our database of over 200 campsites in Kenya & guides on Kenya’s tourist circuits makes finding the perfect stops for your trip easy. Check back soon for all-inclusive tour packages that take the guesswork out of planning! You can start with the overview of budget camping safaris here.

Our Campsite Finder

The interactive map below has a list of over 200 campsites spread over different tourist circuits in Kenya. Here is a link to the Kenya campsite map

You can choose from private campsites or public KWS-operated campsites. To save the most while getting access to prime tourist destinations, we recommend picking campsites located near entry points of Parks and Reserves.

You are all set for an epic camping safari!

With our list of over 200 campsites inside or near Kenya’s Parks and Reserves and with the option of a campervan or chauffeur car hire, you can embark on an unforgettable camping safari to explore Kenya’s untamed landscapes and wildlife.

Our campervan is 4WD fitted with a bed and linens and is equipped with a small kitchenette. To ensure your battery juice doesn’t go low, the campervan is also equipped with a dual-battery kit and has four sockets(with USB charging ports). You can also use our router and get connected to the world with Wi-Fi as you explore Kenya. Get ready to explore the wonders of Africa like never before!

Read about our Camping safari packages here. If you need some motivation to camp, here are the 17 benefits of camping. If you are into wild camping or like camping but not tent camping, our Cheyat campervan is your solution.

We currently provide tailor-made packages for camping safaris in Masai Mara and plan to introduce additional camping safaris in other safari circuits soon. Prefer the convenience of air travel? We also offer Masai Mara Fly-in safari packages. You can also explore other Kenya safari packages here.

Visiting Kenya

From hosting the world’s highest animal concentration in its reserves to boasting epic savannah landscapes and diverse cultures, Kenya offers an enticing experience for every travel enthusiast. Renowned productions like “Big Cat Diaries” and “Out of Africa” have captured the essence of Kenya’s allure. It comes as no surprise, as Kenya is a sanctuary for numerous national parks and game reserves, each with its unique features, making it a vibrant melting pot of wildlife.

Planning a budget-friendly trip to Kenya can get you wondering whether affordable is a thing when it comes to safaris. We have been there..and understand the hassle of finding suitable transport and accommodation options that are friendly.

As avid travelers ourselves, we understand the loads of questions that come with planning a trip. We have done the hard work to simplify things for you. With Kambu Campers, you can choose from a variety of package options to suit your budget and travel preferences. Wondering which month is the best time to come to Kenya on a safari? Read our guides here.

If you are from countries classified by the Kenyan Government as either Category 2 or 3, you must obtain a tourist visa before visiting Kenya which will cost you $51 for a single-entry or $101 for a multiple-entry visa. Residents of Category 2 countries can obtain their visa within 48 hours, while residents of Category 3 countries can acquire their online visa within 10 days. Residents from Category-1 countries are exempt.

Generally, you should be well-prepared for a hot, tropical climate when visiting Kenya. However, the temperature and weather may vary depending on your location in the country. It is advisable to bring lightweight, breathable clothing that covers your arms and legs while still protecting from the sun. A hat and sunscreen are also recommended. Don’t forget to pack comfortable walking shoes for game drives and safaris. And, of course, a camera to capture those unforgettable moments.

On average, a 4-day safari in Kenya costs 2000 to 3,000 US dollars although higher mid-tie packages could go as high as $5,000 all-inclusive. Reasonable budget options come in at around 1700 dollars, while those looking for a luxurious option may have to spend up to 10,000 dollars.

Read this guide to learn about what to expect in terms of Kenyan safari cost per day

Experience Kenya in style with our flexible travel options. Choose from budget-friendly campervans or guided tours to explore the wonders of this beautiful country. Our campervan comes with a bed; beddings; a small kitchenette – a gas cylinder with a burner; 20 liters of water, WiFi(optional), a charging port for computers, cameras, and phones; and extra storage space. For the adventurous at heart, our campervan hire service is perfect for you.

Our Chauffeur car hire services also come in handy for those seeking comfort and convenience during their travels. Our professional drivers are knowledgeable about Kenya’s roads and attractions, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable journey. You can either opt for our guided tours or customize your itinerary

From the bustling city life of Nairobi to the majestic Mount Kenya and the pristine beaches along the coast, Kambu Campers has got you covered. Our personalized services allow for a truly authentic Kenyan safari experience.

We specialize in offering budget safari packages and have thoughtfully crafted each one to cater to different budgets. You can choose between traditional tents that you can pitch at various campsites, sleeping in our campervan, or opting for more comfortable tented camps. This is why we exclusively cater to campers. Our safari packages encompass the top Kenyan National Parks, including Masai Mara, Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, and Tsavo East & West. Read more about our packages here

About Kambu Campers

Kambu Campers is a Kenyan tour operator offering budget safari packages that combine camping and self-drive transport options to make your safari affordable and unforgettable.

Embark on an extraordinary adventure through Kenya’s untamed wilderness with our comprehensive camping safari packages. Immerse yourself in the authenticity of a traditional tent or the convenience of a campervan as you delve into the wild side of this captivating country including renowned destinations such as Masai Mara. For those seeking a touch of luxury, indulge in a splendid glamping experience at some of our highly recommended lodges. Discover the beauty of Kenya like never before!

As the first and only company offering campervans for hire in Kenya, we have worked hard to figure out how to make your safari as enjoyable as possible. We have mapped out over 200 campsites in Kenya where you can stay and rest, allowing you to explore as much of the country as you wish. Our top-notch safari vehicles are perfect for your next African adventure!

Consider beginning your trip at our Nairobi cottage, and explore the Mara from our Maasai Mara campground.

Why We Focus on Sustainable Camping Safaris

The tourism industry in Kenya enjoys support from local ‘mwananchi‘, yet the industry stakeholders have primarily prioritized catering to affluent western clientele who can afford luxurious tented camps charging upwards of $200 for a single night’s stay. Those rates are out of reach for 90%+ of residents. Unfortunately, this focus comes at the expense of cultivating a sustainable eco-tourism model, which partly explains the exorbitant cost of Kenyan safaris, rendering them inaccessible to many.

That’s where Kambu Campers steps in.

Our sustainable tourism model offers three camping accommodation options that prioritize sustainability for our guests. Whether you prefer the simplicity of pitching a traditional tent at any of the 200+ campsites we have mapped, the convenience of sleeping in our campervan, or the indulgence of staying in luxurious yet eco-friendly tented camps, we have something to cater to every camper’s preferences.

Camping offers a unique connection with nature, delivering an unparalleled sense of adventure that surpasses traditional hotel stays. With Kambu Campers, you can savor the best of both worlds: comfortable accommodations with minimal environmental impact. We value your fulfillment as a traveler and are dedicated to providing enriching and sustainable experiences that preserve our planet.