Campervan for Hire in Kenya

For an unparalleled and truly unforgettable adventure, look no further than safari camping in Kenya with Kambu’s rental campervan. Immerse yourself in the ultimate experience of nature’s wonders and create memories that will last a lifetime by going on a camping safari on Kenya’s only rental campervan.

At our core, we take immense pride in being the sole registered tour operator in Kenya that has masterfully transformed a van into a tailor-made safari camping vehicle. This unique offering enables you to transcend the limitations of a conventional campsite and embrace an experience that knows no boundaries.

We also offer 4WD car and driver rental services in Nairobi.

About our Converted Safari Campervan in Kenya:

Our campervan is designed to accommodate up to 2 people but a couple with a young infant can also fit. We converted a long-base Toyota Hiace van into a stylish, comfortable, and fully-furnished camper. It’s equipped with amenities you need to make your stay in Kenya as enjoyable and convenient as possible.

Before starting to rent it out, we went on more than 10 camping safari adventures on different safari destinations in Kenya including the Aberdares, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli, and Masai Mara. When designing our camper vehicle, we considered all the basic things you need to sustain a long stay on the road as you hop from one safari destination to another. We have significantly improved our campervan to include a mechanized water dispenser, and all-terrain tires, among others.

We regularly service the vans to ensure that you do not have any mechanical problems while on the road. The campers are also registered with AA Kenya. In case you get any issues, you can rely on AA Kenya’s 24/7 support for repairs and even towing.

For pictures of interiors and more specific questions, please inquire here.

Amenities Fitted on the Camper Van:

A Queen-size Bed:

For good sleep, the van is fitted with the following;

  • A 5 by 6 high-density mattress,
  • A duvet,
  • 2 towels,
  • 2 pillows, and
  • 1 sheet

Auxiliary Kitchenette:

We also provide you with a kitchenette complete with utensils such as pots and pans, a gas cooker with a burner, and a 10-liter refillable water container that’s hooked to a small water dispenser mounted on top of a mini-cabinet with a small sink. The water in the sink drains to another container. You’ll need to occasionally dump the drained water and refill the clean water while on the road. You can easily find distilled water to buy with a 10-liter container going for no more than Kes. 300(~$2).

Dual-battery Kit(Extra Battery):

We have fitted our campervan with a dual-battery kit providing you with an extra large-capacity 150 Amps battery. The additional battery is dedicated to powering electronics such as a small fridge and is wired to all 4 plugs for charging electronics such as computers, phones, cameras, and more. While the add-on battery gets charged when you drive the car, the car itself has its battery and doesn’t rely on this second battery. There is no risk of draining the car battery when charging your devices.

Charging:

We’ve installed 4 charging ports (with regular AC plugs – Each plug also has 2 USB charging ports). This ensures you can stay connected with your loved ones while on the road.

Camping Chairs:

We provide 2 collapsible camping chairs and a mini-table.

Lights:

The van is equipped with 4 interior lights that are powered by an extra battery.

Wi-Fi Router:

We also provide you with a wifi router so that you can stay connected to the world.

Spare Tire:

If you happen to experience a flat tire, don’t worry! There is a spare tire available for you to replace it with.

Toolbox:

Our campervan is equipped with a fully stocked toolbox which includes a spanner, pliers, jerk, and jumper cables.

Fridge:

The van comes with a small fridge that’s powered by the extra battery.

Pop-up Roof:

The campervan comes with a pop-up roof. You can easily push the roof up to open it and get good views of wildlife when inside National Parks and Reserves. You’ll need to close it when driving through highways though.

First Aid Kit:

We provide a fully stocked first aid kit for your safety and peace of mind.

Gas Cylinder:

Our campervan is also fitted with a gas cylinder for cooking.

Other Cool Features:

  • Curtains: Our campervan come with curtains so you can stay comfortable and private while camping.
  • 4WD: Our campervan are 4WD-equipped, enabling you to take on the toughest terrain with ease while exploring Kenya’s wild and untamed beauty.
  • All-terrain tires: To get through some poor road networks, the camper is equipped with all-terrain tires.
  • Insurance: While we require you to have your travel insurance, we do provide emergency Air Ambulance (evacuation) insurance coverage by AMREF at no additional cost. In addition, the car has comprehensive insurance.
  • AA Kenya Support: In case the van experiences any mechanical issues, you can reach out to AA Kenya which provides 24/7 support with an extensive network throughout Kenya. Being a member of AA Kenya, our vehicles can benefit from AA’s 24/7 support including towing and repairs.

Who Can Rent the Camper Van:

  • 25 years old: You need to be 25 years or older to rent our campervan.
  • Valid Driver’s License: A valid driver’s license is necessary and must be presented at the time of picking up the vehicle. Kenya allows foreigners visiting Kenya to drive vehicles for 90 days using a foreign license.
  • You need travel insurance: We require that you have a travel insurance policy in place when renting our campervan. The campervan has comprehensive insurance but we still require you to have additional travel insurance.
  • The minimum rental period is 3 days/2 nights.

Campervan Driving and Parking Tips:

  • Drive your campervan like you would a normal car
  • Watch out for animals: In the parks and reserves, wildlife is abundant, so it’s important to be extra vigilant while driving.
  • Park in safe areas: It’s important to park your campervan at a designated camping site. We have several campsite locations on our campsite map. If you need help finding locations to park your campervan during your rental period, please let us know.
  • Check the road conditions: Before embarking on a long drive, make sure to check the road conditions to make sure your route is safe and free of any accidents.
  • Don’t drink and drive: Drinking and driving is strictly forbidden in Kenya. Don’t do it.
  • Respect local laws: Our campervan is classified as a commercial vehicle and is not allowed to be driven at speeds exceeding 80km/hr. In the Park or Reserves, do not exceed 40km/hr.
  • Do not offroad while in the Park or Reserve. Follow the marked routes.

You can read more tips about driving in Kenya here.

How to Reserve a Campervan for a Kenyan Camping Safari:

You can check availability and make a direct booking using the form below.

You can also email us if you have questions or have trouble with the booking. We’ll get back within 24 hours. We give a discount for bookings exceeding one week so please let us know if you’re planning a longer trip.

Pickup & Delivery:

Once your booking is confirmed, you can pick up the vehicle at our Nairobi Camp in Kianjogu off Limuru Road. Pick-up and drop-off times are any time of day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. If you need to drop off the vehicle at other location other than our Nairobi Camp, please let us know in advance as it may accrue additional charges.

Cost of Hiring our Campervan:

The cost of renting our campervan per night is $100. The price includes all the amenities mentioned above, excluding fuel. If you book for a whole week, the weekly rate is $600. If you are visiting major destinations such as Masai Mara where lodges charge as high as $300 per night, living on the campervan is an attractive alternative as it’s not only more affordable but also allows you to experience the wilderness to its fullest.

Advantages of Self-drive Camper Van – 5 key benefits:

  • More freedom and flexibility – When you’re driving your campervan, you have the power to choose where you want to go and how long you stay.
  • Cost savings – With a self-drive camping safari in Kenya, you can save on accommodation costs by sleeping in the van.
  • Quality time with friends and family – Self-driving camping safaris are great for creating lasting memories with your loved ones by disconnecting from your daily lives and immersing yourself in nature.
  • Unique experiences – With a campervan, you can access remote places that most other tourists would not be able to get to.
  • Safety – Unlike tents pitched on the ground, our campervan provide you with a secure and private living space for the duration of your safari.

Are there Campervans for Sale in Kenya?

Unlike other countries with a robust market for players to design and convert regular vans into campervans, the Kenyan campervan market is still in its nascent stages. If you want to get a campervan in Kenya, you’ll have to hire an expert, get architectural drawings of the interiors from conversion companies abroad, and top-class carpenter to execute the vision.

You are unlikely to get a completely assembled campervan with a fitted bed and kitchenette. You’ll have to do the conversion yourself which could cost you upwards of $20,000.

FAQs

Are there motorhomes in Kenya?

Motorhomes are relatively rare in Kenya and you’ll be hard-pressed to find one. However, Kambu Campers offers alternative campervan rental services that allow you to explore the country without worrying about renting a car or finding accommodation in remote areas. Our campervan come equipped with all the necessary amenities such as kitchenettes and beds, so you can enjoy your journey without worrying about the logistics.

Are there Campgrounds in Kenya?

Yes, Kenya has several stunning camping spots located inside or outside/near National Parks and National Reserves. You can choose to camp on campgrounds operated by Kenya Wildlife Services(KWS) inside Parks and Reserves or opt for private campgrounds located just outside the Parks gates. The cost of KWS-operated campgrounds is as low as $2 (about Kes. 300) per night but may not have hot showers. Private campgrounds can cost anywhere from $5 to $30 per night and have the advantage of running water, toilets, and hot showers. Let us know if you need help finding spots to park your campervan during your safari.

Check out our page with an interactive map showing all the campsites in Kenya

Where can I park my campervan in Kenya?

You can park your campervan at any designated campsite and there are plenty to choose from. If you need help planning your route and finding specific campsites during the duration of your safari, we can help you make bookings.

Where to shower when using a campervan in Kenya?

Most of the private campsites in Kenya offer bathroom facilities with toilets and hot showers. Some public campsites may not have shower facilities so it is important to check before booking.

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