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 campervans in Kenya:
Our campervans are 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 all the modern 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 safaris 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 campervans to include new safety features, such as an extra fire extinguisher and a mechanized water dispenser.
We also took extra care in making sure that all the amenities included with the campervan are tested before you receive the unit. This is done so that when you’re on your camping safari, all your needs and concerns are addressed promptly.
Amenities fitted on the Campervan:
A queen-size bed:
The bed is fitted with a comfortable mattress, blankets, and pillows for your comfort. There’s also an overhead light as well as charging ports for your devices.
We also provide you with a kitchenette complete with utensils such as pots and pans, cutlery and crockery, cooking oil and spices, a gas cooker with two burners and a jerry can of water.
We’ve installed a USB charging station, as well as 12v and 220v charging ports for your convenience. This ensures you can stay connected with your loved ones while on the road.
We provide a collapsible camping chair and table for you to enjoy the great outdoors, while also being able to eat your dinner outdoors or simply relax and soak in the view.
Flashlight & Torch:
For those who are keen on exploring at night, we provide you with a flashlight and torch for added safety.
The van is equipped with 4 interior lights that light up the bed space and the kitchenette area.
We also provide you with a wifi router so that you can stay connected to the world while exploring Kenya’s wild and untamed beauty.
Stereo with LCD Dashboard:
We provide a stereo/radio with LCD dashboard for entertainment and to keep you updated on local news.
No journey is complete without a spare tire, which we provide for your convenience.
Our campervans are equipped with a fully stocked toolbox which includes a wrench set, pliers and screwdrivers.
Kambu Campers also offers a fridge which is ideal for storing food and drinks.
The campervan comes with a pop-up roof which allows you to have an amazing view of the African sky while camping.
First Aid Kit:
We provide a fully stocked first aid kit for your safety and peace of mind.
Our campervans are also fitted with a gas cylinder for cooking.
We also offer an optional extras package which includes items such as sleeping bags, camp chairs and more.
Dual-battery kit with extra battery:
For those who are looking to stay longer on the road, we also offer a dual-battery kit with an extra large-capacity 150 Amps battery. This will enable you to run your lights and other devices for extended periods of time without having to worry about a power source.
A set of utensils is also included in the package, which includes a dish rack and detergent as well as chopping boards and other necessary items.
Other cool features:
- Curtains: Our campervans come with curtains so you can stay comfortable and private while camping.
- Cool Box: We also provide a cool box which is ideal for storing food and drinks while on the safari.
- 4WD: Our campervans are 4WD-equipped, enabling you to take on the toughest terrain with ease while exploring Kenya’s wild and untamed beauty.
- Insurance: While we require you to have your own travel insurance, we do provide emergency Air Ambulance (evacuation) insurance coverage by AMREF at no additional cost. In addition, the car has comprehensive insurance.
Who can book our campervan:
- 25 years old: You need to be 25 years or older in order to rent our campervan.
- Valid Driver’s License: A valid driver’s license is necessary and must be presented at the time of rental. Kenya allows foreigners visiting Kenya to drive vehicles for 90 days using a foreign license.
- You need a travel insurance: We require that you have a travel insurance policy in place when renting our campervans. The campervans have comprehensive insurance but we require you to have additional travel insurance.
Campervan Driving and Parking Tips:
- Drive your campervan like you would a normal car: Most of the time, our campervans are driven just as if they were a regular car. It’s important to remember that these are larger vehicles and driving them requires extra caution.
- Watch out for animals: In the parks and reserves, there is an abundance of wildlife, 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 interactive map but can also opt to park at gas stations or by the side of the road.
- 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 obstacles.
- Don’t drink and drive: Drinking and driving is strictly forbidden in Kenya, so it’s important to practice caution while out on the open roads.
- 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. It is forbidden.
How to reserve a campervan for a Kenyan camping safari:
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 to anyone booking for more than a 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.
Cost of Hiring our Campervan:
The cost of renting our campervan for one night is $100. The price includes all the amenities mentioned above. 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 camping vans – 5 key benefits:
- 1. More freedom and flexibility – When you’re driving your own campervan, you have the power to choose where you want to go and how long you stay.
- 2. Cost savings – With a self-drive camping safari in Kenya, you can save on accommodation costs by sleeping in the van or pitching a tent in a campsite.
- 3. 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.
- 4. Unique experiences – With a campervan, you can access remote places that most other tourists would not be able to get to.
- 5. Safety – When you’re self-driving, you don’t have to worry about other people or animals coming into contact with your vehicle as security is taken care of for you. Unlike tents pitched on the ground, our campervans 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.
Tips when using a campervan in Kenya for a safari:
1. Start with a list of items you need and research the best options available
2. Invest in protection measures such as fire extinguishers, bear spray, first-aid kits, etc. You won’t need to do this as we have fitted our vans with these items.
3. Make sure your campervan is reliable and safe to drive in different terrains. Kambu campervans are 4×4.
Make sure you have the right camping supplies such as tents, sleeping bags and utensils
5. Pack for your trip accordingly. It’s a good idea to take plenty of snacks and drinks that don’t require refrigeration
6. Check out the campsites in advance – Kambu campers offers easy online booking of campsites and other safari facilities
7. Make sure you have the right insurance policy in place – Kambu Campers provides comprehensive policies that cover damages to vehicles, personal injury, etc.
8. Have a plan for emergency situations- like getting a flat tire or having car trouble on the road
3 tips when getting & using a rental Campervan:
- Plan your route – Research beforehand to find the best routes and roads for your campervan. This will help you avoid bad roads that could cause damage to your vehicle. We provide camping support services that will assist you to get acquainted with the country. Familiarize yourself with the basics of the country’s geography before the trip and when you meet our team, we’ll hand you physical maps to use. Our vehicles are also fitted with GPS and you’ll have on-call support to guide you with any issue you experience.
- Fill up your tanks – Take the time to fill up your tanks before you leave. You don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere without any fuel. If you are driving into a large Reserve such as the Mara, the drive within the Reserve could be as long as 200 miles and it is important that your fuel tank is filled when getting admission to the Park.
- Remember your items – Make a list of all the essentials you will need while camping and make sure they are packed in advance. When you book a Safari with us, we’ll guide you on all you need to bring. You may not need to bring some items such as the First-Aid kit or bedding as our campervans come with them.
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 campervans 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 KWS-operated campgrounds or opt for private campgrounds located in conservancies or just outside the Parks. When you hire our vehicles, we will work with you to find the best spot for your camping needs in the circuit you choose. The cost of KWS-operated campgrounds cost as low as $2 (about Kes. 220) per night while Private campgrounds operated by some conservancies can cost upwards of $300 per night. Note that most private campgrounds located within conservancies such as the Mara require you to make a refundable deposit as high as $500.
Where can I park my campervan in Kenya?
You can park your campervan at any designated campsite or on the side of the road. However, keep in mind that certain areas like national parks require you to have a KWS permit and make a refundable deposit when parking within the Park’s boundaries. A review of parking regulations by the local governments that impose parking fees revealed that you won’t be charged to park your campervan anywhere after 6 pm. Before this time, daily parking fees may apply depending on the region. We provide full support to our customers and will assist you to find parking spots, get KWS permits, or pay any dues required.
Where to shower when using a campervan in Kenya?
Most of the public campgrounds in Kenya offer bathroom facilities with hot water and showers. Some private campsites may not have shower services so it is important to check beforehand if you need that service. We also provide a mobile showering setup with our campervans, so you won’t be left without a way to take care of your hygiene.