Camping in Naivasha

If you’re on a budget safari, camping at Lake Naivasha National Park is a great option to save you up to 50% of regular accommodation costs. Camping at Lake Naivasha National Park gives you the opportunity to get close to nature, explore the wildlife and enjoy the beautiful views of this national park.

Can I camp at Lake Naivasha National Park?

Yes, camping is allowed in the park when you book through private camp service providers as KWS does not operate public campgrounds. At private campgrounds, the staff will provide you with all the necessary camping gear, such as tents and cooking utensils. In fact, most of the tents have been permanently set up so you only need to bring your sleeping bag.

Are there KWS campsites at Lake Naivasha?

Unfortunately, there are no KWS-operated campsites at Lake Naivasha National Park, but you are able to camp in the park with a campsite booking through private operators. Unlike KWS campgrounds, these privately-operated campsites in Naivasha charge upwards of $200 to $500 per night. These rates are beyond our target affordable accommodation that could make your camping safari cheaper.

Private Campsites at Lake Naivasha National Park:

Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp:

I have had clients stay at the Crescent camp which is located a few kilometers from the entrance gate of Lake Naivasha National Park. The camp offers great views of the lake and is an ideal place for outdoor activities, such as fishing, kayaking, hiking, bird watching and game drives.

This camp is just 90 minute’s drive North West of Nairobi, outside the Naivasha Town along Moi South road. Visitors can look forward to seeing the famous Crescent Bird during their stay here.

The camp has 20 luxurious tents available, all with wood floors, plenty of space to move around inside and out, and en-suite bathrooms complete with hot and cold water as well as flushing toilets.

What makes these tents stand out is the traditional look which has a vibrant and unique décor, giving it an African feel.

The tents also look lovely against the yellow/green acacia trees and the gentle breeze offers a relaxing setting. If you’re someone who enjoys roughing it in nature, this camp has primitive bush camping facilities for you as well.

You’ll be charged as low as $200 for a single night camping here.

You can book on its website here or on Tripadvisor here where it has been rated 4/5.