About Me

I am your average Kenyan dude and  have been travelling Kenya as an adult for close to 15 years now. I have travelled on two feet, two wheels, two wings and four wheels. I have bedded down in high end establishments, low cost motels and sometimes nothing more than a hole in the ground. I have met people on my travels who are no longer with us but also seen their children grow into adults.

My emphasis is on all matters camping, camping sites, bandas and other self catering facilities but if something else comes up I write about it as well. I do not work in tourism nor do I sell tourism packages. This is simply a snapshot of my journeys and all opinions are my own. I hope I have the good sense to keep writing.

Hope you enjoy it.

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45 thoughts on “About Me

  1. jon & jude

    We have recently (last year Oct) arrived in Kenya (Nairobi) and just found your blog. Thanks heaps for writing it all down online! This seems like a wealth of information and we’re looking forward to seeing some of the places you describe in our upcoming camping weekends (we love camping too!) Cheers, Jon & Jude

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  2. thekenyancamper Post author

    Hi jon & jude, thank you and I hope you find the information useful. If you need any additional info feel free to write me an email. Will be happy to help if i can. Happy trails.

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  3. kathy

    just randomly came across your link in another blog and this year I want to be more out dorsy.started the year with wonderful nature walks in laikipia county, and looking at the places you have visited am in awe and feeling inspired. I love nature but I have never camped before. and this year I intend to interact with nature and challenge myself more. Looking forward to more posts from you.

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  4. David Mwaura

    I just came across your blog, I’ve loved it and bookmarked it. As an upcoming Kenyan traveller/camper I love it

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    1. thekenyancamper Post author

      Hi David, an easier way would just be to subscribe and you’ll get notifications whenever a new post arrives. I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog and I wish you safe travels on your own adventures.

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  5. David Mwaura

    I came across this blog, and I’ve loved it! As an aspiring Kenyan traveller-camper I find it very informative. Keep on keeping on

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  6. Emmy

    Hiya, great blog! I’ve already benefitted on a trip to Hells gate. Quick question! Do you know about any cheap camping tent rentals?

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    1. thekenyancamper Post author

      Hi Emmy, cheers for getting in touch. You will be well served by asking in any of the Kenya camping or travel groups on FB, I see that question getting asked a lot and it’s always answered.

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  7. Anne_W

    What an inspiring blog with so much welcome detail and outstanding photography!
    Thanks so much – I am really looking forward to more!

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  8. Douglas Nyoro

    I am always happy reading your articles from your many travels, and never cease getting amazed at just how you capture each scenario – truly bringing it to life! Thanks a lot, do always know you have keen readers. Douglas Nyoro, Nairobi

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  9. Jonathan Bein

    I feel like I’ve stumbled upon a gold mine. In 2016 I fulfilled a dream of 40 years and spent five weeks in Tanzania, off the beaten path for much of the time. Since then I’ve dreamed of returning to East Africa for an extended period and continuing my explorations. Your mode of travel and much of your thoughts on the experience entirely coincides with my own approach. And now your blog has given me exactly the kind of information that is so hard to find on many places. I’m forever in your debt. All best, Jonathan from USA.

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    1. thekenyancamper Post author

      Hi Jonathan, if the blog has been of assistance to you than I’m glad you found it! Just like you I’m always happy to find resources that help me with the kind of travel I do and let me tell you in this country those are really few and far between! It’s the reason I started writing actually, totally born out of frustration. Thank you so much for writing to me, not many people take the time to so I am always really appreciative to hear from a reader. Happy trails!

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    1. thekenyancamper Post author

      This is a post I have wanted to write for a long while and just never got around to. I had also considered making a short video (that might do it more justice) but again I’ve never done it. If you ever have SPECIFIC questions, just ask and I’ll answer.

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      1. Lord

        Specific question is recommendation on type of tent to buy, where to buy, average cost. What are accompaniments that I need to also buy. Say I want to go camping in Nanyuki this weekend, and I want to be self sufficient

      2. thekenyancamper Post author

        Still not enough info; How many people? Car camping or backpacking? What weather conditions? Me recommending for you if I don’t know you would not be honest. Its always advisable to do as much google research beforehand then it’s much easier to ask questions because you already have an idea of what is suitable for you. Then where you need additional info I chip in, ama?

      3. Lord

        Thanks for the prompt reply.

        The questions may be disjoint because of how clueless I am.

        Let me build a scenario. Perhaps I want to go camping at crayfish. Which I have done before, and rented a tent, mattresses, and sheets. But now, I want to only pay for the camping grounds. As a rookie camper, I would just want to pitch tent for the night. A two person tent, that probably would accommodate 2 toddlers. Maybe sleeping bags too. I am not looking at cooking, maybe carry take away food, or eat in nearby restaurants. The tent should be durable enough to last several expeditions. As for weather, do I have a choice? I may camp in Tiwi beach, then it rains overnight. Then I would only be travelling on a station wagon, not a big off-road like your Land Cruiser Prado. So the tent should fit a small car.

        I have done a bit of haphazard backpacking. Jumping on the car and going to distance towns, and spending on different hotels, wherever the night finds us. But I have never considered getting camping gear, until I landed on your blog. I had researched on tents, and saw several offers on OLX.
        But what would serve me was a challenge to pinpoint.

        This back and forth may help you in that blog article on starting up as a camper.

      4. thekenyancamper Post author

        Now we’re getting somewhere:
        Tent -always buy a size up i.e 2man for 1 pax, 3man for 2 pax etc. If you can, buy one with a mesh inner and a detachable rain fly. Or just one with lots of ventilation. Tents get very hot in the day.
        Sleeping mat – many foam options, I’d avoid an inflatable one for beginners. You could use a normal thin mattress but they are bulky for transport.
        Sleeping bag – if you can find one with a cotton lining this is much more comfortable.
        Pillow – carry the one you use at home.
        Tarp – to put under tent to protect from thorns and also helps water getting in if it rains.
        Where to buy? A good start is any Game store or Decathlon.

  10. zackokongo704

    Bruv. I miss your adventures! Would hate to come across like I’m pushing you to give us some content. Because I AM!!!! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜€ Your writing is to die for. Thanks for showing us that we can quench our inner wanderlust. I recently just bought myself a RAV 4. Trust me, you had a lot to do with this purchase decision. Cannot wait to take on nature. I hope someday we can get to pitch tent some place and talk around a fire about our love for the outdoors.

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    1. thekenyancamper Post author

      Zack bwana, you’re one of the few who have asked where I disappeared to – I’m clearly not as popular as I was lead to believe haha. RAV4 is a proper ride for touring, mine took me all over the country (I probably pushed it a but too far but what are cars for?). Keep in touch and let me know how it all goes.

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  11. EV

    Hey KC,
    I NEVER post on blogs but I just need to say a huge thank you.
    We recently arrived in this beautiful country with our 2 young kids & this project of yours is just enchanting. This site is the perfect mix of poetic observation, practicality, & wit. & Your photographs are so vivid.
    You (& your family) have shared so many affordable, fun and jaw droppingly beautiful places for us all to explore, it’s like a public service.
    Thank you.
    But since coming across your notes from the field the feet are so fekin itchy we’ve said fek it to properly unpacking the apartment in Nairobi in order to hire a car & rent a banda for a few days to soothe the wanderlust.
    Again, thank you.

    I hope your sojourn from posting is because the KWS or Kenyan tourist board have you working on a top secret project you will tell us about soon.
    You have a gift, please keep creating.

    All the best,
    E

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    1. thekenyancamper Post author

      Hi E, so nice to hear from you. Welcome to Kenya, with all her wonders (and occasional irritations),you’re in in for quite the treat! If you love hitting the road you’re going to have a blast here especially with the kids.
      As regards my hiatus I’ve been traveling for a long time and a short break is is not undeserved πŸ™‚
      Happy trails,
      KC

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