Camping at the Oloiden campsite In Naivasha, Kenya
Most of the tourist attractions in Naivasha are located outside the busy town. A tour on the fresh water lake shores makes for an ideal weekend holiday. The lake is surrounded by lots of birds’ species. However, the lake is also surrounded by forest that is host to the most bird species and wildlife. Naivasha is an hour’s drive from the Nairobi however may last about one and a half hours inclusive of several stops. 1It is advisable to explore the several attractions along the route that include view point, the old Italian church, which is the smallest church in East Africa, that was built by Italian prisoners of war in 1942.
Once at the Naivasha, take the Moi South Lake Road, drive on for about Past the flower firms, and several hotels. Moi South Lake Road is quite popular as many hotels and camp site are located along this road due to proximity to the lake. Drive on past Kongoni Naivasha Lodge, 300 meters and you are at Oloiden Camp Site. The camp is an ideal weekend getaway or just for that well-deserved out of town picnic. The camping grounds cost one Kshs. 200/- per person per night. For the impromptu kind of person, the camp caters for you too as they have tent, and beddings for hire that include a mattress, bedsheets and blankets for only Kshs. 1000/-. Camping grounds are well tended to. It’s a scenic and quite locations. And if you are one that does not know how to set up you a tent, then the camp staff are around to help you set up.
The camp site is located along the lake shores; thus, it is not uncommon to see or hear hippos next to your tent while you sleep that often get out to graze in the night before hibernating back into the fresh water Lak. There are also monkeys, and lots of birds. The camp is quite a place to be for the bird watcher as the hundreds of species along the lake will be quite an interesting and fun activity.
What to bring
Evening can be quite cold thus it is advisable to bring a sweater even during the hot season for the evenings. As is expected with any camping trip, do not forget to pack all necessary personal belongings, like soaps, travel tooth brush and paste, a rechargeable light or torch for that moment when you need to grab anything your bag or tent. Drinking water is also a must have as the days can be quite hot as well as for cooking as the camp is a self-catering one.
Apart from camping, the campsite offers an ideal team building location as the grounds are vast. Biking, board games or just carry a good read and enjoy the breeze, and the whistling of the birds while reading are some of the activities at the camp. A boat ride is must do activity at the camp. The camp has several boats for hire offering one the rare opportunity of enjoying the scenic views of the lake. Next door is the Naivasha Kongoni Lodge where one can enjoy a deep in the pool for a swim at a fee. It should be noted that swimming in the lake is not allowed.
Next time you need a weekend getaway from the hassles of the city and everyday life, pack up your weekender, and a camping items and then drive down to Naivasha and enjoy a camping safari at the Oloiden Campsite.