The Best Affordable Camping Sites Near Nairobi

Living in a big city like Nairobi can be stressful, from hectic traffic, city noise, tight work deadlines, and the hustle and bustle on the streets. Life feels overwhelming, as you often have a nagging headache from dealing with this all the time.

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The good thing is, you can make a habit of escaping this hallowing life on weekends, without long road trips or expensive getaways. Camping is the best way to reconnect with nature.

There are numerous affordable camping sites that are less than two hours’ drive from Nairobi, where you can go with your family or friends to have a good time. Below are some of the best camping sites near Nairobi.

Elegant & Affordable Camping Sites Near Nairobi

1.      Acacia Camp Swara Plains

Acacia Camp is a real hidden gem on the edge of Nairobi with a beautiful wilderness experience. It’s a 20,000 acres wildlife sanctuary and only a 40 minutes drive from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Here you get to see 8 dams, 300 bird species, and over 3,000 game animals.

There are 13 thatched-roof bandas offering a comfortable rustic experience with en-suite bathrooms. The Savannah provides immense views of Mt Kenya to the north and Kilimanjaro to the south.

Acacia Swara Plains offer authentic bush experience and a magical connection to nature with high flexible rates.

2.      Rapids Camp Sagana

Rapids Camp is a paradise for campers and offers leisure activities such as water gliding, kayaking, fishing, and canoeing. This wonder is located right above river Sanaga, a 1 hr 30 minutes drive from Nairobi. It’s an excellent place to test and overcome your fears.

This campsite has a magnificent landscape, scenic surroundings, and a spectacular waterfall that gives you a calm atmosphere for re-energizing your body after a stressful week.

3.      Waterfalls Inn Tigoni

Not known to many, Waterfalls Inn Tigoni is found in Kiambu County with a beautifully serene environment. It’s situated 7000 feet above sea level and is 5 degrees chiller than Nairobi, with a breathtaking view of the Gong Hills.

It offers the best camping atmosphere if you are looking for a quiet place, with beautiful green grass and well-marked trails for trekking surrounded by tea estates.

It’s tranquil and calm, and you can even hear birds singing. You can enjoy reading a book with a panoramic view of Nairobi City. The best part you can carry cooked meals.

4.      Malewa Bush Camp

If you are looking for a quick getaway in a serene environment furnished with splash vegetation, then Malewa Bush Camp is the place to be.

It’s located in Gilgil, Naivasha, next to Kigio Wildlife Conservancy, just two hours from Nairobi. Malewa Bush Camp is 60 acres property that offers various activities like camping, rock climbing, boat riding, fishing, game drive, and trekking. 

When visiting Malewa Bush Camp, ensure you have a good camera as it’s a photogenic area. You can pitch your tent or rent a cottage. The site is chilly; remember to pack warm clothes.


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With just short drives from Nairobi to entirely another world surrounded by flora and fauna, you can allow your mind and body to relax and get energized for busy days ahead.

It’s a great way to get a break from technology, social media, and movies and reflect on your life.


  1. Hi chalkandcheesetravels,

    Thank you for your comment, I believe camping in one of these sites will give you beautiful and life-long memories.

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