ytierie Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
Chania public campsite

Public campsite close to the waterfalls. No facilities. Hyena’s and buffalo in the area.

Bongo Camp

Beautiful campsite, very large, flat and green. Nice big trees. More beautiful than prince Charles campsite!

Prince Charles Campsite

Beautiful clearing, not a lot of shade. Very green. Baboons and Bush buck next to our car.

KWS headquarters Aberdares (where you pay)

Headquarters for Aberdares. This is where you book your campsites.
Prices attached via photo.

Naromoru River Lodge

The lodge itself is really nice and in a good state. But we were a little disappointed by the campsite. It has everything. But the lush, beautiful, green garden is only a the lodge… the campsite is currently sandy and a bit dirty. Not bad. But not what you would expect after the reviews.
I would recommend staying at the lodge (no idea about the price though). Campsite is a 5 minute walk from the lodge.
Lodge has a clean swimming pool and a affordable restaurant.

Camp site has good facilities but not very clean.

scenic Route to Baragoi from Maralal (better and safer)

We took the other route first from Maralal to Baragoi via the C77 (towns Poro and Suyani)
This road is horrible for about 70 KM’s, we also felt a little unsafe (police was debating if we needed an escort). Also a lot of angry farmers with AK’s and screaming children who throw rocks when you don’t give them sweets.

This road however is beautiful!
You will need a 4x4 (near Maralal it’s very steep) and you can only do this in dry season due to a few river crossings.
But the road is smooth (sand, gravel and tar) with beautiful scenery. People are friendly but also scarce.
I would recommend this route.
Starting (or the other way) from Maralal to Barsaloi and then to Baragoi. Might even be a bit faster!

Don’t forget to ask what the current bandit situation is though! This area is still a bit hectic.

Bad rocky and unsafe Road.

from Maralal to Baragoi via the C77 (towns Poro and Suyani)
This road is horrible for about 70 KM’s, we also felt a little unsafe (police was debating if we needed an escort). Also a lot of angry farmers with AK’s and screaming children who throw rocks when you don’t give them sweets.

Take the road from Maralal to Barsaloi!
You will need a 4x4 (near Maralal it’s very steep) and you can only do this in dry season due to a few river crossings.
But the road is smooth (sand, gravel and tar) with beautiful scenery. People are friendly but also scarce.
I would recommend this route.
Starting (or the other way) from Maralal to Barsaloi and then to Baragoi. Might even be a bit faster!

Don’t forget to ask what the current bandit situation is though! This area is still a bit hectic.

Bad rocky and unsafe Road.

Starting after Maralal. About 15 km per hour…

Mugie campsite

Beautiful campsite overlooking a big waterhole.
This is the public campsite about 1km from HQ. It feels like a true bush campsite.
The private campsites are more secluded, but also about 80 dollars more expensive.
We saw Buffalo, waterbuck and hippos around our camp.
There is an ablution block with a clean flushing toilet, a cold shower and a sink with running water.
Max the reserve manager is super friendly and replies very fast on your emails [email protected]

A true recommendation!

Eliye Springs Resort

Amazing unique camping spot. Right on the edge of the lake in between the palm trees. Truly stunning and a reason to visit!
The lodge itself is completely run down. Due to the rising water levels 2 years ago and Covid the lodge is one big mess.
The brochure they send you with facilities and activity’s is very outdated.
WiFi works only when the power works, which was 1 out of 3 days from 11:00 till 16:00.

CENTRAL ISLAND
The trip to central island was also a disappointment. In the brochure they tell you of 3 crater lakes with huge crocodiles and flamingos and spending the night in a star tent.
It now only has 2 crater lakes, with no animals. As a couple we got 2 tiny regular tents (with holes) to spend the night. To boat got stuck and we had to dig it out for 4 hours.
Next to the fees you pay for the trip you also have to pay entrance fees and overnight fees for central island.

YES CAMPING!
I would recommend camping here (or nearby) because it’s stunning. But be self efficient and don’t expect anything from the lodges. Then it will be amazing.

WARNING
There are currently some bandits active between kitale and lodwar. So ask around!
The road is being worked on. So it takes a little longer, when it’s done it will be one great high way.

Kembu Campsite

Did not stay here because we did not feel welcome. We texted a few hours before we were expected to arrive to ask if they had space for us and if the restaurant was open.
They would not keep the restaurant open later than 6 pm without any prior payments…(we don’t have mpesa). We said we would arrive at 7, but they just said no exceptions.
So we decided to move on.

Simcard - safari on

Safari com customer care center. Only at the care centers can you get simcards

Police stop and escort

The police stopped us to tell us we needed an escort for the next 30 km because of bandits. Not sure if it’s true, he asked 2500 schilling to come with us…

Kapematt Supermarket

As described. Big supermarket, everything you would need for turkana

Barnleys Guest House and Camping

Lovely green campsite. Nothing to go out of your way for, but quite relaxing. Richard has a lot of information about the area.
Ablutions weren’t very clean, but it all worked.
Nice green lawn for every type of camping.

Tusky’s Mega Centre

It’s now called something like Kheskia? But they have almost everything. From camping equipment to fresh bread. Also quite cheap!

Lwakhakha

As described. Super quick and friendly.
No Covid test or proof of vaccination needed.
They didn’t know what to do with the carnet, but they stamped it anyway.

Coming from Uganda side there’s about 5 km of trucks. But you can just pass them.
Took us 30 minutes in total to exit Uganda en enter Kenya!
Guys at the end gate wanted a coke.
No road taxes, no extra charges.
Open on Sunday.

Sipi valley resort

They have a beautiful big lawn on which you can camp. It is accessible for overlanders with rooftop tents, but not big rigs. (Land cruiser fits perfectly).
View is stunning, although it’s sad that they used barb wire for the fence.
You can see sipi falls if you camp next to the fence.
Outside showers through donkeys and toilets near the restaurant (which is a little far).
45000 schilling per night per rooftoptent if you stay 2 nights.
30000 for ground tents.
Grace is the manager +256 781 674387 and is on WhatsApp.

Robs Rolling Rock (abseiling and tours)

Rob ( +256 776 963078 also on WhatsApp) is known for his abseiling tours (AMAZING) but also does hikes, rock climbing and coffee tours (also great). His company started in 2005 and is also know via the Lonely planet. He’s super friendly and speaks proper English.
The abseiling (100 meters next to the sipi waterfalls) was super scary but truly amazing! Bucketlist experience. So don’t miss out. 50 dollars per person for the abseiling. 15 dollars for hikes / coffee tours.

Upseiling and Rock climbing

Robert is a great guy and very professional. The abseiling was amazing! Very scary, but truly amazing! Bucketlist experience.
Also loved the coffee tour :)

Sisiyi Falls Campsite

Maybe this is true for tent camping but for overlanding it’s horrible.
No privacy at all. Lots of locals, children and people from the campsite are staring at you all day. No bushes or trees to hide. Toilets are the most dirty toilets we’ve seen while traveling in Africa for the last 10
Months. No running water. Just very very awkward.

The Rolex joint

Great place! Cheap and amazing rolexes.
Also have fresh juices. You can sit there or do a take away. Also vegetarian rolexes (the one with mushrooms is great). A real treat :)

The Deli - butcher and shop

Inside the cafe is also a shop where you can get cheese, wine, meat and other nice goodies! Not cheap, but if you want to treat yourself (also to ice cream and espresso’s) this is the place.

The Haven

Beautiful campsite! The owner/manager Martin is a very unfriendly and welcoming man though… cottages are VERY expensive and the restaurant is mediocre.
So camp here (best view in Jinja) but don’t expect a warm welcome (and don’t stay in a cottage). (They charged us 250!! dollar half board for a cottage with a broken shower and no electricity)
Hot showers, free firewood, green lawn, beautiful view.

Ziwa Camp

The campsite is quite basic, but flushing clean toilets and hot water. But the most amazing things is… the rhinos. About 3 out of 7 days they sleep next to the fence. And therefore next to you!
They also make a big big fire in the middle of the campsite every night.

You can do rhino tracking, shoebill / bird walks and night walks! We also rented one of their motor bikes to ride in the park.

The rhino walk is amazing.
So do the walk and stay in their camp :).

Nkuruba Community

Beautiful place. Ablutions are old and a little dirty… but the lake is amazing! Best and most exclusive crater lake in the area.
Camping area is grassy, flat and large. But there is no privacy…
Staff is friendly and there are lots of monkeys (some a bit cheeky).

Water refill station - JIBU

Get fresh water for your car tanks or water bottles. 20L is 5000 schilling.

Kasenyi Safari Camp

As described :). Lovely spot! Clean and neat.

Dutchess

As described :)! Still good! Don’t forget to buy your fresh yogurt here ;)

Baboon cliffs, crater view

Beautiful and peaceful view of a crater (no lake). No animals in sight but worth a detour for a coffee break.


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