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Romantic Getaways for Lovers Who Enjoy Camping in Kenya

You know what sucks about Valentine’s day for some people? The mundane routine that is now part of our culture; cliche bouquets of roses sent to the office, candlelit dinners in an expensive restaurant and the overwhelming pressure to eat heart-shaped chocolates has everyone like:



Why not forego the usual plans? Spice up your Valentine this year. With so many inventive ways to express your love for her or him, change the tempo a bit. What is more romantic than star-gazing, cuddled up with your partner while feeling the heat of the campfire next to you?

Well, here are a couple places you can try.

Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary: Glamping in style. With two luxury properties; Chui Lodge and Kiangazi House, this sanctuary is the perfect safari escape- 1.5 hours from Nairobi.  The Chui Lodge has its own private Airstrip nearby and flights from Nairobi take approximately 20 Minutes. Trained chefs will prepare international cuisines, breakfast is complimentary and a variety of drinks can be ordered from the bar. Outdoor dining is available under parasols in the courtyard.  Guests can enjoy boat rides on Lake Naivasha, hikes at Hell’s Gate National Park, heated pool, bird watching, horse riding and a trip to Lake Nakuru National Park.







Rapids Camp Sagana(Pocket-friendly): There are a variety of activities that will keep you and your partner entertained here; Kayaking, Rafting, Bungee jumping, river glides, rock climbing, local boating, Moonlight walks, Nature walks, Fishing, rice fields tours, stargazing, and picnic. There is a reason why this place is also called adrenaline camp. Its proximity to the city of Nairobi and the Thika super highway makes it very easy to access.The best part is, it’s very pocket-friendly. So if your budget is a little tight- this is the place to be.





El Karama Eco Lodge: This beautiful lodge is located in Laikipia on a 14,000-acre piece of private land. Other than that, the El Karama Ranch has a simple riverside campsite available where you can create a romantic set up.  Activities you can take part in include: bird watching, garden tours, sundowners and many more.



Robert’s camp –  a beautiful lakeside campsite in Baringo, home to an unparalleled variety of birds, and some unusual wild creatures. The campsite consists of several camping facilities: luxury cottages, Bandas, luxury safari tents, safari tents, dome tents and camping grounds. You can participate in; boat rides, walking tours, National parks, and Wildlife conservancies.



Cottar’s camp: This campsite is situated in a timelessly unspoiled setting with sunset views stretching to distant horizons of the Masai Mara and the Serengeti plains covered in the boundless game.  It’s equipped with a relaxing dining area, amazing pool and spa area where guests can relax after a game drive.







Karen Blixen Coffee Garden: Built in 1906  to 1908 the garden cottages, located in one of the oldest formal gardens in Kenya, was originally a hunting ground. The facility can house as many as 30 guests and is equipped with hi-beam ceilings with fireplaces, wood and mazeras stone floors, minibars, satellite TVs and internet connection. A private swimming pool and private garden bar are available for a relaxing afternoon or for small group get-togethers. Private outdoor dinner parties by the pool can also be arranged. Activities you can take part in include: golf, horseback riding, horse racing and sightseeing.







Chagaik Arboretum: Affordability is the key to any plans you make.  If an overnight camp is not plausible for you, this enclave of a tropical jungle offers breathtaking scenery of the vast tea plantation in Kericho. The arboretum, established after the Second World War, is the perfect place to set a  picnic on the lush garden with enough playroom and a variety of outdoor activities for the children.







DO you have ample space in your home? Why not turn it into your ideal romantic getaway. Get a tent from Tarpo, a Masai blanket, wine and some floating candles to recreate your own love nest. Let spice up your backyard with this setup. A cocoon for you and your other half to fall in love with each other over and over again as you watch the sunset and sunrise.






Diary of a Gypsy Soul: How to Travel when Broke

 


Dear Gypsy Souls,

 

Let’s face it, your #Wakanda might be broke and sometimes “Mwezi iko corner” for like the whole year! At the same time, you don’t want to be asking “where did my 20s and 30s go to? How comes I’ve never left my village?”

 

My outdoor lovers, we have tips for you to #TembeaKenya without having to spend hundreds of thousands in this economy. We help you discover that outdoor freedom.


  1. Travel with Friends
    The more the merrier, the more the cheaper. Shared spaces cut down on accommodation. Shared hurdles make great stories. Carry sleeping bags and inflate mattresses, these things come in handy (very portable). Just keep in mind that not every activity needs the group. Sometimes your friends want different things and that’s what makes all of us special. In your planning stage, consider everyone’s interests and how y’all will gain from it.

 



  1. Use Public Transport
    Not as luxurious as you would want it to be but it cuts down travelling costs by almost 5x, especially now that there are matatus and bikes to almost anywhere. Some places you can even walk. Take that hike. Keep fit!

 

 

 

  1. Go for Shared Luxury
    Sharing is caring, but that’s absolutely not the point here. Some places offer very big rooms for two people. Talk to the guys nicely and they might compromise. A little above the norm price shared among 5 or so people will be totally worth it!

    4. DIY/Use Own Necessities
    Cooking at a camp is much fun and affordable than anything else. Learn how to pitch a 2-man tent and you’ll be surprised how much you will be able to cut on outsourced labour. Take the map, listen to instructions and go on a hike. (This will be a little limiting since there’s not much you can be allowed to do if you are not an expert)

    5. Meet People. Make Memories. Have Fun!
    Goal #1 of any adventure. Gain the most from it. Make new connection, try something new, take that risk, grab that opportunity. Life is messy. Have fun in the chaos and unpredictability of it all. Believe in magic, fantasies and beautiful surprises from the universe – vow to live a life that will always keep your eyes sparkling. Be a Gypsy soul. 

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Above all, Communication is Key

A dynamic group is a delicate thing. Do not let things build up. The toxicity is dangerous. Have calm awkward discussions about the slight mistakes, probabilities and preferences. This is always better than the fiery arguments.

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