Car Rental Kenya with Camping: Rooftop Tent or Ground Tent

For those seeking an authentic Kenyan wilderness experience, Hire a Car Kenya offers a unique opportunity to explore the country’s natural beauty on a budget. Whether you’re a road-trip enthusiast, an outdoor lover, or someone who values flexibility in their travel plans, camping with a rental car equipped with all the necessary gear can be the perfect solution.

Camping Gear Options

Hire a Car Kenya provides the option to equip your rental vehicle with camping gear, making it convenient for travelers to embark on a camping safari across Kenya. The gear includes both rooftop and ground tents, each accommodating two people. Along with the tents, a comprehensive set of quality camping equipment is provided, ensuring a comfortable and hassle-free camping experience.

Rooftop Tent ($25 per day)

The rooftop tent offers a unique vantage point and a sense of security when camping in the wild. It is quick and easy to set up, providing a comfortable sleeping space elevated off the ground. The package includes:

  1. Folding foam mattress
  2. Sleeping bag with pillows and bed sheets
  3. Chairs and a small table
  4. Storage box
  5. 1 gas tank & 1 burner
  6. Cups, plates & bowls
  7. Coffee percolator
  8. Pots, frying pans, cutlery set, knife, can opener, corkscrew
  9. Cutting board
  10. Dishtowel, detergent, washing line & pegs
  11. Solar table lamp

Ground Tent ($10 per person per day)

For those who prefer staying closer to the ground, the ground tent offers a traditional camping experience. It also accommodates two people and comes with the same set of quality camping gear listed above.

Additional Option: Electrical Fridge ($5 per day)

For added convenience, an electrical fridge (55L) can be rented at an extra cost. Ideal for keeping drinks cool during your adventures, this option is particularly suitable for those planning extensive camping trips.

Important Note: Hire a Car Kenya does not provide camp gear rental as a standalone service. It is available only as an add-on to the car rental service.

Choosing Between Rooftop and Ground Tents

Deciding between a rooftop tent and a ground tent depends on personal preferences and specific needs. The blog outlines the pros and cons of each option to help travelers make an informed decision.

Pros of Rooftop Tents

Perceived Safety: Some travelers feel safer in a rooftop tent, especially in areas with potential wildlife encounters.
Quick Setup: Rooftop tents are quick and easy to set up, providing convenience for travelers on the move.

Cons of Rooftop Tents

Mobility Issues: Climbing up and down the stepladder might be challenging for individuals with mobility concerns.
Cost: Rooftop tent rentals are generally more expensive than ground tents.
Setup and Pack Up: The rooftop tent needs to be packed up every time the vehicle is used.
Ultimately, whether you choose a rooftop or ground tent, both options guarantee an unforgettable camping experience in the Kenyan wilderness.

Setting Up a Rooftop Tent in Kenya

To assist customers in making the most of their camping adventures, a step-by-step instruction video is provided by the Hire a Car Kenya team. This video ensures a smooth setup process, allowing travelers to maximize their time exploring Kenya’s stunning landscapes.

Packing Tips for Kenya

Preparation is key for a successful camping trip, and Hire a Car Kenya offers valuable packing tips to ensure travelers are well-equipped for their adventure. Some essential tips include:

  • Bringing insect repellent and sunblock, as these items can be more expensive in Kenya.
  • Carrying a fleece vest or jumper for cooler evenings in the highlands.
  • Remember to bring audio and USB cables for personal devices, as the rental car has a cigar lighter for charging.
  • Downloading favorite road trip songs on Spotify for offline listening.
  • Carrying a power bank for charging devices during extended camping periods.
  • Enjoying audiobooks during drives and around the campfire.
  • Learning a few words in Swahili using the Rough Guide Swahili Phrasebook to connect with locals.

While it’s recommended to pack efficiently, most necessities are readily available in Kenya’s cities and larger towns, allowing travelers to keep their luggage light.

Exploring Campsites in Kenya

Camping in Kenya offers a budget-friendly alternative to expensive lodges inside the national parks. The country boasts numerous campsites, ranging from basic bush campsites within parks to private sites owned by lodge operators. Private campsites often provide additional amenities such as communal fireplaces, restaurants, and even swimming pools.

The iOverlander app is highly recommended for finding and reviewing campsites and budget guesthouses in Kenya. This free app ensures that campers can easily locate suitable sites without the need for bookings.

Booking Campsites in Kenya

Unlike lodges inside national parks, public campsites in Kenya do not require reservations. Travelers can obtain their camping permit upon arrival at the park gate. With several public campsites in every national park, campers are assured of finding suitable accommodation upon reaching the park entrance.

Embarking on a camping adventure with Hire a Car Kenya provides an affordable and flexible way to explore the breathtaking landscapes of Kenya. With well-equipped vehicles and a range of camping gear options, travelers can enjoy the freedom of the road and the beauty of the Kenyan wilderness. Whether opting for a rooftop or ground tent, the experience promises to be unforgettable, filled with the sights and sounds of this captivating East African nation.

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