I went camping again. Yes. I may be addicted to it. A few of us set out to Oloiden Camp in Naivasha and had the most relaxed two days away from the hassle of Nairobi and in the tranquility of Lake Naivasha. Here is our experience.
THE ROAD TRIP
This camping trip was different because we opted to take public transport to the destination. Yes people, it is possible to travel by matatu. It is the cheapest means and the most convenient and it only costed 300KSH from Nairobi to Naivasha Town and another 100KSH to Oloiden Camp.
Oloiden Camp is situated a few minutes from Naivasha Town at the shores of the lake. The first impression you get once you get to the camp is how grand, lush and green the area is. The campsite is fairly large with even a playground for children. There are even zones for noisy (Nairobi) people and families. They have all the amenities required which I was fairly impressed with.
We got the Jumbo tent inclusive of mattresses, bedding and a fire for 7000KSH ($70) that can accommodate 10 people. We also rented a grill at night for 1000KSH ($10). For other prices and option please visit their website HERE.
There is also a bar and restaurant situated near the campsite that allows you to order anything from their menu. We ate a lot of Ugali and Spinach from there. The staff is also very friendly and extremely helpful. This may have been the best campsite I have been to yet!
As a child, we frequented Naivasha a lot because it is my hometown. Whenever I was told it’s time to go to ‘ocha’ I used to sulk because I would be away from my cartoons. Now I regret not enjoying the experience as L. Naivasha is quite something.
It is one of the lakes in the Rift Valley and is home to various wildlife; hippopotamuses (I love that word) and birds like the Kingfisher.
Similar to L. Elementaita there are a lot of dead trees around giving it a ghastly look that brings mystery to the place. Fishermen boats would whiz through as they head off to their early morning catch. We even randomly bought fish from them at a very good price and handed them to the camp staff who graciously fried them for us.
WE RODE A BOAT
In the afternoon, we met a guide we heard earlier contacted who took us on a 30 minute boat ride round the lake. It was more of a bird watching expedition as all he pointed out were the various birds that call L. Naivasha home. Also the hippos. The hippos were huge. They mostly stayed at the shores of the lake but for some reason when they saw us, they began following us
In conclusion. Oloiden Camp was by far the best camping experience I have had in a while. If you want a relaxed and calm atmosphere. This is definitely the place to go.
Have a lovely week.
Here is a quick video on our experience. Hope you like it.