We all have varied reasons why we love camping. For some, it is a brief escape from hectic city schedules for a more temperate country life. For others, it is about fostering stronger bonds with friends and loved ones.
An even greater number use their camping exploits to emotionally and spiritually reboot themselves by reconnecting with nature. Whatever our reasons, our camping jaunts are only as good as the destinations we choose.
In this list, we look at the world’s five best camping locations and what makes them ideal for your next excursion.
1. The Alps, France
This quiet nook of the world is as peaceful as they come. The incredibly fresh air and virgin serenity that comes with camping in the French Apls is unrivaled. While at it, you can get to go on a trek as the area has tons of Trekking tracks for hikers. If long walks are not your thing, you could opt for biking instead. There are mountain bikes for rent available at a nominal fee.
Other activities worth your while include Wild water rafting on the Cascate Del Rutor. The waters are just wild enough to get your adrenaline going yet temperate enough for a safe adventure.
Still on water sports, you could also try a hand at water skiing and Kayaking. For those who prefer an even more sedate pace, then boat rides on the Lac D’Allos, nature walks and fishing at Rhône are also an option.
The Rhône Glacier. Photo: pixabay.com
2. Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya
For wildlife lovers and birdwatchers, camping in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve should be at the very top of your list. Why? The award-winning Reserve is home to the most varied array of wildlife in the world; with over 450 species of birds and more than 90 species of mammals.
What’s more, the Reserve hosts the annual wildebeest migration and has offers on all kinds of camping! From the fancy to the most basic.
For those interested in premium and luxury camping, Camp Ya Kanzi is at hand to receive you. It is strategically located along a wildlife corridor, at the foothills of the Chyulu Hills, meaning you will be in on all the wildlife action.
For the more budget-oriented camper or one who just wishes to rough it out, you can either camp out at the many designated camping spots in the reserve or alternatively, opt for mobile camping.
For the best camping experience plan your trip with local travel agencies such as AjKenyasafaris.com or bonfireadventures.com Their guides were born and raised around the Mara, meaning they will give you insider access to the natural wonders that inhabit the game reserve.
A giraffe freely roams the Maasai Mara. Photo: pixabay.com
3. Yellowstone National Park, United States
Part of Yellowstone National Park’s appeal is the spectacular views that the park has to offer, not to mention the many exciting activities available for camping enthusiasts. To begin with, upon setting up camp, you can kick off your camping trip with a hike to the Yellowstone Grand Canyon.
Also, since the Park boasts of the largest active geyser field in the world, you will be treated to a view of the colourful geysers erupting and bringing with them some equally colourful hot springs. Nature’s attractions at the park do not stop there. There are also animals such as bears roaming about! Hiking at the Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks will leave you invigorated and revitalized as will the rafting adventures at the nearby rivers.
In the evening, you can relax and enjoy sundowners as you recap on the day’s events.
Yellowstone National Park. Photo: pixabay
4. Haleakalā National Park, Hawaii
The USA might be most known for big metropoles, like New York and crowded stadiums of football enthusiasts’ eager for the SuperBowl 2020. But they have also amazing camping sites and this place is breathtaking.
This one is located in the beautiful state of Hawaii and it promises breathtaking sunsets and sunrises. It is the Haleakalā National Park in Maui, Hawaii. Haleakalā, which means ‘House of the Sun’ in Hawaiian, has an interesting legend to it.
According to local folklore, in ancient times, the demigod Maui made a pact with the sun. Pursuant to this pact, the demigod only agreed to set the sun loose on the Haleakalā sky on condition that the sun’s movement across the sky would be slow- a condition which the sun agreed to abide by.
Therefore, during your (presumably) longer days while camping at leakalā, you can engage in varied activities such as hikes, cycling, horseback riding and ziplining.
While at it, get to enjoy the park’s green trails and waterfalls.
A waterfall in Haleakalā. Photo: pixabay
What’s more, the marvels of the Haleakalān sky do not end with the daylight. In the evening, the sky comes alive and is a must see for astrology fans. Stargazing the night sky is your perfect way to usher in a good night’s rest in this neck of the woods.
5. Tarragona, Spain
When you think of a destination where you can combine camping and water sports Tarragona is your natural conclusion. Located in the Northeastern Spain is the port city of Tarragona, which sits in the Catalonia region. The region is famed for its beautiful seaside which abuts beautiful beaches and mountainous terrain- perfect for campers.
Catalonia Spain. Photo: pixabay.com
For campers who are inclined towards water-based activities, kitesurfing and windsurfing are primary activities at the beach. There is also Kayaking and rafting in the Ebro river should you want a higher adrenaline kick. Equally on offer, are the more traditional camping activities such as mountaineering, canyoning, trekking and hiking.
To wrap up.
These incredible camping venues are sure to inspire you to take that camping trip, meet new people and experience new activities along the way. For the seasoned campers, it is also a chance to experience old activities in new and exciting settings. So why not reserve a trip?