As June and Camping Month draw to a close we wanted to share with you some of our recent photos from a stay on one of the exclusive conservancies adjacent to the Maasai Mara National Park.
We had such an amazing time we spent some time as we left reflecting on the benefits of camping, and especially luxury mobile camping in the African bush. Here are five of the benefits we came up with:
- Enjoying Some Fresh Air: Not only are you out in nature, you are in African nature, and there is nothing quite like it! Miles and miles away from the nearest town and cars, the quality of air is noticeably better helping to make you feel instantly happier and lighter.
- Leave Feeling Inspired: Taking a breath and getting away from it all can help to open your mind. All you need to do is look around to see what can be done when people put their minds to protecting the environment, wildlife and also empowering local community landowners and their families, who have contributed their land to the area. How can you not be inspired by that?
- Get Restful Sleep: After a delicious meal at camp and stories exchanged round the camp fire, you settle down for the night in your own double tent with private bathroom and veranda, where you wake up to the most amazing views. Be lulled to sleep by the sounds of Kenya, elephants ambling by, lions calling to each other and buffalo grazing. Separated by only the canvas of your tent, you will be surprised by how restful being this close to nature at night can be.
- Eat Healthy: No fast food and less compulsive snacking. When camping with us at the Luxury Mobile Camp we will prepare 3 delicious meals a day, they might be eaten in camp or packed and enjoyed under a tree out in the bush. Our ingredients are purchased locally, include lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and nothing is pre-packed. You will be so busy while out on game drives or nature walks during the day, you will think much less about reaching for the crisps or chocolate.
- Best of All Campers are Happier and More Relaxed than People who do not Camp: The Psychological and Social Benefits of the Camping Experience state that 79 per cent of campers are satisfied with their quality of life as opposed to non-campers, 59 per cent of whom report general life satisfaction. This is because of the opportunity to escape from the everyday pressures of life and spend more time bonding with loved ones and fellow campers. The Greater Mara also boasts big cats – in impressive numbers – and herds of big herbivores, such elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest. Rare species such as aardvark, caracal, serval cat, aardwolf, and honey badgers are occasionally also found. Let’s face it, it is hard not to feel happy and excited as you watch elephants pass you by or lions stalk their prey!
A camping experience in Africa, can not only make you happier and more relaxed but can be a life-changing experience.