Jesse and I loved camping even before we had kids, though we do it much more often (and we’re way better at it!) now that we’ve got a family. One place we always loved camping was at Twiga Lodge, Tiwi Beach.
If I’m not mistaken, this is the only place on the Kenyan coast where you can pitch your tent right on the sand. The campsite is really lovely, with plenty of shady trees and basic toilet and shower facilities. And you really can’t beat the view from your tent first thing in the morning!
We love Tiwi beach for its shallow tidal pools. There are so many amazing fish and sea creatures to see inside! We always bring our goggles and waterproof camera to see what’s living beneath the surface.
Another favorite thing to do at Tiwi Beach is to eat young coconuts – DELICIOUS. Our friend Idi at Twiga Lodge always helps us to get some, and opens them for us.
We actually haven’t been camping at Tiwi Beach since we had kids, mainly because we thought daytime naps wouldn’t really be possible with the midday heat inside the tent, even in the shade. Of course, Sweetpea doesn’t take naps anymore, and most of the time Sugarplum has naps on my back in a wrap when we’re camping, so we may give it another go sometime soon!
Looking at these old photos is making me nostalgic. We look like babies, don’t we? Camping has become such a huge part of our lives since that time, and I really want to get back to Tiwi and see what camping there will be like with our whole family!
Have you ever been camping on the beach? I’d love to hear about it!