Gone camping…


I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions, but this year, we’ve decided we need to go camping more often – a LOT more often. So this weekend we headed out of town, just the four of us, for a weekend of fresh air.


Our campsite was just a kilometer or so from a farm, so we went to visit the animals and treated the girls to a donkey cart ride. Our little budding zoologist loved feeding carrots to the horses, and petting the donkeys and bunnies.

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We also took a hike down to a small pool fed by a hot spring in the middle of the forest. It was such a beautiful spot! The girls loved splashing around, and we loved having a soak in the warm water. We had to tear ourselves away to head back to camp and get a fire started so we could make dinner.

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In the morning, after some campfire french toast for breakfast, we headed down to the swollen river to skip stones. I could have spent the entire day there, sitting on the rocks in the sun.

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We love camping so much, for so many reasons. We totally disconnect for a day or two – no phones, no computers, no distractions. The kids find ways to entertain themselves with whatever they find around them – rocks, sticks, trees, logs. We spend time together as a family, breathing fresh air, gazing at the night sky. We talk about things we never get a chance to talk about. We just love it. So, here’s to more camping adventures to come!


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6 Responses to Gone camping…

  1. nayan says:

    hi where is this place and is it open to the public.

    • Mama Mgeni says:

      Hi Nayan! The farm with the horses and other animals and also the natural hot spring polo is called Malu. The campsite, unfortunately, is not open to the public. It is land owned by family friends, and they’re kind enough to let us camp there! There are lots of other great weekend camping spots open to the public: Mt Longonot Mount Longonot, Hell’s Gate, lots of campsites along Lake Naivasha. Check out The Kenyan Camper for inspiration! 🙂

  2. Mayuri Bhan says:

    Hi Tara,
    This looks awesumm…frankly even I wanna really take my family for camping..we are what you call ” camping virgins”….so would appreciate any feedback..
    I have a 5 year old and a 2 year old…


    • Mama Mgeni says:

      Hi Mayuri! I have a little something up my sleeve for Mama Mgeni readers interested in camping, so watch this space for details! In the meantime, I’ve written a post about camping with kids and here are some other camping posts to inspire you in the meantime… 🙂

  3. Wangui says:

    Sounds and looks like the perfect getaway! I love the description of the natural heated pool. What fun memories for your family⛺️🏕.

    • Mama Mgeni says:

      The hot spring pool was the highlight of the weekend for me! I loved it, and so did the kids… 🙂 Fun memories, indeed!!

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