Outdoor camping is seen as one of the most rejuvenating and rewarding activities you can involve yourself in. It is also one of the best ways to break the boring monotony of a daily routine. That’s why outdoor camping is the perfect opportunity to explore some of the top destinations for camping in the world.
Summer is a great season, as it comes with plenty of sunshine and fresh air. These are two essential conditions for an ideal outdoor camping adventure. It also means that you’ll have dirty clothes, unwashed hair, and few to no basic life amenities. But it also means having an adventurous time, lots of exercises, and facing new challenges.
Most people see camping as a rough undertaking. But if you’re among those who are interested in a more comfortable experience, then you should try glamping.
For this reason, I have compiled a list of the best camping locations. These places must be on the bucket list of every traveler who likes outdoor camping.
1. Sahara Desert, Morocco
Your visit to Morocco wouldn’t be considered complete if you don’t take a trip to the Sahara. If you want to have a full experience of the magic of this place, trek out into the desert on a camel. Then camp out in the wild in the traditional nomadic camp.
The campsites vary from the basic but comfy, to the luxurious. Although it’s not do-it-yourself. You’ll have to go there with a guide and you’ll have your dinner cooked on site. There’s no likelihood of finding a better camping location. Relish the comfort of being tucked away at the foot of the dunes and surrounded by a sea of sand. Because you’re going to watch the sunrise wash over the desert landscape. That’s if you can get up at 4 am!
2. Isle of Arran, Scotland
The Isle of Arran, which is the seventh-largest island, is often seen as a mini Scotland. This is because of its beautiful highlands and verdant forest-filled lowlands.
A camper in this place would be at loss as to where to start your camping. This is because there’s so much to do. From cycling along the Firth of Clyde to exploring the ancient roots of the island in the village of Brodick. If you prefer mountain climbing, then hike up to the Goat Fell, the highest point on the island.
3. Miyajima, Japan
A visit to the famous Island of Gods which is close to Hiroshima is a true soul-lifting experience. As you pitch your camping tent, you will be filled with a calming sense of peace. This is because of the presence of many religious temples and deer which is a sacred animal on the island.
You should guard your food very well because the deer are after them. Don’t even share your food with them, unless you want them to be regular visitors.
4. Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
This reserve was named after two elements of the area: the River Mara which flows through the region. The second element is the native Masai tribe of the region. If you want to have the ultimate wildlife experience, then you should camp in this reserve.
While here you could visit hippo pools, watch the big cats. You can equally witness the migration of the wildebeest to and from the Serengeti. To make your camping trip more memorable, take a hot-air balloon ride, skydive from the beautiful African sky. Finally, you should mingle with the kind and welcoming people of the Masai tribe.
5. Ladakh, India
Ladakh is home to several high passes, Buddhist Gompas, and the Pangong Lake. This is due to its strategic location in the northernmost part of India. If you think you have a lot of endurance, why not try camping here?
Due to its high altitude, Ladakh has both cold weather and hostile terrain. This is in sharp contrast to the warm and friendly people who inhabit this place. It also has diverse plants and animals who make this place home.
6. Outback Australia
The Australian Outback, a huge countryside with the occasional desert sands, beautiful rivers, and wide grasslands. It is one of the most amazing places to camp out in. However, if you are camping in the wild, you should do it the Australian way. Don’t bring your tent, bring a swag (a kind of sleeping bag), light a campfire, and sleep under the stars.
And if you want to get the peak of the adventure, you could try out the “bush barbecue. This involves digging a hole, lighting a fire, and cooking your dinner inside a spit. Remember though, that if you take a trip to the unknown, make sure you keep someone informed about your location. Also take extra supplies, fuel, and a satellite phone as even locals can get lost out there.
7. Lake District, England
Of course, it rains a lot in the land of King Arthur, but that doesn’t stop the English from camping. You could pitch your tent, cook up a feast on a gas-stove, all under a carefully constructed tarpaulin. You can then listen to the gentle sound of the rain on the roof of the tent as you sleep.
It’s a shame to let the rain spoil one of the most beautiful countrysides in the world. Lake District is an example of the type of countryside seen in the romances of Jane Austen. It has verdant meadows, crystal clear lakes, and a view of beautiful wildflowers and stunning mountains. You surely will get lost in nature.
8. Semien Mountains, Ethiopia
Do you enjoy being one with nature and also maintaining a high level of fitness, then you should set up a camp in the lap of the Simien Mountains of Northern Ethiopia. This place is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, therefore before you hike up the mountain, you will be accompanied by a local guide who is also a gunman.
You should schedule your visit during the dry months of October to May and enjoy the high summits and deep valleys which are covered with colorful flowers and is home to the Gelada baboons, Walya Ibex, and bearded vultures.
9. Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
The Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica is a place surrounded by both wildlife and wilderness. The vast jungle landscapes and cloud forests have a lot of scenic hideouts. This park is said to be one of the world’s most biologically diverse natural parks. It has many deserted beaches, waterfalls, and lagoons, and a large tropical rainforest at your tent door.
There are lots of views to keep occupied, and if you’re lucky (or unlucky), you might encounter some of the park’s animals—monkeys, tiger herons, sloths, pumas.
10. Haleakalā National Park, Hawaii
Hawaii is one of the most amazing destinations in the world, with stretches of white beaches and crashing waves. This time, however, you should pass up on the allure of the luxury of the beach resort and go “glamping” in the Haleakala National Park.
You have two options to choose from on your trip to this magical place. The first option is to snag one of the park’s cabins and set up camp on the outskirts of the Kipahulu rainforest. The second option is to camp by the Ohe’o pools, where you can go for a midnight swim before sleeping under the stars.
Also, there are plenty of hiking trails to keep you occupied. You could also climb the Haleakala volcano and get a wonderful view of the sunrise, or you could visit the Waimoku Falls.
Yes, it is ideal that you have these awesome places for outdoor camping. However, each of them has its own rules and regulations guiding it according to the law of the country it’s situated in.
Therefore as you pick the destination of your next outdoor camping adventure, you should also take out time to study the destination and know the important preparations to make before setting out.
You should make sure that you read through the list of the rules so that your camping experience will be as awesome as you imagined.