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Nanyuki River Camel Camp


The concept of Nanyuki River Camel Camp was developed by Chris Field after spending twenty years living as a nomad, helping pastoralists become more self reliant, in the arid regions of northern Kenyan on the Ethiopia border. Although three quarters of Kenya is arid or semi arid, most visitors to Kenya never experience such extreme ways of lives.


The Nanyuki River Camel Camp is situated only four kilometres from the centre of Nanyuki town, at the eastern foot of Mount Kenya. The Camel Camp is located on the banks of the Nanyuki River, beneath a canopy of Cedar and Podo trees.


The camp consists of eight traditional Somali houses brought from Mandera and Isiolo and made from woven palm mats attached to wooden frames. They provide accommodation for sixteen. There is a dining banda with a camp fire, toilets, bathing facilities, kitchen and store. Additional campsites are located along the river.

Hosted By: Guests are hosted by Chris and a camp supervisor.


  • Sleep in traditional nomadic houses or camp by the river
  • Eat traditional meals
  • Learn about the lives of nomads and their camels from experts
  • Buy traditional ethnic souvenirs
  • Nature walks in the riverine forest with bird watching
  • Above all, enjoy the freedom of true nomads
  • Watch camels being milked employing special skills (prior arrangement)
  • Drink camels’ milk - fresh or fermented (prior arrangement)

Optional Extras: The camp has twelve trained camels for riding, and guests can attend traditional nomadic Boran or Somali dancing. Game drives to nearby Ol Pejeta Conservancy and overnight camel trekking and camping on ranches or home stays can also be arranged.

Closed Season: Open all year round


By road from Nanyuki takes approximately 20 minutes

Contact details

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Tel: +254 (0) 722 361 642


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