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Camping holidays – good or bad?

It seems like in post-Covid times we might be doing our holidays a little bit differently – so they say. Maybe closer to home and in a tent. Now my thought on that is that everyone (well almost everyone) has a camping period in their lives. This usually happens when the kids are small and heading off in a tent somewhere seems to be the easiest option. Mmm not sure whose idea that was. Camping with small kids can be difficult. Add into the mix a good dose of Africa to liven things up and hey – we’ve got a party.

Yes camping in Africa has a whole new element to it to take into account. If you go somewhere remote enough you have to take all your food with you – unless you happen to be on the coast and then you can fish or catch crayfish. You have to remember to take precautions of course – remember to secure your campsite before you leave for the beach. Not because of human intruders but those pesky monkeys. They are so smart they get into anything and can easily rip the lid of any old tupperware. Be warned!

If you happen to be camping in the game reserve then a whole lot more precautions come to mind. Number one for me – go for a pee right before you go to sleep because the simple camping we did was in a two man tent and the toilet was a good walk away. You don’t want to be doing that on your own in the middle of the night. You never know what you will come across or who you might bump into. Oh hello Mr Lion. Actually we should be more afraid of bumping into Mrs Lion as she does all the hunting. And really it would be more dangerous probably to run into a hippo in the night. They are incredibly fast you know. They don’t look it. BBC – Ungainly as it is, the hippopotamus is the world’s deadliest large land mammal, killing an estimated 500 people per year in Africa. Hippos are aggressive creatures, and they have very sharp teeth. And you would not want to get stuck under one; at up to 2,750kg they can crush a human to death.

It also seems that tents are curious things to many animals. We experienced this too. The odd jackal pulling at the guy ropes while his cousins (?) the hyenas have a huge fight next to the camp fire over the left over bones from our dinner. I wonder what the jackal was looking for – or maybe he was just curious. Maybe the hyenas wouldn’t let him join in the fun so he decided to see if the humans would come out to play.

But there are maybe types of tents and many variations of camping – hence the new buzz word – glamping. Now I can definitely handle this without a problem.

Getting away from it all in the middle of the Grumeti Game Reserve Tanzania
OK – I am fine with this type of camping

So I think I can say with some certainty that I have graduated from the 2 man tent to something a little grander. Mind you – at the moment with the amount of cabin fever going on I might just settle for a small tent with basic facilities in the middle of nowhere … well … maybe not!

Are you a nature hater?

Don’t be embarrassed about it – it is a common condition.  The term “nature hater” was coined by my youngest grandchild (7) in reference to her older sister (14).  Let’s face it, there are lots of people out there who are scared of bugs, are allergic to pollen, can’t walk long distances due to fallen arches, can’t ride a bike due to lack of balance (me included) and generally are just not the outdoorsy type.

It is best to recognise this condition in yourself and acknowledge it so that you don’t get into any awkward situations.  As a friend of mine wisely said “For me camping is staying at the Holiday Inn.” …… Not that there’s anything wrong with the Holiday Inn..you understand – she was just illustrating a point.

Ummm – where do I find the room service menu?

I did a tour to Tanzania a couple of years ago and the one poor lady really should not have been on the tour.  She was terrified of bugs – even during the day time – and when I asked her why she had undertaken this trip she said she did it for her husband because his dream had been to visit East Africa.  Well she gets an Oscar as far as I am concerned.
Even glamping may not appeal to the Nature Hater.  I have stayed in some incredible tented accommodation in Tanzania like this place.

But….if you are nervous about being in the middle of the African bush in a tent – even a glamorous one – then maybe this is not the place for you.  Don’t worry – Nature Haters have their own place in the universe.  The towns and cities of Europe for example are full of incredible libraries and museums where the Nature Hater will feel at home and most likely the Happy Go Lucky Hiker might not enjoy at all.  Might even find it boring.

Here are some Amazing City Activities –

  • How about having a private after hours toursof the Louvre with an art historian,
  • or lunch near the Kremlin in Russia with an ex KGB spy
  • or perhaps tour a special restoration area of the Terracotta Warriors which his closed to the public
  • private visits with both the Guinness Beer and Jameson Whiskey families in their castles as well as with other members of the Aristocracy.

So even if you are a Nature Hater there is a whole world out there waiting to be discovered – so no shame involved.
This is a message of hope for my grand-daughter!  The original nature hater!