Camping at Fisherman’s Naivasha? Sure, go Wild!
Naivasha is all about the freedom of the great outdoors. It is the perfect escape from the capital’s hustle and bustle and the thrill it offered is second to none. We were not fortunate to attend The Rift Valley Festival at Fisherman’s Camp but this past weekend, we were lucky to ride with the Bad Mambo Crew ( Katy, Kahiu, Adam and Davey) to Naivasha for the MELTDOWN warm-up party.
We sat next to the coolest DJs ever for that one and half hour ride. DJs Raph and Momo were on sublime form and so were the upcoming DJs Coco_Em, Lerb, Flip, Echo, Basthma and Supersun—these guys brought the real party from Saturday night till Sunday morning. No one wanted to leave the dance-floor.
Bottom Camp, at the shore of Lake Naivasha is a beautiful campground covered by acacia trees, which house a wide variety of wildlife such as our resident colobus monkeys, lovebirds, African Fish Eagles and the occasional marabou stork. Here the kids played all night long with some taking evening bike rides around the camp. Heck, we even watched the hippo grazing at dusk: don’t worry, an electric fence deters them from venturing into the main camp!
The Fisherman’s Bar overlooks the campground and offers a wide variety of meals, from traditional ugali, tasty local steaks to a hearty fry up, not to mention a cold Tusker beer or honey Dawa cocktail as you watch the sun go down. We tried the in-house pizza and French fries and we were not disappointed.
Top Camp sits above South Lake Road and looks out over Lake Naivasha with breathtaking views of the Aberdare Mountains. They are a number of cottages to suit a range of budgets, all with a veranda looking out to the Lake.
You know it is real party when even the bar staff leave serving to dance! But camping at Fisherman’s was so perfect. My partner, Des and I pitched out tent right where we could get at a picturesque view of the lake.
MELTDOWN aims to introduce a whole new flavour of electronica to the Nairobi scene. Following that, head over to the Alchemist Bar on May 28th (the successive Saturday), to get the rare opportunity to see one of Hekate sound’s most notorious producers spin his dark and broken magic on the dance floor: the one and only Wirebug aka Dan Hekate.
Pleasantly tired from the party, we were lulled to sleep by the wind whistling over our little tent—an experience we dearly enjoyed.
For KES 500, the staff at Fisherman’s provided our beddings for the night and the cool peeps at Bad Mambo made sure we had a ‘family’ dinner. The tranquil morning, waking up to the sun above the Lake was one we were not going to miss.
As we sat watching the sun rise, it was clear why this was home to the Rift Valley Festival—a gathering of local and international music artists, combining traditional African roots and global styles.
It was hard to leave Fisherman’s Camp. We wish we could have stayed another month… Thank you beautiful peoples –the looks of it you had as much fun as us. See you this Saturday at the official MELTDOWN opening party at the The Alchemist Bar.
Day entrance fee to the Camp is 100KSh (adult)/ 50Ksh (child), with camping pitches at 500Ksh (adult)/ 150Ksh (child) per night. Banda prices on request.
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