On my recent Lake Mburo trip, I was presented the opportunity to camp and spend the night in a tent for the very first time. I’ve always loved the luxury of staying in a comfortable and cozy hotel room when traveling so this was an experience completely out of my comfort zone – literally.
As usual, I looked out for the lessons that I could take away from this experience and what I could share with you about camping. More so, camping in the wild.
One. Wild animals might approach your tent – this is true however, you should not be afraid. Most likely, if you’re camping at a designated campsite, there will be other people around you including trained security guards. In our case, a warthog approached our campsite in the late evening and thankfully, the very helpful guards helped steer it away. I also learnt that most animals will not attack you unless they feel threatened. Do some research about the area where you will be camping before your trip.
Two. Do not underestimate the weather – pack for every possible scenario. Most likely, if you are in the wild, it will be cold at night. Warm blankets, sweaters and a raincoat will save your life.
Three. Two is company – I’m glad I had my friend Mercy along for this trip. It is comforting to have someone to share the tent and the experience with not to mention it makes for a warmer tent. Being partnered was an absolute delight for me.
Four. Remember your light – light is so vital. Pitch your tent close to the campfire if there is one. Make sure you have your torches, phone flashlight and a power bank. Not only will these things be very useful to you for the obvious reasons but a bright flashlight is also what was used to steer away that friendly warthog I mentioned above.
Five. It is not bad at all – I have no bad memories of the experience whatsoever and I would do it again. Camping can be so much fun if for no other reason than for fact that it is simply different from the norm. Have fun with it and build some memories.
Have you been camping before? What was your experience? Any tips? I can’t wait to hear from you in the reply section below. Xx.