Elwai Camping Centre

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Overlooking Lake Naivasha from the picnic table (added by manager 17 Oct 2023)
The front (added by manager 11 may 2024)
Exterior view (added by manager 11 may 2024)
Enjoy a private barbecue (added by manager 11 may 2024)

  • French-style serviced pitches at a scenic Naivasha location
  • Elevated spot 20 minutes' drive from the shores of Lake Naivasha
  • Outdoor kitchen and communal campfire area, plus well-kept bathrooms
A little corner of Europe among classic Kenyan landscapes? Come along to stay at Elwai Camping Centre and you’re likely to fill your days spotting hippos, zebras, flamingos and other wild African beasts – but in the evening you'll be heading back to what the site owners describe as French-style camping pitches. What does that mean in real terms? Well, part of it's about the site’s landscaping, which uses hand-planted trees and shrubs to mark out pitches, providing plenty of space, shade and privacy for guests. Individual electric hookups are provided for each pitch, and you'll have access to well-maintained bathroom facilities. There are also various bits of kit to hire upon arrival – camping chairs, gazebos and barbecue stands – if you'd like to make your stay more comfortable. Of course, this Naivasha site is African in spirit as well – and there will be no mistaking your location when you look out at the stunning views of Lake Naivasha and Mount Longonot. Time spent soaking up the views and fresh air is boosted by a cluster of outdoor facilities, including picnic tables, an outdoor kitchen with oven and grills, and a communal campfire area. Both firewood and charcoal can be purchased on site to save you lugging your own. It takes just a couple of hours of driving to get to this lovely spot from Nairobi, and once you're here you'll be in an excellent location to explore the rural surroundings, taking in mountains, lakes and thermal pools as well as looking out for all sorts of animals.

Site type

Tent sites 26
Lodges, cabins, pods or huts 4
Rent a tent 10
Open all year
Please note
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
  • No naked flames are allowed inside the hired accommodation units.

Languages spoken


Pitch types & availability


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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away



Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Picnic table

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Tents for hire

Toilet block

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Jumbo tent sites



Lake and/or mountain


Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping


Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump point

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transport nearby


Small (11-25 sites)

Nearby leisure

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby


Elwai Camping Centre

Kayawe Road

off Old Naivasha Road







Africa/Nairobi +0300 (GMT+03:00)



Route directions

The site is behind the Jaguar filling station on Kayawe Road, off the Old Naivasha Road.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

You can start your exploration of the local area with a walk around the open spaces around the site itself. If you've got something more extensive in mind, you may like to take on the Mount Longonot hiking trail (half an hour’s drive), where a couple of hours' hike gets you up to the crater’s rim; from there you can descend into the crater or walk around the top. For more of the local landscapes, drive to Crater Lake or head to Hell's Gate to see the geothermal pools and the Fischers Tower (as featured in The Lion King). Both are about an hour’s drive away. As for the animals, well, there are plenty of options… you can go out on a boat ride in search of hippos on Lake Naivasha (25 minutes), head up to Lake Elementaita (an hour and a quarter) to see the flamingos or join a safari in Lake Nakuru National Park (an hour and three quarters).

Nearest sites

Unfortunately, we have no nearby bookable sites.

  • Does Elwai Camping Centre have a swimming pool? Yes View all features
  • Is Elwai Camping Centre dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Elwai Camping Centre? You can start your exploration of the local area with a walk around the open spaces around the site itself. If you've got something more extensive in mind, you may like to … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Elwai Camping Centre?
    Camping and caravan
    Arrive:  8 a.m. –  6 p.m.
    Depart by:  noon
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  10 a.m. –  6 p.m.
    Depart by:  noon
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  • How much does it cost to stay at Elwai Camping Centre? From $32.63 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.