No Way You'd Sleep in a Tented Camp?
Read on and Think Again

Tented camp memories.... let's start with that.
We're Californians. We remember vacationing in Yosemite Valley where we stayed in great walk-in tents with cots and warm bedding for those cold Sierra nights and a cozy wood burning stove at one end.

Yes, you had to walk to a central tent for toilets and showers. They still have those camps on the Yosemite Valley floor, and driving up the the Tioga Road, you can find drive-in "high Sierra" camps at White Wolfe and Tuolumne Meadows.

 Camp Curry in the Yosemite Valley

As adults we hiked the "High Sierra Loop" in Yosemite, going from one tented camp to another. It was like backpacking without the backpacks... with showers and toilets... and with meals provided. What more could you ask for in the back country? If you want to find out more about these go to Accommodation in Yosemite.

Camping adventures like this might not be your cup of tea, but if you are traveling and looking for birds and wildlife in Africa or India or the Caribbean.... and you're offered stays in a tented camp, you should consider it... It will probably be more fun than you think!

Semi-permanent camps like this are easier on the environment than permanent lodges in most cases. Some of these sprang up because of requirements that the facilities could be taken down without a trace in African national parks. Others have come about because people are just more aware of the environment today.

Sweetwaters tented camp Kenya Tented Camp and baobab Tarangire NP Tanzania

These camps can range from basic to luxurious. We fell in love with them in Africa because most of these camps there are smaller than the lodges. You really get the feel of being connected with Africa. Why, they almost make you feel like an explorer. We'll tell you more at our African Tented Camps page.

 Two story tent in Panna NP India Tent interior Bandhavgahr NP India

We've also stayed in tented camps in India when we were looking for tigers in the national parks of India. The ones we stayed in were a little more rustic than most camps in Africa, but they are very comfortable... again with attached showers and toilets, and attractive central dining and lounge areas.

We're reading about tents springing up as accommocations in eco-travel locations in Southeast Asia and the Caribbean.... places for people interested in sustainable tourism.... and what we're read makes them sound like heavenly destinations either on a beach or in a rain forest. We haven't personally stayed in any, but we have friends who have. Hope we can find the time to get to one soon.

tented camp Caribbean beach

So don't think you just couldn't stay in a tent at this stage in your life. Those camps in Yosemite might just bring back good memories..... and the camps around the world will set you up for comfortable adventures.

Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it!   Judy and Mark

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