10 Best Places to Camp in the World

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Summer brings with it the promise of sunshine and good weather, and what better way to enjoy the great outdoors than by camping? We take a look at the camping spots that every lover of the outdoors should place on their bucket list.

Isle of Arran, Scotland

The Isle of Arran is often referred to as ‘Miniature Scotland’ owing to its rolling highlands and forest-covered lowlands. Campers are spoiled for choice in terms of activities, from cycling along the picturesque Firth of Clyde to exploring the prehistoric roots of the island in the village of Brodick. If scaling mountains is your idea of a perfect adventure, then hike up to Goat Fell, the highest point on the island.

isle of arran scotland


Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya

This reserve owes its name to the River Mara and the Masai tribe which is native to the region. Camping in this reserve will provide you with the ultimate wildlife. You can visit hippo pools, glimpse the big cats, and witness the wildebeest migration to and from the neighboring Serengeti. To render your camping experience truly memorable, opt for a hot-air balloon ride, go skydiving, and visit a Masai tribe.   

masai mara reserve kenya


Miyajima, Japan

Visit this island of Gods, less than an hour away from Hiroshima. Miyajima epitomizes the Shinto sect. Wherever you pitch your camping tent, you will feel the presence of the religion, from numerous temples to the presence of deer that are regarded as sacred.

Miyajima Japan


Ladakh, India

The northernmost tip of India, Ladakh is home to several strategic high passes, Buddhist Gompas, and the crystal clear Pangong Lake. Owing to the high altitude, camping here can be tough, with cold weather and tricky terrain. In sharp contrast are the warm-hearted inhabitants and the diverse flora and fauna.

Ladakh India


Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

If you love wild nature and are fit enough, then setting up camp in the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia should make your list. Because this is a UNESCO Heritage Site, hikers must be accompanied by a local guide. Plan your visit during the cool dry months of October to May and traverse the towering summits and deep valleys, home to gelada baboons, walia ibex, and bearded vultures.

Simien Mountains Ethiopia


Haleakala National Park, Hawaii

‘Haleakala’ is a Hawaiian word that translates to ‘House of the Sun’ in English and is the name of the dormant volcano which is the dominant feature of the island of Maui. There are two campsites, both are surrounded by wilderness and are accessible only via trails. Camping is one of the best ways to experience the stark volcanic landscape surrounded by lush greenery.

Haleakala National Park Hawaii


Laugavegur, Iceland

Ranked as the best hiking trail in Iceland, the Laugavegur connects one well-known natural reserve, Landmannalaugar, with another, Thorsmork. You can choose to camp throughout the 55km route. You will cross a varied landscape comprising colorful hills, volcanic valleys, and ice caves.

Laugavegur Iceland


Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

At 3,724m, Mount Cook is the tallest peak in New Zealand. Referred to as the Aoraki by the Maori, this location is an excellent getaway for nature lovers. You are surrounded by picturesque scenery, with plenty to do: hiking trails, scaling the Tasman Glacier, and stargazing.

Mount Cook National Park New Zealand


Skane, Sweden

Occupying the southern tip of Sweden, Skane is usually overlooked by tourists. All you need to do is pick a suitable area to pitch your tent, from sweeping sandy beaches to lush green fields dotted with blooming flowers. Your presence as a camper will be taken in stride by the locals who believe in ‘Allemansratt’, meaning the right to roam.  

Skane Sweden


Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

How about exploring rainforests as a part of a camping trip? If you choose Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica as your base camp, you can. Attractions you can look forward to include swimming under a waterfall, observing a variety of ecosystems, and spotting a diverse array of wildlife.

Corcovado National Park Costa Rica