Sometimes the magnificent bastards of this world just need to escape the daily grind and centre themselves in the middle of the wilderness. Whether you’re keen to set up tent alone and find tranquility in the beauty of nature, or you’re in the market to rough it with the grizzly’s and a group of mates, there’s a camp spot out there with your name on it.
Feeling that wanderlust? Here are our top picks of the coolest camping spots around the world.
#1 Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
At 446km long, 29km wide and 1,857 metres deep, Grand Canyon National Park is the ultimate adventure-junkies camping spot. The most unforgettable campgrounds are located in and around the North and South Rims of the Arizona Park and booking ahead will ensure you can enjoy breathtaking views, crisp mountain air and more tranquility than you can handle, all year round.
#2 Jasper National Park, Canada
Jasper National Park, the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, is a year-round camping destination perfect for lone wolves and bro squads alike. If you’re a fan of hiking or mountain biking, Jasper National Park offers 1000 kilometres of trails and routes so you can channel your inner Bear Grylls and experience the park’s rugged and untamed wilderness.
#3 Lake Mývatn, Iceland
Is there anything more epic-sounding than ‘a shallow eutrophic lake in an area of active volcanism in the north of Iceland, not far from Krafla volcano’? We think not. Experience all the epic ‘Game Of Thrones’ style beauty at Lake Mývatn, camping in the middle of a 300-year-old lava field with mindblowing views.
#4 Denali National Park, Alaska
Denali National Park encompasses 6 million acres of pure Alaskan wilderness as well as North America’s tallest peak, FKA Mount McKinley, that will tower over your tent at a whopping 20,310 ft. You can rough it in Denali with a wide range of scary (and not so scary) wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, moose, caribou and sheep.
#5 Sahara Desert, Morocco
Fancy your sleep amongst the stars in a desert? Your wish is the Sahara’s command. Perched beyond the Atlas Mountains, the trip may be long and tedious but the stunning views of the sun kissed are more than rewarding. Trips over mountainous dunes are done via camel back just as the locals do. When you’ve had enough fun in the sun, you can head back to your luxury private tent for some R&R, modern restrooms and a nice shower. A mirage this is not.
#6 Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Camping amongst the wild does not get more authentic than Kenya. Sanctuary Olanana and Richard’s River Camp both provide the perfect spot for luxury tent-style stays which will ensure you get the full experience of the world’s most famous game reserve without being mauled by a lion in your sleep.
#7 Boya Lake Provincial Park, Canada
Serenity is a place best described by the breathtaking views of Boya Lake Provincial Park. With its crystal clear waters ideal for any sort of recreation (and oddly warm enough to swim in), you’re simply spoilt for choice. The park itself was formed by glaciers 8,000 years ago and today campers can setup in designated campsites and enjoy a bout of canoeing, cycling, fishing or hiking.
#8 Waldseilgaiten, Höllschluct
For the adventurous camper, head to the mountains of Germany to witness one of the coolest offerings from Mother Nature as you perch yourself in a tent dangled from the majestic trees.
You’ll be at the will of the elements as you sway gently amongst the breeze in your cosy beds. And if you need a toilet break, there are facilities right below you. Easily one of the most memorable ways to camp.