Camping is something of a spectrum. Some people like to take a large assortment of equipment with them, building a home away from home for a few days, and enjoying a chance to get away from the craziness of city life without having to sacrifice convenience. Other campers prefer to rough it, taking only what they need to get by and enjoying being as close to nature as they can.
Some campers, however, want to push their limits as much as they can, staying in areas that would otherwise be dangerous for most people. These are extreme camping sites where only the most experienced campers will dare to go, and even then, the elements can also provide a serious challenge.
Africa is a massive continent, and some countries are a lot more well-developed than others, but the DRC is among the most underdeveloped. For anyone visiting the DRC from a developed country, it can be quite a culture shock, and in some places it can even be downright dangerous. Regardless, there are few other regions in the world that offer quite the same camping experience, especially as one goes closer to the rainforests of the DRC and other central African countries.
The Sahara Desert
The Sahara Desert is the largest desert in the world and is a part of many different North African countries. It’s also one of the most extreme environments in the world, with virtually no rainfall, greenery, or even the odd tree to sit under for some shade during the heat of the day. This is a region that can quickly turn deadly for the camper that doesn’t go fully prepared, which means having plenty of water, food, a decent vehicle, and a large tarp for some shade during the day.
Death Valley National Park has set a few records in the past, mainly for being the hottest place on planet earth. To say the environment is extreme is an understatement, and upon entering the park, there are plenty of warnings for those that have never been there before, such as having replacement tyres available in case the current ones melt in the heat.
It’s not a place to be taken lightly, and anyone venturing in will want to ensure that they have the best equipment possible and to take as many precautions as they can, and remember to bring something to do during the day, like a few books or mobile tennis betting if there’s signal available.
Laojun Mountain Summer Camp
This is one that’s suited for campers that aren’t too afraid of heights, as it involves camping on the side of a cliff more than a kilometre in the air. It’s worth it for the views of the sunset, and it’s common for the tents to be engulfed entirely in clouds. But the ever-present danger of accidentally falling off the side and plummeting to the ground far below is enough to put more people off.