Camping is beginning to gain a wide appeal by Lebanon’s youth. As a result, several campsites have sprung up across the country to accommodate campers during the summer season from May till September. Some of these camps are well equipped with facilities and have the capacity to accommodate large groups of people. While other sites are smaller in size and are intended for small families and couples.
Indeed, camping can be an economic way for nature-lovers and those with a limited budget to discover the rich wilderness and national heritage of Lebanon.
Les Colombes or camp Aamchit, is off the old coast road in the lower part of Aamchit. It is set on a cliff-top site overlooking a wonderful part of the coast. There is a private walkway down to the sea where you can swim and snorkel. You can pitch your own tent for US$3 per person or sweat in one of the tungalows – bungalows in the shape of a tent – for US$20 (two beds and a shower). A few chalets nearby can be booked ahead of time, for US$30.
Getting there: From Beirut head north going past Byblos to the Aamchit turn-off, head up the hill for a few hundred meters before being able to turn left toward the sea, where the camping ground is located. It is about a five-minute walk to the upper part of town and 10 minutes to walk down to the camping ground.
La Reserve Afqua
Situated in Mnaitra, on a green Plateau surrounded by high mountains, La Reserve is a well established 10 million sq.m. camp site and eco resort. The resort conducts a huge range of outdoor activities all across Lebanon, including rafting, caving, hiking, mountain biking and horse riding. Four campers can sleep in canvas tents for US$10 per person. Mattresses and pillows are provided but you will need your own sleeping bag. In the summer La Reserve organizes a two week summer camp for children aged six to 15.
La Reserve runs two summer camps for children aged 7 to 15. Children participate in a wide variety of activities, including learning about the environment, visiting local archaeological sites, playing games and watching films. In 1999 some 95 children from Lebanon, other Arab countries and Europe signed up.