[Tagging] Tagging established, unofficial and wild campings

Jan van Bekkum jan.vanbekkum at gmail.com
Thu Mar 26 10:56:23 UTC 2015

Our blog can be found at www.DeEinderVoorbij.nl, video clips of our trips
at https://www.youtube.com/user/JanvanBekkum.

Many places we visited in Iran and east Africa for sure are no campgrounds
according to western standards, but if you need a place for the night your
standards adapt quickly. We also had many superb wild camps (different set
of images I am happy to share).

You must have visited the place or have a report from earlier visitors to
map it properly, but once you have been at the place classification is very
simple and well visible.

Most often we found the non-designated places from reports and blogs of
earlier travellers (we made an overview ourselves as well
http://www.deeindervoorbij.nl/camping.html), from travel guides like Lonely
Planet or by just asking at hotels. We recently came in touch with
iOverlander <http://ioverlander.com/>. iOverlander currently maintains a
proprietary database, but considers to get the "hard" data from OSM in
future. Soft data (visitor reports and ratings) and images would stay in
their own database.

As far as tagging is concerned I think it is quite simple. We have three
main categories designated, non-designated and wild. As designated is the
default it would not need a special attribute; non-designated would get an
extra attribute while wild would get it own namespace tag. Trekking camps
are in the designated group.

Classification as proposed by Dave Bannon a.o. would be by means of an
additional attribute tag for designated campsites.

Any category (also wild) can have additional attributes to describe


   - Regular campground with toilets, water, power, shower, internet:
   camp_site=serviced (definition Dave B.)
   - A hotel offering to put the car on their parking lot and a toilet:
   - A place next to a city park with public toilets (like we used in Iran):

On Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 10:04 AM David Bannon <dbannon at internode.on.net>

> On Thu, 2015-03-26 at 09:10 +0100, Jan van Bekkum wrote:
> > To give you a better impression of what I mean with non-designated
> > campsites I uploaded images of places we stayed at in Iran, Ethiopia,
> > Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Malawi. Have a look here and
> > enjoy. As you can see the quality of the places varies wildly.
> >
> Yep, as you say, "wildly" !  I would not consider them camp sites to be
> honest !
> I am not as organised as you, but just uploaded a couple of my sort of
> camp sites -
> http://bannons.id.au/uploads/agate_creek.jpg
> http://bannons.id.au/uploads/obriens.jpg
> Its going to be hard to talk about these in the same voice ....
> Is the solution to invent a set new of tags ?  Or qualifiers to the
> suggested values ?
> David
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