Packing for a trip to Africa can be a daunting experience even for an experienced traveler, let alone a first time Safari tourist. A Packing check list guides one on what to take on your Kenya safari, with careful consideration required for the weather, comfort, local culture and more. Do ensure you pack minimally and use layers. Note also that local flights to national parks such as Masai Mara have luggage restrictions of 15kg total weight allowance per person (including carry-on bags).
Below is a list of the essentials that should be included in your packing list: Clothes, Shoes, Hats & Sun Screen, Medication, Insect repellant, Cameras & photophraghy equipments & other stuff.
Please Note: Kenya is a free polythene bag country, for environmental reasons plastic bags are illegal and have been banned.
Kenya Safari packing list guide.
The best clothes to pack for your safari should be casual wear, loose fitting and lightweight. When it comes to colours pick neutral shades over brighter colours for optimum camouflage in the bush. Khaki and green colours are safari favourite and most recommended. Please note that camouflaged patterned clothes are illegal as they are worn by the local soldiers. Make sure to bring one good fleece or jacket for the very chilly early morning game drives. When packing keep in mind that most lodges and camps will provide laundry services (some at a nominal fee). Below is a basic packing list of the essential clothings you should bring;
Waterproof light rainjacket Warm sweater / Fleece Jacket.
2 pairs Safari Trousers / chinos.
2 pairs Safari Shorts.
4 pairs of Socks.
3 Short Sleeve Shirts
1 Long Sleeve Shirt.
1 pair Casual Trousers (men) evening outfit (women) – for evening in the city.
For the shoes ensure you bring with you closed, lightweight and comfortable walking shoes like trail runners or fashion sneakers with good traction or hiking boots. Flip flops or sandals for pool or in-room use, or even in safari vehicle. Below is the recommended type of the shoes you should bring with you.
Recommended Safari Shoes.
Recommended Safari Shoes for rock-climbing, hiking and mountain climbing.
For sun protection especially during the hot season, we recommend you pack sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher), sun hat the wide brim will help keep the sun off your face and neck,a pair of sunglasses and prescription glasses for those that wear contact lenses (it's often too dusty to wear them comfortably).
Safari Hat for ladies.
Some of the lodges and camps provides insect repellent but we still encourage you to pack your own, though. One containing deet is the best since there are several diseases that biting insects can carry. All-natural citronella repellant can also get the job done if you are concerned about the deet effects.
Insect Repellant with deet.
As for the cameras and photography equipment ensure that you pack yourself a camera (this can be a basic point and shoot or an SLR with detachable lenses and a tripod), spare memory cards, spare camera battery, binoculars, spare AA and AAA batteries, small flashlight to be used at night and an electrical adaptor.
Canon DSLR Camera.
Remember you will be in the bush and the nearest town or village might be hours away. Be sure to pack yourself a first aid kit with medications such as Malaria tablets, motion sickness pills, Pepto-Bismol and antacids, Cough drops, earache drops and a basic medical kit (aspirin, band-aids, Imodium, antiseptic /anti-histamine cream). For prescription drugs make sure to get a prescription from your doctor and bring it along.
Other important items that you must include in your packing list includes personal toiletries (such as travel size shampoo, conditioner,soap, deodorant, moisturizer, hair brush, tooothpaste and toothbrush), sanitary products for ladies, wet wipes and hand sanitizers, small sewing kit, small scissors and pocket knife (not in carry on bag) alarm clock, money pouch or money belt, reading materials, pen and a notebook.
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