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What to Pack for Safari

YOUR PACKING LIST Written by the NWS Safari Experts

It is best to pack as light as possible for safari; limit baggage to two items per person and always use soft bags rather than suitcases. In specific cases i.e. for internal flights, luggage may be limited to 15kg per person. Most hotels and lodges have laundry services, so an excessive amount of clothing should be unnecessary.

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What to Pack: The Essentials

  • Camera - with extra lenses, extra memory cards and batteries
  • Sun Protection - sunscreen and moisturiser, sunglasses with neck strap, bush hat with a brim
  • Binoculars
  • Ear plugs
  • Daypack / small rucksack
  • Towel – we suggest taking trek towels. These are lightweight, pack to a small size and dry quickly
  • Insect repellent - please note that DEET can affect man-made fibres and plastics
  • First Aid Kit – including Malaria tablets, anti-diarrhoea medicine, antihistamine tablets, rehydration sachets, aspirin, cold medication, antiseptic cream, plasters, motion sickness pills, lip balm, eyedrops and personal medication
  • Photocopies of your passport, visas, credit cards and airline tickets
  • Don't forget Sports Bras! The dirt roads in the National Parks can be extremely bumpy. Phoenix Marshall - Africa Team Leader

What to Pack: Clothing & Footwear

On Safari

For game drives we suggest wearing layered clothing that can be removed as the day heats up. Neutral coloured, lightweight and comfortable clothing is recommended, along with good walking shoes for bush walks. You should avoid bright colours such as red, purple or blue as these can scare the wildlife.

  • 1-2 lightweight, quick dry trousers
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1-2 long-sleeved shirts, preferably quick dry
  • 1-2 moisture wicking short-sleeved shirts
  • 1 lightweight waterproof, windproof and breathable jacket
  • Lightweight poncho
  • Sturdy and lightweight waterproof walking boots and lightweight hiking socks
  • Don't forget Sports Bras! The dirt roads in the National Parks can be extremely bumpy. Phoenix Marshall - Africa Team Leader

On The Beach

The coastal beach resorts of Kenya are in predominantly Muslim areas, so recognition of local customs and traditions is important and we suggest dressing modestly when away from the beach, swimwear is not acceptable in town and villages away from the main tourist resorts.

For The Evening

Evenings can get a bit chilly, depending on where you are in Kenya. Most of Kenya is informal when it comes to dining.

  • 1-3 long-sleeved shirts and / or blouse
  • 1 dress / skirt for ladies
  • 1 fleece, sweater or sweatshirt
  • 1 pair of trousers
  • Flip-flops or sandals
  • Comfortable shoes

Electricals & Misc

  • Camera charger / converter / adapter for 220 / 240 AC voltage, plus cigarette lighter adapter is useful
  • Extra batteries
  • Plenty of memory cards
  • Small notebook
  • Bags for keeping valuables dry or storing wet clothes
  • Torch / flashlight (essential): LED models are lightweight and have a good battery life

What Not To Pack

  • Plastic Bags - For environmental reasons, plastic bags are illegal in Kenya and have been banned. For your liquid hand luggage please use transparent toiletry bags.
  • Camouflage Clothing - Wearing camouflage army-style clothing associates you with military wear. Also avoid dark colours as they attract insects and absorb the heat.
  • Drones
  • Hard Suitcases