Safaris tend to be quite dusty, so khakis are obvious choices when it comes to concealing the dust.
Comfortability will become essential on the trip as you will be bumping around on barely-there roads. Focus on loose layers that you can take off and on depending on the weather. Long sleeved shirts and trousers not only help keep you warm at night but equally can prevent excessive mosquito bites.
If visiting Mt. Kenya or the Aberdare ranges, pack in some thermal clothes. On the other hand if visiting the arid or semi-arid area of Kenya like Maasai Mara or Tsavo , light clothing like shorts, cotton t-shirts etc are necessary. Bright colors are a definite no-no.
Another thing to note is that most (actually all!) lodges you’ll be staying for the safaris have swimming pools, so don’t forget your bathing suits.
Which shoes you carry depend on the kind of safari you decide to have. For example if you’re going on a walking-safari, carry sturdy hiking boots. One thing to keep in mind, for any safari really, is getting shoes with thick soles. It is also prudent to carry an extra pair of shoes.
Safaris include moving between several lodges/locations and different modes of transport. with this in mind, choose a soft-sided bag. Choose a bag that can be mobile with the least amount of fuss.
- If camping, a sleeping bag, unless one is provided.
- Safari binoculars
- Sunglasses,sunscreen and wide brimmed hat.
- Malaria tablets
- Insect repellent
- Mosquito net, although most are provided.
- Waterproof jacket.
- Waterproof matches/lighter
- Pocket knife
- Camera, extra batteries and memory cards
- Money belt (remember to tip the drivers!)
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