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Kenya Safari Packing List

When arriving on safari in Kenya, a lot is taken care of for you – the animals, the astonishing landscape and the amazing experience is all guaranteed.


However, there are always things that can make a safari more comfortable, or even enhance this incredible holiday. Whether it is a home comfort or an African necessity, here is the ideal checklist detailing what to pack for safari in Kenya.


  • Remember a lot of high factor sun scream, sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat to protect you from the sun. Even if it is a cloudy or windy day, you are situated very near to the equator and the suns effects are still very strong. Sunburn would make a game drive very uncomfortable.


  • Thin clothing is advised, whether it be shorts, t-shirts or long thin trousers. Throughout the safari you will be exposed to a lot of dirt and dusts driving around the game parks, so more neutral colours tend to be preferred as they won’t show up the muck as much.


  • Even though it can get hot from mid-morning and throughout the day, early mornings and evenings can be quite cold so a light fleece and thick socks can provide some added comfort and warmth.


  • Be prepared and take a small first aid kit with you for any unexpected cuts and injuries. The last thing you want on a game drive is an exposed wound with the dust flying around.


  • Wet wipes are very useful for wiping any items that get covered in dust and also freshening up after a long day on a game drive.


  • A book on wildlife safari can be interesting to have with you. Most drivers will provide information as you go around, so it is not a necessity. However, sometimes it can be good to be able to provide some of your own insight and extra knowledge!


  • Add some extra comfort to your sleep, and to the game drives, and take a small blow-up cushion with you.


  • Insect repellent is vital on these drives, especially if you are driving around watering holes as this is where many of the insects congregate. Make sure you have some repellent to hand at all times and top it up frequently. Bites can be nasty, but can also be easily avoided!


  • Remember a small torch – in many cases you are going back to basics and in case of power shortages a torch can make an unbelievable difference.


  • It is worth investing in a good pair of binoculars. Sometimes it is not possible to drive right up to where the animals are and you don’t want to miss out on seeing anything, especially the rarer animals and unique scenery.


  • Finally, make sure you have plenty of batteries or a charger to make sure your camera does not run out and you can capture every memory and moment so you never forget a thing!

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