Clothing and Packing
Kenya weather is generally sunny throughout the year. It is hot in the afternoon though morning and evening can be cold so it’s best to dress in layers. When out on an African safari neutral colours work best – grey, brown and khaki. White is the worst colour to wear when you’re in the bush, because it stands out the most to animals – essentially, you want to remain unseen to increase the chance of viewing animals’ natural behaviour. Black attracts insects and absorbed heat therefore it is not ideal. Sunscreen is recommended, a wide brim hat, bug repellent such as DEET, polarised sunglasses, a pair of binoculars and a good guide book. Slippers are fine for the safari vehicle, but also pack a pair of comfortable sneakers. If you are planning on embarking on a walking safari, bring shoes with hard rubber soles, as thorns penetrate soft rubber easily. For those embarking on a horseback safari, bring the riding gear you are most comfortable in as you will be spending more time in the saddle than you may be used to. Be sure to talk to your tour operator to determine what you need. If your holiday includes a trek up Mt. Kenya or Mt. Kilimanjaro, it’s usually possible to hire climbing gear.
Unless your entire African safari in Kenya is overland, you will fly to your destination using domestic carriers. Flights usually last for roughy an hours to destinations such as Masai Mara, Amboseli, Samburu, Kitale, Mombasa and Lamu. The flights are very strict about luggage restriction. Bags must be soft, no longer than 26 inches and without wheels. The total luggage weight per person should not exceed 15 kgs (33 lbs), including your carry-on. If you go over the weight limit, best-case scenario would be paying a fee, worst-case scenario would be purchasing a separate air-ticket for your luggage or waiting until there’s a flight with space available.
When on an African safari in Kenya, you are not allowed to leave your vehicle except for a couple of wildlife parks were walking is permitted. Feeding the animals is also not allowed. Upon arrival at your safari lodge, you will be given all the do’s and don’t and it is important to follow them.
Photography presents a great opportunity to capture all the magic you’ll encounter during your African Safari in Kenya, or even in East Africa – Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. From wildlife on the prowl, birds, stunning landscapes to classic sunsets. A DSLR camera and longer lenses are best for wildlife photography, however, if that’s not your objective, a point-and-shoot with the maximum optical zoom will do. It is also a good idea to bring plenty of memory cards. There’s nothing worse than having to delete photos from your camera on the fly to try and create room for your next shot.