KENYA: Safari Packing List

Before going on Safari, I visited many pages to see what to pack. The truth is that it depends a lot on the season and you have to keep in mind if you are going to travel by jeep or plane (apparently there are rich people who arrive at Maasai Mara by plane haha). We did a tour of 6 days and 5 nights in “standard” accommodation that really felt like super luxury. But to get from park to park was by car, with an average of 7 hours of road. During those days this was what I learned about my decisions as far as clothes are concerned

  1. HAT: It is important to wear a type of protection against the sun. Most likely your transport has a pop up top, and although it is very good to protect you from the sun, sometimes is not enough. Also during the tour there may be opportunity to go down to eat, or to see something more closely and the African sun does not forgive anything!

    Mattias had to wear my hat because he was frying

  2. TANK TOPS: The key to success is dressing in layers. Some days you are going to leave very early, before dawn, and the weather is very cold in the savannah, I am talking about 7-10 degrees, but as soon as the sun comes out totally, it is very hot! The truth is that tank tops helped me a lot.

    Helena in a very hot day

  3. T-SHIRTS: Or you can wear t-shirts, it’s a matter of preference. Avoid dark colors as they are very hot and attract tse-tse flies! Do not think everyone is wearing khaki and beige just as a fashion statement, it is also because there is a lot of dust and it is the color that best hides it.
  4. SUNGLASSES: Sunglasses do not need much explanation. The sun in Kenya is very intense.
  5. LONG SLEEVE SHIRT: For the days that you are not going to leave at dawn and it’s not so cold and you are likely to walk around, as when we visit the Maasai village, it is good to wear a flowy and fresh long sleeve shirt that protects you from the sun.
  6. SWEATER: A sweater is going to be very useful from the airport, and during the whole trip, you can not miss it!
  7. UTILITY JACKET OR VEST: A jacket with many pockets can be very useful too. There was a day when it was really cold and I needed it, also if you have different cameras, your phone and among other things it is very useful to have several pockets to put everything and not leave them jumping around in the jeep.
  8. LEGGINGS: For me the most important thing were comfortable pants. And I used my khaki colored leggings almost every day including  during the flight. You’re going to be sitting a long time, really trust me when I tell you to pack VERY comfortable pants.
  9. BATHING SUIT: Most hotels where you will stay have a pool. I preferred to sleep in my spare time, but if there was a hotel where I could not resist I took a dip!
  10. BOOTS: They were very useful when we did a “Walking Safari” and when we visited the Maasai village and it was full of cow dung.

    Walking Safari

  11. FLIP FLOPS: Super useful also during the safaris in which we were not going to get off the jeep, if you want you can climb on the seats to see something better, and with the flip flops was very easy to do. In addition flip flops are needed in all parts of the world lol
  12. SUNBLOCK FOR BODY AND LIPS: My poor lips suffered a lot because I did not wear it, that’s why I recommend using it. The sunscreen does not need more explanation, even with 50SPF I ended up with a red face.
  13. BINOCULARS: I did not spend money or space in my luggage to carry some because the company with which we booked had some to lend us. Ask them and make sure they have to lend or rent as there are many parks in which you can not leave the road and binoculars are very helpful to see that animal you always wanted to see!
  14. NECK PILLOW: And for me it was of extra importance my neck pillow, it simply made the road more pleasant, but hey, I love to sleep!


Please leave in the comments what did I miss of you have done a Safari trip!


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