Of Kenya Safari and what to Pack for the Safari
Going for a safari in Kenya will be one of the most fascinating experiences of your life. But before you get too excited about your trip, letâs help you deal with one of the challenges you are likely to encounter along the way- packing for a Kenya safari.
First, you are going to have certain weight restrictions that limit what you can carry to your safari in Kenya. Secondly, packing lightly will make your work easier and transport much cheaper. So forget the heavy lens, tripod, piles of clothes and shoes that you normally carry when you go for a vacation in Hawaii.
Packing for your Kenya Safari
You want to make you vacation in Kenya as memorable as it can be. So, it is absolutely important that you have everything that you will need packed for your safari. Depending on the duration of your trip, you might find that you spend limited time in the city and most of the time in the wilderness. Buying something as small as your camera charger can prove to be quite a challenge.
Below, we shall cover whatâs required to make you comfortable when going for a safari.
- Source of power: Youâll certainly need to charge your electronic items if youâre going for a safari in Kenya, especially places like the Masai Mara where some lodges may not have charging facilities. You can get lighter portable chargers that are available in the market nowadays and make sure it doesnât occupy a lot of space in your bag.
- Itâs also important to have a waterproof bag that will protect some of your stuff, especially the electronics whenever it rains. If you are the adventurous type, thereâs a high chance that it will rain when youâre outdoors, so get a good bag to make sure your belongings are well protected from rain and other elements like dust.
- You need sunscreen more than anything while on a safari in Kenya. Carry a really good sunscreen that you can apply when itâs really sunny outside. Whether or not youâll be spending a lot of time outdoors, a good sunscreen is a must.
- A good camera and an iPad are a must for those who like to keep a memory of cool moments of their safari. You need to carry a waterproof camera that you can use whenever it rains. With an iPad, you can review your photos and save some stuff for later use.
- Comfortable shoes are also a must-have while on a safari. Choose shoes that are lightweight, durable and waterproof. A good shoe has a really comfortable and durable sole. You should be able to walk with them for miles in total comfort. A pair of boots and comfortable sneakers will do, but donât forget to carry sandals or flip flops for the days you just want to relax in your lodge.
- Youâll also need to carry some good binoculars. Look for a pair that is lightweight and also doesnât occupy so much space in your luggage bag.
- When it comes to the clothing department, you need to carry items that are suitable for the weather youâll experience on your trip. If going for a safari in Kenya at the beginning of the year, carry some warm clothes because the area is usually wet. However, if traveling from, July through to October, you are likely to experience warm weather so make sure you carry light clothes. For ladies, a good sports bra is important considering the outdoor activities youâll be engaged in for the most part of your trip.
- You may also want to carry your favorite snack for those days when you feel hungry in the middle of the bush and your lodge is miles away.
- Carry some cash too, because you wonât find any credit card machines while in the middle of the bush on a safari in Kenya. Youâll want to buy some drinks or even give some of the guides and porters tips while on your travel so make sure you have some Kenyan shillings before you begin your trip.
- Insect repellent is also important and youâll need it, especially when you go for a game drive. Most of the safari vehicles are open and you can be exposed to mosquitoes. Even though some lodges offer mosquito repellents, itâs good to carry your own just in case.
With the above in mind, make sure you understand the luggage restrictions imposed by any airstrip you are going to use. Stay tuned and we will give you more tips on how to plan well for a Kenya safari.