When going on safari, it’s best to pack light using travel bags that you can carry easily. Hard-case suitcase and trolleys are less suitable for safari vehicles and dirt/gravel pathways in the African bush. You can always wash clothes if you are going on a longer trip.
Bring hard-wearing clothes and equipment that can withstand a rough journey on bumpy roads. Avoid white and very light colors as the dust from the African bush is likely to make your clothes look grey. Natural colors such as brown and khaki are ideal.
The sun can be very intense, so make sure to bring appropriate sun protection. At sunset, however, temperatures usually drop significantly, so you’ll also need a warm change of clothes.
Specifically, we recommend you to bring the following items. Adjust the number of individual items of clothing depending on the duration of your safari, and add any additional items of personal nature that you might need.
- Duffel bag or big backpack as main piece of luggage
- Small backpack for the day
- Light rain jacket
- Warm pullover (mornings and nights can be cool)
- 2 sweatshirts or light pullovers
- 2 long trousers; comfortable
- 2 short trousers
- 2 short-sleeved outdoor shirts or T-shirts
- Underwear, socks
- Swim suit
- Solid sneakers or light hiking boots
- Comfortable thongs or sports sandals
- Sun screen / sun block
- Hat or cap with protective screen
- Camera & accessories (batteries, memory chips)
- Binoculars (if you have)
- Phone or tablet; or paper notebook & pen
Toiletries & medication:
- Prescription glasses and medication
- First-aid kit (medicine for insect bites, diarrhoea, etc.)
- Other items of personal nature
- Insect repellent
- Malaria prophylaxis
Documents & other:
- Cash (USD), credit card
- Passport (valid for at least 6 months)
- Flight tickets
- Vaccination card (required for Kenya and other countries where yellow fever vaccination is mandatory)