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Packing for a Safari in Kenya – A Guide

Safari prep can be so stressful. That’s why we are sharing a guide to packing for a safari in Kenya.

Just deciding on a tour company and game camp can be overwhelming and a guide to packing can help things go more smoothly. Unfortunately, there are so many safari packing lists that would have you spending money unnecessarily. In my experience, these are the items you should really spend money on:

Two women and a guy posing with the jeep for their safari drive

You really do need these to see the good stuff on your safari. I first purchased a cheap pair of binoculars, but I wasn’t sure they were going to work so I ordered these Bushnell Falcon 133410 Binoculars with Case (Black, 7×35 mm) and there was a huge improvement in clarity. I recommend spending a little extra to ensure you can see well. You really don’t want to miss anything when you are on safari.

Good camera

For most things, a good phone camera will do, but when it comes to a Safari and getting a great shot that shows just how close all those wild animals really are, I recommend going for the real thing. Heather used this Canon EOS Rebel SL2 and the photos were fantastic!

Women taking a photo while on safari
Scarf / Wrap / Blanket

On those cool mornings it is great to be able to wrap yourself up in something warm. My favorite travel wrap (and one of my favorite travel items in general) is a multi-purpose, Turkish towel from Dandelion Textiles. I’ve ordered several in different colors from Amazon, here. It works great as a scarf, like shown above and it works great as a pool or beach towel when you choose to spend some time relaxing at the pool in the hot African afternoon.

Sun hat

The sun in Kenya is brutal, after all, you’re basically on the equator. To protect myself from the harsh sun, I opted for the Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Etta Shapeable Sun Catcher Hat and it was perfect. It provided great sun protection with the wide rim but was still easy to pack in a carry-on bag.

Bathing suit and sunscreen

Many safari lodges have pools where you can spend the early afternoon before you game drive. So, bring that swimsuit and make sure you have sunscreen to protect you from that intense sun!

Women in pool while in Kenya
Cash to tip your guide / driver

If your guide turns out to be as amazing as our guide Jeremy, you will want to thank them with a tip, so bring that cash! To get the details of our incredible Safari in Kenya’s Maasai Mara through Inclusive Holidays Africa read our traveler’s guide to Kenya.

What you don’t actually need

All those “safari” clothes! While it is fun to dress up in safari clothes, it seemed completely unnecessary. When out on your game drives you will remain in the vehicle. Jeans and a t-shirt, along with a sweatshirt to keep warm in the early mornings and late evenings, would work just fine.

A safari may be the main reason for your trip to Kenya, but you won’t want to miss the rest of East Africa. What to do in Kenya: a traveler’s guide can help you make the most out of your East African adventure.

Visiting Zanzibar, the spice islands

Kenya is such an incredible place and there is so much to do. On Heather’s journey she didn’t just explore Kenya though, she ventured to the Tanzanian islands of Zanzibar. If you are planning an adventure to East Africa and looking to explore more check out What to do in Zanzibar, the spice islands and 14 things to do in Stone Town.

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