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Safari Packing List

The below Packing List is a general guide on what to bring on your safari.

Where possible luggage should be kept to a minimum due to the weight / space restrictions on light aircraft, but we are able to store excess baggage at our office in Nairobi (ask us for more information).

Your luggage must be in well padded soft bags, that are lockable; (not large/hard suitcases).

On Safarilink and Airkenya light aircraft domestic flights, the weight of luggage that can be checked in is limited to 15kgs.

At many camps and lodges a small amount of laundry may be done for you (e.g. one or two items per day per person). This is washed by hand and generally doesn’t include personal items such as underwear for which a supply of detergent is provided in the tents for use of guests.

Documents

  • Valid Passports  (valid for 6 months)
  • Health cards (valid vaccination certificate)
  • Valid Travel & Health insurance (It is a requirement that all our clients travelling to Africa should have travel insurance which includes full comprehensive cover for medical treatment, emergency air evacuation & all travel.)
  • Airline tickets
  • Cash
  • Credit Cards (VISA, Mastercard and / or American Express)
  • Photo-copy of passport / visas / insurance papers

Suggested Camera equipment to bring on Safari

  • Cameras that can record RAW images up to 25MP or more, at a minimum of 3 FPS.
  • Lenses: 100-400 IS.

Camera Equipment Accessories

  • Camera cables/ plugs
  • Converter plug set if needed (the electricity supply is 240 Volt, 50 Hz). Sockets are usually 3 pin and are of the square variety.
  • Extra batteries for your cameras as well as the appropriate chargers for the same.
  • Extra memory for your cameras. A laptop to download your images in the evenings and/or an external hard disk.
  • Binoculars

Clothing

The list given below is a basic indication of what you should bring. We recommend that you bring khaki and green coloured clothing. Bright colours should be avoided while on safari (fine for the coast and Nairobi). Please note that camouflage-patterned clothes are illegal because they are worn by local soldiers.

  • Trainers / Walking shoes
  • Flip flops
  • Hat
  • Jacket / Windbreaker
  • Sweater / Sweatshirt / Fleece jacket
  • 2 pairs safari trousers / chinos
  • 2 pairs safari shorts
  • 4 pairs sport socks
  • 3 short sleeve shirts
  • 1 long sleeve shirt
  • 2 t-shirts
  • Nightwear
  • Swimwear
  • 1 pair casual trousers (men) evening outfit (women) – for evening

Toiletries & Medicine

  • Malaria prophylaxis
  • Prescription drugs (you may not find your prescriptions in Kenya so please bring enough)
  • Insect repellant
  • Sun Screen (SPF 15 or higher)
  • Lip Balm
  • Personal toiletries

Wear sunscreens and cover up during the hottest time of day – between 11am and 3pm.

Other Supplies

  • Sunglasses / Case
  • Prescription glasses (and a spare pair)
  • Flashlight (small with extra batteries)
  • Batteries (for electronic equipment)
  • Binoculars (very important, one per person)
  • Day pack
  • Favourite road snacks
  • Books / Magazines / Journal
  • Tube of Travel Wash (for small items of laundry)

Tipping: What to tip?

While tipping and gratuities are not compulsory on your safari, they are always appreciated. We recommend the following when it comes to tipping the camps/ lodges & guides:

  • For camp staff, we suggest $10-15 US per person per day. This should be given to the hosts/managers at the end of your stay.
  • For your guide, we suggest $10-15 US per group per day.  This should be given to your guide at the end of your stay.

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