The below Packing List is supplied as a general guide on what to take 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 head office in Nairobi (ask our Sales Team for more information).
Soft bags (that are lockable) are preferable to large rectangular suitcases, owing to the limited space for luggage storage on the small aircraft used for flights into the parks. On the Safarilink and Airkenya light aircraft flights the weight of luggage that can be checked in is limited to 15kgs and this is inclusive of carry-on luggage.
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. Ask our Sales team for more information when you book.
For more ideas on useful travel products and recommended safari books and guides see our Gamewatchers Online Travel Store.
- Passports (with visa entries)
- Health cards (vaccination certificate)
- Airline tickets
- Cash & Travellers’ Cheques
- Separate record of Travellers’ Cheque numbers
- Credit Cards (VISA, Mastercard and / or American Express)
- Photo-copy of passport / visas / insurance papers
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
- 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
- 1 pair casual trousers (men) evening outfit (women) – for evening
Toiletries & Medicine
- Malaria prophylaxis
- Prescription drugs (also bring the generic names for these drugs, good idea to pack 2 separate lots)
- Motion sickness pills
- Insect repellant (containing DEET for mosquitos)
- Sun Screen (SPF 15 or higher)
- Lip Balm
- Shampoo / Conditioner (if you have a preferred brand otherwise shampoo provided by most hotels, camps)
- Toothpaste / Toothbrush
- Hair Brush / Comb
- Electric / Hand Razor
- Emery Boards / Tweezers
- Hand Lotion
- Fem. Hygiene Supplies
Wear sunscreens and cover up during the hottest time of day – between 11am and 3pm.
- Sunglasses / Case
- Prescription glasses (and a spare pair)
- Flashlight (small with extra batteries)
- Batteries (for electronic equipment)
- Converter plug set if needed (the electricity supply is 240 Volt, 50 Hz). Sockets are usually 3 pin and are of the square variety.
- Alarm clock
- Money pouch
- Pocket Knife (not in hand luggage)
- Binoculars (very important, one per person)
- Day pack
- Favourite road snacks
- Books / Magazines / Journal
- Small Sewing Kit
- Small Scissors (not in hand luggage)
- Pen / paper
- Tube of Travel Wash (for small items of laundry)