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 of 15kg total weight allowance per person (including carry-on bags) on light aircraft, but we are able to store excess baggage at our head office in Nairobi (ask our Sales Team for more information).

 

NO PLASTIC BAGS: The Kenya Government has announced that from 28th August 2017 plastic bags are banned in Kenya. Arriving visitors are requested to avoid bringing plastic bags into the country. In fact being in possession of a plastic bag will be an offence as it will now be against the law, although the government has indicated that any penalties will initially apply to retail outlets and manufacturing companies in Kenya rather than individuals. Visitors are advised to avoid packing any plastic bags in their suitcases or in carry-on hand luggage before flying to Kenya.  Items purchased at the airport before boarding the aircraft should be removed from plastic bags. Please check hand luggage before disembarking in Nairobi and any plastic bags should be left in the plane. Similarly the transparent “zip-lock” plastic bags that some airlines require passengers to use for keeping liquids, cosmetics, toiletries etc separately in hand luggage are also not permitted to be brought into Kenya and should be removed and left on the plane before disembarking in Nairobi.

Find out more information on the ban on plastic bags.

Packing List:

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.

Documents

  • Passports (with visa entries)
  • Health cards (vaccination certificate)
  • Airline tickets / E-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

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
  • Waterproof light rainjacket
  • Warm sweater / 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 in the city

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)
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste / Toothbrush
  • Hair Brush / Comb
  • Electric / Hand Razor
  • Emery Boards / Tweezers
  • Hand Lotion
  • Feminine Hygiene Supplies

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, or headlamp)
  • 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 or moneybelt
  • Pocket Knife (not in hand luggage)
  • Binoculars (very important, one per person)
  • Small Day backpack
  • Favourite road snacks
  • Books / Magazines / Journal
  • Small Sewing Kit
  • Small Scissors (not in hand luggage)
  • Pen / notepad
  • Tube of Travel Wash (for small items of laundry)
  • Earplugs

For recommended safari books and guides see our Recommended Reading List.

Concerned about the security of your booking and your own safety while on safari?

We fully appreciate your concerns when it comes to booking a safari in Africa and you can rest assured that your financial security when booking and your own personal safety when on safari is our highest priority. Gamewatchers Safaris is a member of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators bonding scheme, backed by a leading insurance company, to ensure your payments are fully protected if a bonded KATO member ceases trading.