The Ultimate Guide to Kenya Safari Packing


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Almost at the top of the list of the most productive African travel destinations, Kenya receives more than one million visitors every year – thanks to the excellent wildlife viewing experience and spectacular scenery it offers. The Masai Mara National Reserve, which is the most popular destination in Kenya, offers travelers excellent encounters with big cats and hosts the natural wonder of the world – the wildebeest migration (the great migration). But how do you prepare for a great safari experience in Kenya? What should a traveler include on their packing list? A trip to Kenya is unlike any other destination. What to pack for a safari in Kenya depends on the reasons for the trip, the budget and the planned activities. Here is the ultimate Kenya safari packing list.

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Going on a trip to Kenya will be pleasant if you prepare well. Although some accommodations in most safari destinations in Kenya have laundry services, there is no guarantee that the staff will return them the same day. Visitors planning to explore Kenya during the rainy season should bring waterproof raincoats.

On sunny days, light clothing is recommended. Make sure they are loose fitting to avoid discomfort amidst touring Kenya’s beautiful landscapes. Travelers should keep in mind that they will be wearing the clothes all day on game drives (mostly on bumpy roads) and game drives.

For an amazing walking safari experience, clothing in neutral colors will blend well with the scenery. Dark colored clothes attract tsetse flies while bright colored clothes scare away wild animals.

Pack clothes that prevent getting bitten by mosquitoes and bed bugs, as Kenya is prone to these insects. Travelers should pack long sleeves, sweatpants, and khaki pants for extra mosquito protection.

Don’t forget to pack comfortable shoes that will allow you to walk easily through Kenya’s landscapes. Trainers are said to be more comfortable during long periods of walking in the wild areas of Kenya. Two pairs of shoes would be perfect – trainers or durable shoes for game drives and sandals for getting around the accommodation or camping. Pack room slippers as not all hotels provide them for free to travelers. Waterproof footwear is appropriate during wet seasons.

Do not go barefoot or sleep without a pair of socks to avoid mosquito bites. Preferably a pair of moisture-wicking socks to prevent sweating. If there is more space for clothes, pack more clothes to avoid doing laundry on a safari in Kenya. It could be stressful and uncomfortable.


Pack toothpaste and a toothbrush, hand sanitizers and deodorant. Bring a sufficient amount of sunscreen if traveling during hot seasons. Also pack bug spray or insect repellent. Travelers should pack adequate hygiene supplies, including pads, tampons, and panty liners in a protective bag to protect them from dust and moisture. Other supplies such as shampoo, bath soap, and air conditioner are always available in most accommodations, but visitors can bring their own if they wish.

First aid collection

Trekking is an enjoyable outdoor activity in most safari destinations in Kenya, especially in the Rift Valley region. It is physically demanding, which means that travelers are highly susceptible to muscle pain and certain injuries along the way. It is important to be prepared for small accidents when hiking in the landscapes of Kenya.

Essential first aid resource tools on safari in Kenya include:

  • Bandages. Plasters are not supposed to be missing in a Kenya safari first aid kit. Bandages help when travelers sustain injuries, including small cuts in nature, dislocated joints and sprains. Travelers should be careful when using these bandages as they can sometimes be dangerous, especially when bleeding. They should help reduce the likelihood of bacterial infection. Travelers should avoid using them for a long time and consult an advanced doctor instead.
  • Water. Water is essential on a safari in Kenya and is a crucial part of first aid. Besides preventing dehydration, water acts as a temperature regulator when traveling during hot seasons. Visitors can also use water to clean wounds.
  • Analgesics. These are essential on a safari in Kenya to ease the pain caused by injuries, accidents and some forms of illness. Please note that painkillers are only intended to reduce pain and travelers should look for advanced medications after using them.
  • Anti-inflammatory ointment. Joint and muscle pain are common on a safari in Kenya, especially when visitors go on regular treks or treks and a steep incline is involved. Anti-inflammatory ointment will prevent swelling of places with sores, and also reduce pain. The anti-inflammatory ointment is great and provides a great Kenya safari experience in Kenya.

Gadgets for Kenya Safari

Preserving the beautiful moments of the Kenya safari experience is the best part of visiting this East African country. Cameras with additional memory cards and recording equipment are perfect if one is looking to record every moment of the travel experience. Bring converters and enough batteries to keep the electronics charged and working.

Related: 20 gadgets that make traveling easier for parents (thanks later)Travelers should remember to pack flashlights for nighttime lighting when traveling through campsites. Pack binoculars to capture the most special wildlife-spotting moments in Kenya’s wildlife hotspots. Take along smartphones or tablets to keep in touch with your family and act as backup storage for extra photos and videos.

Travel documents

Visitors must produce their passports and visas for inspection at destination by responsible officials. Copies of itinerary, medical insurance papers, travel insurance and return tickets are also required. A document containing the details or contacts of a loved one is important in an emergency.

Preparation is an important part of having the best safari experience in Kenya. Travelers should make sure they pack all the essentials and note exactly what to pack in which seasons.

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