Packing for a Kenya Safari

Packing for any holiday can be a daunting task, let alone a Kenya safari when there are far more considerations to be made. The combination of multiple requirements and the need to travel light make cutting back to the basics a must. So, here are six of the most necessary categories, and the essential items to tick off as you embark on your Kenya safari adventure.

ŸSun Protection - Sun cream, sunglasses, sunhat. Whilst it’s very rare that you will be out in the blazing heat of midday, the African sun is not a force to be reckoned with. Protection of all kinds is a definite must.

All Weather Clothing - Africa is hot. But it can also be wet. A small waterproof jacket should be part of your checklist. Early mornings and evenings can also turn chilly on a Kenya safari. Long and short sleeve tops, a lightweight but warm sweater and, ideally, trousers that unfasten into shorts should be packed. And stick with neutral colours. The khaki shades associated with safari are not a fashion statement, bright colours do not go down well with the local wildlife.

The First Aid Kit - All being well, your Kenya safari will pass without trauma. But always be prepared. Plasters, painkillers, antihistamines, insect repellent and after bite, after sun and, of course, anything necessary for any medical condition you have. If using a course of anti-malarial drugs, don’t forget to pack them.

Equipment To See By - Binoculars. Do not forget the binoculars. There’s nothing worse than having your experience ruined because you didn’t go prepared. Your binoculars should be with you at every possible viewing opportunity.

Ÿ The Camera - A Kenya safari is one of the best opportunities in life to take photographs that will wow your loved ones. Whether you opt for a simple digital, or an upmarket DSLR, make sure to carry all the relevant supplies. Lenses, spare batteries, extra memory cards, tripods if you deem it necessary. With such opportunity for capturing nature at its best, even the most unskilled photographer can conjure the most breathtaking of shots.

Ÿ Your Sense Of Adventure - The safari experience is all about taking part. It will mean early starts and a lot of patience but the rewards will be worth it in the end. The most important thing is to remain optimistic. Don’t be disheartened if your first game drive doesn’t yield fantastic results. Keep stepping out with an enthusiastic sense of adventure and your Kenya safari experience will be an unforgettable journey.