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Safari Packing List

The packing list supplied below is just 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.

At many camps and lodges a small amount of laundry may be done for you (e.g. one item per day per person). This generally doesn’t include small personal items.


  • 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

  • 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 (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

  • Deodorant

  • 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.

Other Supplies

  • 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)